The forest and natural resources management programs prepare students for work with public and private sector organizations and consultancies and for further professional or scientific study at the graduate level. Students develop professional skills, which employers look for in new employees:
- Management skills including leadership, communication abilities, and teamwork;
- Scientific knowledge and technical skills in measurements and analysis for management;
- The ability to analyze and solve resource management problems using both social and biophysical sciences; and
- A clear understanding of ethics and stewardship.
These skills are best developed by a broad base in the social sciences and humanities, communication, the natural sciences, and quantitative and qualitative methods. The majority of coursework taken during the first two years (lower division) is in these basics.
Students are required to complete general education requirements and a professional core. Forest resources management students may concentrate some of their technical electives. Natural resources management majors have a ready opportunity to earn a minor in an area of disciplinary interest.
Students interested in more information are encouraged to review the following:
High quality learning opportunities are offered at the Associate, Bachelor, Master, and Doctor of Philosophy levels. Students are encouraged to think critically, synthesize knowledge, communicate effectively, and use technology responsibly. As part of our education mission, we offer a professionally accredited undergraduate Forest Resources Management degree program.
Undergraduate Degree Programs
Students may follow one of three paths to enter and complete an undergraduate degree program:
- The freshman path is for students who enter ESF as freshmen and complete all degree requirements at ESF with the Summer Program after the second year.
- The combined A.A.S/B.S. path is for students who wish to have more field measurement and field problem-solving skills and leadership development in context of natural resource problems. The first year can be at ESF or another campus and the second year is spent at The Ranger School on the Wanakena campus. Students then complete their B.S. degree requirements at ESF.
This path can be completed in a total of four years with careful planning. Students interested in more information about transfer credits from Range School A.A.S. programs to FNRM B.S. programs are encouraged to review the section in the FNRM Undergraduate Student Handbook that describes transfer credits in detail.
- The transfer path is for students who complete all or part of their lower-division coursework at another two- or four-year campus, attend the Summer Program the summer before entering ESF, and complete the upper-division requirements at ESF. Students preparing to transfer to ESF with full junior status must have earned at least 60 credits of college coursework.
Professor and Undergraduate Education Coordinator
301 Bray Hall
One Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210-2788