ERE students will meet with their Faculty Advisors at least twice per year to discuss their academic and professional preparation. Use your Faculty Advisor to discuss academics and plan for your career; you might troubleshoot problems, differentiate between the various engineering electives, consider research opportunities, discuss an academic minor or club, review a resume, and plan for summer internships or jobs. Develop and use your own leadership and management skills to prepare for your academic advising sessions, as discussed below, and complete your ERE program curriculum.

Student Preparation for Academic Advising

Make sure you have completed the first 6 steps in this list before arriving at your academic advising session. After your advising session, proceed to succeed!
  1. Review the ESF Registration Information to learn more about the course registration process. Look at: Example Curriculum Plan Sheet Yr1 Yr4| Example Registration Form | Example Petition Form | Example Grade Report Yr1 Yr4
  2. Confirm you understand the ESF Academic Policies as they relate to academic integrity, course enrollment, performance, withdrawal, religious holidays, dual majors, etc.
  3. Determine what courses you should take by studying your most current Curriculum Plan Sheet, located at MyESF. This sheet is very informative, organizing courses by semester, listing general education courses, enumerating credit hours remaining in lower division and upper division courses, and flagging unmatched credits. Freshman in their first semester are pre-enrolled in courses and will discuss these courses and needed changes with their advisor during orientation week; students placed in pre-calculus (due to math entrance scores) need to develop engineering fundamentals and can use approved summer courses to fulfill required calculus courses.
  4. Keep track of your ESF Accessory Instruction SU credit hours (CH) that you can spend each semester, using MyESF.
  5. Make a plan for your semester courses, using the Planning Grid PDF | Planning Grid Excel to address scheduling conflicts, and the Curricular Roadmap to address pre-requisites.
  6. Take to your advising session the most current version of your Curriculum Plan Sheet, a completed Pre-Planning Grid, and a registration form (available from the Registrar outside Bray Hall 111). Bring a petition form if it is needed.
  7. Use your advising session to cover course and career preparation issues. Leave the session with a plan to succeed and a signed registration form. Take that form to the Registrar to remove your registration hold and then complete the MySlice registration to officially enroll in the courses.
  8. Succeed in your courses by using the Academic Success Center and peer tutoring, writing center, and math lab, and abiding by the ESF Student Handbook and Academic Integrity

Specific Courses, Directed Electives, Free Elective

The curricular requirements contain specific courses (e.g., APM 205 Calculus I) and directed electives (e.g., General Education Course) within upper and lower division course areas. You also have a free elective that allows you to pursue breadth or depth in an area of academic or professional interest.

General Education (Gen Ed) Courses

You complete Gen Ed courses starting your freshman year. All SUNY students are required to complete Gen Ed requirements. ESF requires you complete 9 Gen Ed course areas.

The first four Gen Ed areas are completed by taking specific courses in our curriculum:

  • Mathematics is fulfilled by APM 205
  • Natural Science is fulfilled by EFB 101/102
  • Humanities is fulfilled by EWP 290
  • Basic Communication is fulfilled by EWP 190
The fifth Gen Ed course is satisfied in ERE by taking 1 of 3 Directed Earth Science courses (Students graduating in 2011, 2012, or 2013 do not need to fulfill this requirement):
  • FCH 399. Introduction to Atmospheric Sciences - Fall
  • FOR 345. Introduction to Soils (3)- Fall
  • FOR 338. Meteorology (3) - Spring
The remaining Gen Ed courses are satisfied by ERE students taking 4 courses from at least 3 of these categories (Students graduating in 2011, 2012, or 2013 might take 5 courses from at least 3 areas if they did not take the Earth Science course):
  • Social Sciences
  • American History
  • Western Civilization
  • Other World Civilizations
  • The Arts
  • Foreign Language

Engineering Electives

You take a design course your freshman year, take core engineering courses your sophomore and junior years, and by your senior year you will take 3 Engineering Electives (note some require additional pre-requisites). The list of ESF Engineering Electives is below:

Fall Semester

  • GNE 461 Air Pollution Engineering
  • ERE 412 River Form & Process
  • ERE 425 Ecosystem Restoration Design
  • ERE 465 Environmental Systems Engineering
  • ERE 475 Ecological Engineering for Water Quality
  • ERE 527 Stormwater Management
  • ERE 551 GIS for Engineers
  • ERE 621 Spatial Analysis
  • ERE 692 Remote Sensing - Environment (tentative)
  • CIE 331 Analysis of Structures and Materials
  • CIE 443 Transportation Engineering
  • CIE 473 Transport Processes in Environmental Engineering

Spring Semester

  • ERE 311 Ecological Engineering in the Tropics
  • ERE 445 Hydrologic Modeling
  • ERE 496 Hydrology in a Changing Climate
  • ERE 596 Humanitarian Engineering for Development Workers
  • ERE 622 Digital Image Analysis
  • ERE 674 Methods in Ecological Treatment Analysis
  • ERE 693 GIS-based Modeling (tentative)
  • CIE 332 Design of Concrete Structures
  • CIE 338 Foundation Engineering


YouTube Channels

ESF | Athletics | Research | Academics | Sustainability | New York | Nature

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
1 Forestry Drive | Syracuse, NY 13210 | 315-470-6500
Copyright © 2015 | Admissions Information | Webmaster