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Developing Students and Citizens

The ESF in the High School and ESF Science Corps programs help students prepare to be leaders in the stewardship of both our natural and designed environments, and to be effective citizens for the 21st century.

Environmental problems make headlines every day. Understanding the complex scientific and social issues behind these headlines, coupled with the ability to critically solve these problems, is a requirement in the work place today. This need not only applies to those in STEM fields but to everyone across the education spectrum.

About ESF

Located in Syracuse, NY, ESF (SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry) is one of only nine doctoral-granting institutions in the sixty-four campus State University of New York (SUNY) system. ESF is an urban campus with eight regional campuses and field stations distributed across 25,000 acres in Central and Northern New York, ranging from the Appalachian highlands and Great Lakes basin to the St. Lawrence River and the Adirondack Mountains. As a result, ESF is one of the largest campuses in the U.S. dedicated to education, research and demonstration in environmental science, engineering and technology, policy and management, and planning and design. ESF is the SUNY Sustainable and Renewable Energy Center.

ESF is ranked among the nation's top universities in the 2017 edition of U.S. News and World Report's annual list of America's Best Colleges. ESF was listed among the “Best National Universities” and one of the Top 50 Public National Universities. According to the 2011 ORP Annual Report, approximately 87% of the faculty are engaged in more than 506 research projects.

We are proud to serve New York State students and educators through the ESF in the High School and ESF Science Corps program.

What is ESF in the High School?

A school/college partnership program that enables qualified students to:

  • Experience college-level course work while still in high school.
  • Understand the complex scientific and social perspectives behind the environmental issues that make headlines every day such as, the relationship between energy use and the environment.
  • Learn about and explore diverse interests and career opportunities in environmental science, engineering, management, policy and design - and in related areas such as law, communications, technology and medicine.
  • 2017-2018: Calendar
  • ESF in the High School Brochure
  • Active School in NY State
  • Active schools in Onondaga County
  • 2016-2017 Annual Report
  • FERPA: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

What is the ESF Science Corps?

For affiliated schools, the ESF Science Corps is a science resource for teachers and students who are engaging in original inquiry. Science Corps mentors are “front line,” in-school role models and resources for students whose college and career plans are taking shape. Funded initially by a National Science Foundation grant, the ESF Science Corps is comprised of ESF undergraduate, masters and Ph.D. students, faculty and other volunteers. ESF Science Corps members integrate their research and professional experiences into classroom, lab and field experiences through in-school, on-campus and workplace presentations, discussions and demonstrations. ESF faculty and educational specialists serve as Science Corps facilitators and mentors.

We invite you to learn more about the remarkable breadth and depth of ESF's academic, research and public service programs, and to explore the potential that ESF in the High School and the ESF Science Corps hold for you.

What courses are offered in ESF in the High School?

The flagship course is ESF's environmental science course, Global Environment (EFB120, 3 college credits). Key environmental science themes and critical thinking skills form the basis for classroom and experiential learning activities. Global Environment's interdisciplinary approach reflects our enduring belief that all students, regardless of their specific college and career paths, will benefit from an understanding of the linkages among human social systems and biophysical systems.

Students explore the relationships between their local rural, urban, and suburban communities and the broad global context of environmental change. Opportunities abound for including course topics based on available local and regional resources as well as teacher interests, expertise, and experiences. Ultimately, we seek to develop students and citizens who have a solid understanding of science and a sense of wonder and appreciation for the Earth as a system.

Other courses include:

Writing and the Environment (EWP190, 3 credits): Introduction to academic writing, reading, and research, reflecting college-level literacy skills or analysis, argument, and crtical thinking. The course includes frequent informal writing assignments and three formal writing projects requiring revision. An oral presentation is required.

Ecology and the Economic Process (ESF122, 3 credits): An interdisciplinary biophysical world approach to studying economics as part of the larger world

Introduction to Renewable Energy (FCH496, 2 credits): Considers the question of why we need to start thinking of alternative forms of energy to supply our increasing needs as a modern society. Includes the science behind several technologies.

General Biology 1 (EFB101 & 102, 4 credits): Lecture and lab. Introductory exploration of biological principles at ecosystem, population, and organismal level. Emphasis on form, function, ecology and evolution of living organisms.

General Biology 2 (EFB103 & 104, 4 credits): Lecture and lab. Organization and function of living cells. Key topics include biological molecules, organelle structure and function, gene expression, cell division, metabolism, photosynthesis, cell signaling, genomics, and population genetics.

