Pathways for Engineering and Computer Science Students

Pathways are a central component of the UB Curriculum. Students are required to complete both a Global and Thematic pathway. Each pathway requires a minimum of nine credit hours, typically satisfied by completing three courses of three or more credit hours.

The university provides a Path Finder Tool, a planning tool to aid in the selection of your pathway courses.

This page provides additional resources to help guide engineering and computer science students with respect to course selection.

A typical engineering or computer science student will complete a Thematic pathway within one of the five Thematic tracks (Environment, Health, Humanity, Innovation, and Justice) and a Global Pathway within the Global Reflections track (please note that engineering and computer students are free to pursue either the International Experience or Language and Culture track for the Global pathway). These pathways are satisfied by completing three courses, with the first selected from a “List 1”, the second selected from a “List 2”, and the third selected from a “List 3”.

With this approach, students complete a total of six pathway courses. A typical engineering or computer science student will need to satisfy the following requirements via the pathways.

  1. Four of the five UB Areas:
    • A: Arts
    • C: Civilization and History
    • H: Humanities
    • L: Languages
    • S: Social Sciences
  2. Diversity Learning: Students are required to take at least one three-credit course focusing on domestic diversity. An approved course can satisfy both a UB Area and Diversity Learning requirement.

Many of the pathways contain engineering and/or computer science courses within List 3. Selecting pathways that contain courses within the major both allows a student to connect ideas from their major with the UB Curriculum and allows a student to move through the pathways most expeditiously.

We recommend that engineering and computer science students select pathway courses as follows

  1. Identify pathways that contain List 3 courses that are required major courses or can be used to satisfy technical elective requirements. See the tables below for guidance. Select two of these: one Thematic and one Global pathway.
  2. For the first pathway, pick a List 1 course that satisfies one of the UB Areas and a List 2 course that satisfies a second UB Area.
  3. For the second pathway, pick a List 1 course that satisfies a third UB Area and a List 2 course that satisfies a fourth UB Area.
  4. Check to ensure that one of the List 1 or List 2 courses satisfy the Diversity Learning requirement. If not, revisit the four courses selected to satisfy the UB Areas, and make sure that at least one of these courses satisfies the Diversity Learning requirement.
  5. Repeat until you identify two Pathways that interest you!

The following table provides the number of major courses that appear as List 3 courses for SEAS degree programs. More specifically, we list the number of courses that both appear as requirements on the flowsheet and as List 3 courses within the pathway. By selecting a pathway that aligns with the major it is highly likely that a student will complete a List 3 course by simply following the standard program of study for the major.

When clicking on a green cell, the collection of List 3 courses that align with the major will be displayed. The pathway description is provided when clicking on a pathway title.

Pathways that include courses required by engineering or computer science programs

Note: we expect a new BA Computer Science curriculum to become effective Fall 2016. We are awaiting final approval and will provide pathway information after we receive approval for the modified program.

PathwayTypeASEBECECENCIECS BACS BSEEEGPENVIEME
Ancient CivilizationsThematic010020011110
Ancient Civilizations - Global PathwayGlobal010020011110
Business, Economy and SocietyThematic111223121152
Business, Economy and Society - Global PathwayGlobal111223121152
Cities and SocietiesThematic000031010300
Cross-Cultural Explorations: Big Ideas and Lived ExperiencesThematic113010011102
Cross-Cultural Explorations: Big Ideas and Lived Experiences - Global PathwayGlobal113010011102
Cultures in Rebellion and Avant-Gardes InnovationThematic000000010000
Design & The Built EnvironmentThematic301643310235
Environment and SustainabilityThematic200110011102
Global ConflictsThematic000001011100
Global Conflicts - Global PathwayGlobal000001011100
Global SouthThematic000000011000
Global South - Global PathwayGlobal000000011000
Health, Medicine, and SocietyThematic032211010100
Human NatureThematic011121110210
Media, Innovation, EntrepreneurshipThematic000113110110
Milestones in Western Culture & ArtsThematic000011010000
Milestones in Western Culture & Arts - Global PathwayGlobal000011010000
Myth, Language and CultureThematic001010011020
Myth, Language and Culture - Global PathwayGlobal001010011020
Place, Space and TimeThematic001001010110
Place, Space and Time - Global PathwayGlobal001001010110
Screen CulturesThematic010002010000
Social Justice in a Changing WorldThematic010021111200
Social Problems & Social PoliciesThematic012120210100
Spectacular WorldsThematic000011010110
Spectacular Worlds - Global PathwayGlobal000011010110
Understanding RacismThematic010000110000
War, Violence & SocietyThematic000001011000

The following table provides the number of courses with a given departmental abbreviation that serve as List 3 courses. By selecting a pathway that aligns with a departmental abbreviation it is likely that a student will complete a List 3 course by following the standard program of study for the major. However, in some cases, a List 3 course may need to be selected as an elective within the major.

