Go to content

Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014

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

1457 Animal Sciences Building, 301-405-1193

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):

ENST 200 Fundamentals of Soil Science 4 credits
ENST 233 Introduction to Environmental Health  3 credits
ENST 360 Ecosystem Ecology  4 credits
ENST 389 Internship in Environmental Science & Technology 3 credits
ENST 398 Seminar in Environmental Science & Technology 1 credit
ENST 471 Capstone Practicum in Environmental Science & Technology 4 credits
BSCI 105 Principles of Biology I 4 credits
BSCI 106 Principles of Biology II 4 credits
CHEM 131/132 Fund. General Chemistry & Lab 4 credits
CHEM 231/232 Organic Chemistry I & Lab 4 credits
MATH 140 or
MATH 220
Calculus I or
Elementary Calculus I
3-4 credits
PHYS 121 or PHYS117 Fundamentals of Physics I or
Introduction to Physics
4 credits
BIOM 301 Introduction to Biometrics 3 credits
PLSC 100 or  PLSC101 Introduction to Horticulture or
Introductory Crop Science
4 credits
GEOL 100/110 Physical Geology and Lab 4 credits


Fundamental Soil Science Required (14 credits):

ENST 414 Soil Morphology, Genesis and Classification 4 credits
ENST 417 Soil Hydrology and Physics 3 credits
ENST 421 Soil Chemistry 4 credits
ENST 422 Soil Biochemistry and Microbial Ecology 3 credits

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

ENST 308 Field Soil Morphology 1 or 2 credits
ENST 411 Principles of Soil Fertility 3 credits
ENST 423 Soil-Water Pollution 3 credits
ENST427 Nonpoint Source Pollution Assessment Techniques  
ENST 430 Wetland Soils 3 credits

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

ENST 440 Crops, Soils and Civilization 3 credits
ENST 441 Sustainable Agriculture 3 credits
ENST 444 Restoration Ecology 3 credits
ENST 450 Wetland Ecology 3 credits
ENST 451 Water Quality: Field and Lab Analysis Methods 3 credits
GEOL 451 Groundwater 3 credits
GEOL 452 Watershed and Wetland Hydrology 3 credits
GEOG 340 or
GEOL 340
Geomorphology or
3 or 4 credits


Return to top