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Department of Environmental Resources Engineering
- Bachelor of Science in Environmental Resources Engineering
- Graduate Programs
Lindi Quackenbush, Chair
402 Baker Laboratory
Our departmental mission is to engage in teaching, research and service to advance environmental resources engineering practices and meet the needs of the world. Faculty strengths are in ecological engineering, geospatial engineering, water resources engineering, and the broader field of environmental resources engineering. Teaching includes innovative class, lab, and field exercises in foundational and advanced engineering topics, where our flexible curriculum allows students to focus on traditional or novel engineering practices. Students receive a well-balanced education, including courses that consider the social, economic, and environmental impacts of engineering practice, fundamental engineering and environmental engineering courses, and specialized courses that capture the breadth of their field of study. The ERE department is internationally recognized for coupling research and service, and many ERE courses address community needs. The ERE department provides unparalleled mentoring to train students in engineering science and design so they can join our alumni as leaders in professional practice and research.
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Resources Engineering
This degree program prepares graduates to operate with professional competence in environmental resources engineering. A broad base of study in engineering fundamentals enables graduates to enter professional practices that focus on the use and protection of soil, water, air, and other renewable and non-renewable resources. The program aims to educate professionals who will ensure sustainable development through environmentally responsible engineering solutions. This program is accredited as an environmental engineering program by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
Lower Division Required Courses
|APM 205||Calculus I for Science and Engineering||G||4|
|APM 206||Calculus for Science and Engineering II||G||4|
|APM 307||Multivariable Calculus||4|
|APM 485||Differential Equations for Engineers and Scientists||3|
|EFB 101||General Biology I: Organismal Biology and Ecology||G||3|
|EFB 102||General Biology I Laboratory||G||1|
|ERE 132||Introduction to Environmental Resources Engineering||1|
|ERE 133||Introduction to Engineering Design||3|
|ERE 275||Ecological Engineering||3|
|EWP 190||Writing and the Environment||G||3|
|EWP 290||Research Writing and Humanities||G||3|
|FCH 150||General Chemistry I||G||3|
|FCH 151||General Chemistry Laboratory I||G||1|
|FCH 152||General Chemistry II||G||3|
|FCH 153||General Chemistry Laboratory II||G||1|
|GNE 273||Mechanics of Materials||3|
|PHY 211||General Physics I||G||3|
|PHY 212||General Physics II||3|
|PHY 221||General Physics I Laboratory||1|
|PHY 222||General Physics II Laboratory||1|
“C-” is a requirement for students to pass each calculus course and move into the next course. This requirement is necessary to ensure engineering students have the quantitative skills to succeed in the ERE program. The admissions office uses C as a threshold for the calculus courses when students want to transfer into the ERE program.
Lower Division Electives
|Earth Science Elective: FOR 345, FCH 399, FOR 338, EAR105, EAR 111, or EAR 117||G||3|
|Biology Elective: EFB 103, EFB 303, EFB 307, EFB 320, EFB 360, EFB 400, EFB 424, EST 220, FOR 232, FOR 332, FOR 334, or FOR 442||G||3|
|General Education Courses||G||9|
Explanation of General Education Courses
Consistent with the SUNY General Education Requirement (GER), ERE students must earn 30 credit hours in at least 7 of the 10 SUNY GER subject areas, and demonstrate competencies in critical thinking and information management. The GER subject areas are: Basic Communication (required); Mathematics (required); American History; Other World Civilizations; Foreign Language; Social Sciences; Humanities; The Arts; Natural Sciences; and Western Civilization. The ERE B.S. Program curriculum satisfies 21 of the 30 credit hours in 4 of the 10 SUNY GER subject areas by: a) mapping 15 credit hours of Mathematics and Natural Sciences GER subject areas to required courses in calculus, biology, chemistry, and physics; b) mapping 3 credit hours of Basic Communication GER subject area to a required course EWP 190; and mapping 3 credit hours of Humanities to EWP 290. Students must complete the remaining 9 credits of SUNY GER in at least 3 of these subject areas: American History; Other World Civilizations; Foreign Language; Social Science; The Arts; and Western Civilization.
