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Undergraduate Minors

Undergraduate Minors

To apply for admission to undergraduate minors for ESF students, you must fill out the ESF Minor Enrollment Form. Application requirements are noted in the descriptions of the minors below. Successful completion of a minor will be noted on the transcript of each student.

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Applied Statistics Minor

This minor provides students with an opportunity to extend their understanding of and ability to apply statistical methods beyond the basic techniques presented in introductory courses. The minor is intended to provide students with a strong background in statistical design (both sampling design and experimental design) and analysis. The 12-credit minor consists of two required courses (6 credits), APM 391 (or APM 395) and FOR 323 and 6 credits of directed electives of advanced courses, independent study, or teaching experience related to applied statistics.

Courses:
This minor requires 12 credits and includes the required courses (6 credits) and directed electives (6 credits) listed below. Other applied statistics courses may be substituted by petition for any course in the directed elective list with the approval of the FNRM Undergraduate Education Committee.

Required Courses (6 credits):

Course Credits
APM 391
OR
APM 395
Introduction to Probability and Statistics

Introduction to Statistics in Engineering
3 (cannot use both)
FOR 323 Forest Biometrics 3

Choose from the following directed electives (6 credits):

Course Credits
APM 620 Experimental Design and Analysis of Variance 3
APM 625 Sampling Methods 3
FOR 495 Undergraduate Teaching Assistance (must be in association with APM 391 or FOR 323) 1
FOR 498 Independent Study (under guidance of instructor of APM applied statistics courses) 2-3
FOR 323 Forest Biometrics 28
FOR 323 Forest Biometrics 28

Eligibility requirements:
Students from all programs at ESF are eligible for this minor if they have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better after one semester at ESF (or as a transfer student with same standing). Permission of the Forest & Natural Resources Management Chair and Undergraduate Education Coordinator (via petition) is required.

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Bioprocess Science Minor

The bioprocess science minor gives students an understanding of the rapidly developing bioprocessing industry, which uses the chemical, physical and biological processes developed by living organisms or their cellular components in a type of advanced manufacturing of specialty commercial products. Bioprocess science will influence diverse fields as it becomes widely used, such as for producing energy from sustainable sources.

The bioprocess science minor is available to all ESF undergraduate students (except students in the bioprocess engineering program) who maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8, and who desire to develop greater knowledge of bioprocess science and its related fields. Interested students must submit a petition and application form, with courses listed, to their academic advisor and the chair of their department, with final approval from the dean of Instruction and Graduate Studies. Students should declare the minor by the end of the sophomore year, but may petition to their home department for enrollment at any time after that. Successful completion of the minor will be noted on the student’s transcript.

Eighteen credit hours (6 courses) are required to satisfy the minor. Specified courses: PSE 370 Principles of Mass and Energy Balance (3); BPE 310 Colloid and Interface Science (3); BPE 420 Bioseparations (3); and at least three directed elective courses available from both ESF and Syracuse University including biology, forestry, chemical engineering, chemistry, paper science and engineering, bioprocess engineering, and environmental and biological engineering. Students are required to complete at least one course from a list of biological and chemistry electives and at least one course from a list of engineering electives. The complete list of courses is available from faculty advisors.

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Biotechnology Minor

The minor in biotechnology is for students who wish to add knowledge of biotechnology theories and methodologies to the experiences and qualifications gained from their undergraduate program. Required courses develop a basis for understanding biotechnology, both at the theoretical and practical levels. Directed electives allow students to focus on an area of interest in the field. The minor is available to all ESF undergraduate students except those in the biotechnology major.

Twenty credit hours of coursework are required for completion of the minor. Seventeen credits of specified courses include EFB 307 Principles of Genetics (3); EFB 308 Principles of Genetics Lab (1); BTC 401 Molecular Biology Techniques (4); EFB 325 Cell Biology (3); FCH 530 Biochemistry I (3); and FCH 532 Biochemistry II (3). One directed elective course (for a minimum of three credits) must be selected from the following list. A maximum of eight credits can count toward both major and minor requirements; overlap in excess of this number must be offset by taking additional courses from the directed elective list.

  • BTC 425 Plant Biotechnology (3)
  • BTC 426 Plant Tissue Culture Methods (3)
  • BTC 498 Research Problems in Biotechnology (3-6)
  • BTC 420 Internship in Biotechnology (3)
  • EFB 303 Introductory Environmental Microbiology (4)
  • FCH 531 Biochemistry Lab (3)
  • BIO 464 Applied Biotechnology (4) (SU)
  • MEDT 439 Applied Techniques in Medical Biotechnology (2) (SUNY Upstate)

Interested students must submit a petition, with a list of proposed courses intended to fulfill the minor requirements, to their faculty advisor, the undergraduate curriculum coordinator of their home department and the biotechnology minor coordinator, with final approval from the dean of Instruction and Graduate Studies.

