Environmental science and forestry is a diverse field requiring professionals of many
specialties. That’s why we’ve designed this program to prepare you to enter into several
areas—from environmental science to paper science engineering to forestry and natural
- This program prepares graduates for the Bachelor of Science degree program in environmental
science and/or the associate degree in forestry and natural resource conservation
from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF).
- After the first two years of study at Alfred State, transfers to ESF may apply to
a variety of programs. These include: the biological sciences (botany and forestry
pathology, entomology, zoology, wildlife biology, and 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, and 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, forest technology, natural resources
conservation, or land surveying, completes one year of required liberal arts and sciences
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.
Program 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
- COMMUNICATION & INFORMATION: Employ proficient written and verbal communication skills,
including the appropriate uses of technology.
- REASONING: Identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments as they occur in their own and
others' work, and develop well-reasoned arguments.
- 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.
- TRANSFERABILITY: Students will successfully transfer to a bachelor's or associate
Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program
Alfred State pre-environmental science and forestry graduates may enter directly into
the interdisciplinary studies BTech or technology management BBA degree program.
Continuing Education 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 ESF 1 with full junior status. An articulation agreement is available with SUNY ESF at Syracuse.
Employment and continuing education rate: no data available.