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Department of Environmental Resources Engineering

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.


Lindi Quackenbush
402 Baker Laboratory

*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 = Mathematics

NS = Natural Sciences

PE = Professional Education

S = Summer only course


Bachelor of Science in Environmental Resources Engineering

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,

Lower Division Required Courses

Course Number Course Codes* Credits
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 271 Statics   3
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

Course Codes* Credits
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


Total Lower Division Credits Required: 69

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

Course Number Course Codes* Credits
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 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

Course Codes* Credits

Engineering Fundamentals Elective
These courses are intended to introduce or reinforce basic concepts and theory within the engineering sciences. They are intended as intermediate level classes that build on lower division electives.

Pre-approved SUNY ESF Engineering Fundamentals Elective courses are:

  • PSE 361 Engineering Thermodynamics
  • PSE 370 Principles of Mass and Energy Balances
  • CME 404 Applied Structures
  • Any approved Engineering Elective

Pre-approved Syracuse University courses that satisfy the engineering fundamentals elective include:

  • ELE 231 Electrical Engineering Fundamentals
  • MAE 251 Thermodynamics
  • ECS 222 Dynamics

Engineering Elective
These courses focus on theory and application of scientific principles and quantitative skills to monitor, assess, or design in the environmental resources engineering profession.

Pre-approved SUNY ESF Engineering Fundamentals Elective courses are:

  • ERE 311 Ecological Engineering in the Tropics
  • ERE 412 River Form and Process
  • ERE 445 Hydrologic Modeling
  • ERE 465 Environmental Systems Engineering
  • ERE 475 Ecological Engineering for Water Quality
  • GNE 461 Air Pollution Engineering
  • ERE 496 and ERE 596 Special Topics courses must be approved by the Department prior to registration
  • ERE 496 (Sec 04) Humanitarian Engineering

Pre-approved Syracuse University courses that may be used to satisfy engineering electives include:

  • CEE 331 Analysis of Structures and Materials
  • CEE 332 Design of Concrete Structures
  • CEE 338 Foundation Engineering
  • CEE 443 Transportation Engineering
  • CEE 473 Transport Processes in Environmental Engineering
  • Special Topics courses offered through Syracuse University's L.C. Smith College of Engineering must be pre-approved by the Department prior to registration

500-599 Graduate courses designed expressly for areas of specialization in post-baccalaureate programs. Qualified undergraduate students may enroll with permission of the instructor.

  • ERE 520/521 Resource Recovery with Laboratory
  • ERE 527 Stormwater Management
  • ERE 545 Environmental Soil Physics
  • ERE 570 Hydrology in a Changing Climate

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.

  • ERE 621 Spatial Analysis
  • ERE 622 Digital Image Analysis (requires permission of instructor)
  • ERE 674 Methods in Ecological Treatment
  • ERE 693 GIS-Based Modeling (requires permission of instructor)
E 9

Technical Elective
These courses focus on techniques, theory, and skills to advance competence in professional practice.

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