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Undergraduate Studies in Forest Engineering B.S. in Forest Engineering

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Admission Information

All new applicants for study towards a Bachelor's degree in Engineering should apply through the B.S. in Environmental Resources Engineering program. Offered since 2010, the B.S. in Environmental Resources Engineering reflects more environmental engineering and less agricultural engineering than a traditional Forest Engineering program. Our B.S. in Forest Engineering and B.S. in Environmental Resources Engineering have the same curriculum. The B.S. in Environmental Resources Engineering mirrors the long-term success of the B.S. in Forest Engineering.

The undergraduate B.S. in Forest Engineering is a fully accredited engineering program that originated at ESF in 1971. 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. With over 800 graduates now in engineering practice, 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 Forest 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.

The Forest Engineering undergraduate program is accredited by the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC). Forest Engineering students are eligible to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam during final semester.

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 Forest Engineering program trains our graduates to have:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
  4. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.