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Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
1457 Animal Sciences Building, 301-405-1193
Chair: William Bowerman
Professors: F. Coale, R. Harrell, R. Hill, B. James, R. Miller, M. Rabenhorst, D. Ross, R. Weil
Associate Professors: A. Baldwin, G. Felton, P. Kangas, B. Momen, B. Needelman, D. Tilley
Assistant Professors: S. Lansing, P. Leisnham
Instructors: D. Fisher
Adjunct Professors: P. Tamboli
Adjunct Assistant Professors: L. Adams
Professors Emeriti: D. Fanning, R. Weismiller

The Major

The Environmental Science and Technology major prepares students for graduate study and careers focusing on understanding the natural and built environments and resolving environmental problems and concerns for the benefit of humans and ecosystems. Specifically, the program encompasses impacts of human society on the natural environment, the effects of environmental conditions on humans and ecosystems, science-based management of ecosystems, watershed and soil-related processes related to environmental quality, and designing solutions to sustainably improve environmental quality of air, water, soil, and biological communities. The ENST major is a science- and math-based curriculum leading to a B.S. degree in Environmental Science and Technology with concentrations in Ecological Technology Design, Environmental Health, Soil and Watershed Science, or Natural Resources Management. These concentrations share a foundation in science and mathematics and offer specialization through restricted and free electives. The group of courses required for the concentrations are designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of environmental systems and issues and the multidisciplinary quantitative design and analytical tools necessary to solve complex environmental problems. Requirements for the four concentrations are listed separately under the main ENST entry. Additionally, a minor in Soil Science is also available in the Department of Environmental Science and Technology. These  requirements are listed below. 

For future updates and exciting changes, please visit our website at  www.enst.umd.edu .

Requirements for the Minor

Soil Science
The minor will provide students with a sophisticated understanding of the soil resources, its development, characteristics, and principles for its use and management.  Building on a basic introduction to the broad field of soil science, the program is completed by adding four or five upper division soils courses balanced between underlying principles and field applications.

All courses presented for the minor must be passed with a grade of "C-" or better.  Declared majors in the Soil and Watershed concentration of ENST, Conservation of Soil, Water and Environment Area of Concentration of NRSC or the Land and Water option in ENSP may not also minor in Soil Sciences.

Advising system for the minor:
The ENST Department has mandatory advising for each of its major and minor programs.  Students are required to meet with their advisor at least twice a year.


ENST 200Fundamentals of Soil Science                        4

Select 13 credits from the ten courses listed below.  At least two courses must be from Group A.

Group A - Underlying Principles

ENST411 Principles of Soil Fertility 3
ENST414Soil Morphology, Genesis & Classification      4
ENST417Soil Hydrology and Physics 3
ENST421Soil Chemistry 4
ENST422Soil Biochemistry and Microbial Ecology 3

Group B - Applications

ENST308Field Soil Morphology 1
ENST423Soil-Water Pollution  3
ENST430Wetland Soils 3

Total Credits: A minimum of 17 credits are required to complete this minor.

Students attempting this minor will need MATH113 or higher.  There are a total of 17 required credits in ENST classes, plus a 4 credit CHEM prerequisite. Depending on the pre-requisites needed, and the optional courses selected and pre-requisites, students will take between 17 and 24 credits.

This minor is particularly relevant to students majoring in Agricultural and Resource Economics, Geology, Geography, Environmental Science and Policy, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Anthropology, Architecture, Agriculture Science and Technology, Horticulture and Crop Production, Animal Science, Landscape Architecture, Parks and Planning, Bioengineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science and Technology, Natural Resources Management.


The ENST Department has mandatory advising for each of its concentration. Students are required to meet with their advisor at least twice a year. Please contact Kimberly Monahan at 301-405-1193 or kmonahan@umd.edu for more information.

Undergraduate Research Experiences

Because it is part of a land grant university, the Department also has responsibility for research and technology transfer. During undergraduate study, students are encouraged to conduct independent research in faculty laboratories on campus or at the nearby U.S. Department of Agriculture Beltsville Agricultural Research Center and other area locations. 


The ENST curricula consist of a broad set of background courses in environmental science, electives in applications, and upper-level field courses that synthesize the major.  Hands-on learning experience is included in required internship and practicum courses, in addition to opportunities for undergraduate research.

Honors Program

Students admitted to the AGNR Honors Program are eligible to take 3-6 credits of Honors Thesis Research within the ANSC Department (ANSC388). Undergraduate honors thesis research is conducted under the direction of an AGNR faculty member in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the College of AGNR Honors Program. The thesis will be defended before a faculty committee.

Student Societies and Professional Organizations

The Natural Resources Management Society offers its members the opportunity to engage in socially responsible activities related to environmental science and natural resources including education, service, and recreation.

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state and institutional financial assistance programs and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, visit: www.financialaid.umd.edu

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