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The Ranger School

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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.

The Ranger School

MICHAEL R. BRIDGEN, Director
Wanakena Campus, 315-848-2566 FAX 315-848-3249

The SUNY-ESF Ranger School in Wanakena, N.Y., offers students a unique educational experience in a spectacular natural setting. The school confers the associate in applied science degree. The A.A.S. degree can open doors to forest, natural resources conservation or land surveying technologymachine careers, or it can serve as a hands-on, experience-based step toward a bachelor of science degree.

The Ranger School curriculum educates students for careers in the areas of environmental conservation, forestry and surveying, while also providing preparation for continued education in related bachelor's degree programs. Within the curriculum there are three areas of study: forest technology, land surveying technology, and environmental and natural resources conservation.

The Ranger School's one-plus-one plan allows students to complete their first year of higher education at the college of their choice, then spend their second year at The Ranger School. Students wishing to continue on for their bachelor's degree can do so at SUNY-ESF's main campus in Syracuse, N.Y.

Academic Programs

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree

The Ranger School offers Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees in three areas. The A.A.S. is typically earned with two years of study.

Combining an A.A.S. with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree

There are several advantages of combining a Ranger School forest technology or environmental and natural resources associate's degree with a four-year B.S. degree in professional forestry. Ranger School graduates who go on to pursue the bachelor's degree have a solid field education as well as a managerial orientation and the deeper ecological and social understanding provided by the professional curriculum.

Students wishing to transfer from the forest technology concentration to the forest resources management program at the Syracuse campus will be admitted as juniors. They will be given credit for the summer session in field forestry. They will still have to complete some physical sciences, social sciences and humanities requirements while in residence at Syracuse, depending on prior preparation. A maximum of 32 transfer credit hours from the sophomore year of the forest technology program will be counted toward the B.S. degree. All other requirements as set forth in the forest resources management program option must be met.

Students contemplating subsequent transfer should concentrate their freshman year electives in the social sciences and humanities. Students should also complete the first semester in chemistry, one semester in physics and a course in calculus prior to transferring. It is possible to be admitted without these courses, but subsequent progress in the program becomes more difficult.

Dual Majors

Students who are pursuing the associate degree may pursue a dual major, combining any two of the three areas below. Program requirements must be satisfied concurrently (i.e., a student cannot graduate from ESF and return later to complete coursework for a second major). Students may petition for admission to a dual major A.A.S. degree after completing 18 credits and before 45 credits with an unambiguous GPA of 2.000 or greater (no grades of incomplete or missing grades). The diploma will state the completion of a single A.A.S. degree. The transcript will state the completion of two majors.

Environmental and Natural Resources Conservation (A.A.S.)

The environmental and natural resources conservation program provides students with the scientific theory and applied skills necessary for a technical career in the environmental and natural resources sector. This program will provide students with a solid grounding in applied ecological and sociopolitical concepts, accompanied by technical training in plant and tree identification, land surveying, natural resources measurements, geospatial applications, soil and water monitoring, wildlife techniques and forest recreation.

Students interested in a baccalaureate degree should investigate the Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management’s bachelor’s degree curriculum. Transfer is possible upon completion of the A.A.S. degree at Wanakena. Transfer into other baccalaureate programs at ESF may be possible, but students should consult with an advisor in the Undergraduate Admissions office as soon as possible. Students who may consider transferring to a baccalaureate program after graduation from the environmental and natural resources conservation program should pay close attention to the footnotes under “freshman year.”

The freshman year environmental and natural resources conservation curriculum consists of general studies courses which may be taken at any accredited four-year, community, or agricultural college, or college of technology.

