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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

Environmental Science and Technology: Concentration in Soil and Watershed Science (ENST)

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
1457 Animal Sciences Building, 301-405-1193
www.enst.umd.edu
kmonahan@umd.edu
 

The Major

The Soil and Watershed Science concentration enables students to understand the complex ways in which aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems are influenced by soil properties and processes and land management decisions. The soil performs such critical ecological functions as supplying and purifying water, recycling wastes, nurturing plants, modifying the atmosphere by emitting or sequestering gases and particulates, providing habitat for the most diverse biological communities on Earth, and serving as a medium for human engineering projects.

The concentration in Soil and Watershed Science in ENST provides students with one of the top soil science programs in the nation. The curriculum prepares graduates for work in variety of careers addressing natural resource and environmental issues and provides a rigorous science background for those planning to pursue post-graduate degrees in environmental sciences, soil science, watershed processes, and related fields. Students graduating from this program will make valuable contributions to society as they pursue challenging careers critical to the protection of the environment. In addition to pursuing advanced degrees, graduates may work in both the private and public sectors performing such services as soil mapping, wetland delineation, land conservation planning, forestry, waste management, farm advising, international development, and consulting in environmental, construction, and landscape architecture areas. Graduates from the Soil and Watershed Science concentration will be qualified to take the national exam to become a Certified Professional Soil Scientist (CPSS).

Requirements for the Major

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

Science and Math Fundamentals Required (53-54 credits):

ENST200 Fundamentals of Soil Science  4 
ENST233 Introduction to Environmental Health   3 
ENST360 Ecosystem Ecology   4 
ENST389 Internship in Environmental Science & Technology            3
ENST398 Seminar in Environmental Science & Technology 1
ENST471 Capstone Practicum in Environmental Science & Technology  4 
BSCI105 Principles of Biology I 4
BSCI106 Principles of Biology II  4 
CHEM131/132 Fund. General Chemistry & Lab  4 
CHEM231/232 Organic Chemistry I & Lab  4 
MATH140 or
MATH220
Calculus I or
Elementary Calculus I
3-4 
PHYS121 or PHYS117 Fundamentals of Physics I or
Introduction to Physics
 4 
BIOM301 Introduction to Biometrics 3
PLSC100 or  PLSC101 Introduction to Horticulture or
Introductory Crop Science
4
GEOL100/110 Physical Geology and Lab  4 

Fundamental Soil Science Required (14 credits):

  ENST414 Soil Morphology, Genesis and Classification   4 
  ENST417 Soil Hydrology and Physics   3 
  ENST421 Soil Chemistry   4 
  ENST422 Soil Biochemistry and Microbial Ecology   3

Technical Electives (3-4 courses-9 credits):

  ENST308 Field Soil Morphology 1 or 2
  ENST411 Principles of Soil Fertility   3 
  ENST423 Soil-Water Pollution   3 
  ENST427 Nonpoint Source Pollution Assessment Techniques  
  ENST430 Wetland Soils   3 

Breadth Electives (2 courses-6-7 credits):

  ENST440 Crops, Soils and Civilization   3 
  ENST441 Sustainable Agriculture   3
  ENST444 Restoration Ecology   3 
  ENST450 Wetland Ecology   3 
  ENST451 Water Quality: Field and Lab Analysis Methods   3 
  GEOL451 Groundwater   3 
  GEOL452 Watershed and Wetland Hydrology   3 
  GEOG340 or
  GEOL340
Geomorphology or
Geomorphology
3 or 4 

 

Advising

The ENST Department has mandatory advising for each of its concentration. Students are required to meet with their advisor at least twice a year.

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.

Honors Program

Students admitted to the AGNR Honors Program are eligible to take 3-6 credits of Honors Thesis Research within the Department. 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.

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