Upper Division Required Courses
|APM 395||Probability and Statistics for Engineers||3|
|CEE 337||Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering||4|
|ERE 335||Numerical and Computing Methods||3|
|ERE 339||Fluid Mechanics||4|
|ERE 340||Engineering Hydrology and Hydraulics||4|
|ERE 365||Principles of Remote Sensing||4|
|ERE 371||Surveying for Engineers||3|
|ERE 380||Energy Systems Engineering||3|
|ERE 430||Engineering Decision Analysis||3|
|ERE 440||Water and Wastewater Treatment||3|
|ERE 468||Solid and Hazardous Waste Engineering||3|
|ERE 480||Fate and Transport of Contaminants||3|
|ERE 488||Engineering Project Management||1|
|ERE 489||Environmental Resources Engineering Planning and Design||3|
Upper Division Electives
Pre-approved SUNY-ESF engineering elective courses are:
Pre-approved Syracuse University courses that may be used to satisfy engineering electives include:
500-599 Graduate courses designed expressly for areas of specialization in post-baccalaureate programs. Qualified undergraduate students may enroll with permission of the instructor.
600-699 Graduate courses are designed expressly for advanced levels of specialization. Undergraduate students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.000 or better may enroll in these courses with an approved petition.
Any CEE class, any APM class 200 level and above; any BPE class 300 level and above; any BTC class; any CME class with the exception of CME 202; any EFB class with the exception of EFB 120, 200, 217, 220, and 312; any EHS class; any ERE class; ESF 300 any FCH class 200 level and above; any FOR class 320 and above with exception of 475 to 478; any GNE class; or any SRE class. Any Special Topics course (496 or 596) must be approved by the Department prior to registration.
Total Minimum Credits For Degree: 128
Graduate Program in Environmental Resources Engineering
ERE participates in graduate education leading to the master of professional studies, master of science, and doctor of philosophy degrees in environmental resources engineering. Graduate studies and research are primarily concerned with environmental and resource-related problems. ERE graduate students apply science and engineering to the conservation, restoration, holistic development, and improved utilization of the natural environment and its related resources.
Applicants to all programs of study are required to have a bachelor’s degree in science or engineering and are expected to have completed at least one 3-credit course in physics, one 3-credit course in statistics, and two 3-credit courses in calculus. Students admitted without necessary background are required to take additional prerequisite courses required by the department.
The Master of Engineering (M.E.) degree requires the successful completion of a minimum of 33 credits at the graduate level, of which 27 are in coursework. A capstone design experience completes the M.E. degree requirements.
The Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) degree requires the successful completion of a minimum of 30 credits at the graduate level, of which at least 24 must be in coursework. A comprehensive project or practicum completes the M.P.S. degree requirements.
The Master of Science (M.S.) degree requires the successful completion of a minimum of 30 credits at the graduate level, of which at least 18 must be in coursework and a minimum of six credits for the thesis.
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree requires the successful completion of a minimum of 60 credits at the graduate level, of which 30-48 are for coursework and 12-30 credits are for dissertation.
All graduate degrees in ERE require completion of at least 15 credit hours of graduate coursework in engineering and applied science courses. A departmental seminar is also required. Program mastery courses may be satisfied by prior study. Plans of study are individualized by academic advisors so that students acquire needed depth and breadth in their training and courses and reach their professional goals.
There are five graduate options:
Ecological Engineering (M.P.S., M.S., Ph.D.)
Ecological Engineering is the design of ecosystems for the mutual benefit of humans and the environment. Ideal design considers humans to be part of nature rather than apart from nature.
At ESF we believe that ecological engineering education and research should meet local to global needs. We teach and research sustainable solutions and approach ecological engineering broadly, working in many areas of the world and in most major areas of ecological engineering.
Program prerequisite or co-requisite courses include at least one semester of study in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, or statics; probability and statistics; ecology; and hydrology.