First Year Required Courses

Completed at a college of the student’s choice

Course Codes* Credits
General Biology 4
Science Course (Biology, Chemistry, or Physics) 4
English with a Focus on Writing 6
Trigonometry 3
Policy/Government 3

Electives
Students intending to apply to a four-year program after earning an A.A.S. degree should use electives to meet lower-division requirements

10
Second Year Required Courses
CourseCodes*Credits
FTC 200Dendrology 3
FTC 202Introduction to Surveying 3
FTC 204Introduction to Natural Resources Measurements 5
FTC 206Forest Ecology 4
FTC 207Communications and Safety 3
FTC 208Remote Sensing and GIS Technology 3
FTC 210Wildlife Techniques 2
FTC 211Silviculture 4
FTC 212Adirondack Cultural Ecology 2
FTC 219Introduction to Forest Recreation 1
FTC 221Natural Resources Management 3
FTC 224Field Applications 1
FTC 234Wildlife Conservation 3
FTC 236Interpretive Techniques in Forest Recreation 2
FTC 237Introduction to Water and Soil Resources 3
FTC 238Forest Insects and Disease 3
FTC 239GIS Applications 2

Total Minimum Credits For Degree: 77

Forest Technology (A.A.S.)

The forest technology program provides students with a unique combination of knowledge and skills. Students learn about all aspects of forest technology through a carefully planned combination of classroom lectures, demonstration and hands-on fieldwork. The curriculum's emphasis is on fundamental forestry knowledge and applied field training as well as the relationship between forest technology and managerial needs.

This degree provides students with knowledge of the field practice of forest management, the ability to work and communicate effectively with professional and paraprofessional personnel, and an understanding of the physical, biological and quantitative aspects that form the basis of forestry.

First Year Required Courses

Completed at a college of the student’s choice

Course Codes* Credits
General Biology 4
Science Course (Biology, Chemistry, or Physics) 4
English with a Focus on Writing 6
Trigonometry 3
Economics 3

Electives
Students intending to apply to a four-year program after earning an A.A.S. degree should use electives to meet lower-division requirements

10
Second Year Required Courses
CourseCodes*Credits
FTC 200Dendrology 3
FTC 202Introduction to Surveying 3
FTC 204Introduction to Natural Resources Measurements 5
FTC 206Forest Ecology 4
FTC 207Communications and Safety 3
FTC 208Remote Sensing and GIS Technology 3
FTC 209Timber Harvesting 2
FTC 211Silviculture 4
FTC 213Forest Inventory Practicum 2
FTC 214Leadership and Organizational Performance 2
FTC 217Wildland Firefighting and Ecology 2
FTC 219Introduction to Forest Recreation 1
FTC 221Natural Resources Management 3
FTC 224Field Applications 1
FTC 225Timber Transportation and Utilization 3
FTC 234Wildlife Conservation 3
FTC 238Forest Insects and Disease 3

Total Minimum Credits For Degree: 77

Land Surveying Technology (A.A.S.)

The land surveying technology program’s educational objectives are for students to obtain a sound technical background in fundamental land surveying principles, techniques and skills; become well-rounded technical specialists capable of teamwork, communication and problem solving; and develop life-long learning skills and abilities.

The program provides students with a combination of surveying and land resource knowledge and related skills which are not available anywhere else. Students will be thoroughly exposed to the field of land surveying through a carefully planned combination of classroom lectures, demonstrations and hands-on experience.

First Year Required Courses

Completed at a college of the student’s choice

Course Codes* Credits
General Biology 4
Physics 4
English with a Focus on Writing 6
Trigonometry 3
Economics 3

Electives
Students intending to apply to a four-year program after earning an A.A.S. degree should use electives to meet lower-division requirements

10
Second Year Required Courses
CourseCodes*Credits
FTC 200Dendrology 3
FTC 202Introduction to Surveying 3
FTC 204Introduction to Natural Resources Measurements 5
FTC 205Computer Aided Drafting and Design 1 2
FTC 206Forest Ecology 4
FTC 207Communications and Safety 3
FTC 208Remote Sensing and GIS Technology 3
FTC 214Leadership and Organizational Performance 2
FTC 224Field Applications 1
FTC 225Timber Transportation and Utilization 3
FTC 251Advanced Surveying Measurements and Computations 5
FTC 253Survey Law 3
FTC 255Boundary Surveying 3
FTC 256Subdivision Surveys 2
FTC 257Construction and Topographic Surveys 3
FTC 259Computer Aided Drafting and Design II 2

Total Minimum Credits For Degree: 77


* 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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