Environmental Science and Technology: Concentration in Soil and Watershed Science (ENST)College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
1457 Animal Sciences Building, 301-405-1193
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):
Fundamental Soil Science Required (14 credits):
Technical Electives (3-4 courses-9 credits):
Breadth Electives (2 courses-6-7 credits):
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.
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.