Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

General Education Requirements: The UB Curriculum

For All Undergraduates Entering UB Beginning Fall 2016

The UB Curriculum is a program of core study built around intellectual discovery and integrative learning. It emphasizes critical thinking, ethical reasoning, global learning, and strong communication skills, providing the tools students need to succeed in their professional lives and to meet the responsibilities of citizenship in a diverse and interconnected world. The Program consists of four main program components — UB Seminar, Foundations, Pathways and Capstone — and comprises 40 credits of study for all students, irrespective of major. To learn more about each of these components, please visit the UB Curriculum website.

Upon completion of the UB Curriculum students will:

  1. Attain and apply knowledge in written, oral and visual communication; mathematics and quantitative reasoning; and natural sciences.
  2. Acquire, apply, analyze, evaluate and integrate knowledge from a wide range of disciplines.
  3. Attain and apply critical thinking skills to define and solve problems.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of human and cultural diversity within local and global contexts.
  5. Acquire the knowledge, skills, technologies, ethical judgment and personal responsibility for effective citizenship, professional leadership, and lifelong learning.

Students will also have met all the expected learning outcomes for the State University of New York General Education Requirements. SUNY General Education Requirement designations for UB courses may be found at TAURUS.

UB Seminar

Complete any academic department’s UB Seminar course numbered 199.

The following students should complete any academic department’s UB Seminar course numbered 198:

  • Transfer students entering UB with 45 or more credits from an accredited domestic institution.
  • Reentering students who have completed 45 credits or more of coursework (either transfer or UB credits) prior to their reentry to UB.
  • Reentering students who have completed one of the following courses prior to fall 2016: CAS 101, CPM 101, CPM 203, EAS 140, HON 102, UBE 101, UBE 102 (Leadership House section only), UE 101, UE 140 or UE 141.

All students are required to complete their UB Seminar during their first semester of enrollment. Students who resign or fail the UB Seminar may not be able to retake the course during the fall or spring semester, per the Course Enrollment Control Policy.

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Communication Literacy I

Complete ENG 105.

Students may fulfill this requirement based on UB evaluation of AP English Language and Composition, SAT, or ACT test scores. Based on TOEFL or IELTS scores, some students may be required to complete ENG 100 as a prerequisite to ENG 105.

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Communication Literacy II

Complete one course from the following list. Some majors will require or recommend students complete their Communication Literacy II requirement by taking a course within the major. Other students should select a course from list of Recommended Courses.

Recommended Courses for Students Who Are Not Meeting a Specific Requirement of a Major

  • COM 300: Written Communications
  • DMS 413: Filmic Text: Color & the Moving Image
  • DMS 480: Social Media & Networks
  • ENG 202: Technical Communication
  • ENG 207: Introduction to Writing Poetry and Fiction
  • ENG 208: Writing about Literature
  • ENG 285: Writing in the Health Sciences
  • ENG 350: Professional Writing
  • ENG 209: Writing about Science
  • ENG 396: Advanced Journalism
  • LAI 301: Composing in Human Sciences
  • LIN 356: Introduction to Contemporary Theories of Metaphor

Additional Courses that Satisfy the Communication Literacy II Requirement

  • AMS 364: Seminar for Majors
  • BCH 404: Communication Literacy in Biochemistry
  • BIO 387: Communicating in Biology
  • CL 205: Heroes
  • EAS 360: STEM Communications
  • END 350: Environmental Design Workshop 1
  • FR 343: Advanced Grammar and Composition
  • GLY 206: Geological Mapping Techniques and Communication
  • ITA 322: Conversation & Civilization
  • MGG 303: Communication Literacy for Business
  • MT 426: Technical Communications for the Scientific Professional
  • NSG 348: Evidence Based Practice and Nursing Research
  • PHC 330/331: Case Studies in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmaceutical Sciences Writing Lab
  • PSY 295: Communicating for Psychological Sciences
  • SOC 421: Writing Sociologically
  • SPA 314: Advanced Composition and Conversation
  • TH 201: Script Analysis
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Mathematical & Quantitative Reasoning

Complete one course from the following list:

Recommended Courses for Students Who Are Not Meeting a Specific Requirement of a Major