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Chemistry Minor

The Minor in Chemistry is open to all undergraduates at SUNY-ESF. Admission to the Chemistry minor requires sophomore, or higher, status, students to have completed one year of General Chemistry (I and II) with lab (8 credits) and one year of Organic Chemistry (I and II) with lab (8 credits).

Requirements
Fifteen credit hours of upper division chemistry credits (300 level or above) are required from a list of suggested courses, including:

  • FCH 325 Organic Chemistry III - 4
  • FCH 360 Physical Chemistry I - 3
  • FCH 380 Analytical Chemistry I - 3
  • FCH 361 Physical Chemistry II - 3
  • FCH 381 Analytical Chemistry II - 3
  • FCH 384 Spectrometric Identification of Organic Compounds - 2
  • FCH 410 Inorganic Chemistry - 3
  • FCH 530 Biochemistry I - 3
  • FCH 531 Biochemistry Laboratory - 3
  • FCH 532 Biochemistry II - 3
  • FCH 510 Environmental Chemistry I - 3
  • FCH 511 Environmental Chemistry II - 3
  • FCH 515 Methods of Environmental Chemical Analysis - 3
  • FCH 550 Polymer Science: Synthesis and Mechanisms - 3
  • FCH 551 Polymer Techniques - 3
  • FCH 552 Polymer Science: Properties and Technology - 3

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Computer and Information Technology Minor

The computer and information technology minor is available to all ESF undergraduates who want to develop greater skill in computer science and information technology applications. By understanding the basic principles behind software development, students can more effectively use these tools in their chosen fields. To be eligible for this minor, a student must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or better by the end of the sophomore year. Interested students must submit a petition form, with courses listed, to their academic advisor and undergraduate coordinator, with final approval from the dean of Instruction and Graduate Studies.

Eighteen credit hours (6 courses) in computer science and information technology courses are required. Required courses: APM 153 Computing Methods for Engineers and Physical Scientists (3) or APM 360 Introduction to Computer Programming (3); ESF 200 Information Literacy (1); CIS 252 Introduction to Computer Science (4); CIS 351 Data Structures (4). Elective courses: at least two courses (6 credits) chosen from among courses available from both ESF and Syracuse University including Applied Mathematics (APM), Environmental Resource Engineering, Forestry, Wood Products Engineering, Computer and Information Science, Computer Engineering, and Computational Science. The complete list is available from faculty advisors.

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Construction Management Minor

The construction management minor is available to all ESF undergraduates (except students in construction management or wood products engineering programs) and prepares students for management careers in the construction industry. The basic objective of the minor is to provide a fundamental understanding of the various methods used to take a design into the field and build a quality structure in the most efficient and effective manner with minimal environmental impact. Eighteen credit hours (6 courses) are required to complete the minor. Four courses are specified, with an additional two courses selected from the list of six courses given below. A cumulative grade point average of 2.000 or higher is required for the construction management courses.

Admission to the minor requires sophomore status, a cumulative grade point average of 2.500 or higher, and permission of the chair of the Department of Sustainable Construction Management and Engineering. Interested students must submit a petition form, with courses listed, to their academic advisor and the chair of the Department of Sustainable Construction Management and Engineering, with final approval from the dean of Instruction and Graduate Studies.

Eighteen credit hours (6 courses) are required. Specified courses: CME 255 Plan Interpretation and Quantity Takeoff (3); CME 343 Construction Estimating (3); CME 453 Construction Planning and Scheduling; CME 454 Construction Project Management; and two additional courses chosen from the following: CME 330 Building Codes and Zoning Practices (3); CME 331 Construction Safety (3); CME 335 Cost Engineering (3); CME 350 Construction Methods and Equipment (3); CME 444 Materials Marketing (3); CME 455 Construction Contracts and Specifications (3).

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Economics Minor

Economics analyzes how people with limited resources make choices and provides the fundamentals for good decision-making. The minor in economics provides students with common microeconomic models and tools that can be used to analyze optimal management and policy decisions in natural resources management.

