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Advising

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, 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, 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

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

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. Engineering Elective courses include:

Fall Semester

  • GNE 461 Air Pollution Engineering
  • ERE 412 River Form and Process
  • ERE 425 Ecosystem Restoration Design (not offered this year)
  • ERE 465 Environmental Systems Engineering
  • ERE 475 Ecological Engineering for Water Quality
  • ERE 480 Fate and Transport of Contaminants
  • ERE 527 Stormwater Management
  • ERE 545 Environmental Soil Physics
  • ERE 551 GIS for Engineers
  • ERE 621 Spatial Analysis
  • ERE 692 Remote Sensing - Environment (not offered this year)
  • 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 570 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 (not offered this year)
  • CIE 332 Design of Concrete Structures
  • CIE 338 Foundation Engineering

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