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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


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, J. McGrath
Instructors: D. Fisher, L. Yonkos
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. 

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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 200 Fundamentals 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

ENST 411  Principles of Soil Fertility 3
ENST 414 Soil Morphology, Genesis & Classification      4
ENST 417 Soil Hydrology and Physics 3
ENST 421 Soil Chemistry 4
ENST 422 Soil Biochemistry and Microbial Ecology 3

Group B - Applications

ENST 308 Field Soil Morphology
ENST 423 Soil-Water Pollution 3
ENST 430 Wetland Soils 3

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

Students attempting this minor will need MATH 113 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.


Please contact Kimberly Monahan at 301-405-1193 or kmonahan@umd.edu for more information. 


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.

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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