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Undergraduate Programs

Sustainable Resources Management programs prepare students for work with public and private sector organizations and consultancies, and for further professional or scientific study at the graduate level.

Students develop professional skills, which employers look for in new employees:

  1. Management skills including leadership, communication abilities, and teamwork;
  2. Scientific knowledge and technical skills in measurements and analysis for management;
  3. The ability to analyze and solve resource management problems using both social and biophysical sciences; and
  4. A clear understanding of ethics and stewardship.

These skills are best developed by a broad base in the social sciences and humanities, communication, the natural sciences, and quantitative and qualitative methods. Most coursework taken during the first two years (lower division) is in these basics. Students are required to complete general education requirements and a professional core.

Students interested in more information are encouraged to review the SRM Undergraduate Student Handbook.


The Department offers five Bachelor of Science degrees.

Construction Management: The CM program emphasizes project-based learning, a focus on sustainability, and hands-on experience in a laboratory environment. The degree prepares students for management careers in the construction industry with an additional focus on sustainable construction management.

Forest Ecosystem Science: The FES program combines professional competency in forest management skills with an enhanced understanding of ecological sciences, and is accredited by the Society of American Foresters. Graduates of the FES program work in public agencies, private industry, and for nonprofit organizations.

Forest Resources Management: The FRM program combines professional competency with a strong foundation in the biophysical sciences, humanities, and social sciences to sustainably meet society's needs for forest managers. The program is accredited by the Society of American Foresters. The major prepares students to be well-rounded generalists who can practice forestry and succeed as professionals in a variety of allied natural resources management fields. Graduates work as professional foresters and natural resource managers in private industry, public agencies, and for nonprofit organizations.

Natural Resources Management: The NRM program is based on a vision that combines professional competency in management skills with a strong foundation in the social and biophysical sciences. Focused learning can be developed with water, recreation, and vegetation resources. Graduates work in public agencies, private industry, and for nonprofit organizations. Their duties range from policy analysis for federal agencies to resource management for nonprofit organizations, from recreation planning for state park agencies to recreation management in federal wilderness areas, and from watershed hydrologists to land managers maintaining surface water quality.

Sustainable Energy Management: The SEM program introduces students to a wide range of energy markets and resources, combining professional competency in management skills with a strong foundation in the social and biophysical sciences. Graduates work in the energy industry (for energy companies, utility companies, and renewable energy developers), for other private industry as sustainability consultants or energy managers, and for government and regulatory agencies (e.g., Department of Energy, NYSERDA, and local governments).

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Graphical relationships amongst the five undergraduate degree programs in the Sustainable Resources Management Department. Programs are different from each other in the degree of focus on single or multiple resources (up and down axis) and types of skills and knowledge developed (side-to-side axis).

  • FRM (Forest Resources Management) is our forestry degree it focuses on trees as the central interest of sustainable management, with a balanced basis in the biophysical and socioeconomics.
  • NRM (Natural Resources Management) provides students the opportunity to be capable across a broad spectrum of managing natural resources (water, recreation, soils, vegetation), but also allows for resource focus. It too has a balanced basis in the biophysical and socioeconomics.
  • FES (Forest Ecosystem Science) is similar to FRM and NRM in the sustainable management of resources realm, but emphasizes learning in the biophysical sciences.
  • SEM (Sustainable Energy Management) provides for broad learning on the business management and policy side of energy, with an emphasis on renewable energy. As such, it is more on the socioeconomic side of resources management.
  • CM (Construction Management) is right in the middle of it all multiple resources managed with a focus on labor, materials, machinery and money in support sustainably managing the built environment. It really exists at the end of a third axis (not shown) that extends from natural to built systems.

All programs while portrayed as separate points in the graph overlap significantly in the learning arena of resources management, which is why they are all integral programs in the Sustainable Resources Management Department.


The programs offered by the SRM Department provide flexibility to allow students to minor in additional areas of interest. The department sponsors the following ten minors, and additional minors are available through Syracuse University and other departments at ESF.

  • Applied Statistics
  • Construction Management
  • Economics
  • Forestry
  • Management
  • Recreation Resource and Protected Area Management
  • Renewable Energy
  • Sustainable Construction
  • Urban Forestry
  • Water Resources

Refer to the Undergraduate Student Handbook or the College Catalog for more details about each minor.

Program Admission

Students may follow one of three paths to enter and complete an undergraduate degree program:

  • Freshman Path
    The freshman path is for students who enter ESF as freshmen and complete all degree requirements at ESF.
  • Transfer Path
    The transfer path is for students who complete all or part of their lower-division coursework at another two- or four-year campus and complete the upper-division requirements at ESF. Students preparing to transfer to ESF with full junior status must have earned at least 60 credits of college coursework. SRM programs are designed to readily accommodate transfer credits.
  • Combined A.A.S / B.S. Path
    The combined A.A.S./B.S. path is readily accommodated for students majoring in Forest Ecosystem Science, Forest Resources Management, and Natural Resources Management, and is available for other B.S. programs on campus as well. This path is for students who wish to have more field measurement and field skills, conceptually-based decision-making and problem-solving skills, and leadership development in context of natural resource problems. The first year can be at ESF or another campus and the second year is spent at The Ranger School on the Wanakena campus. Students then complete their B.S. degree requirements at ESF. The program can be completed in a total of four years with careful planning. Students interested in more information about transfer credits from Range School A.A.S. programs to SRM B.S. programs are encouraged to review the section in the SRM Undergraduate Student Handbook that describes transfer credits in detail.
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Contact Us

Eddie Bevilacqua
Professor and Undergraduate Education Coordinator
301 Bray Hall
One Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210-2788
(315) 470-6697