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DEPARTMENT OF Environmental Resources Engineering
Environmental Resources Engineering

Preparing qualified engineers to operate with professional competence.

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Our bachelor’s program offers engineering science and design course work in the areas of environmental and related resources with a breadth and combination unparalleled in the United States. Our graduates use their engineering to manage natural resource systems to meet the needs and dreams of many constituents.

Engineering students with an interest in graduate study can plan their undergraduate studies along an individualized track which will prepare them for entry into graduate study either at ESF or at other top universities throughout the country. 

Course Overview

The Environmental Resources Engineering program is ABET accredited as an environmental engineering program, with two years of core science and engineering courses followed by upper-level requirements that train students in ecological engineering, geospatial engineering, water resources engineering, and environmental resources engineering. The curriculum is developed to achieve our educational mission and objectives using hands-on, design-oriented courses starting in the freshman year, manage natural resource systems and engineer solutions to a wonderful array of environmental engineering problems sophomore year, and providing advanced engineering in the junior and senior year, with synthesis project training students in the professional practice of planning and design.

Program Requirements

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Specific Courses and Directed Electives

The curricular requirements contain required courses (e.g., ERE 132 Intro to ERE, APM 205 Calculus I) and directed electives (Earth Science, Biology or Ecology, General Education, Engineering, Technical). Course descriptions are available for ESF courses and Syracuse University courses in the appropriate institutional catalogs.

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 pre-requisites. To prepare, you take a design course your first year and take core engineering courses your sophomore and junior years.

Technical Electives

You need to take two Technical Electives, which are defined by their application of techniques, theory, and skills to advance competence in the professional practice. These courses build on the engineering curriculum. A list of approved courses is provided in the Upper Division Electives table in the ESF Catalog. Additional courses may be available by petition.

Earth Science/Biology/Ecology Electives

All ERE students are required to take an Earth Science elective. A list of approved courses is provided in the Lower Division Electives table in the ESF Catalog. Additional courses may be available by petition. Students who entered ESF in or after fall 2021 take a Biology elective. A list of approved courses is provided in the Lower Division Electives table in the ESF Catalog. Students who entered ESF prior to the Fall 2021 semester are required to take the narrower Ecology elective (EFB 320, EST 220, FOR 232, FOR 332, FOR 334, FOR 442, BIO 345 or FST 202), but can petition to take a course from the expanded biology list. Additional courses may be available by petition.

General Education Courses

All SUNY students are required to complete Gen Ed Requirements and have competency in critical thinking and information management. The ESF Gen Ed course list includes courses at ESF and at Syracuse University.

30 Gen Ed credits in 7 of 10 areas are required. The Basic Communication, Mathematics, Natural Science, and Humanities areas are satisfied through required courses in the ERE curriculum. The remaining nine-credits of Gen. Ed. courses are obtained by taking a three-credit course from at least 3 of the following areas: Social Sciences, American History, Western Civilization, Other World Civilizations, The Arts, and Foreign Language.


Engineering Beyond Borders: ERE Study Abroad Experiences

Discover the world as an ERE student through our study abroad initiatives, offering exciting avenues for academic exploration. Engage in a condensed yet impactful curriculum, combining essential readings and class interactions with immersive field trips.

One example is ERE’s Panama course, where students spend their spring break exploring critical water resources and environmental, ecological, and cultural issues. Focused on Panama's water landscape, the program delves into the Panama Canal's history, design, and impact; surface and groundwater systems, addressing availability, quality, and sustainability issues; and the intricate interrelationships between hydrology, ecology, climatology, and human factors in tropical settings.

If you crave a more extended global experience, consider our summer or semester education abroad programs. Immerse yourself in environmental engineering studies in sustainability-driven cities or explore resource management amid diverse natural backdrops. These programs not only expand your academic horizons but also foster a global perspective, enriching your approach to engineering design to consider diverse needs.

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Students working on a 2023 course in Panama.


ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission

We are ABET EAC accredited

Our undergraduate program in Environmental Resources Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, demonstrating we meet high-quality industry standards in preparing our graduates for success by providing a strong educational foundation.

Environmental Resources Engineering Degree Outcomes

Graduates with B.S. degrees in ERE can:

  • Engage in professional engineering practice specializing in natural and designed environments
  • Pursue graduate studies in environmental resources engineering, including ecological, geospatial and water resources engineering
  • Expand and adapt their knowledge and skills to address the technological, environmental and social challenges of a changing world

Explore ERE's Mission Statement, Educational Objectives, and Student Outcomes

Academic Year Program Enrollment (Fall) B.S. Graduate
2023-2024 106  
2022-2023 124 34
2021-2022 133 34
2020-2021 140 32
2019-2020 155 40