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Undergraduate Studies in Environmental Resources Engineering B.S. in Environmental Resources Engineering


ABET Accredited

Accredited ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission

The undergraduate progam in Environmental Resources Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET.

The primary objective of this degree program is to prepare qualified engineers to operate with professional competence.

This 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.

The Environmental Resources Engineering program is accredited as an environmental engineering program, with 2 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. Among the many details that set our program apart from other Environmental Engineering programs are our unique areas of expertise in the sub-fields of Ecological Engineering and Geospatial Engineering, the depth of our expertise in Water Resources Engineering, and ESF's leadership in creating new environmental knowledge and sustainability practices on campus. 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.

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 SUNY ESF or at other top universities throughout the country. Our past graduates have successfully pursued MS and/or PhD degrees at MIT, Princeton, Brown, Cornell, Illinois, and Berkeley, among other schools, and our unique undergraduate curriculum provided them with skills to succeed in these programs. As the graduate program in Environmental Resources Engineering has grown, many students have chosen to stay at SUNY ESF, where our unique graduate programs offer unparalleled opportunities for graduate study.

History of the ERE B.S. program

In response to the evolving needs of society, and ongoing discussions with our Advisory Board, alumni, employers and numerous other stakeholders, the ERE Department obtained approval from the New York State Education Department in 2010 to offer a new Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Resources Engineering (ERE). The B.S. in ERE program (e.g., curriculum, objectives, and student learning outcomes) was designed and built on the success of our B.S. in Forest Engineering program, which was ABET-accredited between 1982 and 2013.

Student Enrollment and Graduates

Academic Year Program Enrollment (Fall) B.S. Graduates
2018-2019 164
2017-2018 169 36
2016-2017 151 37
2015-2016 153 39
2014-2015 152 36
2013-2014 132 22
2012-2013 101 11
2011-2012 79 19