Overview of the UB Curriculum

The UB Curriculum is our innovative, student-centered approach to general education for all undergraduates. The UB Curriculum makes general education a purposeful program with a beginning and an end, where every step of the journey builds on the last, readying graduates for everything to come. 

Program Components and Requirements

The UB Curriculum consists of four components comprised of 40 credits of study for all students, regardless of major. The UB Curriculum is a universally accessible program and therefore no course substitutions should be necessary.

The UB Curriculum Credit Hours
UB Seminar
Domestic transfer students entering UB with 45 or more credits will enroll in the one-credit UB Seminar. All others will take the three-credit UB Seminar.
3 or 1 credits

The entryway to your UB education. A discussion-based seminar built around grand challenges and big ideas. 

The UB Curriculum Credit Hours
Communication Literacy 1 4 credits
Communication Literacy 2 3 credits
Math and Quantitative Reasoning 4 credits
Scientific Literacy and Inquiry Sequence 7 credits

Diversity Learning Requirement

Students are required to take at least one three-credit course focusing on domestic diversity. An approved course can be taken anywhere in the program and may also satisfy the other aspects of the program (e.g., UB Seminar or Pathway course).

 

Courses in diversity, writing, math and natural sciences that promote critical thinking, creative problem-solving, enhanced communication skills, cultural competencies, and ethical and analytical reasoning. 

The UB Curriculum Credit Hours
 
Thematic Pathway 9 credits
Global Pathway 9 credits

A series of courses interconnected by theme or concept across a wide range of disciplines. Pathways can be customized to complement pre-existing interests or to expand horizons and engage curiosity. 

The UB Curriculum Credit Hours
 
Capstone 1 credit

A final project that integrates the whole in anticipation of next steps in life and learning. 

UB Curriculum Infographic

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