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The current ESF Catalog is online only, and is updated as needed throughout the year. To view the version officially associated with a particular year of entry to the College, please refer to the appropriate catalog of record.

Special Academic Options Undergraduate Study

Honors Programs

At ESF we see our Honors program as a two way street with the college providing enrichment, experience, and special opportunities and honors students providing leadership and service to the Honors Program, the college, and the broader community.

Some of the ways Honors students may engage the program is by translating their academic skills into leadership, service, or both (e.g., undergraduate student government, leadership or membership on special committees, student clubs, or in campus or community service (e.g., Orientation Leaders, student mentors, ESF ambassadors). We also hope that former Honors students eventually will return to campus after graduation to share their experiences with their younger peers.

The Lower Division Honors Program provides freshmen and sophomore students in all academic majors with value-added educational experiences. Academic components of the program strengthen exploration and communication skills through interdisciplinary assignments presentations, and discussion. All freshmen who are admitted to the lower division program are considered for merit-based academic scholarships. These are most often awarded as SUNY-ESF Presidential Scholarships or National Scholarships and require meeting performance targets for continuation.

The Upper Division Honors Program provides opportunities for junior and senior students to complete intensive research and creative projects under the guidance of faculty, emphasizing and encouraging holistic and multidisciplinary awareness of the problems and opportunities in studying the environment. The subject matter and type of thesis or project is intentionally left open to the student(s) and their advisors. ESF students enrolled in all academic departments and programs are eligible to participate in the ESF Honors Program.

International Education Abroad

SUNY-ESF is committed to enhancing the internationalization of ESF students’ academic experiences. ESF believes strongly that international experiences provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to be informed, active, responsible, and culturally-sensitive global citizens.

Visit the Education Abroad website to see how the Office of International Education assists students who wish to participate in the College’s diverse study and research abroad opportunities.

Pre-professional Advising

Medical and Health Professions (medicine, dentistry, optometry & veterinary medicine)

ESF students interested in medicine (MD, MD/PhD, Physician's Assistant, Nurse Practitioner or Registered Nurse), dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, and veterinary medicine are encouraged to identify themselves to the ESF Pre-Health Coordinator (Dr. Lee Newman, lanewman@esf.eduwho can then assist them in exploring these pathways, including choosing the right major while at ESF, advising them on academic qualifications and preparing for the application process.

Entering ESF students interested in the health professions may participate in the Pre-Health sessions offered during Open House events, which allows them to meet with current Pre-Health students on campus and helps incoming students to decide on the right major for their career path. Depending on the chosen path, suitable majors might be Environmental Biology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Environmental Science or Environmental Health. Once students select their major, they will be paired with academic advisors who have expertise in advising Pre-Health students.


ESF offers pre-professional advising to students interested in pursuing law as a profession.

Unlike some other professional programs, law schools do not require or recommend a specific program of study or specific coursework. Instead, the Law School Admissions Council advises students who are interested in the legal profession to pursue undergraduate education that demonstrates success in intellectually challenging curricula that enhance students’ critical thinking skills.

Public Administration

Students considering graduate studies in public administration are encouraged to meet with ESF’s pre-PA advisor as early in their academic careers as possible to discuss how a MPA program may help them achieve their educational goals and to take advantage of services, such as ESF’s M.P.A. articulation agreement with Binghamton University and ESF’s joint degree program with Syracuse University’s top-rated Maxwell School M.P.A. program.

Binghamton University M.P.A.

Binghamton University's M.P.A. program specializes in preparing students to work in local government or the nonprofit sector. The program offers students the option of starting in either the fall or spring and has both full and part-time students.

ESF undergraduate students earning a 3.300  GPA and completing one course each from the following table of core competency areas are assured entry into Binghamton’s Master of Public Administration program. 

MPA Competency ESF Course(s) Providing Foundation in Competency
Management and Administration FOR 360: Principles of Management
Statistics APM 391: Intro. to Probability and Statistics
Economics FOR 333: Managerial Economics for Env. Professionals
Government Policy FOR 465: Natural Resources Policy or
EST 321: Government and the Environment
Accounting, Budgeting, and/or Finance FOR 205: Principles of Accounting

Please meet with the pre-PA advisor Dr. Robert Malmsheimer (rwmalmsh@esf.edu) or the dean of Instruction & Graduate Studies for additional information regarding BU’s ESF-MPA articulation agreement.

Coordinated Programs

SUNY Upstate Medical University 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 and Forest Biology are eligible for admission.

* 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