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Department of Environmental Studies

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.

Department of Environmental Studies

VALERIE A. LUZADIS, Chair
106 Marshall Hall, 315-470-6636; FAX 315-470-6915

The Environmental Studies program emphasizes interdisciplinary social science, humanities, and natural science approaches to environmental understanding and stewardship. The programs maintain a strong academic orientation, facilitating student and faculty engagement with fundamental environmental challenges and dynamics such as multiple and conflicting levels of environmental governance, participatory democracy, sustainable development, uses and limits of scientific prediction, discourses of environment, cultural expressions of nature, risk, and ecological sustainability.

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies

Students may enter the Bachelor of Science program as first-year students or as transfer students. Students who are preparing to transfer to ESF as juniors must have earned at least 60 credits of college coursework, in courses comparable to the lower-division course requirements as noted below.

In the first two years of the program, students develop a foundation in the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences as they relate to environmental affairs. During that time, students also fulfill SUNY general education requirements and take some open elective courses.

Option Areas

In the final two years of the program, students must select one of three specializations called Option Areas.

Environment, Communication and Society

This option focuses on how communication and social systems influence environmental affairs and shape our perceptions of the non-human world. It addresses the subjects of rhetoric and discourse; news media; public participation; advocacy campaigns; collaboration; conflict resolution; risk communication; social processes; and representations of nature in literature and popular culture.

Environmental Policy, Planning and Law

This option is concerned with how environmental policies, plans, and laws from the local to the global are created, implemented and contested. It emphasizes legislative, regulatory, and collaborative approaches to addressing environmental issues.

Natural Systems Applications

This option is designed for students interested in the interface between biology and socio-economic issues. It provides an emphasis on natural systems and their interactions with societal issues ranging from education to habitat management.

Lower Division Environmental Studies Core Courses

CourseCodes*Credits
APM 104
OR
APM 105
College Algebra and Precalculus

Survey of Calculus and Its Applications I
G

G
3

4
APM 255Computing Applications 3
EFB 101General Biology I: Organismal Biology and EcologyG3
EFB 102General Biology I LaboratoryG1
EFB 103
AND
EFB 104
OR
EST 231
General Biology II: Cell Biology and Genetics

General Biology II Laboratory

Environmental Geology
G

G


3

1

3
EFB 120The Global Environment and the Evolution of Human Society G3
ESF 200Information Literacy 1
EST 132Introduction to Environmental Studies 3
EST 200Cultural EcologyG3
EST 201US History Reconstruction to the Present 3
EST 221Introduction to American Government 3
EST 245Foundations of Environmental Communication 3
EWP 190Writing and the Environment G3
EWP 220Public Presentation Skills 3
EWP 290Research Writing and HumanitiesG3
FCH 110
OR
FCH 150
AND
FCH 151
Survey of Chemical Principles

General Chemistry I

General Chemistry Laboratory I


G

G
3

3

1
FOR 207Introduction to Economics G3

Lower Division Electives

Course Codes* Credits
General Education Course (Western Civilization) G 3
General Education Course (The Arts) G 3
Electives 6

Upper Division Environmental Studies Core Courses

CourseCodes*Credits
APM 391Introduction to Probability and Statistics G3
EFB 320 General Ecology 4
EST 321Government and the Environment 3
EST 361History of the American Environmental Movement G3
EST 494Senior Seminar in Environmental Studies 1
EWP 410Writing for Environmental Professionals 3
Senior Synthesis3

Upper Division Electives

Course Codes* Credits
EST Social Science Course
Select from EST 353, EST 366, EST 426, EST 460, EST 550 or FOR 360.
3
Upper Division Computing OR Natural Science Course 3
Electives 9

Environment, Communication and Society Option

CourseCodes*Credits
EST 390Social Processes and the Environment 3
EST 395Public Communication of Science and Technology 3
EST 423Rhetorical Practices in Environmental Communication 3
EST 493Environmental Communication Workshop 3
Option Courses (Including 3 credits in Methods)15

