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Science & Engineering Profile

Widely recognized as America’s top-ranked environmental college, ESF is a small and selective campus of the State University of New York (SUNY). 

Improve your world
We offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs focused on sustainability and the science, design, engineering, and management of our environment and natural resources.

We discover real-world solutions to today’s environmental problems and educate tomorrow’s environmental leaders. Join us and improve your world.

Real-world learning
ESF is a doctoral degree (PhD)–granting institution, and that tells you a lot about the academic quality you’ll find here. Colleges with doctoral programs typically attract top-notch faculty who want to push the boundaries of knowledge in their academic specialties, and they accomplish that by working with outstanding students on cutting-edge research and real-world problems.

At some colleges (most often the bigger ones), the best faculty members work primarily with graduate students, but at ESF our small-college environment ensures that undergraduates also get the personal attention they deserve. You’ll find that ESF faculty members want to help you succeed in your academic program and prepare for a rewarding career, and that process begins in the smaller classes that ESF often provides. When U.S. News & World Report ranked the nation’s 100 “Best National Universities” based on percentage of classes with fewer than 20 students (2015 edition), ESF was ranked 18th in the nation, with 66% of our classes at that size.

The outstanding students that choose ESF also make a difference in the learning environment. They are well prepared for the focused and challenging academic programs offered at the College, and they come to ESF with a strong commitment to solving environmental problems. This results in a close-knit community of faculty and students who share many interests and work together to improve the world around them.

World-renowned faculty
The faculty at ESF come from impressive backgrounds and are working on research that’s aimed at solving many of the world’s environmental problems. Students work side by side with faculty members on current research ranging from restoring polluted lakes to developing new sources of biofuels. ESF has more faculty and students in academic programs focused on the environment than any other college in the United States, but our small-college atmosphere guarantees that faculty get to know students on a first-name basis. Outstanding teaching is the top priority for our faculty.

World’s biggest campus
Students participate in classroom, laboratory, and field work at our main campus in Syracuse and on more than 25,000 acres of forest and wetlands at ESF’s regional campuses and field stations located throughout Central New York and the Adirondack Park region.

ESF faculty and students are also conducting environmental research all around the globe, and our study abroad programs can take you to exotic locations.

Real-world experience
Career-related internships provide invaluable work experience and can often pave the way to a permanent position after graduation. The College has an extensive internship program to help students with the internship process. Every ESF major requires some type of experiential learning to enhance your education.

Best of both worlds
Right next door to ESF’s Syracuse campus is Syracuse University, and ESF students can take advantage of a wide variety of programs and services at both institutions. ESF students are able to take selected courses at SU and participate in academic and cultural events.

SU also provides ESF students with a greater choice of options for on-campus recreation, activities, clubs, dining, and religious services. You can attend exciting Division I sports events in the impressive Carrier Dome and join more than 350 student organizations and clubs on both campuses.

World-class value
ESF has earned top rankings from U.S. News & World Report in its annual survey of “America’s Best Colleges,” which placed ESF among the top 50 “best value” colleges in the nation and among the top 100 national universities for quality and reputation.

Forbes magazine currently ranks ESF 20th in its list of “America’s Best College Buys” and third in its list of the nation’s best colleges for women studying science and engineering. 



ESF at a glance
• Founded in 1911, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry is the nation’s oldest and most respected college dedicated solely to the study of the environment.
• The ESF campus occupies 12 acres in
Syracuse and 25,000 acres on its regional campuses.
• The ESF student body includes 1,750 undergraduate students and 500 graduate students.
• ESF alumni number more than 19,000 worldwide.

Academic Programs
Bachelor’s Degree Programs
• Aquatic and Fisheries Science
• Bioprocess Engineering
• Biotechnology
• Chemistry
• Conservation Biology
• Construction Management
• Environmental Biology
• Environmental Education
• Environmental Health
• Environmental Resources Engineering
• Environmental Science
• Environmental Studies
• Forest Ecosystem Science
• Forest Health
• Forest Resources Management
• Landscape Architecture
• Natural Resources Management
• Paper Engineering
• Paper Science
• Sustainable Energy Management
• Wildlife Science

Associate Degree Programs
• Environmental Conservation
• Forest Technology
• Land Surveying Technology

Graduate Degree Programs

• 20 master’s degree and seven doctoral degree programs