Web Catalog Information Subject to Change
The web version of the ESF Catalog is updated as needed throughout the year. To view the version officially associated with a particular date of entry to the College, please refer to the appropriate catalog of record.
The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry is accredited by:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
3624 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19104-2680
The bachelor of science degree in forest resource management and the associate in applied science degree in forest technology are accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). SAF is recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation as the specialized accrediting body for forestry in the United States:
Society of American Foresters
5400 Grosvenor Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814-2198
The bachelor of science degree in wood products engineering with the wood products concentration is accredited by:
The Society of Wood Science and Technology
P.O. Box 6155
Monona, WI 53716-6155.
The bachelor of science degree in forest engineering and the bachelor of science degree in paper engineering are accredited by:
Engineering Accreditation Commission/Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
111 Market Place, Suite 1050
Baltimore, MD 21202
The bachelor of landscape architecture and master of landscape architecture degrees are accredited by:
Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board
603 Eye St. NW, Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20001
The joint program in science teaching leading to teacher certification (offered in collaboration with the School of Education at Syracuse University) is accredited by:
The National Council for Accreditation on Teacher Education
2010 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20036
SUNY-ESF is the oldest and most distinguished institution in the United States that focuses on the study of the environment.
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SUNY-ESF is a multiple campus institution that includes approximately 1 million square feet of facilities in 186 buildings on 25,000 acres of land. Facilities for education and research are provided on the main campus in Syracuse and at five regional campuses and three field stations.
About the State University of New York (SUNY)
The State University of New York's 64 geographically dispersed campuses bring educational opportunity within commuting distance of virtually all New Yorkers and comprise the nation's largest comprehensive system of public higher education.
High School Students
Successful freshman applicants should present strong high school academic credentials. A college preparatory curriculum is expected. Three units each of college preparatory mathematics and science are required, four years are highly recommended. Art, architectural or technical drawing courses are highly recommended for applicants to Landscape Architecture. Advanced coursework at the honors or college level is highly recommended.
SUNY-ESF welcomes transfer students in all of our undergraduate programs of study. Approximately 40 percent of our students transfer to SUNY-ESF. Applicants who have completed a minimum of one semester of college-level coursework following high school graduation will be considered transfer students.
Admission to graduate studies is conditional upon review and acceptance of an applicant's credentials by appropriate faculty members and upon the recommendation of the appropriate department chairman or program director to the Associate Provost for Instruction and Dean of the Graduate School.
Outreach at ESF is teaching, research, and service that engages the College with external groups. Outreach activities support environmental, educational, social and economic development in ways that advance both the public good and the College’s mission. To these ends, ESF faculty, staff and students, along with our partners, pursue a diverse range of programs and projects—all with an aim to enhance leadership, education, and practice in the science, design, engineering and management of natural resources and the environment. These include on-campus, off-campus, and online credit and professional education opportunities for professionals, middle and high school students, and lifelong learners.
Research at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry is remarkably diverse, current and challenging. Contributions are being made in fields that include aquatic ecosystems, bioenergy, biotechnology, biodiversity, ecology, genetic engineering, nanotechnology, remote sensing, wildlife disease prevention and many others. ESF is a leader in integrating the energy and excitement of research with the formal requirements of degree and certificate programs. A high percentage of undergraduates and virtually all graduate students participate in research activity as part of their educational experience.
The ESF Office of Student Affairs is guided by the College’s strategic goal of providing an outstanding student experience. The creative and dedicated team of professionals in Student Affairs will work to achieve this goal by creating opportunities for personal and leadership development, through community-focused learning experiences, and by offering services to promote academic and career success.
Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry values diversity. We welcome and appreciate all people in order to become a community of equality and diversity.
SUNY-ESF will provide equal opportunity and will not discriminate because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or status as a special disabled veteran, Vietnam Era veteran, or other disabled veteran.
The coordinator for 503-504 Programs and the Americans With Disabilities Act is Joseph Rufo, Vice President for Administration, 208 Bray Hall.
Campus Safety Report
A Campus Safety Report is filed as required by the federal "Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act," or "Clery Act." The purpose of this report is to provide our faculty, staff and students with campus safety information including crime statistics and procedures to follow to report a crime.
The report is prepared and published each Oct. 1 by our University Police, Judicial Affairs and Environmental Health and Safety Department. The report is available on the University Police Department website at www.esf.edu/univpolice/crimereports.
It is also available in printed format from the University Police Department in Room 19 Bray Hall on request.
Collegewide Smoking Policy
New York State legislation regulates smoking in all workplaces. Effective July 24, 2003, smoking is prohibited in all indoor areas on College property. Individuals who choose to smoke may do so outdoors, no closer than 20 feet from building openings such as doors, windows, air intakes, loading docks or similar structures, or in any area where flammable substances or combustible materials are used or stored. Smoking also is prohibited in all College vehicles.