Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

Engineering And Applied Sciences, School Of - Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BS in Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, Industrial, and Mechanical Engineering; Engineering Physics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, BA in Computer Science. See sections of the catalog for each of these programs for detailed information on program requirements and course offerings.

Advisement

Students obtain academic advice and guidance from the academic advisors in the SEAS Office of Undergraduate Education (410 Bonner Hall) and from the faculty advisors in their program of study. The Office of Undergraduate Education advises all students throughout their first two years of study. In the junior and senior years, students seek advisement primarily from departmental faculty advisors.

Acceptance Information

Candidates from secondary schools (high schools) must have completed mathematics through trigonometry, and should have completed higher-level courses such as pre-calculus, calculus, chemistry, and physics.

Students should apply for admission to the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences when they apply to UB as freshmen or transfers by indicating their desired engineering or applied science major on either the UB or SUNY application form (select "engineering" if undecided).

The UB Office of Admissions coordinates the review of freshman applicants with the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. High school grades, class standing, Regents exam scores, and either Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Testing (ACT) scores are considered in the admission process.

Incoming freshmen directly admitted to SEAS are placed into their designated major or to an "undecided engineering" major, if a specific major has not been selected.

Please see the Transfer Policy section for more information regarding admission to SEAS as a transfer student.

Current UB students not enrolled in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences are eligible for admission to an engineering or applied science degree program if they meet the following criteria:
  1. Good academic standing
  2. Completion of four required core courses (see below) with grades of C- or better and a combined core course grade point average of at least 2.5. Students are permitted to repeat at most one core course one time. A 'R' (resign) grade does not count as a repeat.
  3. The minimum overall cumulative GPA required for the major. The GPAs required for admission vary by academic year and requested major. The table below provides the GPA requirement for the 2016-17 academic year.

Core Courses
Engineering Programs
1. Calculus 1 (MTH 141 or MTH 153)
2. Calculus 2 (MTH 142 or MTH 154)
3. General Chemistry 1 (CHE 101, CHE 105, or CHE 107)
4. General Physics 1 (PHY 107 or PHY 117)

Computer Science
1. Calculus 1 (MTH 141 or MTH 153; students applying for the BA computer science degree may complete MTH 121 or MTH 131)
2. Introduction to Computer Science for Majors 1 (CSE 115)
3. Introduction to Computer Science for Majors 2 (CSE 116)
4. Discrete Structures (CSE 191)

Overall GPA Requirements
Major Overall GPA
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering 2.8
Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, and Industrial Engineering; Computer Science, Engineering Physics 2.5


In addition to these specific requirements, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences will consider a student's entire academic record in reaching an admission decision. Factors such as a history of repeating, resigning, or failing classes, or low grades in classes relevant to the student's desired discipline may result in conditional admission or denial of admission.

Students with legitimate extenuating circumstances may petition for exemption from the course repeat restriction. Specific examples include documented medical issues of the student or an immediate family member, the death of an immediate family member, a disability, military orders, or other significant personal hardships.

Advanced Placement (AP) exam credit may satisfy core course requirements for Calculus, Physics, and Chemistry, depending upon the exam and the score achieved. Please see the UB Advanced Placement Exam Articulation Chart to see credit awarded for each AP exam.

International Baccalaureate (IB), General Certificate of Education (GCE), and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams may also satisfy core course requirements. Details of credit awarded for these exams can be obtained from the UB International Baccalaureate Exam articulation chart, the General Certificate of Education articulation chart, and the College Level Examination Program articulation chart.

Please note that completing a university course after receiving test credit for the equivalent course is not considered a repeat (admission criterion #2). In fact, academic advisors often recommend that students complete core courses at UB after receiving test credit for a course.

Students should apply for admission by completing the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Supplemental Application by May 1st (Fall semester admission) and November 15th (Spring semester admission). http://www.eng.buffalo.edu/undergrad/admissions/current.

Major Change within the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Direct freshman admits within the first year of study: Students directly admitted to SEAS as a freshman may change their major at any time during the first year of study. Specifically, students who join UB during the fall semester are permitted to change their major prior to June 1 of the following year. Students who join UB during the spring semester are permitted to change their major prior to January 1 of the following year. For such students, a change of major within SEAS requires the following:
  1. Approved major status within SEAS
  2. Submission of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Major Change Application by the deadlines noted above.
General case: Transfer students (internal and external to UB) and direct freshman admits beyond the first year of study seeking to change major within SEAS must meet program-specific GPA criteria. A change of major within SEAS requires the following:

  1. Approved major status within SEAS
  2. SEAS academic good standing
  3. Submission of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Major Change Application
  4. Students seeking to move from a computer science to an engineering program (or vice versa) must complete four required core courses (see above) with grades of C- or better and a combined core course grade point average of at least 2.5. Students are permitted to repeat at most one core course one time. A 'R' (resign) grade does not count as a repeat
  5. The minimum overall cumulative GPA required for the major or approval of the Program Director. The GPAs required to join a program vary by academic year and requested major. The table above provides the GPA requirement for the 2016-17 academic year

Academic Requirements

Students seeking an undergraduate degree from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in technical classes (engineering, math, and science classes) required in the major and must complete 30 undergraduate credit hours of junior/senior level courses required in their major at the University at Buffalo. Please refer to the degree program sections of the catalog for additional requirements.