Environmental Policy, Planning and Law Option

CourseCodes*Credits
EST 550Environmental Impact Analysis 3
Policy/Planning Methods Courses6
Law Option Courses3
Planning Option Courses3
Environmental Policy/Planning/Law Option Courses12

Natural Systems Applications Option

Course   Codes* Credits
Field Methods GIS (Required) 3
Scientific breadth 3
Bio Apps Suboptions Biological Systems 3
Environmental Quality 3
Social Science Policy or law courses 9
Communication courses 6

Total Minimum Credits For Degree: 121-124 (total credits must include a minimum of 51 credit hours at the 300 level or above)

Graduate Programs

The Environmental Studies graduate program at SUNY-ESF is dedicated to preparing students to actively support local to global communities working to achieve sustainability. The program integrates social, cultural, and environmental knowledge and skills to address the challenges of the 21st century. Students in this program want to make a difference. Our program offers students a focused, yet flexible, interdisciplinary understanding of environmental issues, the problems that underlie them, and the paths that lead to sustainable communities. The program facilitates student engagement with the study of fundamental cultural, social, political, technical, and economic forces that drive environmental degradation as well as the emerging approaches that can foster sustainability.

Prerequisites

Students are expected to begin the program with some academic background in Environmental Policy or Communication; Environmental Science; and Ecology, demonstrated through successful completion of at least one course in each of these three areas. Deficiencies are identified in the letter of admission. If not completed prior to matriculation, these must be taken as co-requisites during the first two semesters of residence. Undergraduate or graduate courses successfully completed for credit may be used to satisfy deficiencies. Undergraduate courses are not included in Grade Point Averages, and do not contribute to the minimum number of required graduate credit hours. Graduate courses will be included in Grade Point Averages, but may not be used to meet program requirements.

Advanced Standing

(i) Course transfers. A maximum of six graduate credit hours with a grade of "B" or better that have not been applied to another degree may be transferred via Petition. The Petition must include an attached syllabus, and a justification of how the courses are to be included on the student's Plan Sheet. Petitions for course transfers are submitted following matriculation. (ii) Credit for prior experience (M.P.S. degree only). Applicants with a minimum of three (3) years of post-baccalaureate, full-time professional experience directly related to the intended area of study may apply for 6 credit hours of advanced standing in the M.P.S. program. Partial credit for experience cannot be awarded. When awarded for prior work experience, the 6 credit hours are applied toward the Synthesis requirement.

Master of Science (M.S.)

M.S. Program Requirements
The Environmental Studies M.S. degree program is a 37-credit-hour experience focused on advanced academic scholarship and research related to environmental affairs and sustainability. This degree requires the completion of a Master's thesis. Details on thesis proposals and expectations are available in the Environmental Studies M.S. graduate program handbook. All students must present a Capstone Seminar during their final semester. If necessary, the distribution of required credits may be adjusted to take into account a student's prior academic work and background.

Core (12 Credits)

All students take:

CourseCodes*Credits
EST 600Foundations of Environmental Studies 3
EST 626Concepts and Principles of Sustainable Development 3

All students also take at least two of the following:

CourseCodes*Credits
EST 608Environmental Advocacy Campaigns and Conflict Resolution 3
EST 612Environmental Policy and Governance 3
EST 640Environmental Thought and Ethics 3
EST 650Environmental Perception and Human Behavior 3
Research Methods (7 credits)

All students take:

CourseCodes*Credits
EST 797Environmental Studies Seminar 1 - 3

NOTE: EST 797 students are required to take the specific section of this seminar that deals with research proposal preparation

All students also take two additional research methods course, typically from the following list and typically to support their thesis research needs:

CourseCodes*Credits
APM 510Statistical Analysis 3
APM 625Sampling Methods 3
APM 630Regression Analysis 3
APM 635Multivariate Statistical Methods 3
EST 603Research Methods and Design 3
EST 604Social Survey Research Methods for Environmental Issues 3
EST 605Qualitative Methods 3
EST 702Environmental and Natural Resource Program Evaluation 3
LSA 640Research Methods 3

NOTE: Other research methods courses may be identified in collaboration with the student's advisor.

