* Special Course Codes
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G = General Education Course (GenEd)
E = Engineering
ES = Engineering Sciences
M = Mathematics
NS = Natural Sciences
PE = Professional Education
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Department of Environmental Resources Engineering
THEODORE A. ENDRENY, Chair
402 Baker Laboratory, 315-470-6633; FAX 315-470-6958
The Environmental Resources Engineering department engages in teaching, research and service to advance engineering practices to meet the needs of the world. With an innovative undergraduate curriculum and a wide variety of graduate courses, we provide outstanding opportunities for students to create and explore a host of educational opportunities. The Environmental Resources Engineering faculty have particular strengths in water resource engineering, ecological engineering, and geospatial engineering, though our flexible undergraduate curriculum allows students to also focus on other traditional civil engineering practices. Required coursework in the humanities and social sciences ensures a well-balanced educational experience for graduates entering professional practice in engineering or those moving directly on to graduate school. With more than 1,200 graduates now in engineering practice, this unique program offers a breadth of engineering science and design coursework unparalleled in the United States.
Bachelor of Science in
Environmental Resources Engineering
This degree program prepares graduates to operate with professional competence in environmental resources engineering. A broad base of study in engineering fundamentals enables graduates to enter professional practices that focus on the use and protection of soil, water, air, and other renewable and non-renewable resources. The program aims to educate professionals who will ensure sustainable development through environmentally responsible engineering solutions.
Lower Division Required Courses
|APM 205||Calculus I for Science and Engineering||G||4|
|APM 206||Calculus for Science and Engineering II||G||4|
|APM 307||Multivariable Calculus||4|
|APM 485||Differential Equations for Engineers and Scientists||3|
|EFB 101||General Biology I: Organismal Biology and Ecology||G||3|
|EFB 102||General Biology I Laboratory||G||1|
|ERE 132||Orientation Seminar: Environmental Resources Engineering||1|
|ERE 133||Introduction to Engineering Design||3|
|ERE 275||Ecological Engineering I||3|
|EWP 190||Writing and the Environment||G||3|
|EWP 290||Research Writing and Humanities||G||3|
|FCH 150||General Chemistry I||G||3|
|FCH 151||General Chemistry Laboratory I||G||1|
|FCH 152||General Chemistry II||G||3|
|FCH 153||General Chemistry Laboratory II||G||1|
|FOR 321||Forest Ecology and Silviculture||3|
|GNE 172||Statics and Dynamics||4|
|GNE 273||Mechanics of Materials||3|
|PHY 211||General Physics I||G||3|
|PHY 212||General Physics II||3|
|PHY 221||General Physics I Laboratory||1|
|PHY 222||General Physics II Laboratory||1|
“C-” is a requirement for students to pass each calculus course and move into the next course. This requirement is necessary to ensure engineering students have the quantitative skills to succeed in the ERE program. The admissions office uses C as a threshold for the calculus courses when students want to transfer into the ERE program.
Lower Division Electives
|General Education Course (Earth Science: Choose one course from FOR 345, FOR 338, or FCH 399)||G||3|
|General Education Course||G||3|
|General Education Course||G||3|
Explanation of General Education Courses
Consistent with SUNY GER, ERE students are required to have 27 credit hours of general education coursework in at least seven of the following nine subject areas to satisfy SUNY and the ERE program requirements: Basic Communication; Mathematics; Humanities; Natural Sciences; American History; Western Civilization; Other World Civilizations; The Arts; and Social Sciences. ERE Program requirements are sufficient to satisfy four of the General Education subject area requirements (12 credit hours): Basic Communication (EWP 190); Mathematics (APM 205); Natural Sciences (EFB 101) and Humanities (EWP 290). Students will elect one Earth Science-related course from a list of pre-approved courses, namely FCH 399 Introduction to Atmospheric Sciences; FOR 338 Meteorology, or FOR 345 Introduction to Soils. The directed earth sciences elective will provide depth in the Natural Sciences subject area. Students must complete the remaining twelve (12) credits of General Education courses in at least three of these General Education subject areas: American History; Western Civilization; Other World Civilizations; The Arts; and Social Sciences.
