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:
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.
Complete any academic department’s UB Seminar course numbered 199.
The following students should complete any academic department’s UB Seminar course numbered 198:
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.Back to top
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.Back to top
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.
Complete one course from the following list:
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|
2 lecture courses required:
* 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:
1 lecture course required:
1 lecture course required that includes lab component:
1 course required:
1 course required:
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).Back to top
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:
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.Back to top
Complete UBC 399.Back to top
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 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.
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.
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 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:
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:
Last updated: June 10 2021 14:53:43