The Economics minor totals 15 credits. Required courses are FOR207 Introduction to Economics (3) and ECN301 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (3) or ECN311 Intermediate Math Microeconomics (3). In addition, students must choose from the following directed electives (a minimum of 9 credits): FOR333 Natural Resources Managerial Economics (3); FOR454 Renewable Energy Finance and Analysis (3); FOR495 Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (must be in association with FOR207 or FOR333) (3); FOR670 Resource and Environmental Economics (3) or ECN437 Resource and Environmental Economics (3); ESC422 Energy Markets and Regulation (3); ERE430 Engineering Decision Analysis (3) or FIN301 Essentials of Finance (3). It is the responsibility of the student to meet any prerequisites associated with courses in the minor.

Admission to the minor requires students to have an accumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better after one semester at ESF (or as a transfer student with the same standing), and permission of the Department of Forest & Natural Resources Management Chair and Undergraduate Education Coordinator (via petition).

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Environmental Biology Minor

This minor provides students the opportunity to explore fundamentals of molecular, cellular and organismal biology and ecology and to develop laboratory and field proficiencies in the discipline. The minor is open to ESF undergraduate students, including those in biotechnology but excluding all other EFB programs, who maintain a GPA of at least 2.70 after completing at least one semester at ESF and who have completed the following prerequisite courses or their equivalents: EFB 101/102 and 103/104 General Biology (8); and FCH 150/151 and 152/153 General Chemistry (8).

Interested students must submit a petition, with a list of potential courses intended to fulfill the minor requirements, to their faculty advisor and the undergraduate curriculum coordinator of their home department.

Eighteen credit hours of biology courses are required to satisfy the minor, including EFB 320 General Ecology (4); EFB 307/308 Principles of Genetics w/ laboratory (4); EFB 311 Principles of Evolution (3); 7 credits of directed biology electives that may include EFB 202, 210 and 211 and any 300+ level EFB course except EFB 420, 495 and 498.

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Environmental Writing and Rhetoric Minor

The minor in Environmental Writing & Rhetoric is open to all undergraduates at SUNY-ESF. To be eligible for the minor, students need a minimum GPA of 2.5. In order to declare this minor, students must have received credit for EWP 190 and EWP 290. Students may begin the minor before completing EWP 290.

Coursework (12 credits total):

  • Required Core Course (3 Credits)
    • EWP 300: Survey of Environmental Writing
  • Literature & Film Courses (3 Credits) Choose from:
    • EWP 311: Urban Environmental Literature
    • EWP 350: Eco-Cinema: Perspectives and Practices
    • EWP 390: Literature of Nature
    • EWP 490: Contemporary Literature of Nature
  • Advanced/Professional Writing Courses (3 Credits) Choose from:
    • EWP 407: Writing for Environmental & Science Professionals
    • EWP 420: Advanced Public Presentation Skills
    • EWP 494/694: Creative Non-Fiction for the Sciences
    • EWP 495: Environmental Journalism
  • Directed Electives (3 credits) Choose from:
    • EWP 401: Capstone Experience (with permission of instructor), or
    • Another three-credit, upper-division EWP course (300 or 400-level)

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Forestry Minor

The minor in forestry draws from the biological, physical, social, and managerial sciences. The curriculum aids in understanding the biological complexities of the forest and the interactions between the forest and social and economic demands. The minor is designed to provide students with an appreciation of forest resources management. Course themes include forest measurements, forest ecology, forest management and silviculture, and forest policy and economics.

Admission to the minor requires students to have a cumulative grade point average of 2.750 or better after one semester at ESF (or as a transfer student with same standing), and permission of the Department of Forest & Natural Resources Management chair and Undergraduate Education Coordinator (via petition).

The minor in Forestry requires 16 credits. It is the responsibility of the student to meet any prerequisites associated with courses in the minor. Required courses are FOR 322 Forest Mensuration (3) (prerequisite of FOR 304 or equivalent); FOR 332 Forest Ecology (3) (prerequisite of FOR 232 or EFB 320 or equivalent); FOR 334 Silviculture (4); FOR 370 Forest Management Decision Making and Planning (3) or FOR 373 Forest Operations (3) (prerequisites for FOR 370: FOR 322 and FOR 334; prerequisites for FOR 373: FOR 322 and FOR 334); FOR 333 Natural Resource Managerial Economics (3) or FOR 465 Natural Resources Policy (3) (prerequisite for FOR 333: FOR 207 or equivalent; no prerequisites for FOR 465).

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Information Management and Technology Minor

In collaboration with the Syracuse University School of Information Studies, ESF also offers an undergraduate minor in Information Management and Technology for ESF students. This minor is designed to give students knowledge of information technology and an understanding of information and communications problems. It complements many majors because all organizations need people who understand information resources and information technology. To be eligible for this minor, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.750 or better and apply for the minor after completing at least one semester at ESF, but as soon after that as possible to ensure all courses can be completed. Normally, students are allowed to take only one information management course per semester, with one semester of two management courses, so careful planning is required. It is preferable students begin the minor during their sophomore year.

