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 comprising 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.

UB Seminar

The UB Curriculum Credit Hours
UB Seminar
Transfer students entering UB will enroll in the one-credit UB Seminar. All first year students 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 in the United Stated Requirement Satisfied within the Pathways

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. 

(UBC 399)

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

View and download a UB Curriculum Program Overview Infographic. If you have difficulties accessing the infographic, please contact the UB Curriculum Office at ubcurriculum@buffalo.edu.