To maintain academic standards and determine eligibility for continued enrollment, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences reviews the academic records of all students in an approved undergraduate SEAS major. This academic review is conducted at the end of each fall and spring semester.

A student is in academic good standing in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences if:
  1. their cumulative Technical Grade Point Average (TGPA) is 2.0 or greater
  2. their most recent semester TGPA is 2.0 or greater
Failure to maintain the required GPA results in academic probation or dismissal from the School. A student will be dismissed if:
  1. their semester TGPA is less than 2.0 and their cumulative TGPA is less than 1.4
  2. their semester and cumulative TGPA are both less than 2.0 while they are on academic probation

Programs within the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences may have additional requirements to remain enrolled. These are detailed in the degree program sections of the catalog.

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences also periodically reviews the academic records of all students in an "intended" undergraduate SEAS major. Students within an intended SEAS program have an intension to pursue a SEAS degree and are working toward satisfying admission criteria. When an intended student is admitted into an SEAS program they become an approved major. An analysis is periodically completed to evaluate the potential for an intended student to gain admission to SEAS. One of the following actions will result from this review
  1. If the student is admissible to one or more SEAS programs, then he/she will be invited to join SEAS as an approved major
  2. If the student is not currently admissible, but is making progress towards completing the core and could be admissible in the future, then he/she will be provided a report to notify them of their progress
  3. If the analysis reveals that the student is not currently admissible and will not be in the future, then he/she will be dropped from the SEAS intended major and notified of their change in status
  4. If the student passes on opportunities to enroll in core courses, then he/she will be dropped from the SEAS intended pool and notified of their change in status
It is the responsibility of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the academic programs, and the faculty to advise students of course prerequisites and co-requisites. Course prerequisites and co-requisites are published in the University catalog. Additional information about prerequisites and co-requisites is published on web sites, course syllabi, or in program documents. It is the right of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the academic programs, and the faculty instructor to cancel a student's registration in a course if the student has not satisfied the published prerequisites for the course. Students are ultimately responsible for knowing and adhering to course prerequisites and co-requisites. Failure to follow such requirements may place a student at academic risk. See additional information on this policy.

Transfer Policy

Admission of transfer students is granted on the basis of previous college academic performance.
The steps to be completed for transfer admission are as follows:
  1. Complete the University at Buffalo transfer application process
  2. Submit all transcripts to the UB Office of Undergraduate Admissions
  3. Complete and submit the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Supplemental Application
Admission to engineering or computer science as an approved major requires the following:
  1. Submission of the UB Application by March 15th (for fall semester admission) or October 1st (for spring admission)
  2. Admission to the University at Buffalo
  3. Submission of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Supplemental Application. The deadlines for the supplemental application are May 1st (fall semester submission) and November 15th (spring semester submission)
  4. Completion of four required core courses (see above) with grades of C- or better and a combined core course grade point average of at least 2.5. Students are permitted to repeat at most one core course one time. A 'R' (resign) grade does not count as a repeat.
  5. The minimum overall cumulative GPA required for the major. The GPAs required for admission vary by academic year and requested major. The table above provides the GPA requirement for the 2016-17 academic year.
In addition to these specific requirements, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences will consider a student's entire academic record in reaching an admission decision. Factors such as a history of repeating, resigning, or failing classes, or low grades in classes relevant to the student's desired discipline may result in conditional admission or denial of admission.

When a student enters UB with ungraded transfer credit for the core courses, they will be required to develop a graded record of coursework at UB before being considered for admission to SEAS. In some cases, such students may be offered conditional admission to SEAS.

Students with legitimate extenuating circumstances may petition for exemption from the course repeat restriction. Specific examples include documented medical issues of the student or an immediate family member, the death of an immediate family member, a disability, military orders, or other significant personal hardships.

International applicants, those who are not US citizens or US permanent residents, should not complete the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Supplemental Application. International applicants should complete the International application and will be contacted by the Office of International Admissions if additional information is needed.

Notices of acceptance are sent on a rolling basis by UB's Office of Undergraduate Admissions (for acceptance to UB) and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Office of Undergraduate Education (for acceptance into engineering or computer science). An applicant must be accepted both to UB and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences to be an "Approved Major" in engineering or computer science.

Normally, transfer students who have completed an engineering science program at a community college or the first three years of a 3+2 program at a four-year college can expect to enter the third year of an engineering program at the University at Buffalo. Graduates of technology programs receive limited transfer credit and can expect three to four years of study at the university to complete the engineering or computer science degree requirements.

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