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Department of Environmental Resources Engineering

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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.

Department of Environmental Resources Engineering

THEODORE A. ENDRENY, Chair
402 Baker Laboratory, 315-470-6633; FAX 315-470-6958

Our departmental mission is to engage in teaching, research and service to advance environmental resources engineering practices and meet the needs of the world. Faculty strengths are in ecological engineering, geospatial engineering, water resources engineering, and the broader field of environmental resources engineering. Teaching includes innovative class, lab, and field exercises in foundational and advanced engineering topics, where our flexible curriculum allows students to focus on traditional or novel engineering practices. Students receive a well-balanced education, with undergraduates taking a core set of general education courses and graduate students selecting courses that capture the breadth of their field of study. The ERE department is internationally recognized for coupling research and service with many ERE courses to address community needs. The ERE department provides unparalleled mentoring to train students in engineering science and design so they can join our alumni as leaders in professional practice and research.

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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. The environmental resources engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Lower Division Required Courses

CourseCodes*Credits
APM 205Calculus I for Science and Engineering G4
APM 206Calculus for Science and Engineering IIG4
APM 307Multivariable Calculus 4
APM 485Differential Equations for Engineers and Scientists 3
EFB 101General Biology I: Organismal Biology and EcologyG3
EFB 102General Biology I LaboratoryG1
ERE 132Orientation Seminar: Environmental Resources Engineering 1
ERE 133Introduction to Engineering Design 3
ERE 275Ecological Engineering I 3
EWP 190Writing and the Environment G3
EWP 290Research Writing and HumanitiesG3
FCH 150General Chemistry I G3
FCH 151General Chemistry Laboratory I G1
FCH 152General Chemistry II G3
FCH 153General Chemistry Laboratory II G1
FOR 321Forest Ecology and Silviculture 3
GNE 172Statics and Dynamics 4
GNE 273Mechanics of Materials 3
PHY 211General Physics IG3
PHY 212General Physics II 3
PHY 221General Physics I Laboratory 1
PHY 222General 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

Course Codes* Credits
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

CourseCodes*Credits
APM 395Probability and Statistics for Engineers 3
CIE 337Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering 4
ERE 335Numerical and Computing Methods 3
ERE 339Fluid Mechanics 4
ERE 340Engineering Hydrology and Hydraulics 4
ERE 351Basic Engineering Thermodynamics 3
ERE 365Principles of Remote Sensing 4
ERE 371Surveying for Engineers 4
ERE 430Engineering Decision Analysis 3
ERE 440Water Pollution Engineering 3
ERE 468Solid Waste Management 3
ERE 489Environmental Resources Engineering Planning and Design 4

Upper Division Electives

Course Codes* Credits
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:
  • ERE 405 Sustainable Engineering
  • ERE 412 River Form and Process
  • ERE 425 Ecosystem Restoration Design
  • ERE 445 Hydrologic Modeling
  • ERE 448 Open Channel Hydraulics
  • ERE 475 Ecological Engineering for Water Quality Improvement
  • GNE 461 Air Pollution Engineering
  • ERE 496 and ERE 596 Special Topics courses must be pre-approved by the Department prior to registration
  • ERE 496 Environmental Systems Engineering
  • ERE 496 Ecosystem Restoration Design
Pre-approved Syracuse University courses that may be used to satisfy engineering electives include:
  • CIE 331 Analysis of Structures and Materials
  • CIE 332 Design of Concrete Structures
  • CIE 338 Foundation Engineering
  • CIE 443 Transportation Engineering
  • CIE 473 Transport Processes in Environmental Engineering
  • Special Topics courses offered through Syracuse University's L.C. Smith College of Engineering must be pre-approved by the Department prior to registration
500-599 Graduate courses designed expressly for areas of specialization in post-baccalaureate programs. Qualified undergraduate students may enroll with permission of the instructor.
  • ERE 511 Ecological Engineering in the Tropics
  • ERE 527 Stormwater Management
  • ERE 551 GIS for Engineers
600-699 Graduate courses are designed expressly for advanced levels of specialization. Undergraduate students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.000 or better may enroll in these courses with an approved petition.
  • ERE 621 Spatial Analysis
  • ERE 622 Digital Image Analysis
  • ERE 674 Methods in Ecological Treatment
  • ERE 692 Remote Sensing of the Environment
  • ERE 693 GIS-Based Modeling
E 9
Elective (No AP credits transferred/No PE courses allowed) 3
General Education Course 3
General Education Course 3

Total Minimum Credits For Degree: 127

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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.

Degrees

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. Program mastery courses may be satisfied by prior study. Plans of study are individualized by academic advisors so that students acquire needed depth and breadth in their training and courses and reach their professional goals.

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Graduate Options

There are five graduate options:

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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 Requirements

Program prerequisite or co-requisite courses beyond the departmental requirement include at least one semester of study in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, or statics; probability and statistics; ecology; and 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).

  1. Ecosystem Restoration (e.g., Ecosystem Restoration Design, Sustainable Engineering, River Form and Process, Ecological Engineering in the Tropics)
  2. Pollutant Treatment (e.g., Methods in Ecological Treatment, Ecological Engineering for Water Quality, Stormwater Management)
  3. Modeling (e.g., Hydrologic Modeling, Systems Engineering, Engineering Hydrology & Hydraulics)
  4. Ecosystem Sciences (e.g., Microbial Ecology, Ecosystems, Systems Ecology, Tropical Ecology, Ecological Biogeochemistry, Plant Ecology and Global Change, Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration, Limnology, Environmental Chemistry)

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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 Requirements

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 at least one course (3+ credit hours) in each of the three areas of competence listed below (illustrative courses are listed in parenthesis).

  • 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.

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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 Requirements

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.

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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 Requirements

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 five areas of competence listed below (illustrative courses are listed in parenthesis).

  • Remote sensing (e.g. Principles of Remote Sensing, Remote Sensing of the Environment, Digital Image Analysis)
  • Geographic information systems (e.g. Introduction to Spatial Information, GIS for Engineers, GIS-Based Modeling, Spatial Analysis, Introduction to Global Positioning Systems, Map Accuracy Assessment)
  • Statistics and Modeling (e.g., Probability and Statistics for Engineers, Multivariate Statistical Methods, Nonparametric Statistics, Analysis of Variance, Regression Analysis, Sampling Methods)
  • Statistics (e.g. Statistical Analysis, Multivariate Statistical Methods, Nonparametric Statistics, Analysis of Variance, Regression Analysis, Map Accuracy Assessment, Sampling Methods)
  • Programming (e.g. Numerical and Computing methods)

Students in the MPS program will take additional coursework in at least one of these areas, MS students will take additional coursework in at least two areas, and Ph.D. students will take additional coursework in at least three of these areas.

In addition to courses from the four areas listed above, there is flexibility for students interested in supplementary courses. For example, students in the past have expanded their knowledge in geography, ecology, forestry, systems analysis, electrical/computer engineering and mathematics. These courses are identified in consultation with the Major Professor and Steering Committee.

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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 Requirements

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).

  • 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, S = Summer-only


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