Upper Division Required Courses
|APM 395||Probability and Statistics for Engineers||3|
|CIE 337||Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering||4|
|ERE 335||Numerical and Computing Methods||3|
|ERE 339||Fluid Mechanics||4|
|ERE 340||Engineering Hydrology and Hydraulics||4|
|ERE 351||Basic Engineering Thermodynamics||3|
|ERE 365||Principles of Remote Sensing||4|
|ERE 371||Surveying for Engineers||4|
|ERE 430||Engineering Decision Analysis||3|
|ERE 440||Water Pollution Engineering||3|
|ERE 468||Solid Waste Management||3|
|ERE 489||Environmental Resources Engineering Planning and Design||4|
Upper Division Electives
| Engineering Elective
An upper-division engineering course that is advisor-approved and provides depth in engineering analysis, design or synthesis.
Pre-approved SUNY-ESF engineering elective courses are:
|Elective (No AP credits transferred/No PE courses allowed)||3|
|General Education Course||3|
|General Education Course||3|
Total Minimum Credits For Degree: 127
Graduate Program in Environmental & Resources Engineering
ERE participates in graduate education leading to the master of professional studies, master of science, and doctor of philosophy degrees in environmental resources engineering. Graduate studies and research are primarily concerned with environmental and resource-related problems. ERE graduate students apply science and engineering to the conservation, restoration, holistic development, and improved utilization of the natural environment and its related resources.
Applicants to all programs of study are required to have a bachelor’s degree in science or engineering and are expected to have completed at least one 3-credit course in physics, one 3-credit course in statistics, and two 3-credit courses in calculus. Students admitted without necessary background are required to take additional prerequisite courses required by the department.
The Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) degree requires the successful completion of a minimum of 30 credits at the graduate level, of which at least 24 must be in coursework. A comprehensive project or practicum completes the M.P.S. degree requirements.
The Master of Science (M.S.) degree requires the successful completion of a minimum of 30 credits at the graduate level, of which at least 18 must be in coursework and a minimum of six credits for the thesis.
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree requires the successful completion of a minimum of 60 credits at the graduate level, of which 30-48 are for coursework and 12-30 credits are for dissertation.
All graduate degrees in ERE require completion of at least 15 credit hours of graduate coursework in engineering and applied science courses. A departmental seminar is also required.
There are five graduate options:
Ecological Engineering (M.P.S., M.S., Ph.D.)
Ecological Engineering is the design of ecosystems for the mutual benefit of humans and the environment. Ideal design considers humans to be part of nature rather than apart from nature. At SUNY–ESF we believe that ecological engineering education and research should meet local to global needs. We teach and research sustainable solutions and approach ecological engineering broadly, working in many areas of the world and in most major areas of ecological engineering.
Program prerequisite or co-requisite courses include at least one semester of study in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, or statics; probability and statistics; ecology; and hydrology. These are in addition to general course expectations for the Division of Engineering.
Program mastery courses include at least one course (3+ credit hours per course) in each of the 4 areas of competence listed below (illustrative courses are listed in parenthesis).
- Ecosystem Restoration (e.g., Ecosystem Restoration Design, Sustainable Engineering, River Form and Process, Ecological Engineering in the Tropics)
- Pollutant Treatment (e.g., Methods in Ecological Treatment, Ecological Engineering for Waste Management, Stormwater Management)
- Modeling (e.g., Hydrologic Modeling, Systems Engineering, Engineering Hydrology & Hydraulics)
- Ecosystem Sciences (e.g., Microbial Ecology, Ecosystems, Systems Ecology, Tropical Ecology, Ecological Biogeochemistry, Plant Ecology and Global Change, Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration, Limnology, Environmental Chemistry)
At least 12 credit hours of graduate coursework must be completed in engineering courses. Research credits complete the degree requirements.
Environmental Management (M.P.S.)
Environmental Management combines environmental engineering with environmental and business management to provide breadth and perspective for the student aspiring to managerial responsibility in public or private employment. Student coursework is designed to enhance technical and problem-solving skills to meet contemporary needs of environmental managers.
Program prerequisite or co-requisite courses beyond the departmental requirement include at least three 3-credit undergraduate courses from at least three of the following fields: chemistry, geographic measurements, engineering mechanics, ecology, computer science, and economics.
Program mastery courses beyond the departmental requirement include a minimum of three credit hours of coursework in each of the following areas:
- Project Management (e.g., cost engineering. principles of management, engineering economics, resource economics, engineering management, systems engineering)
- Environmental Policy (e.g., environmental law, environmental impact analysis)
- Environmental Resources Management (e.g., solid or hazardous waste management, watershed management, sustainable design, sustainable development)
Study programs are flexible and are tailored to the interests and strengths of individuals.
