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Academics at ESF
Joint Programs

Cooperative Programs

Cornell University and SUNY Upstate Medical University

ESF and the New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University provide exchange opportunities so that graduate students can take advantage of special courses, faculty, and research facilities found at the two institutions. Cornell University is in Ithaca, N.Y., about 50 miles southwest of Syracuse.

ESF and the SUNY Upstate Medical University provide opportunities for graduate students at each institution to enroll in graduate coursework or pursue coordinated M.D./ Ph.D. degrees in environmental medicine. SUNY Upstate Medical University is located within walking distance of ESF. Graduate students interested in these opportunities should inquire at ESF's Office of Instruction and Graduate Studies.

Coordinated Programs

SUNY Upstate Medical University

Upstate Accelerated Scholars—Early Admission to Medical School

This program is designed for students who wish to apply to both ESF and medical school simultaneously. Applicants who are admitted as first year students at ESF, and who meet the qualifications set by Upstate Medical University, may request consideration for ESF’s UAS program. Upstate will screen those students recommended by ESF and then invite students to interview. If accepted to the program by the Upstate selection committee, you will be guaranteed acceptance into SUNY Upstate University’s College of Medicine upon completion of your undergraduate degree and as well as the outlined admissions requirements. Visit Upstate Accelerated Scholars: ESF for more information.

Entry Level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT 3+3)

In collaboration with SUNY Upstate Medical University (UMU), ESF students may apply to an entry-level doctor of physical therapy program (DPT 3+3). ESF undergraduates who are completing bachelor of science degrees within the Department of Environmental  Biology are eligible for admission.

Students apply for admission to ESF and UMU simultaneously, with the first three years of the program completed at ESF and the final three years completed at UMU. Admission to the DPT 3+3 program is based on academic achievement and personal qualifications that are considered essential for the successful practice of physical therapy.

Prior to matriculation at UMU, students must submit GRE scores, demonstrate familiarity in the demands of physical therapy via volunteer or work experience, and complete 53 credits of prerequisite coursework (completed with grades of C- or better) as follows:

Courses Credits
Anatomy and Physiology I and II
(or one semester each of Anatomy and Physiology)
General Biology I and II 8
General Chemistry I and II 8
General Physics I and II 8
English (including Composition) 6
Mathematics (College Trigonometry, Precalculus or Calculus) 3
Statistics 3
Psychology (including Child or Developmental Psychology) 9

Additional information about the DPT 3+3 Program is available from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or the dean of Instruction and Graduate Studies.