The following 18 credits of courses are required: ITS 195 Information Technologies (3); 9 credits of ITS elective coursework; and one course from each of the following two general areas of study:

Technology:

  • IST 233 Introduction to Computer Networking (3)
  • IST 352 Applications of Information Systems (3)
  • IST 459 Introduction to Database Management Systems (3)

Management:

  • IST 335 Introduction to Information-based Organizations (3)
  • IST 352 Information Analysis of Organizational Systems (3)
  • IST 445 Managing Information Systems Projects (3)

For questions regarding the selection of elective coursework, please contact Elaine Morgan with the I-School at 443-1830 or emmorgan@syr.edu

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Management Minors

In collaboration with the Syracuse University School of Management, undergraduate minors in entrepreneurship, general management studies, and marketing are available for ESF students. To be eligible for any of these minors, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.750 or better and apply for the minor after completing at least one semester at ESF, but as soon after that as possible to ensure all courses can be completed. Normally, students are allowed to take only one management course per semester, with one semester of two management courses, so careful planning is required. It is preferable students begin the minor during their sophomore year.

  • Entrepreneurship Minor: The following 18 credits of courses are required: ACC 201 Introduction to Accounting for Non-Management Students (3); FIN 301 Finance for Non-Management Students (3); EEE 370 Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises (3). Three additional courses chosen from among the following: EEE 375 Entrepreneurial and Family Business Management (3); EEE 400 Special Topics (3); EEE 442 Emerging Enterprise Law (3); EEE 443 Consulting in Entrepreneurial Practice (3); EEE 451 Finance for Emerging Enterprises (3); FOR 360 Principles of Management (3); PSE 456 Management in the Paper Industry (3); or CME 444 Materials Marketing (3).
  • General Management Studies Minor: The following 18 credits of courses are required: ACC 201 Financial Accounting for Non-Management Students (3); EEE 370 Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises (3); FIN 301 Finance for Non-Management Students (3); LPP 225 Introduction to the Legal System (3) or FOR 488 Natural Resources Agencies and Administration (3); MAR 255 Principles of Marketing (3); SHR 355 Strategic Human Resource Management (3). The following courses may be substituted for SHR 355, EEE 370, or MAR 255: FOR 360 Principles of Management (3); PSE 456 Management in the Paper Industry (3); CME 444 Materials Marketing (3).
  • Marketing Minor: The following 18 credits of courses are required: ACC 201 Financial Accounting for Non-Management Students (3); EEE 370 Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises (3); FIN 301 Finance for Non-Management Students (3); MAR 255 Principles of Marketing (3). Two additional courses chosen from among the following: MAR 356 Marketing Research (3); MAR 400 Special Topics (3), MAR 455 Marketing Communications (3); MAR 456 Global Marketing Strategy (3); FOR 360 Principles of Management (3); PSE 456 Management in the Paper Industry (3); CME 444 Materials Marketing (3).

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Marine Science Minor

The marine science minor is available to students in all majors who want to increase their knowledge of marine systems. Prior to admission students must have completed one year of General Biology (EFB 101/102 and EFB 103/104) and one year of General Chemistry (FCH 150/151), or equivalent. Some of the directed elective courses have additional pre-requisites, which will not count toward the minor. Interested students must submit a petition, with a list of potential courses to fulfill the minor requirements, to their faculty advisor and the undergraduate curriculum coordinator of their home department and the marine science minor coordinator, with final approval from the Dean of Instruction and Graduate Studies.

Courses:

This minor requires at least 12 credits from the list below, with no more than 3 courses taken from any one department, and no more than 3 credit hours of lower division credits counted. Other marine science courses may be substituted by petition for any course in the directed elective list with approval of the marine science curriculum coordinator.

Although not required, all participants in the marine science minor are encouraged to incorporate a field or hands-on component in their choice of courses. Such courses include EFB 423 Marine Ecology (weekend field trip), the Sea Education Association courses, approved field courses from other marine stations or institutions, and approved internship (e.g., EFB 420) or approved independent research (e.g., EFB 498, ENS 498, FCH 498) opportunities related to marine topics (must be approved in advance by the marine science minor coordinator).