Generalized / Thematic Area (12 credits)

All students take four courses--typically in a thematic area--in consultation with their major professor. The thematic area should be used to substantively prepare the student for thesis work. EST 898 and EST 899 may not be included as thematic area courses.

Thesis Research (6 credits)

All students with an approved thesis proposal take at least six credits of:
  • EST 899. Master's Thesis Research

Typical Course Sequence

Year 1: Fall

 
COURSE TITLE Credits
Research Methods Course 3
EST 600 Foundations of Environmental Studies 3
Core Course 3
Area Course 3
Total Semester Credits
12
Year 1: Spring  
COURSE TITLE Credits
EST 626 Concepts and Principles of Sustainable Development 3
EST 797 Environmental Studies Seminar 1
Core Course 3
Thematic Area Course 3
Research Methods Course 3
Total Semester Credits
13
Year 2: Fall  
COURSE TITLE

Credits

EST 798 Problems in Environmental Studies* 3*
Thematic Area Course 3
Thematic Area Course 3
Total Semester Credits
9
Year 2: Spring  
COURSE TITLE Credits
EST 899 Master's Thesis Research
6
Total Semester Credits
6
Total Program Credits 37+3*

*This is an extra course, above program requirements, taken to maintain full-time status. Often a student preparing the thesis proposal enrolls in EST 798 to complete the literature review and proposal. If the student intends to do field work as part of his or her thesis research, it is typically undertaken in the summer between Years 1 and 2. In this case, EST 798 can be taken in the Semester of Year 1 and another Thematic course can be taken in the Fall of Year 2.

Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.)

The Environmental Studies M.P.S. degree program is a 39-credit-hour experience focused on advanced academic scholarship and its application to environmental affairs and sustainability. This degree requires the completion of a synthesis experience which frequently, though not always, involves a professional internship. Details on internships and other synthesis options are available in the Environmental Studies M.P.S. graduate program handbook. All students must present a Capstone Seminar during their final semester. If necessary, the distribution of required credits may be adjusted to take into account a student's prior academic work and background.

M.P.S. Program Requirements

Core (18 credits)

Required:

CourseCodes*Credits
EST 600Foundations of Environmental Studies 3
EST 626Concepts and Principles of Sustainable Development 3

Required, four of the following:

Recommended, as the fundamental knowledge and skill set for Environmental Studies:

CourseCodes*Credits
EST 608Environmental Advocacy Campaigns and Conflict Resolution 3
EST 612Environmental Policy and Governance 3
EST 640Environmental Thought and Ethics 3
EST 650Environmental Perception and Human Behavior 3

Alternatively, the following may also be used to meet this requirement:

CourseCodes*Credits
EST 606Environmental Risk Perception: Implications for Communication and Policy 3
EST 609Collaborative Governance Processes for Environmental and Natural Resource Management 3
EST 635Public Participation and Decision Making: Theory and Application 3
EST 645Mass Media and Environmental Affairs 3
EST 660Land Use Law 3
EST 797Environmental Studies Seminar 1 - 3

NOTE: Other courses may be identified in collaboration with the student's advisor.

Natural Sciences (3 credits)

All students take one natural science course. Typically this would be one of the following courses, though alternatives may be considered in consultation with the major professor.

