A.A.S. Environmental & Natural Resources Conservation
The environmental and natural resources conservation program provides students with the scientific theory and applied skills necessary for a technical career in the environmental and natural resources sector. This program will provide students with a solid grounding in applied ecological and sociopolitical concepts, accompanied by technical training in plant and tree identification, land surveying, natural resources measurements, geospatial applications, soil and water monitoring, wildlife techniques and forest recreation.
Students interested in a baccalaureate degree should investigate the Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management’s bachelor’s degree curriculum. Transfer is possible upon completion of the A.A.S. degree at Wanakena. Transfer into other baccalaureate programs at ESF may be possible, but students should consult with an advisor in the Undergraduate Admissions office as soon as possible. Students who may consider transferring to a baccalaureate program after graduation from the environmental and natural resources conservation program should pay close attention to the footnotes under “freshman year.”
The freshman year environmental and natural resources conservation curriculum consists of general studies courses which may be taken at any accredited four-year, community, or agricultural college, or college of technology.
High school students are encouraged to apply for admission by following the appropriate application proceedures. Accepted applicants will be guaranteed a place for their sophomore year at Wanakena upon successful completion of the first year requirements. Students not applying while in high school should apply in the fall semester of their freshman year of college. All applicants are encouraged to contact The Ranger School to arrange for a tour of the campus and its facilities. Visits can be scheduled for weekdays, weekends and some holidays. Call to schedule your visit, (315) 848-2566 ext. 101
Combining an A.A.S. with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree
There are several advantages of combining a Ranger School forest technology or environmental and natural resources associate's degree with a four-year B.S. degree in professional forestry. Ranger School graduates who go on to pursue the bachelor's degree have a solid field education as well as a managerial orientation and the deeper ecological and social understanding provided by the professional curriculum.
Students wishing to transfer from the Ranger School to the B.S. programs at the Syracuse campus will be admitted as juniors. They will be given credit for the summer session in field forestry. They will still have to complete some physical sciences, social sciences and humanities requirements while in residence at Syracuse, depending on prior preparation. All other requirements as set forth in the forest resources management program option must be met.
Students contemplating subsequent transfer should concentrate their freshman year electives in the social sciences and humanities. Students should also complete the first semester in chemistry, one semester in physics and a course in calculus prior to transferring. It is possible to be admitted without these courses, but subsequent progress in the program becomes more difficult.
Facilities and Equipment
All classes are taught at The Ranger School, which houses the classrooms, library and computer lab, in addition to student residence facilities. The Ranger School's 2,800-acre forest provides an excellent outdoor laboratory for fieldwork and hands-on learning.
Student Enrollment and Graduation Rates
Academic Year Enrolled Graduated
2011-2012 16 16
2012-2013 20 19
2013-2014 22 22
2014-2015 22 22
The knowledge and skill set provided by this program will aptly meet the career objectives of applicants seeking employment as field or laboratory technicians in the environmental and natural resources sector, such as environmental conservation, recreation, wildlife, forestry, and soil and water conservation. This program will also be of value to those wishing to pursue a baccalaureate degree or other additional education and training.
Course of Study
First Year Required Courses
Completed at a college of the student’s choice
|General Biology with lab||4|
|Science Course with lab (Biology, Chemistry, or Physics)||4|
|English with a Focus on Writing (Two 3-credit courses)||6|
|Trigonometry or pre-calculus (1 course)||3|
Total Maximum Transfer Credits
Second Year Required Courses
|FTC 202||Introduction to Surveying||3|
|FTC 204||Introduction to Natural Resources Measurements||4|
|FTC 206||Forest Ecology||4|
|FTC 207||Communications and Safety||3|
|FTC 208||Remote Sensing and GIS Technology||3|
|FTC 210||Wildlife Techniques||2|
|FTC 212||Adirondack Cultural Ecology||2|
|FTC 219||Introduction to Forest Recreation||1|
|FTC 221||Natural Resources Management||3|
|FTC 234||Wildlife Conservation||3|
|FTC 236||Interpretive Techniques in Forest Recreation||2|
|FTC 237||Introduction to Water and Soil Resources||3|
|FTC 238||Forest Insects and Disease||3|
|FTC 239||GIS Applications||2|