  • CSE 111: Great Ideas in Computer Science 1
  • LAI 111: Math Reasoning and Communication
  • MTH 101: Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics
  • STA 119: Statistical Methods
  • ULC 148: Intermediate Algebra and Trigonometry
  • CEP 207: Introduction to Statistics and Computing

Additional Courses that Satisfy the Mathematical & Quantitative Reasoning Requirement

  • GEO 211: Univariate Statistics in Geography
  • MGQ 201: Introduction to Statistics for Analytics
  • MTH 115: Survey of Algebra and Trigonometry
  • MTH 121: Survey of Calculus and Its Applications 1
  • MTH 122: Survey of Calculus and Its Applications 2
  • MTH 131: Math Analysis for Management
  • MTH 141: College Calculus 1
  • MTH 142: College Calculus 2
  • NSG 295: Statistics for Health Care
  • PHI 215: Symbolic Logic
  • PSC 408: Basic Statistics for Social Science
  • PSY 207: Psychological Statistics
  • SOC 294: Basic Statistics for Social Sciences
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Scientific Literacy & Inquiry

Students must complete at least 7 credits, including at least one semester of laboratory, from the following options below. Laboratory courses must be from the same subject area as one of the completed lecture courses.

Option 1 is recommended for students pursing a field outside of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Option 1 includes courses that satisfy all of the Scientific Literacy and Inquiry (SLI) Learning Outcomes, allowing students the flexibility to select any two lectures (Column A) and corresponding lab (Column B). Courses in columns A and B in Option 2 and Option 3, when paired, satisfy all of the SLI Learning Outcomes.

  Column A AND Column B
Option 1

2 lecture courses required:

  • BIO 129LEC
  • BIO 130LEC
  • GEO 101
  • GEO 104
  • GEO 106
  • GLY 101
  • GLY 102
  • GLY 103
  • NTR 108
  • NTR 109
  • PHY 101*
  • PHY 102*
  • PHY 107*
  • PHY 108*
  • PHY 117*
  • PHY 118*
  • PHY 121**

* These courses are recommended for students majoring in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) field

** Students may complete the 7-credit SLI sequence using PHY 121 (3.5 credits) and PHY 122 (3.5 credits). Those students wishing to take PHY 121 in combination with a different science may do so by selecting a LEC and corresponding LAB from Option 1 for total of 7.5 credits.

1 lab course required:

  • BIO 129LAB
  • BIO 130LAB
  • GEO 105
  • GLY 105
  • NTR 110
  • PHY 151
  • PHY 152
  • PHY 158
Option 2

1 lecture course required:

  • BIO 129LEC
  • BIO 130LEC
  • GEO 101
  • GEO 104
  • GEO 106
  • GLY 101
  • GLY 102
  • GLY 103
  • NTR 108
  • NTR 109
  • PHY 101
  • PHY 102
  • PHY 107
  • PHY 108
  • PHY 117
  • PHY 118
  • PHY 121

1 lecture course required that includes lab component:

  • ANA 113
  • ARC 352
  • BIO 200
  • BIO 201
  • CHE 101
  • CHE 105
  • CHE 107
  • ES 207
  • PHY 122
Option 3

1 course required:

  • BIO 200

1 course required:

  • BIO 201
  • CHE 101
  • CHE 105
  • CHE 107
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Diversity Learning

Complete at least one course from the following list. The course used to complete the Diversity Learning requirement may also be used to fulfill another UB Curriculum requirement (if that course also fulfills another UB Curriculum requirement as outlined in this catalog).

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Complete one Thematic AND one Global Pathway by selecting courses from the list of approved topics.

Complete one of 5 tracks within the Thematic Pathway: Environment, Health, Humanity, Innovation or Justice. Complete one of 3 tracks in the Global Pathway: Global Reflections, International Experience, or Language & Culture.

Students complete one course from each course list within a topic. Thus, each Pathway must include at least 9 credits or 3 courses. Some topics in the Language and Culture track may only include 2 courses to satisfy the 9 credit requirement.

Except for those in the Languages and Cultures track, each Pathway’s courses must be from at least 2 different subjects. For example, all 3 Thematic Pathway courses cannot be from Psychology (course subject: PSY).

When completing each Pathway, students are required to cover at least 2 different UB Areas. If a course is designated as fulfilling more than one UB Area, students can use that course to satisfy only one of those UB Areas.