Directed Electives:

Course number
Course title
Credit hours
EFB 355
Invertebrate Zoology
4
EFB 423
Marine Ecology
4
EFB 486
Ichthyology
3
EFB 487
Fisheries Science and Management
3
FCH 520
Marine Biogeochemistry
3
FCH 525
Oceanography
3
BIO 100
Ocean Life
3
EAR 117
Oceanography
3
EAR 205
Water and Our Environment
3
EAR 210
History of Earth and Life
3
EAR 325
Introduction to Paleobiology
4
EAR 429
Topics in Paleobiology
3
EAR 432
Seafloor Spreading and Oceanographic Lithosphere
3
EAR 544
Quaternary Environmental and Climate Change
3
GEO 327
Geography of Coastal Environments
3

In addition, the following Sea Education Association courses would count toward the minor without petition, and not subject to the lower division requirement described above (221 Oceanography, 224 Practical Oceanographic Research, 225 Practical Oceanography I, 226 Practical Oceanography II, 320 Ocean Science and Public Policy, 321 Oceans in the Global Carbon Cycle, 324 Advanced Oceanographic Field Methods, 325 Directed Oceanographic Research, 326 The Ocean and Global Change, 327 Toward a Sustainable Ocean: Conservation and Management, 450 Advanced Topics in Biological Oceanography: Biodiversity).

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Microscopy Minor

The microscopy minor is available to all undergraduates at ESF and Syracuse University who desire knowledge of methods and applications of light and electron microscopes for research and industry. The minor will prepare students to use a variety of microscopes for applications in biology, nanotechnology, environmental medicine, chemistry, materials science, engineering, pulp and paper and others.

Admission requires junior status and a GPA 2.75. To enroll in the minor, students must submit a petition to their advisor, the undergraduate curriculum coordinator in their home department and the minor coordinator in the N.C. Brown Center for Ultrastructure Studies in the Department of Sustainable Construction Management and Engineering with final approval by the dean of Instruction and Graduate Studies.

The minor requires 12 credits of coursework: MCR 480 Fundamentals of Microscopy (3), MCR 484 Scanning Electron Microscopy (3), MCR 485 Transmission Electron Microscopy (3), and MCR 570 Industrial Applications of Electron Microscopy (3).

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Native Peoples and the Environment Minor

The Native Peoples and the Environment minor is available to all ESF undergraduates. The interdisciplinary suite of courses provides students with a cohesive introduction to Indigenous cultures, worldviews and knowledge systems and their application to environmental thought. The minor creates a conceptual framework for integrating traditional ecological knowledge with western scientific approaches in service to the science of sustainability. Through the breadth of courses and experiences, students will gain an appreciation for both the global nature and the local context of indigenous issues and the environment. The minor includes a required team taught seminar which enhances opportunities for interdisciplinary and cross-cultural integration.

Fourteen credit hours (5 courses) taken in residence are required to complete the minor. Two courses are specified, with an additional two or three courses selected from the list below. An internship may be used to fulfill a course requirement, if focused on Native peoples and the environment

Admission to the minor requires sophomore status. Interested students must submit a petition form, with courses listed, to their academic advisor, the faculty committee of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment with final approval from the Dean of Instruction and Graduate Studies. Successful completion of the minor will be noted on the student's transcript. Fourteen credit hours of courses are required.

Two required courses: (6 credits)

  • EST140 Introduction to Native Peoples, Lands and Cultures (3)
  • EFB 305 Indigenous Issues and the Environment (3)

Two or three courses (8 credits) selected from the following list:

  • EFB 306 Plants and Culture
  • EFB 337 Field Ethnobotany
  • EST 390 Social Processes and the Environment
  • EST 497 Onondaga Land Rights and our Common Future
  • SOC 444 Contemporary Native American Movements
  • NAT 142 Native American Religion
  • NAT 400 Haudenosaunee/New York State Relations
  • EFB 420 Internship (on Indigenous Issues)
  • EFB 496 Ecosystem Restoration Design
  • EFB 496 Indigenous Stewardship Seminar
  • EFB 496 Indigenous Values and Environmental Decisions

Relevant 496 and 497 courses may be acceptable for inclusion in the minor, by petition to the minor coordinator.

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Paper Science Minor

The paper and related industries (including pulp, mineral, chemical and machinery suppliers) continually seek knowledgeable and skilled employees. Each year, companies hire numerous graduates of chemical, mechanical and environmental engineering programs as well as chemists and other environmental professionals in addition to paper science and engineering graduates. Salaries for new hires are among the highest for all fields of study at the bachelor’s degree level. This minor gives students a thorough understanding of the paper industry that will allow them to apply their major field of study to this growth industry.