CourseCodes*Credits
EFB 516Ecosystems 3
EFB 518Systems Ecology 4
EFB 523Tropical Ecology 3
EFB 600Toxic Health Hazards 4
EFB 611Topics in Environmental Toxicology 3
EFB 623Marine Ecology 5

Research / Technical Methods (6 credits)

All students take two research or technical methods courses, typically from the following list and typically to support their learning objectives:

CourseCodes*Credits
APM 510Statistical Analysis 3
APM 625Sampling Methods 3
APM 630Regression Analysis 3
APM 635Multivariate Statistical Methods 3
ENS 519Spatial Ecology 3
ERE 553Introduction to Spatial Information 1
EST 550Environmental Impact Analysis 3
EST 603Research Methods and Design 3
EST 604Social Survey Research Methods for Environmental Issues 3
EST 605Qualitative Methods 3
EST 702Environmental and Natural Resource Program Evaluation 3
EST 705Environmental Policy Analysis 3
FOR 557Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems 3
LSA 500Digital Methods and Graphics I 3
LSA 501Digital Methods and Graphics II 3
LSA 552Graphic Communication 3
LSA 640Research Methods 3

Generalized / Thematic Area (6 credits)

All students take two courses in consultation with their major professor. The thematic area should be used to substantively prepare the student for capstone synthesis work. EST 898 and EST 899 may not be included as thematic area courses.

Synthesis (6 credits)

All students take the equivalent of two courses of:

  • EST 798. Problems in Environmental Studies
  • EST 898. Professional Experience

Typical Course Sequence

Year 1: Fall  
COURSE TITLE Credits
EST 600 Foundations of Environmental Studies 3
Core Course 3
Core Course 3
Generalized/Thematic Area Course 3
Total Semester Credits
12
Year 1: Spring  
COURSE TITLE Credits
EST 626 Concepts and Principles of Sustainable Development 3
Core Course 3
Core Course 3
Natural Science Course 3-5
Total Semester Credits
12-14
Year 2: Fall  
COURSE TITLE Credits
General/Thematic Course 3
Research/Technical Methods Course 3
Research/Technical Methods Course 3
Total Semester Credits
9
Year 2: Spring  
COURSE TITLE Credits
Synthesis 6
Total Semester Credits
6
Total Program Credits 39-41

Certificate of Graduate Study in Environmental Decision Making

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Environmental Decision Making is designed is designed for graduate students at SUNY-ESF and those enrolled in law, management, public administration, or information studies programs at Syracuse University. It provides an exposure to specialized environmental study that is relevant to students with related professional interests. The focus of this certificate is on environmental decision making, the processes by which stakeholders seek solutions to environmental problems.

Student Eligibility

Graduate students currently matriculated and in good academic standing in their graduate degree programs at SUNY-ESF and Syracuse University are eligible to apply for entrance to the certificate program.

Administrative Procedures

Application and admissions procedures, compliance with college requirements for successful graduate study and the awarding of certificates are all administered by ESF's Dean of Instruction and Graduate Studies, 227 Bray Hall. If enrollment limitations are established, acceptances will be made on a rolling basis, according to the date of receipt of applications.

Certificate Program Requirements

Core

All students take:

CourseCodes*Credits
EST 635Public Participation and Decision Making: Theory and Application 3

Choose 9 credits from the following two lists, at least one course from each:

Environmental Policy and Law

CourseCodes*Credits
EST 609Collaborative Governance Processes for Environmental and Natural Resource Management 3
EST 612Environmental Policy and Governance 3
EST 660Land Use Law 3
EST 796Advanced Topics in Environmental Studies 1 - 3
FOR 687Environmental Law and Policy 3
FOR 689Natural Resources Law and Policy 3
LAW 716Environmental Law 3
LAW 865Natural Resources Law 3
PAI 775Energy, Environment and Resources Policy 3
PAI 777Economics of Environmental Policy 3

Human and Environment Interactions

CourseCodes*Credits
EST 606Environmental Risk Perception: Implications for Communication and Policy 3
EST 608Environmental Advocacy Campaigns and Conflict Resolution 3
EST 625Wetland Management Policy 3
EST 626Concepts and Principles of Sustainable Development 3
EST 628Great Lakes Policy and Management 3
EST 645Mass Media and Environmental Affairs 3
EST 650Environmental Perception and Human Behavior 3
LSA 650Behavioral Factors of Community Design 3
PAI 730Problems in Public Administration 3

* 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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