Environmental Resources Engineering (M.P.S., M.S., Ph.D.)
Environmental Resources Engineering takes an interdisciplinary approach to solve environmental and resource-related problems. Emphasis is placed on applying science and engineering to the conservation, restoration, holistic development, and improved utilization of the natural environment and its related resources. Student's program of study may be tailored to systems and processes at different geospatial scales, from biomolecules to planetary, and employing various tools and techniques such as biomolecular techniques, remote sensing, hydrodynamic modeling, and systems analysis.
Program prerequisite or co-requisite courses beyond the departmental requirement include at least one semester of study in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, or statics; hydrology, chemistry, or biology; and computing methods.
Program mastery courses beyond the departmental requirement are arranged to meet the objectives of the individual student program. A student’s program of study in this option may combine competence areas in the other ERE options, or introduce new competence areas.
Geospatial Information Science and Engineering (M.P.S., M.S., Ph.D.)
Geospatial Information Science and Engineering is designed for specialized study in spatial information acquisition, analysis, modeling and applications. This includes theoretical and applied projects in sensing systems and the location, measurement, analysis and description of ground features and earth resources. It also includes use of geographic information systems (GIS) to incorporate spatial data into a wide range of environmental and engineering problems.
Program prerequisite or co-requisite courses beyond the departmental requirement include at least one year of physics and one engineering science course in surveying, numerical methods, or computer science.
Program mastery courses beyond the departmental requirement include at least one course (3+ credit hours) in each of the four Geospatial Information Science and Engineering areas (illustrative courses are listed in parenthesis):
- Remote sensing (e.g., Principles of Remote Sensing, Remote Sensing of the Environment)
- Geographic information systems (e.g., Introduction to Spatial Information, GIS for Engineers, GIS-Based Modeling, Introduction to Global Positioning Systems)
- Spatial analysis and programming (e.g., Spatial Analysis, Digital Image Analysis, Numerical and Computing Methods, Systems Engineering, Design and Analysis of Algorithm, Introduction to Artificial Neural Networks, Introduction to Database Management Systems, Data Mining, Artificial Intelligence)
- Statistics (e.g., Statistical Analysis, Multivariate Statistical Methods, Nonparametric Statistics, Analysis of Variance, Regression Analysis, Map Accuracy Assessment, Sampling Methods)
Ph.D. students will take an additional course in at least two of these areas (6+ credit hours total). These areas of competence form the basis for your graduate coursework and are supplemented by studies in systems analysis, environmental sciences and management, and geography. Study programs are flexible and are tailored to the interests and strengths of individuals.
Water Resources Engineering (M.P.S., M.S., Ph.D.)
Water Resources Engineering deals with analysis and design of water resource systems through field, laboratory, and computer methods. Emphasis is placed on coordinating engineering to reduce impacts on human and natural systems. Students select among alternative solutions to water resource problems, in recognition of environmental, economic, legal, social and managerial constraints. Laboratory equipment includes soil columns, a river table and two tilting and sediment circulating flumes, all supported by monitoring sensors. Analytical techniques using statistics, numerical analyses, and computer applications are emphasized. Modeling efforts include computational fluid dynamics, GIS, and remote sensing applications, distributed and real-time models, and model calibration and validation.
Program prerequisite or co-requisite courses beyond the departmental requirement include fluid mechanics, computing methods, and engineering hydrology.
Program mastery courses beyond the departmental requirement include at least one course (3+ credit hours) in each of the four areas of competence listed below (illustrative courses are listed in parenthesis). These areas of competence form the basis for your graduate coursework. Departmental and other seminars are also required.
- Environmental Hydraulics (e.g., Engineering Hydrology and Hydraulics, Open Channel Hydraulics, Transport Processes, Environmental Sediment Transport)
- Water Resources Modeling (e.g., Hydrologic Modeling, Systems Engineering, Groundwater Modeling)
- Hydrologic Zones and Fluxes (e.g., River Form and Process, HydroMeteorology, Vadose Zone Physics, Limnology, Hydrogeology)
- Water Quality (e.g., Water Pollution Engineering, Ecological Biogeochemistry, Environmental Chemistry; Environmental Aqueous Geochemistry)
* Special Course Codes (Code indicates course meets certain program or accreditation requirements. Ignore if there is no relevance to this program of study.) G = General Education Course (GenEd), E = Engineering, ES = Engineering Sciences, M = Mathematic, NS = Natural Sciences, PE = Professional Education