Pathways that include engineering or computer science courses

PathwayTypeBECECIECSEEEIEMAE
Ancient CivilizationsThematic1030110
Ancient Civilizations - Global PathwayGlobal1030110
Business, Economy and SocietyThematic1133282
Business, Economy and Society - Global PathwayGlobal1133282
Cities and SocietiesThematic0051100
Cross-Cultural Explorations: Big Ideas and Lived ExperiencesThematic1310112
Cross-Cultural Explorations: Big Ideas and Lived Experiences - Global PathwayGlobal1310112
Cultures in Rebellion and Avant-Gardes InnovationThematic0000120
Design & The Built EnvironmentThematic0166158
Environment and SustainabilityThematic0012102
Global ConflictsThematic0011110
Global Conflicts - Global PathwayGlobal0011110
Global SouthThematic0000100
Global South - Global PathwayGlobal0000100
Health, Medicine, and SocietyThematic4215130
Human NatureThematic1132140
Media, Innovation, EntrepreneurshipThematic0012140
Milestones in Western Culture & ArtsThematic0010100
Milestones in Western Culture & Arts - Global PathwayGlobal0010100
Myth, Language and CultureThematic0110120
Myth, Language and Culture - Global PathwayGlobal0110120
Place, Space and TimeThematic0213110
Place, Space and Time - Global PathwayGlobal0213110
Screen CulturesThematic1000110
Social Justice in a Changing WorldThematic1032110
Social Problems & Social PoliciesThematic2223110
Spectacular WorldsThematic0020110
Spectacular Worlds - Global PathwayGlobal0020110
Understanding RacismThematic1002100
War, Violence & SocietyThematic0001110

The table below provides information regarding the number of courses within List 1 and List 2 that align with a UB Area and potentially Diversity Learning.

A green cell denotes that there are courses within List 1 or List 2 that map to a given UB Area. A blue cell denotes that there are courses within List 1 or List 2 that map to a given UB Area and serve as a Diversity Learning course (the number provided in parentheses indicates the number of Diversity Learning courses with a given UB Area). When clicking on a shaded cell, the collection of List 1 or List 2 courses that align with the UB Area will be displayed. Scheduling information is also provided. Note that in some cases a course aligns with multiple UB Areas. However, these courses will satisfy just one of the six total pathways courses and one of the four UB Areas required.

UB Areas and Diversity Learning

Select a major from the drop-down to restrict the pathway list to those that contain major courses within List 3.

Major:

PathwayTypeList 1List 2
ACHLSACHLS
Ancient CivilizationsThematic3330121103
Ancient Civilizations - Global PathwayGlobal3330121103
Business, Economy and SocietyThematic0220324505
Business, Economy and Society - Global PathwayGlobal0220324505
Cities and SocietiesThematic2 (1)5 (2)3 (1)0210403 (1)
Cross-Cultural Explorations: Big Ideas and Lived ExperiencesThematic03 (1)2 (1)02 (1)26 (1)805 (1)
Cross-Cultural Explorations: Big Ideas and Lived Experiences - Global PathwayGlobal03 (1)2 (1)02 (1)26 (1)805 (1)
Cultures in Rebellion and Avant-Gardes InnovationThematic1110012201
Design & The Built EnvironmentThematic301014 (1)1 (1)705
Environment and SustainabilityThematic0110220102
Global ConflictsThematic0530204401
Global Conflicts - Global PathwayGlobal0530204401
Global SouthThematic021021 (1)1 (1)3 (1)02
Global South - Global PathwayGlobal021021 (1)1 (1)3 (1)02
Health, Medicine, and SocietyThematic012 (1)04 (2)13504
Human NatureThematic0240232 (2)3 (1)04 (2)
Media, Innovation, EntrepreneurshipThematic2220244 (1)4 (1)03
Milestones in Western Culture & ArtsThematic5130054 (1)9 (1)02 (1)
Milestones in Western Culture & Arts - Global PathwayGlobal5130054 (1)9 (1)02 (1)
Myth, Language and CultureThematic0130111 (1)505 (1)
Myth, Language and Culture - Global PathwayGlobal0130111 (1)505 (1)
Place, Space and TimeThematic1110223403
Place, Space and Time - Global PathwayGlobal1110223403
Screen CulturesThematic111017 (2)3 (2)7 (2)02
Social Justice in a Changing WorldThematic013 (2)01 (1)2 (2)5 (3)6 (2)02 (2)
Social Problems & Social PoliciesThematic02 (1)2 (1)02 (1)2 (1)3 (2)1 (1)07 (1)
Spectacular WorldsThematic301009 (2)6 (2)6 (1)01
Spectacular Worlds - Global PathwayGlobal301009 (2)6 (2)6 (1)01
Understanding RacismThematic03 (3)3 (2)01 (1)2 (2)4 (3)4 (3)04 (3)
War, Violence & SocietyThematic03 (2)2 (2)0204 (1)4 (1)01

UB Areas and Diversity Learning by Course

Select the course abbreviation and course number from the drop-down lists to display pathways that contain a given course. For each pathway, the UB area(s) covered by the selected course are highlighted in bright green. The pathway lists that do not contain the selected course will display the UB areas covered by other courses in the pathway. The list that contains the selected course has green highlights for the UB area(s) covered by the course and grey cells for the other UB areas. If the selected class also satisfies the Diversity Learning requirement, the cell is shaded dark blue. For List 3, we also provide courses that do not satisfy a UB Area in the "N" column. These cells are highlighted red to denote the lack of association with a UB Area.

Course:

PathwayTypeList 1List 2List 3
ACHLSACHLSACHLSN