The paper science minor is available to all ESF undergraduate students (except students in the paper science and paper engineering programs) who maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.800 and who desire to develop greater knowledge of paper science and its related fields. Students will elect the minor by submitting a petition form with courses listed to their faculty advisor and the undergraduate coordinator of their home department. The petition and application will then be sent to the dean of Instruction and Graduate Studies for final approval. A student should declare the minor by the end of the sophomore year, but may petition to his/her own department for enrollment at any time after that. Successful completion of the minor will be noted on the student’s transcript.

Eighteen credit hours (6 courses) in paper science courses are required. Specified courses: PSE 300 Introduction to Papermaking (3); PSE 302 Pulp and Paper Laboratory Skills (1); PSE 370 Principles of Mass and Energy Balance (3); and directed electives courses (at least 11 credits): PSE 350 Pulping and Bleaching Processes (3); PSE 351 Pulping and Bleaching Laboratory (2); PSE 465 Paper Properties (4); PSE 466 Paper Coating and Converting (2); PSE 467 Papermaking Wet End Chemistry (3); PSE 468 Papermaking Processes (3).

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Recreation Resource and Protected Area Management Minor

This minor provides students with the opportunity to combine visitor management with protected area management. Understanding the need to balance the opportunity for visitor experiences with protecting and stewarding protected areas provides professional insight into planning and managing those areas for limited visitor access. Understanding the motivations, preferences, and behavior of recreational users is necessary to integrate the human dimensions into protected area management with consideration of the social and environmental factors related to such management. Protected area managers need to be able to manage both the resource itself as well as a wide variety of users, such as campers, hikers, bird watchers, boaters, nature photographers and others who enjoy nature-based experiences in extensive protected area environments owned by public agencies, private landowners, or NGOs.

Admission to the minor requires students to have completed a general ecology course (e.g., EFB 320 General Ecology, which is a prerequisite for EFB 416), a cumulative grade point average of 2.750 or better after one semester at ESF (or as a transfer student with same standing), and permission of the Forest & Natural Resources Management chair and undergraduate education coordinator (via petition).

Students from all programs at ESF are eligible for this minor if they have completed a general ecology course and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.750 or better in their major program of study after one semester at ESF (or as a transfer student with same standing). Overlap between the minor and both one required course and one directed elective for a student’s major is permitted; other courses taken for the minor can not overlap with the major. Permission of the Forest & Natural Resources Management Chair and Undergraduate Education Coordinator (via petition) is required.

This interdisciplinary minor requires 15 credits and includes the following courses taught at ESF in the Departments of Forest and Natural Resources Management and Environmental and Forest Biology:

Required Courses (9 credits)
Course number Course title Credit hours
EFB 312 Introduction to Personal Environmental Interpretation Methods 3
FOR 372 Fundamentals of Outdoor Recreation 3
FOR 475 Human Behavior and Recreation Visitor Management 3
Required independent study or internship (3 credits)
Course number Course title Credit hours
FOR 498 Section 20, OR
FOR 499 Section 20, OR
EFB 420 Section 28
Independent study or internship related to minor 3
One of the following management/protected area courses (3 credits)
Course number Course title Credit hours
EFB 413 Introduction to Conservation Biology 3
FOR 403 Humans and the Environment: New Zealand 4
FOR 476 Ecotourism and Nature Tourism 3
FOR 478 Wilderness and Wildlands Management 3
FOR 523 Tropical Ecology 3

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Renewable Energy Minor

The development of sustainable sources of energy has become a critical national and global issue due to concerns about the quality and quantity of the different potential resources, energy security, and potential impacts of each on the environment and human health. It is essential that our society and energy professionals gain an understanding of production and conversion of different forms of energy, their current and future supplies, the markets and policy mechanisms that regulate their supply, and the associated impacts on the environment for each fuel. In the past both traditional and renewable energy sources have been studied one resource at a time and usually from the perspective of a single discipline. This minor will provide students an opportunity to examine different sources of traditional and renewable energy simultaneously in the context of our total energy use using a systems perspective. Students will be exposed to views from a variety of disciplines as they wrestle with a wide array of issues related to current and future energy supply and use.

The understanding and development of renewable energy requires expertise from a wide range of disciplines. This minor will be interdisciplinary in nature with instructors from different disciplines teaching the core courses. The Renewable Energy minor is available to all ESF undergraduate students (except students who are in the renewable energy option in environmental science) who have taken EFB 120 Global Environment & the Evolution of Human Society which is a prerequisite for ENS 325 Energy Systems, and have a GPA of 2.750 or better by the end of their sophomore year. Interested students must submit a petition and application form, with courses listed, to their faculty advisor and the undergraduate coordinator of their home department. The petition and application will then be sent to the dean of Instruction and Graduate Studies for final approval. The minor will require a minimum of 15 credits, 12 of which are required courses. The remaining 3 credits can be selected from a list of suggested courses.

