Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the UB Curriculum you 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.

Component Learning Outcomes

UB Seminar

Having completed a three-credit UB Seminar (199), you will be able to:

  • Think critically using multiple modes of inquiry.
  • Analyze disciplinary content to identify contexts, learn fresh perspectives, and debate and discuss problems in the field.
  • Understand and apply methods of close reading, note taking, analysis, and synthesis.
  • Recognize and debate ethical issues and academic integrity in a variety of settings.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in oral discourse and written communication.
  • Develop essential research and study skills, such as time management.
  • Use an ePortfolio for at least one assignment.
  • Understand the academic expectations pertaining to being a student at the University at Buffalo and to higher learning at a research university.

Having completed a one-credit UB Seminar (198), you will be able to:

  • Describe the unique character of higher learning in a university, such as deep domain knowledge, the role of research, and the value of experiential learning.
  • Articulate the components of the UB general education program and the integration of multiple disciplines.
  • Understand your chosen major or other fields of study and the key concepts that will be explored in those disciplines.
  • Understand the necessity for writing/communication in university and professional settings.
  • Initiate use of the ePortfolio and select a thematic framework for the UB general education program using articulated transfer and UB coursework.


Communication Literacy 1

Having completed Communication Literacy 1 course, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate, construct and support arguments.
  • Analyze the effects of different audiences, purposes, and genres on communication practices across media (rhetorical analysis).
  • Locate, evaluate, synthesize and manage information (text, visuals, media) effectively and ethically.
  • Analyze how information is created, disseminated and used in a constantly evolving information environment.
  • Compose in a variety of academic, professional and civic contexts.
  • Compose and deliver effective oral presentations.
  • Understand, evaluate, and compose effective visual communications.
  • Understand and use current digital composition methods.
  • Vary appropriately genre conventions for structure, paragraphing, tone and mechanics.
  • Analyze cultural and human differences when communicating.

Communication Literacy 2

Having completed Communication Literacy 2, you will be able to:

  • Compose in academic, professional, and/or workplace genres related to a field of study.
  • Apply writing processes common to that field.
  • Compose and deliver a professional presentation.
  • Describe the conventions of genres within a field.
  • Make effective disciplinary and professional arguments.

Math and Quantitative Reasoning

Having completed the Math and Quantitative Reasoning course, you will be able to:
  • Choose appropriate methods or models for a given problem, using information from observed or deduced data and knowledge of the system being studied. 
  • Employ quantitative methods, mathematical models, statistics, and/or logic to analyze data and solve real-world problems beyond the level of basic algebra. 
  • Identify common mistakes and/or limitations in empirical and deductive reasoning, and in mathematical, quantitative, and/or logical problem solving.
  • Interpret mathematical models, formulas, graphs, and/or tables, to draw inferences from them, and explain these inferences. 

Scientific Literacy & Inquiry

Having completed the Scientific Literacy and Inquiry sequence, you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate that scientific knowledge applies across multiple scales of size and/or time.
  • Demonstrate understanding of and employ the scientific method.
  • Demonstrate an understanding that science is a continuous process and that our understanding of scientific phenomena has changed across time.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how scientific principles are used to solve tangible problems.
  • Recognize key ethical issues in scientific practice.
  • Distinguish scientific information from pseudo-scientific information and demonstrate an understanding of the nature of legitimate scientific debate.

Diversity Learning

Having completed the Diversity Learning Requirement you will be able to:

  • Understand the challenges and possibilities inherent in a diverse society.
  • Think critically, and with an open mind, about controversial contemporary and historical topics stemming from issues such as gender, race, class, ethnicity, religion, and disabilities in American society. 
  • Understand that categories of diversity develop and change over time. 
  • Describe how categories of diversity intersect or connect with each other, creating complex identities and perspectives. 
  • Recognize that categories of difference create both institutional inequalities and advantages. 
  • Explain how historical contexts (such as Western global expansion, slavery, capitalism, gender inequality, immigration, and/or social movements) have shaped contemporary realities. 


Having completed the Pathways, you will be able to: 

  • Examine multiple, sometimes competing or conflicting perspectives, and draw connections between your Pathway courses and selected Pathway topics, in order to develop your own view.
  • Critically reflect on selected Pathway topics through different disciplinary lenses.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of global issues and events informed by multiple cultures and diverse points of view.


Having completed the Capstone, you will be able to:

  • Articulate connections across different academic disciplines and perspectives.
  • Adapt and apply skills, abilities, theories or methodologies acquired in one situation to new situations.
  • Connect relevant experiences and academic knowledge.
  • Demonstrate an evolving sense of self as learner.
  • Integrate different forms of communication to enhance meaning (prose, sound, visual media).
  • Apply your understanding of digital citizenship to create an academic capstone portfolio.