Program mastery courses beyond the departmental requirement include at least one course (3+ credit hours) in each of these areas of competence: 1) Ecosystem Restoration; 2) Pollutant Treatment; 3) Modeling; and 4) Ecosystem Sciences.
Environmental Management (M.P.S.)
Environmental Management combines environmental engineering science with environmental policy, social sciences, and management tools to provide breadth and perspective for the student aspiring to managerial responsibility.
Student coursework is designed to enhance technical and problem-solving skills to meet contemporary needs of environmental managers.
Program prerequisite or co-requisite courses include at least one semester of study in at least three of the following fields: chemistry; computer science; environmental science; economics; and geographic measurements.
Program mastery courses beyond the departmental requirement include at least one course (3+ credit hours) in each of these areas of competence: 1) Project Management; 2) Environmental Policy; 3) Environmental Resources Engineering.
Environmental Resources Engineering (M.P.S., M.S., Ph.D.)
Environmental Resources Engineering takes an interdisciplinary approach to solve environmental resource-related problems in urban and natural settings.
Emphasis is placed on applying science and engineering principles to the analysis and design of engineered systems, processes and products that improve the conservation, restoration, development, and utilization of the built and natural environments. Students use modern engineering tools and techniques such as micrometeorology, remote sensing, hydrodynamic and atmospheric modeling, and systems analysis.
Program prerequisite or co-requisite courses include at least one semester of study in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, or statics; hydrology, chemistry, or biology; and computing methods.
Program mastery courses beyond the departmental requirements are arranged to meet the objectives of the individual student program. A student’s program of study in this option may combine competence areas in the other ERE options, or introduce new competence areas.
Geospatial Information Science and Engineering (M.P.S., M.S., Ph.D.)
Geospatial Information Science and Engineering is designed for specialized study in spatial information acquisition, analysis, modeling and applications.
This includes theoretical and applied projects in sensing systems and the location, measurement, analysis and description of ground features and earth resources. It also includes use of geographic information systems (GIS) to incorporate spatial data into a wide range of environmental and engineering problems.
Program prerequisite or co-requisite courses include at least one year of physics and one engineering science course in surveying, numerical methods, or computer science.
Program mastery courses beyond the departmental requirement include at least one course (3+ credit hours) in each of these areas of competence: 1) Remote Sensing; 2) Geographic Information Systems; 3) Spatial Analysis and Programming; 4) Statistics.
Students in the MPS program will take additional coursework in at least one of these areas, MS students will take additional coursework in at least two areas, and Ph.D. students will take additional coursework in at least three of these areas.
In addition to competence areas listed above, there is flexibility for students interested in supplementary areas. For example, students in the past have expanded their knowledge in geography, ecology, forestry, systems analysis, electrical/computer engineering and mathematics. Courses from these competence areas are identified in consultation with the Major Professor and Steering Committee.
Water Resources Engineering (M.P.S., M.S., Ph.D.)
Water Resources Engineering addresses the analysis, prediction and design of water resource systems.
Emphasis is placed on applying engineering techniques to reduce impacts on human and natural systems. Students pursue solutions to water resources problems, in recognition of environmental, economic, legal, social and managerial constraints. The department has computing facilities, field sites, and a fluids laboratory with a tilting sediment recirculating flume and river geomorphology table to support research activities. The program takes advantage of departmental expertise in GIS and remote sensing to address problems at a variety of scales. Analytic techniques typically blend a combination of statistics, numerical analyses, and computer science.
Program prerequisite or co-requisite courses include at least one semester of study in fluid mechanics, computing methods, and engineering hydrology.
Program mastery courses beyond the departmental requirement include at least one course (3+ credit hours) in each of these areas of competence: 1) Physical Hydrology; 2) Computational Modeling; and 3) Water Quality.
* Special Course Codes (Code indicates course meets certain program or accreditation requirements. Ignore if there is no relevance to this program of study.) G = General Education Course (GenEd), E = Engineering, ES = Engineering Sciences, M = Mathematic, NS = Natural Sciences, PE = Professional Education, S = Summer-only