Fifteen credit hours of courses are required. Specified courses: ENS 325 Energy Systems (3); ENS 335 Renewable Energy Systems (3); ENS 422 Energy Markets and Regulation (3); ENS 450 Renewable Energy Capstone Planning (1); ENS 460 Renewable Energy Capstone Seminar (2) and a minimum of three credits from the following list of suggested courses: BPE 441 Biomass Energy (3); EFB 516 Ecosystems (3); EFB 518 Systems Ecology (4); ERE 351 Basic Engineering Thermodynamics (2); ERE 519 Green Entrepreneurship (3); FCH 360 Physical Chemistry I (3); FCH 571 Wood Chemistry I: General Wood Chemistry (2); FOR 415 Forestry Consulting and Wood Procurement (3); FOR 454 Renewable Energy Finance and Analysis (3); PSE 361 Engineering Thermodynamics (3); PSE 370 Principles of Mass and Energy Balance (3).

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Sustainable Construction Minor

The sustainable construction minor is available to all ESF undergraduates (except students in construction management) and prepares students for careers related to sustainable construction. The basic objective of the minor is to provide a fundamental understanding of the sustainable concepts and methods used to take a design into the field and build a quality sustainable structure in the most efficient and effective manner with minimal environmental impact. Fifteen credit hours (5 courses) taken in residence are required to complete the minor. Five courses (15 credit hours) are selected from the list below. A cumulative grade point average of 2.000 or higher is required for the sustainable construction management courses in order to obtain the minor.

Admission to the minor requires sophomore status, a cumulative grade point average of 2.500 or higher, and permission of the chair or curriculum coordinator of the Department of Sustainable Construction Management and Engineering. Interested students must submit a petition form, with courses listed, to their academic advisor and the curriculum coordinator or the chair of the Department of Sustainable Construction Management and Engineering, with final approval from the dean of Instruction and Graduate Studies.

Fifteen credit hours are required to satisfy the minor. Choose 5 courses (15 credits) from the following:

  • CME 215 Sustainable Construction (3)
  • CME 387 Renewable Materials for Sustainable Construction (3)
  • CME 305 Sustainable Energy Systems for Buildings (3)
  • CME 306 Engineering Materials for Sustainable Construction (3)
  • CME 304 Environmental Performance Measures for Buildings (3)
  • CME 343 Construction Estimating (3)
  • CME 405 Building Information Modeling (3)
  • CME 422 Composite Materials for Sustainable Construction (3)
  • CME 565 Sustainable Innovations in Residential Construction (3)
  • CME 444 Materials Marketing (3)
  • CME 453 Planning and Scheduling (3)
  • CME 454 Project Management (3)
  • EST 426 Community Planning and Sustainability (3)
  • EST 427 Environmental & Energy Auditing (3)
  • EST 460 Land Use Law (3)
  • EST 550 Environmental Impact Analysis (3)

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Urban Environmental Science Minor

Twelve credit hours (4 courses) of urban concentration courses are required to satisfy the minor: 6 credits of required courses and 6 credits of electives outside the student's major. Successful completion of the minor will be noted on the student's transcript. Click HERE for information on admissions to ESF.

Application

Download the plan sheet (PDF, Word)—to be submitted along with a petition declaring your intent to complete the urban minor to the office of the Dean of Instruction, 227 Bray Hall.

Core Course Requirements

To satisfy the Minor in Urban Environmental Science, the student must take the following core courses:

Course # Course Title Credits Expected time of completion (Semester/Year)
EST/EFB 220 Urban Ecology 3 credits (offered Autumn)

and three credits of a "Capstone" project accomplished from among the following:

xxx 496 Approved ‘experimental’ course 3 credits
xxx 498 Approved Independent Research Project 3 credits
xxx 499 Approved Internship 3 credits
Established Course Approved Course 3 credits

A student enrolled in the minor, will present to the advisory committee in the sixth week of the semester prior to engagement in the learning endeavor, a plan for a “capstone” experience, which will be undertaken working in conjunction with a faculty member(s) who will oversee an off-campus internship (courses numbered 499), independent-study project (courses numbered 498), or completion of a final project undertaken in a special topic (courses numbered 496) or established 3-credit course. All students will present their completed projects to the advisory committee and their peers in the last week of classes, depending on the semester of completion (fall or spring). All students currently enrolled in the minor are expected to attend capstone presentations.

