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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, technical 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 | Example Registration Form | Example Petition Form | Example Grade Report Yr1
  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, giving needed attention to address course pre-requisites listed with each course description.
  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 and Directed Electives

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.

General Education (Gen Ed) Courses

All SUNY students are required to complete Gen Ed Requirements, and have competencies in critical thinking and information management. ESF offers the following Gen Ed courses

For students who entered our ESF ERE program on or after fall 2015, 30 Gen Ed credits in 7 of 10 areas are required.

4 Gen Ed areas, and 12 credits, are obtained by taking required courses in our curriculum:

    • Basic Communication is fulfilled by EWP 190
    • Mathematics is fulfilled by APM 205
    • Natural Science is fulfilled by EFB 101/102
    • Humanities is fulfilled by EWP 290

    9 more credits in the Gen Ed Natural Sciences and Mathematics areas are obtained by taking required courses in our curriculum:

    • PHY 211. General Physics I
    • APM 206. Calculus II
    • APM 307. Multivariate Calculus

    The remaining 3 Gen Ed areas, and 9 credits, are obtained by taking 3 courses from at least 3 of these Gen Ed areas:

    • Social Sciences
    • American History
    • Western Civilization
    • Other World Civilizations
    • The Arts
    • Foreign Language

For students who entered our ESF ERE program before fall 2015, 27 Gen Ed credits in 7 of 10 areas were required.

    4 Gen Ed areas, and 12 credits, are obtained by taking required courses in our curriculum:
    • Basic Communication is fulfilled by EWP 190
    • Mathematics is fulfilled by APM 205
    • Natural Science is fulfilled by EFB 101/102
    • Humanities is fulfilled by EWP 290

    3 more credits are obtained in the Gen Ed Natural Science area 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
    • FOR 345. Introduction to Soils
    • FOR 338. Meteorology

    The remaining 3 Gen Ed areas, and 12 credits, are obtained by taking 4 courses from at least 3 of these Gen Ed areas (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

Following Requirements of AY 2015-2016 Curriculum

Students assigned a B.S. in ERE Curriculum prior to Academic Year 2015-2016 can petition to follow the AY 2015-2016 B.S. in ERE Curriculum. The curricular transition period for students following the AY 2015-2016 B.S. in ERE Curriculum entails course equivalencies and new course requirements.

During the transition period, transition problems are minimized by allowing these equivalencies:

  • GNE 172 Statics and Dynamics (4ch) from the old curriculum will satisfy GNE 272 Statics (3ch) in the AY 2015-2016 curriculum;
  • FOR 321 Forest Ecology and Silviculture (3ch) from the old curriculum will satisfy the Ecology directed elective in the AY 2015-2016 curriculum.
  • ERE 351 Basic Engineering Thermodynamics (3ch) in the old curriculum will satisfy ERE 380 Energy Systems Engineering (3ch) in the AY 2015-2016 curriculum;
  • ERE 371 Surveying for Engineers (4ch) in the old curriculum will satisfy ERE 371 Surveying for Engineers (3ch) in the AY 2015-2016 curriculum;
  • ERE 440 Water Pollution Engineering (3ch) in the old curriculum will satisfy ERE 440 Water and Wastewater Treatment (3ch) in the AY 2015-2016 curriculum;
  • ERE 468 Solid Waste Management (3ch) in the old curriculum will satisfy ERE 468 Solid and Hazardous Waste Engineering (3ch) in the AY 2015-2016 curriculum;
  • Engineering Electives will satisfy Technical Electives during the transition and after the transition;

New courses in the AY 2015-2016 curriculum will be introduced as follows:

  • GNE 271 Statics (3ch) will be offered in the AY 2015-2016, fall;
  • ERE 371 Surveying for Engineers (3ch) will be offered in the AY 2016-2017, fall, yet elements will be introduced during the AY 2015-2016;
  • ERE 380 Energy Systems Engineering (3ch) will be offered in the AY 2016-2017, spring, yet new elements will be introduced during the AY 2015-2016;
  • ERE 440 Water and Wastewater Treatment (3ch) will be offered in the AY 2016-2017, spring, yet elements will be introduced during the AY 2015-2016;
  • ERE 468 Solid and Hazardous Waste Engineering (3ch) will be offered in the AY 2015-2016, fall;
  • ERE 480 Contaminant Fate and Transport (3ch) will be offered in the AY 2015-2016, fall;

Engineering Electives

You need to take 3 Engineering Electives, which are defined by their focus on theory and application of scientific principles and quantitative skills to monitor, assess, or design in the environmental resources engineering profession. Some of these courses are only available to seniors, and may require special pre-requisites. To prepare, you take a design course your freshman year and take core engineering courses your sophomore and junior years.

A list of courses is provided in the ESF Catalog, ERE Table of Upper Division Electives.

Technical Electives

You need to take 2 Tecnical Electives, which are defined by their application of techniques, theory, and skills to advance competence in the professional practice. These courses build on the engineering curriculum. A list of courses is provided in the ESF Catalog, ERE Table of Upper Division Electives.


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