Prerequisites:

  • Global Environment (EFB120): Students must have successfully completed NYS Regents Earth Science, NYS Regents Biology, and have successfully completed—or be concurrently enrolled in—NYS Regents Chemistry.
  • Writing and the Environment (EWP190): Students must have successfully completed NYS Regents English with a minimum grade of 80.
  • Biology (EFB101-104): Students must have successfully completed NYS Regents Chemistry and NYS Regents Living Environment.

Credits and Grades:

  • Credits and grades earned are recorded as part of each student's permanent college academic record which can be transferred to other college and universities throughout the U.S. Official transcripts that indicate that the courses completed are college-level courses with college credit, are available through the ESF Registrars' office. While acceptance at other colleges and universities is not and cannot be guaranteed, credits earned with grades of C or higher typically can be applied to undergraduate degree requirements at many colleges and universities.

Who are the ESF in the High School Teachers?

ESF in the High School Teachers are qualified high school teachers who must earn an appointment as an ESF Adjunct Instructor. They teach their ESF in the High School course in their school as part of the high school schedule. Teachers participate in mentoring and professional development relationships with ESF faculty and educational specialists, and with other ESF in the High School teachers. Participating teachers and students form learning communities through which they share information, teaching/learning experiences, and related ideas and materials. Each participating teacher receives:

  • Mentoring, course preparation, and consultation with College faculty and staff throughout the academic year.
  • Professional Development opportunities specifically designed for - and with ESF in the High School teachers. In addition, adjunct instructors may participate in other ESF faculty professional development programs . Examples of past programs.
  • Opportunities to bring ESF Science Corps volunteers to their classes.
  • Onsite and offsite use and borrowing privileges at the ESF library.
  • Parking privileges on the ESF campus.

How do I register for ESF in the High School?

Students must contact their high school teacher for the an online registration link.

How much does it cost?

Student costs are based on the number of college credits taken. The basic program fee is $200 per 3 credit course. Students who are eligible for the Federal Free and Reduced School Lunch program will pay a discounted program fee of $75 per 3 credit course. Students must provide official proof from their school district regarding their eligibility. Prorated fees exist for courses with other credit values. Registration will be done online using a link provided by the student's instructor. Payment can be made via credit card online or by personal check or money order payble to SUNY ESF.

If a student participates in ESF in the High School Courses can they be admitted to ESF as a college student?

Freshman admission to ESF is highly selective, with the College normally admitting approximately 45% of high school seniors who apply for admission. Completion of an ESF in the High School course with a grade of "B" or higher has been shown to significantly increase the chance that an applicant will be offered admission. The College's Admission Committee views high grades earned in an ESF in the High School course as an indication of the student's ability to succeed in ESF's rigorous academic programs. Merit and Need-Based scholarships are available for accepted students.

Are there field research programs?

The ESF in the High School Field Research Program enables ESF in the High School students and their teachers to learn about and experience science research conducted by ESF faculty and staff. An additional registration and fee is required to accommodate room and board. Contact the ESF in the High School office for information about upcoming dates and details.In the past, many of the field research programs have been hosted at ESF's Adirondack campuses.

ESF does offer a for credit lab research opportunity for our partner schools. Students can work directly with a researh scientist and graduate students in the Multiple Element Limitation in Northern Hardwood Ecosystems (MELNHE) project here at ESF. Students interested in biology, environmental science or forestry are encouraged to participate. Students are graded and must complete 45 hours of lab work to recieve 1 credit.

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What Students Say about ESF in the High School

Past and current ESF in the High School students report that the most valued aspects of the program include:

  • The course itself - discussing and exploring topics of personal and social interest and importance
  • "It taught me to grow as an individual so that I could positively impact my environment."
  • Experiencing the challenge of college-level work
  • Developing time management skills
  • "It went above my expectations."
  • Experiential learning and related research skills
  • Developing writing and communication skills
  • Taking a course from a great teacher
  • The advantage of entering college with college credits already earned
  • Developing confidence working with College faculty and graduate students
Dr. Rick Beal
rebeal@esf.edu
(315) 470-6817
(315) 470-6890 (fax)
229 Gateway Center
SUNY-ESF
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210

Contact Us

Students, parents and educators from rural, urban, and suburban schools are welcome to contact us about becoming an ESF in the High School partner and/or an ESF Science Corps affiliate school. Dr. Rick Beal, Assistant Dean, K-12 STEM Education and Director of ESFH in the High School