Elective Course Requirements

Outside the student’s Major, 6 additional credits selected from the list of approved courses, which are offered in a faculty other than that of the student’s major, and which are above and beyond those courses being used to satisfy a student’s major, general education or professional requirements.

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Urban Forestry Minor

The Urban Forestry minor will provide students with the opportunity to better understand complex human-dominated ecosystems where trees and people coexist in close proximity. Understanding and attempting to manage this complexity requires a basic knowledge of plant physiology, nutrition, and tending at the individual tree level (arboriculture). In addition, the urban forester also must understand the changing dynamic of groups of trees and the effects of those trees on numerous ecosystem services and human health and well-being in a city (urban forestry). Because human activity is so dominant in the urban ecosystem, it is essential that the urban forester have some understanding of ecological interactions and human motivations for sustaining and maintaining existing trees (urban ecology). The courses listed below will provide the professional knowledge required for careers in these and related fields.

Fifteen credit hours are required: FOR 480 Urban Forestry (3), FOR 481 Introduction to Arboriculture (3), EST 220 Urban Ecology (3), ESF 300 Introduction to Geospatial Information Technologies (3) and LSA 480 Seminar in Urban Design (3).

The interdisciplinary minor includes courses taught in the Departments of Forest and Natural Resources Management, Environmental Studies, and Landscape Architecture. Admission to this minor requires students to have (1) completed a general ecology course (e.g. EFB 320 General Ecology), (2) a cumulative grade point average of 2.750 or greater after one semester at ESF (or as a transfer student with the same GPA), and (3) permission of the Forest and Natural Resources Management chair and the undergraduate education coordinator (via petition).

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Water Resources Minor

Water resources is a multi-disciplinary field that integrates the physical, geochemical and biological processes of the water cycle and their application to management of water resources, water policy, and human dimensions of water quality and quantity. The interdisciplinary minor in water resources is designed as a flexible program for undergraduate students to study and integrate principles of physical hydrology, geochemistry, aquatic and terrestrial ecology, natural resources management, and environmental policy. This interdisciplinary minor can include SUNY ESF courses in the Departments of Forest and Natural Resources Management, Environmental Resources and Forest Engineering, Environmental and Forest Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Studies, as well as courses at Syracuse University in relevant departments including Earth Sciences, Geography, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Biology. The minor comprises 15 credit hours total, including one required course, FOR 442 Watershed Ecology and Management (3). The remaining twelve units must be taken from a list of approved elective courses in at least two separate departments. Admission to this minor requires that a student from any ESF program has a cumulative grade point average of 2.750 or better after one semester at ESF (or as a transfer student with same GPA), and has permission of the Forest and Natural Resources Management Chair and Undergraduate Education Coordinator using a standard petition. Students are responsible for meeting the prerequisite requirements for individual courses, as applicable.

Core course:

FOR 442 Watershed Ecology and Management (3)

Approved elective courses are:

CIE471 Environmental Chemistry (3, at SU) EFB415 Ecological Biogeochemistry (3)
EFB423 Marine Ecology (4)
EFB424 Limnology (3)
EFB486 Ichthyology (3)
EFB487 Fisheries Science and Management (3)
EFB488 Fisheries Science Practicum (3)
EFB496 Watershed Ecology with Focus on the Hudson River (2)
EFB500 The Hudson River Watershed: Source to Sink in Eight Days (1-2) EFB525 Limnology Practicum (2)
EFB554 Aquatic Entomology (3)
ENS601 Water Resources Management
ENS607 Wetland Practicum
ERE340 Engineering Hydrology and Hydraulics
ERE440 Water Pollution Engineering
ERE412 River Form and Process
ERE445 Hydrologic Modeling
ERE475 Ecological Engineering for Water Quality
ERE496 Hydrology in a Changing Climate
ERE527 Stormwater Management
EST796 Human Dimensions of Water Problems
EST625 Wetland Management Policy (3)
EST628 Great Lakes Policy and Management (3)
FEG340 Engineering Hydrology and Hydraulics (3) FCH510 Environmental Chemistry I (3)
FCH515 Methods in Environmental Chemical Analysis (3) FOR338 Meteorology (3)
FOR340 Watershed Hydrology (3)
GEO316 River Environments (3, at SU)
GOL400 Contaminant Hydrogeology (3, at SU)
GOL400 Aqueous Geochemistry (3, at SU)
GOL541 Hydrogeology (3, at SU)


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