The UB Areas include:

  • Arts
  • Civilizations & History
  • Humanities
  • Languages
  • Social Sciences

The Thematic Pathway courses should cover 2 different UB Areas than those covered by the Global Pathway. Thus, students need to complete at least 4 UB Areas via their Pathways courses.

Students should use the Path Finder to select their Pathway courses. Students are encouraged to do so early in their careers in consultation with their Academic Advisor. If a student selects a particular Pathway via the Path Finder but then fulfills a different series of courses, s/he should update his/her selection in the Path Finder.

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UB Capstone

Complete UBC 399.

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General Education Policies

Students entering prior to fall 2016 should reference the General Education Requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog from the year of their matriculation at the University at Buffalo. Students entering UB’s programs at the Singapore Institute of Management in 2016-2017 will adhere to the General Education Requirements in the 2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog.

Students entering or reentering UB who have previously earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited US college or recognized foreign institution will not be required to complete the UB Curriculum when earning their subsequent degree.

Reentering Students

Reentering students may be allowed to graduate under the general education program in effect during their previous entry to UB if one of the two following conditions has been met. They may do so by submitting a Petition for Undergraduate Graduation Requirement Exemption form.

  • If a student’s previous catalog year is 2002-2015, and his/her course requirements for the UB General Education program that was in place at the time of his/her previous entry have already been completed, he or she may graduate with the original General Education requirements.
  • If a student’s previous catalog year was 2002-2015, and s/he was within 3 courses of completion of the previous general education course requirements when s/he was last enrolled at UB, s/he may complete the remaining courses and graduate with the previous general education program.

Reentering students whose initial catalog year pre-dates 2002 will adhere to the general education program that is active at the time of their reentry regardless of the number of courses completed prior to their break in attendance. Students should review their previous coursework with an academic advisor for potential application to the UB Curriculum via course substitution.

Course Applicability

With the exception of the Diversity Learning requirement, a given course may be applied toward only one UB Curriculum requirement.

Courses in which the student opts for S/U grading cannot be used to satisfy UB Curriculum requirements.

Internship, independent study, undergraduate teaching, experiential learning, and other courses not based on classroom experiences may not be used to meet UB Curriculum requirements.

Transfer Coursework and Test Credit

Transfer courses from accredited institutions and other alternative credits that articulate directly to the specified courses listed for each respective UB Curriculum requirement may be used to fulfill that particular requirement.

SUNY has established minimum General Education requirements for campuses across the SUNY system. Students should understand that meeting SUNY General Education requirements at other campuses does not mean that they have completed the UB Curriculum.

A SUNY General Education Transcript Addendum (GETA) will be accepted as meeting the relevant UBC requirement, regardless of the direct course it articulates to at UB, if the GETA is earned prior to matriculation (for new students) or re-matriculation (for reentering students) at the University at Buffalo. For such students, SUNY GETAs will apply to the UB Curriculum as follows:

  • Basic Communication will fulfill the Communication Literacy 1 requirement.
  • Mathematics will fulfill the Math and Quantitative Reasoning requirement.
  • Natural Sciences will fulfill one lecture course of the Scientific Literacy and Inquiry requirement. (Articulated courses may be used to fulfill the remainder of this requirement.)
  • American History, Arts, Foreign Language, Humanities, Other World Civilizations, Social Sciences, and Western Civilization may be used to fulfill 2 of the 3 courses required for the Thematic or Global Pathway. (Articulated courses may be used to fulfill the remainder of this requirement.)

When courses are taken elsewhere while a student is matriculated at UB, only the direct course articulation will apply to the UBC requirement. GETAs earned by UB students during their matriculation at UB will not be applied. This includes (but is not limited to) GETAs earned at other institutions via cross registration, while on Leave of Absence, or during summer or winter sessions of an academic year during which the student is an active UB student.

The UB Curriculum meets, and in many cases exceeds, these requirements. UB students transferring to other SUNY schools will be awarded a SUNY GETA as follows:

  • Communication Literacy 1 fulfills Basic Communication.
  • Math and Quantitative Reasoning fulfills Mathematics.
  • The first lecture course for Scientific Literacy and Inquiry fulfills National Sciences.
  • Pathways and Diversity Learning courses fulfill American History, Arts, Foreign Language, Humanities, Other World Civilizations, Social Sciences, and/or Western Civilization.
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Last updated: June 10 2021 14:53:43