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Catalog Information Subject to Change

The current ESF Catalog is online only, and is updated as needed throughout the year. To view the version officially associated with a particular year of entry to the College, please refer to the appropriate catalog of record.

Special Academic Options Undergraduate Study

Honors Programs

The ESF Honors Program is a two-way street: the College provides enrichment, experience and special opportunities for our most promising students and our honors students provide leadership and service to the Honors Program, the College, and the broader community. Honors students translate their academic skills into leadership, service or both (e.g., undergraduate student government, leadership or membership on special committees, student clubs), or in campus service (e.g., Orientation Leaders, student mentors, ESF ambassadors).  We hope former honors students will return to campus after graduation to share their post-graduate experiences with their younger peers.

In line with these broad goals, ESF offers two distinct honors programs:

The Lower Division Honors Program provides first- and second-year students with value-added educational experiences that engage students in unique challenges. Academic components of the program strengthen exploration and communication skills through interdisciplinary assignments and discussion.

The Upper Division Honors Program provides opportunities for junior and senior students to complete intensive research and creative projects under the guidance of faculty, emphasizing and encouraging holistic and multidisciplinary awareness of the problems and opportunities in studying the environment.

Service-Learning Program

Service-learning is a form of structured experiential education in which students engage with the community to be active learners, enrich their sense of civic responsibility and explore a practical application for course content. Faculty oversight, students’ reflective thinking and college/community reciprocity are key components of service-learning.

For a list of courses that have incorporated service learning in the past, please refer to the service-learning website.

International Study Abroad

SUNY-ESF is committed to enhancing the internationalization of ESF students’ academic experiences. ESF believes strongly that international experiences provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to be informed, active, responsible, and culturally-sensitive global citizens.

The Office of International Education assists students who wish to participate in the College’s diverse study and research abroad opportunities noted below.

Pre-professional Advising

Medical and Health Professions (medicine, dentistry, optometry & veterinary medicine)

ESF students interested in medicine, dentistry, optometry and veterinary medicine are encouraged to identify themselves to the ESF Pre-Health Coordinator who can then assist them in exploring these pathways, advising them on academic qualifications and preparing for the application process.

Additionally, several academic departments pair pre-health interested students with academic advisors who have particular expertise in these areas. ESF pre-professional interested students may also participate in the Health Professions Advisory Program (HPAP) offered through Syracuse University.


ESF offers pre-professional advising to students interested in pursuing law as a profession.

Unlike some other professional programs, law schools do not require or recommend a specific program of study or specific coursework. Instead, the Law School Admissions Council advises students who are interested in the legal profession to pursue undergraduate education that demonstrates success in intellectually challenging curricula that enhance students’ critical thinking skills.

Public Administration

Students considering graduate studies in public administration are encouraged to meet with ESF’s pre-PA advisor as early in their academic careers as possible to discuss how a MPA program may help them achieve their educational goals and to take advantage of services, such as ESF’s M.P.A. articulation agreement with Binghamton University and ESF’s joint degree program with Syracuse University’s top-rated Maxwell School M.P.A. program.

Binghamton University M.P.A.

Binghamton University's M.P.A. program specializes in preparing students to work in local government or the nonprofit sector. The program offers students the option of starting in either the fall or spring and has both full and part-time students.

ESF undergraduate students earning a 3.300  GPA and completing one course each from the following table of core competency areas are assured entry into Binghamton’s Master of Public Administration program. 

MPA Competency ESF Course(s) Providing Foundation in Competency
Management and Administration FOR 360: Principles of Management
Statistics APM 391: Intro. to Probability and Statistics
Economics FOR 333: Managerial Economics for Env. Professionals
Government Policy FOR 465: Natural Resources Policy or
EST 321: Government and the Environment
Accounting, Budgeting, and/or Finance FOR 205: Principles of Accounting

Please meet with the pre-PA advisor Dr. Robert Malmsheimer (rwmalmsh@esf.edu) or the dean of Instruction & Graduate Studies for additional information regarding BU’s ESF-MPA articulation agreement.

Coordinated Programs

SUNY Upstate Medical University Entry Level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT 3+3)

In collaboration with SUNY Upstate Medical University (UMU), ESF students may apply to an entry-level doctor of physical therapy program (DPT 3+3). ESF undergraduates who are completing bachelor of science degrees within the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology are eligible for admission.

* 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