Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Civil Engineering - About The Program

About Our Degrees

The civil engineering B.S. degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (ABET) and prepares students for graduate study and/or professional practice. There are also opportunities to pursue dual majors, minors and an integrated B.S./MBA program.

Graduate degrees (MS and PhD) are formally granted in civil engineering with specialization in various areas such as: structural and earthquake engineering, transportation systems engineering, bridge engineering, and geotechnical engineering. See the Departmental website for a complete list.

Acceptance Information

Please see the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences entry in the, Undergraduate Catalog.

Degree Requirements

Please see Degrees and Policies.

About Our Courses

A civil engineering degree program applies principles of mathematics and physical sciences to solve real-world problems related to infrastructure and their interaction with the natural environment. At UB we offer a well-rounded undergraduate program that advances from basic science and mathematics through engineering science and analysis, culminating in design.

Freshman year:
Students take mathematics courses on introductory calculus, as well as basic science courses including physics, chemistry and, an earth sciences elective. Additionally, students are required to take a two-course sequence that introduces them to the practice and societal role of engineering.

Sophomore year:
Students continue their mathematics training with vector calculus and differential equations, and take foundational engineering science classes in mechanics and materials. They also begin applying computing tools through courses on programming and computer-aided design., Furthermore, an introductory elective class in dynamics, thermodynamics, circuits or economics is also required.

Junior year:
Building on this foundation, students begin their study of civil engineering. In their junior year, students take one or two courses in each of the sub-disciplines of civil engineering, namely, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, water resources engineering, environmental engineering, and transportation engineering. (see table below). These courses focus on applying scientific and mathematical principles to model and analyze civil engineering systems.

Senior year:
In the senior year, students take a two-course design sequence. For the first course of this sequence, students choose a design elective from one of the sub-disciplines. Knowledge gained in the first design course leads into the corresponding capstone design course, where students work in teams on a major practical project that ties their educational experiences together. The design sequence is complemented by a course aimed to address key contemporary issues such as globalization and ethics in the practice of civil engineering. In the senior year, students also have the opportunity to either broaden their knowledge or specialize in a sub-discipline through three technical electives. Seniors also have the opportunity to take courses in spatial modeling through a GIS elective and a BIM elective. Most students also take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam in spring of their senior year as the first step towards obtaining licensure.

Additional program details:

The program consists of three laboratory experiences in civil engineering materials, hydraulics and soil mechanics. Students also take a course in statistics, principles from which they apply in the analysis of their laboratory experiments and in other courses.

The UB Curriculum is integrated throughout the civil engineering program. Students take a pair of three-course sequences following a thematic and a global pathway. They also take two courses to develop their communication skills, one general, and the other specific to civil engineering.
Sub-Discipline Junior Fall Junior Spring Senior Fall (Design elective) Senior Spring (Capstone design)
Structural Engineering CIE 323 - Structural Analysis CIE 324 - Introduction to Structural Design CIE 428 - Steel Design or CIE 429 - Reinforced Concrete CIE 416 - Civil Engineering Capstone Design
Geotechnical Engineering CIE 334 - Soil Mechanics CIE 435 - Foundation Engineering CIE 438 - Advanced Foundation Design and Construction
Water Resources Engineering CIE 354 - Fluid Mechanics CIE 343 - Hydraulics and Hydrology CIE 442 - Treatment process engineering CIE 449 - Environmental Engineering Design
Environmental Engineering CIE 340 - Environmental Engineering
Transportation Engineering CIE 439 - Transportation Systems Analysis CIE 436 - Traffic operations and design CIE 576 - Geometric design of highways

Typical class sizes are:

Freshman/introductory courses: 100+
Sophomore/intermediate courses: 100-200
Upper level required courses: 100-160
Upper level electives: 25-100

For course descriptions, please see Courses.

About Our Faculty

We have 30 full-time faculty members (all with PhD degrees) and approximately 5 adjunct faculty members. Faculty members are actively engaged in teaching, research, and service and have won many honors and awards, including:
  • Two SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Teaching
  • One National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award
  • Two National Science Foundation CAREER Awards
  • One Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Career Award
  • One IBM Smarter Planet Industry Skills Innovation Award
  • One SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity
  • Two SUNY Distinguished Professorships
  • One ASCE Newmark Medal
Please visit our department website for additional information about our faculty.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities

An internship course is available through the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Experiential Learning Program. Please see the website for more information. Students are encouraged to obtain relevant work experience before completing their program. Technical elective credit may be given for this experience following the junior year.

Extracurricular Activities

Our undergraduate students are engaged in many campus-wide activities and organizations. These, as well as other nationwide student organizations specific to engineering, include the following:

Links to Further Information About this Program

Last updated: February 22 2022 21:08:39