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The following is a list of suggested courses that may be used to satisfy the 6 credit elective requirement for the Urban Environmental Science Minor at ESF. The desired electives must be approved by the student's advisor.


Course Number Course Name Credits
FCH 150 General Chemistry I 3
FCH 152 General Chemisty II 3
FCH 380 Analytical Chemistry I: Gravimetric, Titrimetric and Potentiometric Analysis 3
FCH 399 Introduction to Atmospheric Science 3
FCH 510 Environmental Chemistry I 3
FCH 511 Environmental Chemistry II 3
FCH 515 Methods of Environmental Chemical Analysis 3

Enivronmental and Forest Biology

Course Number Course Name Credits
EFB 303 Microbiology: Fall Semester 4
EFB 320 General Ecology: Fall Semester 4
EFB 326 Diversity of Plants: Spring Semester 3
EFB 336 Dendrology I: Fall Semester 3
EFB 340 Forest and Shade Tree Pathology: Spring Semester 3
EFB 351 Principles of Forest Entomology: Fall Semester, even years 3
EFB 352 Elements of Entomology: Fall Semester, odd years 3
EFB 355 Invertebrate Zoology: Spring Semester 3
EFB 360 Epidemiology: Fall Semester 3
EFB 400 Toxic Health Hazards: Fall Semester 3
EFB 404 Natural Hist Museums & Modern Science: Fall Semester 3
EFB 413 Introduction to Conservation Biology: Spring Semester 3
EFB 415 Ecological Biogeochemistry: Fall Semester 3
EFB 417 Environmental Interpretive Methods: Spring Semester 3
EFB 423 Marine Ecology: Spring Semester 4
EFB 424 Limnology: Study of Inland Waters: Fall Semester 1
EFB 428 Mycorrhizal Ecology: Fall Semester, even years 2.5
EFB 440 Mycology: Fall Semester 3
EFB 443 Plant Virology: Spring Semester, even years 3
EFB 444 Biodiversity and Geography of Nature: Fall Semester, even years 3
EFB 445 Plant Ecology & Global Change: Spring Semester 3
EFB 446 Ecology of Mosses: Spring Semester 3
EFB 453 Parasitology: Spring Semester, even years 3
EFB 480 Principles of Animal Behavior: Spring Semester 4
EFB 482 Ornithology: Spring Semester 4
EFB 483 Mammal Diversity: Spring Semester 3
EFB 485 Herpetology: Fall Semester 3
EFB 486 Ichthyology: Spring Semester 3
EFB 487 Fisheries Science and Management: Fall Semester 3
EFB 496 Flora of Central New York (Summer) 3
EFB 496 Field Ornithology (Summer) 3
EFB 502 Ecology and Management of Invasive Species: Spring Semester 3
EFB 518 Systems Ecology: Fall Semester 4
EFB 519 Geographic Modeling: Spring Semester 3
EFB 522 Biophysical Economics: Spring Semester 2
EFB 535 Flowering Plants: Fall Semester 3
EFB 542 Freshwater Wetland Ecosystems: Spring Semester 3
EFB 554 Aquatic Entomology: Fall Semester 3

Environmental Resources Engineering

Course Number Course Name Credits
ERE 275 Ecological Engineering 3
ERE 340 Engineering Hydrology and Hydraulics 4
ERE 351 Basic Engineering Thermodynamics 3
ERE 412 River Form and Process 3
ERE 430 Engineering Decision Analysis 3
ERE 440 Water Pollution Engineering 3
ERE 445 Hydrologic Modeling 3
ERE 468 Solid Waste Management 3
ERE 519 Green Entrepreneurship 3
ERE 527 Stormwater Management 3
ERE 551 GIS for Engineers 3
ERE 596 Green Building Rating 3
ERE 596 Ecological Engr for Waste Mgmt 3
ERE 596 Environmental Risk Assessment & Mgmt 3
ERE 596 Sustainable Construction
ERE 596 Sustainable Systems Design 1

Environmental Science

Course Number Course Name Credits
ENS 335 Renewable Energy 3
ENS 525 Energy Systems 3
ESF 300 Introduction to Geographic Information Technology 3
ENS 519 Spatial Ecology 3

Environmental Studies

Course Number Course Name Credits
EST 321 Environmental Geology 3
EST 366 Attitudes, Values and the Environment 3
EST 390 Social Processes and the Environment 3
EST 426 Community Planning and Sustainability 3
EST 427 Environmental and Energy Auditing 3
EST 450 Sustainable Enterprise 3
EST 460 Land Use Law 3
EST 550 Environmental Impact Analysis 3

Forest and Natural Resource Management

Course Number Course Name Credits
FOR 338 Meteorology 3
FOR 340 Watershed Hydrology 3
FOR 464 Renewable Energy Finance & Analysis 3
FOR 480 Urban Forestry 3
FOR 481 Into to Arboriculture 3
FOR 485 Business and Managerial Law 3
FOR 557 Practical Vector GIS 3

Landscape Architecture

Course Number Course Name Credits
LSA 311 Natural Processes in Design & Planning 3
LSA 312 Social and Cultural Factors in Design and Planning 3
LSA 321 Ecological Applications in Planning and Design 4
LSA 343 Landscape Materials & Structures 1
LSA 451 Comprehensive Land Planning 3
LSA 480 Seminar: Urban Design 3

Sustainable Construction Management

Course Number Course Name Credits
CME 304 Environmental Performance Measures for Buildings 3
CME 306 Engineering Materials for Sustainable Construction 3
CME 565 Sustainable Innovations in Residential Construction 3
CME 596 Environmental Performance Measures for Buildings 3

Appendix B – Background, History, Goals

The Urban Environmental Science Minor Proposal

Background Information

Many of the most important environmental problems of the coming decades will be related to the urban environment and human quality of life. While many people associate the environment with wild lands and rural areas, many faculty at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry have pursued research and teaching opportunities of direct benefit to urban populations since its founding in 1911.

Program History

The impetus for offering the urban environmental science minor at ESF grew out of a faculty retreat in 1995 at which time participants envisioned programs that would expand upon faculty expertise, address the most urgent environmental issues of the future, draw a greater diversity of students interested in a broader range of environmental issues, and not require a large financial investment to implement. The Urban Initiative was designed to build bridges between departments at ESF as well as between ESF and urban communities both locally and statewide. Proposal of this expansion of ESF’s mission to the SUNY Provost culminated in funding to put this plan into action.

Program Objectives

Pursuit of the Urban Environmental Science Minor at ESF should:

  • Provide the student with the ability to identify, quantify, and analyze the biophysical and social aspects of urban environmental issues from a systems science perspective.
  • Develop the student’s awareness of how diverse social, cultural, and urbanization forces influence human perception of, and relation to, the environment.
  • Foster the student’s ability to synthesize efficient, equitable, and sustainable management, policy, and design strategies to improve and sustain the quality of life in the urban community.

Last revised: May 17, 2005