Pre-Environmental Science and Forestry (AA)

Application Code: 
0645 (Indicate P-ESF on Special Campus Project line)
Degree Received: 
Associate in Arts (AA)
Academic Department Info: 
Program Coordinator: 
Dr. Kathleen Ebert
Coordinator Email: 
ebertkc@alfredstate.edu
Description: 

This program is designed for those students who ultimately desire a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in environmental sciences and/or forestry from the SUNY (State University of New York) College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) - an upper division/graduate center. Program options available within this program include environmental and forest biology, chemistry, forest resources management, dual option in forest ecosystems science and forest resources management, environmental studies, forest engineering, paper science and engineering, construction management and wood products engineering, landscape architecture, and the 1+1 forest technology program (NYS Ranger School) as well as 1+1 programs in Environmental & Natural Resources Conservation and Land Surveying Technology.P>

360 Virtual TourAfter the first two years of study at Alfred State, transfers to ESF may apply to a variety of programs at Syracuse. These include: the biological sciences (botany and forestry pathology, entomology, zoology, wildlife biology, pest management); chemistry (natural and synthetic polymers, biochemistry and natural products, environmental); forest engineering; paper science engineering; wood products engineering; and forestry (resource management, forest resource science, management science, environmental education and communications, urban forestry, world forestry, applied resource management). The program in landscape architecture leads to a baccalaureate degree after one additional year, a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree (BLA). A student taking the pre-ESF 1+1 ranger option completes required liberal arts and science courses at Alfred State and then spends the second year at the Wanakena Campus of ESF. Successful completion of this program leads to an AAS degree in forest technology.

Due to the diverse nature of the various options, illustration of a typical four-semester course outline is not possible. Persons planning to transfer should follow the program requirements in consultation with our pre-environmental science and forestry campus adviser in the selection of all courses including electives.

Student Learning Outcomes: 
  • MATHEMATICS: demonstrate competence in arithmetic, algebra, geometry, data analysis, and quantitative reasoning. 
  • NATURAL SCIENCES: demonstrate understanding of the methods scientists use to explore natural phenomena, including observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence, and employment of mathematical analysis.
  • COMMUNICATION & INFORMATION: Employ proficient written and verbal communication skills, including the appropriate uses of technology
  • GENERAL EDUCATION: Demonstrate foundational knowledge required to be an informed citizen in a global community
  • REASONING: identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments as they occur in their own and others' work and develop well-reasoned argument 6.
  • INFORMATION MANAGEMENT: perform the basic operations of personal computer use, understand and use basic research techniques and locate, evaluate, and synthesize information from a variety of sources
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/Trigonometry; Biology; Chemistry or Physics
Recommended: Both Chemistry and Physics

Features & Facilities: 
  • Structured course work that allows students to pursue careers in forest biology, chemistry, resource management, landscape architecture, paper science, wood products engineering, biotechnology, environmental studies, or forest technology
  • Designed to meet program requirements prescribed by SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry at Syracuse
Articulation Agreements: 
  • An articulation agreement is available with SUNY ESF at Syracuse.
Career Opportunities: 
  • Programs that can lead to green careersNearly all graduates transfer to SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry at Syracuse with full junior status
Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program: 

Alfred State pre-environmental science and forestry graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA degree program.

Transfer Opportunities: 

Students in this program spend two years at Alfred State and then generally transfer to the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) at Syracuse. Those students who complete, with a “C” or better, the lower-division sequences prescribed by ESF, gain admission to ESF1 with full junior status. 1An articulation agreement is available with SUNY ESF at Syracuse.

Typical Semester Layout: 

Due to the diverse nature of the various options, illustration of a typical four-semester course outline is not possible. Persons planning to transfer should follow the program requirements in consultation with our pre-environmental science and forestry campus adviser in the selection of all courses including electives.

Employment and Transfer Rate: 
100%
Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 
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Receiving Degrees--12
Responding to Survey--1 (100%)1 (50%)
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Employment and Transfer Salary Information: 

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