The undergraduate B.S. in Environmental Resources Engineering has graduated several cohorts of students and has been accredited from October 2010 forward by the Engineering Accreditation Commission/Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC/ABET). Below we explain how this program is similar to yet distinct from many Civil and Environmental Engineering programs.
The primary objective of this degree program is to prepare qualified engineering graduates to operate with professional competence. This program offers a engineering science and design coursework in the areas of water resources engineering, ecological engineering, and geospatial engineering, a breadth and combination unparalleled in the United States. A broad base of study in the fundamentals of engineering enables graduates to enter professional practices which focus on civil works as well as the use and protection of soil, water, air, and other renewable and non-renewable resources.
The Environmental Resources Engineering program is similar to many Civil and Environmental Engineering programs, with 2 years of core science and engineering courses followed by upper level requirements in Water and Wastewater Treatment, Geotechnical Engineering, Hydrology and Hydraulics, and Solid Waste Management. We offer advanced courses in Water Resources Engineering, a focus common to many Civil and Environmental Engineering programs. We differentiate our program from many Civil and Environmental Engineering programs by also offering introductory and advanced courses in the Ecological Engineering and Geospatial Engineering areas, two themes which complement our Water Resources Engineering area. The curriculum is developed to include hands-on, design-oriented courses starting in the freshman year, and allows students to explore advanced topics of interest through senior engineering design electives. While most of our students use these engineering design electives to focus on the Ecological Engineering, GeoSpatial Engineering, and Water Resources Engineering strengths of the Department of Environmental Resources Engineering, some students choose a to take upper level courses in Structural and Geotechnical Engineering.
Engineering students with an interest in graduate study can plan their undergraduate studies along an individualized track which will prepare them for entry into graduate study either at SUNY ESF or at other top universities throughout the country. Our past graduates have successfully pursued MS and/or PhD degrees at MIT, Princeton, Brown, Cornell, Illinois, and Berkeley, among other schools, and our unique undergraduate curriculum provided them with skills to succeed in these programs. As the graduate program in Environmental Resources Engineering has grown, many students have chosen to stay at SUNY ESF, where our unique graduate programs offer unparalleled opportunities for graduate study.Our B.S. in Environmental Resource Engineering program trains our graduates to have :
In response to the evolving needs of society, and ongoing discussions with our Advisory Board, alumni, employers and numerous other stakeholders, the Department obtained approval from the New York State Education Department in 2010 to offer a new Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Resources Engineering (ERE). The B.S. in ERE program (e.g., curriculum, objectives, and student learning outcomes) was designed and built on the success of our B.S. in Forest Engineering program, which has been ABET-accredited since 1982. When the B.S. in ERE program becomes accredited we will phase out the B.S. in Forest Engineering.