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Renewable Resources B.Tech. Program

Professor Snyder's Aquatic Field Techniques LaboratoryThe Renewable Resources bachelor of technology (B.Tech.) program is designed to prepare students for entry into public and industrial jobs at field, supervisory, and management levels in natural resources conservation, environmental science, environmental technology, and aquaculture and aquatic science.

A full-semester, 600-hour internship (15 credits) is a unique course requirement that enables students to get a foot in the door, providing them with opportunities to gain valuable experience, make professional contacts, and build their resumes in preparation for future employment and career decisions. Most internships are paid and opportunities do exist nationwide in both the public and private sectors. Many placement sites are available in New York state, but students who wish to travel can find opportunities in other parts of the country. Some successful internships have included environmental education with the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation, landscape design and development with Hamilton College, GIS (geographic information system) mapping with the Onondaga County Parks Department, and wildlife management studies for the Great Swamp Conservancy.

Students admitted into this upper division baccalaureate program must posses an associate in applied science (A.A.S.) or equivalent degree with a minimum 2.20 grade point average (GPA). A student who does not meet the minimum GPA requirement may be admitted on conditional basis. An associate degree in Natural Resources, Environmental Science, Environmental Technology, Aquaculture and Aquatic Science or a closely related field is strongly recommended. An individual seeking to enroll in the Renewable Resources B.Tech. with an unrelated associate degree may be granted admittance on the condition that prerequisite course requirements (typically 15 credits) in natural resources, aquatic science, and environmental technology are met.

A student must also have demonstrated proficiency through MATH 102 Algebra and Trigonometry for completion of this program. All bachelor degree students must complete the State University of New York Board of Trustees mandated general education requirements (click here for the MSC list). Consult your academic advisor for specific details.

Required Courses

BSAD 116
BSAD 310
PHIL 311
BSAD 221
BSAD 300
RENG 305

CITA 405

Business Organizations and Management
Human Resources Management
Professional Ethics
Business Statistics
Management Communications
Renewable Energy Systems
-or-
Project Management

3
3
3
3
3
3

3

ENVT 345
RREN 302
RREN 303
RREN 305
RREN 312
RREN 332
RREN 412
RREN 420
RREN 450
RREN 470

Elective

Surface & Ground Water Management
Riparian and Wetland Management
Fundamentals of GPS/GIS Systems
Renewable Resource Laws and Regulations
Aquatic Field Techniques
Environ. Planning & Natural Resource Mgt.
Ecosystem Impact Mgt.
Geospatial Technology Applications I
Renewable Resource Internship Orientation
Renewable Resource Internship
General Education Elective
Elective (or General Ed. Elective as Advised)

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
1
1
15
3
3


Sample Study Plan
Third Year    
Fall Semester

 

Cr.

RREN 312
RREN 302
BSAD 116
Elective
PHIL 311
Aquatic Field Techniques
Riparian and Wetland Management
Business Organizations and Management
General Education Elective
Professional Ethics
3
3
3
3
3

 

Total 16
Spring Semester

 

ENVT 345
RREN 303
RREN 305

RREN 332
RREN 450
BSAD 310
Surface & Ground Water Management
Fundamentals of GPS/GIS
Renewable Resource Laws and Regulations
Environ. Planning & Natural Resource Mgt.
Renewable Resource Internship Orientation
Human Resources Management

3
3
3
3
1
3

 

Total 16
Fourth Year    
Fall Semester

 

Cr.

Elective
BSAD 221
BSAD 300
RREN 412
RREN 420

RENG 305

CITA 405
Elective (or General Ed. Elective as Advised)
Business Statistics
Management Communications
Ecosystem Impact Management
Geospatial Technology Applications I
Renewable Energy Systems
-or-
Project Management
3
3
3
3
1


3

 

Total 16
Spring Semester

 

RREN 470 Renewable Resource Internship 15

 

Total 15

 

Grand Total 63

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, and according to the particular concentration of this major, a successful graduate will be able to:

  • Utilize the developed expertise in concepts, theories, and emerging methodologies to succeed in tackling real-world issues in renewable and natural resource management.
  • Become an independent, self-motivated professional with the ability to recognize problems in his/her renewable resources technical field of expertise and formulate solutions to such problems.
  • Conduct himself/herself in a manner consistent with an embodied sense of conservation stewardship.
  • Asses, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information objectively and deal professionally and ethically with clients, the public, and agency personnel.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively using appropriate verbal, visual, electronic, and written techniques necessary to interact in the profession.
  • Recognize and interpret natural and renewable resource laws and policies.
  • Demonstrate hands-on experience in renewable resource sampling, inventory, and measurement techniques.
  • Recognize and interpret natural and renewable resource problems and opportunities across spatial scales from local to global through the implementation and management of geospatial technologies (Global Positioning System -- GPS, Geographic Information System -- GIS, and remote sensing).
  • Apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills in formulating and evaluating alternative solutions to complex problems in natural and renewable resource management and recommending and defending best alternatives.
  • Anticipate, analyze, and evaluate renewable and natural resource issues and opportunities and utilize an integrated approach to ecosystem impact assessment and management.
  • Exercise life-long learning and management skills developed before graduation and utilize existing technology, products, and services to maximize work efficiency and success.
  • Seek the input and perspectives of diverse stakeholders regarding renewable and natural resource issues and practice a collaborative spirit in team efforts and project coordination.
  • Through the securing and successful completion of a 15-credit 600-hour internship, broaden his/her professional backgrounds and develop a comprehensive knowledge of his/her field of expertise and utilize that knowledge in pursuing potential career opportunities.

Career Opportunities

  • Professor Cronn and His Students!Natural resources management
  • Forest product industry
  • Aquatic resources industry (including sport and commercial fisheries, aquaculture, and wetland management)
  • Recreation and tourism industry
  • Environmental technology (including water treatment and brown field reclamation)

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