Many students enroll in an EFB degree program with the ultimate goal of a career in medicine, veterinary science, or other health professions. Others are focused on a career in Science Education, or want to have the necessary qualifications as a back-up plan. While these goals are very different, they share the fact that no formal undergraduate major exists, so students must take a more active role in planning their course selections. With the following guidelines, and the help of a specialized faculty advisor, this is simple to do.
Either the Environmental Biology or Biotechnology majors will prepare students for admission to a variety of professional schools in health-related areas, including human and veterinary medicine. A rigorous foundation in the basic biological sciences, calculus, physics and organic chemistry is provided by the core requirements of these majors. Potential electives include certain benchmark courses that admissions committees of professional schools frequently look for, such as comparative vertebrate anatomy and animal physiology. Pre-veterinary students will find strong supporting courses and faculty interest in vertebrate biology, and pre-medical students can pursue such relevant elective subjects as microbiology and environmental toxicology. In addition, our students take advantage of Syracuse University’s broad array of relevant courses and the fine advising, counseling and resources of their Health Professions Advisory Program. Students can earn credit for a variety of internships, such as paid or volunteer work in clinics and other professional settings.
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Scott Turner, Dr. James Nakas
Course suggestions: In addition to fulfilling the requirements for a BS in Environmental Biology, students should have passed two semesters each of organic chemistry, calculus and physics. These courses are part of the core requirements in Biotechnology, but and it is recommended that the physics sequence be PHY 211/221 and 212/222 (these are higher-level courses, based on a knowledge of calculus). Further, students should distribute at least 19 of their upper division elective credit-hours in the manner described below.
The following elective courses are available at ESF or Syracuse University. Students should take at least four courses from this list, the particular courses to be determined in consultation with the advisor. (POI = permission of instructor)
|Course #||Course Title||Credits||Prerequisites||Offered|
|EFB 420||Internship in EFB||3-5|
|EFB 480||Principles of Animal Behavior||4||-||Spring|
|EFB 501||Introduction to Genetic Engineering||3||-||Spring|
|EFB 510||Health and Our Chemical Environment||3||-||Fall|
|EFB 561||Medical Entomology||3||EFB 352 Elements of Entomology||Spring (even)|
|FCH 530||Biochemistry I||3||2 sem organic chemistry||Fall|
|FCH 532||Biochemistry II||3||2 sem organic chemistry||Spring|
|ANT 431||Human Variation||3||-||yearly|
|ANT 432||Disease and Human Evolution||3||General Biology||yearly|
|ANT 433||Human Skeletal Anatomy||3||POI||yearly|
|ANT 455||Culture and AIDS||3||-||-|
|ANT 465||Medical Anthropology||3||POI||even|
|ANT 467||Culture and Mental Disorders||3||POI||even|
|BIO 462||Functional Animal Ecology||3||Animal Physiology||yearly|
|BIO 447||Immunology||3||Cell Biology, Genetics||yearly|
|BIO 501||Biology of Cancer||3||Cell Biology, 1 sem Organic Chemistry||yearly|
|BIO 503||Developmental Biology||3||-||Even|
|BIO 518||Endocrinology||3||Cell Biology, 1 sem Organic Chemistry||yearly|
|PSY 315||Drugs and Human Behavior||3||-||yearly|
|PSY 321||Introduction to Sensation and Perception||3||-||on demand|
|PSY 322||Human Information Processing||3||-||yearly|
|PSY 323||Brain and Behavior||3||Biopsychology or equiv, POI||yearly|
|PSY 324||Developmental Biopsychology||3||-||yearly|
|PSY 331||Laboratory in Sensation and Perception||2||Research methodology||on demand|
|PSY 332||Laboratory in Human Information Processing||2||Behavior, POI||yearly|
|PSY 333||Laboratory in Brain and Behavior||2||Biopsychology or equiv, POI||yearly|
|PSY 334||Laboratory in Developmental Biopsychology||2||-||yearly|
|PSY 422||Cognition of Left/Right Brain Function||3||Biopsychology or equiv, POI||yearly|
|PSY 423||Cognition of Left/Right Brain Function Laboratory||2||Biopsychology or equiv, POI||yearly|
|PSY 426||Cognitive Neurochemistry||3||Biopsychology or equiv, POI||irregular|
|REL 551||Ethics and the Health Professions||3||-||yearly|
|BEN 305||Engineering Analysis of Living Systems I||4||Gen Biol, Gen Chem, Calc, Gen Phys||yearly|
|BEN 306||Engineering Analysis of Living Systems II||4||BEN 305||yearly|
|BEN 310||Bioenergetics and Transport Phenomena||4||Gen Phys, Calc||irregular|
|BEN 465||Skeletomuscular Biomechanics||3||BEN 305, Calc, POI||yearly|
Science Education (Biology and General Science Teaching, Grades 7-12)
Teaching in public schools, private schools, nature centers, and other educational institutions continues to be an important profession and source of employment for graduates of the ENB curriculum. The current shortage of science teachers in middle and high schools has created a good job market in that area.
Students may qualify for provisional certification as teachers of general science and biology in grades 7-12 in public schools. This program requires application and admission into a joint degree program between ESF and Syracuse University's School of Education, and Environmental Biology is the only appropriate EFB major. This program, approved by the NYS Education Department, permits students to complete education courses, including student teaching, while enrolled full-time and charged state (ESF) tuition. Since the program entails three core semesters of professional education classes, two of which include semesters devoted to student teaching, an extra semester or two maybe required to complete your program. Also note that the three-semester set of core education classes must be completed in sequence and must be begun in the fall semester.
Paul Douglas Teaching Scholarships (federal) and the Empire State Challenger Scholarships (NYS) are available competitively to finance the education of those willing to commit to public school teaching following graduation. Additional information, including an application, is available from: Dean of Instruction and Graduate Studies, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 227 Bray Hall, Syracuse, N.Y. 13210 (telephone (315) 470-6599).
Dr. Thomas Horton serves as primary faculty advisor to ENB undergraduates interested in the joint science education program. Andrew Saunders serves as the liaison between science education and environmental interpretation (see Environmental Interpretation elective concentration). Students contemplating pursuit of the Science Education program also should contact Dr. John Tillotson at Syracuse University (112 Heroy, 443-9137) as early as possible for further advising on SU science education course requirements. Both Dr. Horton and Dr. Tillotson can provide you with a detailed information package on how to complete the Science Education program requirements and obtain provisional teaching certification.
Courses typically taken prior to professional semesters (Candidacy and Student Teaching)
A course still under development covering topics such as identifying and reporting child abuse, alcohol, tobacco and drug use; and safety issues
Candidacy semester (spring only-typically junior year)
Standard Student Teaching semester (fall only-typically senior year)
15 clock hours of volunteer science tutoring
Computer course (3 cr.) (emphasizes the use of technology in the classroom).
Science requirements: 30+ credit hours in the primary content area (i.e. biology), 15 credits hours in
the secondary content area (i.e. chemistry), and 6 credit hours each in two other science content areas (i.e. physics and geology)
Professional Portfolio. Each student begins to develop a professional portfolio during the EDU 207 semester.
Other Requirements and Suggestions