Located in water-rich Central New York State, this small Specialty College (ESF) of the State University system is adjacent to and cooperates closely with several units of Syracuse University (SU) as well as many private, and local, state, and federal agencies that support research, management, and internship projects. ESF offers bachelors degrees in several water-related disciplines (e.g., biology, chemistry, ecology, engineering, forestry, limnology, soils, and water resources), and the Master of Science, Master of Professional Studies, and PhD degrees. At the masters level, individual graduate thesis, internship, or course work options programs are offered.
For all graduate students, programs are created to meet the needs of the graduate student under the guidance of a graduate steering committee identified by the student and Major Professor. Areas of study include disciplinary and interdiscipinary subjects such as aquatic ecology, entomology, environmental chemistry, forest influences, geographic information systems, hydrologic modeling, hydrology, ichthyology, isotope hydrology, land use economics and planning, limnology, snow hydrology, soil and water conservation policy, soils, watershed hydrology, watershed management, water quality modeling, water resources policy, wetlands ecology, regulation, and management and, in cooperation with SU, civil and environmental engineering, geography, government, hydrogeology, law, political science, and public administration.