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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014

Environmental Science and Technology: Concentration in Ecological Technology Design (ENST)

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The Major

The ENST concentration in Ecological Technology Design prepares students for integrating natural systems with the built environment to solve environmental problems while achieving economic, ecological and social sustainability. The science and applications of using natural systems, processes and organisms to address environmental issues has evolved during the last few decades to a mature level whereby there are strong employment opportunities for graduates that are cross-educated in ecology and technology. Examples of eco-technological applications include restoration of urban and rural streams, creation of wastewater treatment wetlands, design of raingardens and bioretention systems for low-impact stormwater management, design of eco-industrial parks, life cycle assessment of products for improved environmental performance, bioremediation and phytoremediation of contaminated groundwater, ecological systems for by-product recovery, and filtration of contaminated air with bioreactors. The curriculum consists of a broad set of background courses in environmental science, electives in applications of Ecological Technology Design, and upper-level courses that synthesize the major. Hands-on design experience is included in required internship and practicum courses.

Requirements for the Major

This program requires a total of 120 credit for a Bachelor of Science, including the general education program course credits, required major credits; Technology and Ecosystem elective credits, and free elective credits.

Science and Math Fundamentals Required (50 credits):

ENST 200 Fundamentals of Soil Science 4
ENST 233 Introduction to Environmental Health 3
ENST 360 Ecosystem Ecology 4
ENST 389 Internship in Environmental Science & Technology 3
ENST 398 Seminar in Environmental Science & Technology 1
ENST 471 Capstone Practicum in Environmental Science & Technology 4
BSCI 105 Principles of Biology I 4
BSCI 106 Principles of Biology II 4
CHEM 131/132 Fund. General Chemistry & Lab 4
CHEM 231/232 Organic Chemistry I & Lab 4
MATH 140 or Calculus I or 4
MATH 220 Elementary Calculus I 4
MATH 141or Calculus II or 4
MATH 221 Elementary Calculus II 4
PHYS 121 Fundamentals of Physics I
BIOM 301 Introduction to Biometrics

 Depth (9 credits):

ENST 405 Energy and Environment
ENST 481 Ecological Design  
ENST 410 Ecological Economics 


Computational Techniques (1 course - 3 credits):

Choose 1 course from the list below:


GEOG373 Geographic Information Systems 3
ENST281 Computer Aided Design in Ecology

 Assessment and Measurement (1 course-3 credits):

Choose 1 course from the list below:


ENST427 Nonpoint Source Pollution Assessment Techniques 3
ENST451 Water Quality: Field and Lab Methods

Applications (2 courses - 6 credits):

Choose 2 courses from the list below:


ENST452 Wetland Creation and Restoration 
ENST443 Industrial Ecology 
ENST305 Alternative Energy  
ENST444 Restoration Ecology

Technology and Ecosystem Electives

Technology Electives (at least 6 credits1):

ARCH450 Introduction to Urban Planning
ENST281 Computer Aided Design in Ecology 3
ENST305 Alternative Energy 3
ENST452 Wetland Creation and Restoration 
ENST443 Industrial Ecology
ENST441 Sustainable Agriculture
ENST417 Soil Hydrology and Physics
ENST421 Soil Chemistry
ENST423 Soil-Water Pollution
GEOG372 Remote Sensing
ENST499 Special Topics in Environmental Science and Technology 1-4 
GEOL451 Groundwater
GEOL452 Watershed and Wetland Hydrology
LARC451 Sustainable Communities


Ecosystem Electives (at least 6 credits1):

BSCI362 Ecology of Marsh and Dune Vegetation
BSCI363        The Biology of Conservation and Extinction
BSCI373 Natural History of the Chesapeake Bay
BSCI464 Microbial Ecology
BSCI460/461 Plant Ecology & Lab
ENST314 Fisheries Sustainability and Management
ENST334 Environmental Toxicology
ENST422 Soil Biochemistry and Microbial Ecology
ENST430 Wetland Soils
ENST444 Restoration Ecology
ENST450 Wetland Ecology
ENST451 Water Quality: Field and Lab Analysis Methods
ENST460 Principles of Wildlife Management
ENST461 Urban Wildlife Management
ENST462 Field Techniques in Wildlife Management
ENST479 Tropical Ecology and Resource Management 1-6 
ENST499 Special Topics in Environmental Science and Technology 1-4
ENST452 Wetland Creation and Restoration 
GEOG331 Introduction to Human Dimensions of Global Change
LARC450 Environmental Resources
PLSC400 Environmental Plant Physiology
PLSC471 Forest Ecology

 1Courses satisfying restricted elective requirements can NOT count for Technology or Ecosystem electives. Also, Technology electives cannot be double-counted as Ecosystem electives, and vice-versa.


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