Admission to SEAS for Transfer Students

Admission to the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University at Buffalo comprises a two-step process. Students must first apply to and be admitted by the University at Buffalo. Students must then submit a Supplemental Application that is reviewed by the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Admission Criteria

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 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.
  5. 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 B.A. 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 or MTH 191)

Overall GPA Requirements

Major Overall GPA
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering2.8
Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, and Industrial Engineering; Computer Science; Engineering Physics2.5

Additional Considerations

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.

Test Credit

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 #4). In fact, academic advisors often recommend that students complete core courses at UB after receiving test credit for a course.

Access to Courses

Intended and approved SEAS majors are permitted to enroll in 100- and 200-level SEAS courses (EAS, BE, CE, CIE, CSE, EE, IE, MAE) on a space-available basis.

Enrollment into upper-level (300+) SEAS courses requires admission to SEAS as an approved major.

Coursework Advisement

Transfer students are encouraged to utilize our electronic flowsheets for help in identifying courses required for their desired major. Transfer students should pay particular attention to the course requisite sequences identified by the flowsheets to ensure that they have the necessary prerequisites to enter our courses in a timely manner. For example, students without EAS209 Mechanics of Solids cannot take the recommended sequence of junior year classes in mechanical, aerospace, or civil engineering.

SUNY Seamless Transfer

SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY Schools simple and efficient for SUNY students. SUNY has defined courses that SUNY students can take before transferring which will apply to the major at UB and ensure timely graduation.

Information about the Transfer Path for various majors is available from the SUNY Website.

Course Articulations

For information about how your college credits will transfer please begin by visiting Will your Credits Transfer? You will be introduced to the university’s transfer articulation system, called TAURUS, which will show you how transfer courses match UB courses and requirements. When you are admitted you will receive a detailed report showing these articulations. Whatever your situation however, an appointment with an engineering advisor can be helpful in interpreting this more fully.