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Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016

Environmental Science and Technology: Environmental Health (ENST)

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
1457 Animal Sciences Building, 301-405-1193

The Major

Environmental health is a broad and increasingly important field with wide ranging applications in the environmental science and public health fields. The field encompasses environmental factors and ecosystem functions that affect human health and the effects of human activities on the ecosystem products and services we depend on. Example topics within the field include ecological risk analysis, environmental toxicology, environmental impact assessment, chemical fate and transport, human health risk assessment, industrial hygiene, air quality, environmental microbiology, food safety and security, biodiversity and human health, and children's environmental health. The Environmental Health concentration within the Department of Environmental Science and Technology offers a science-based curriculum that includes advanced studies in ecosystem health and environmental protection and the impacts of environmental degradation on human health.

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 (56-57 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
BSCI207 Principles of Biology III  3
BSCI223 General Microbiology  4
CHEM131/132 Fund. General Chemistry & Lab  4
CHEM231/232 Organic Chemistry I & Lab  4
CHEM241/242 Organic Chemistry II & Lab  4
MATH140 or Calculus I or  4
MATH220 Elementary Calculus I  3
PHYS121 or Fundamentals of Physics I or  4
PHYS117 Introduction to Physics  4
BIOM 301 Introduction to Biometrics  3

Concentration Depth (12 credits):

ENST333 Ecosystem Health and Protection  3
ENST334 Environmental Toxicology  3
ENST434 Toxic Contaminants: Sources, Fate & Effects  3
ENST445 or
Ecological Risk Assessment or Human Health Risk Assessment  3

 Ecosystem Health and Human Health Electives  

Students will take approximately 6 credits each of Ecosystem Health and Human Health electives to tailor their program to their specific interests (total = 12 credits). Ecosystem Health electives cannot be double-counted as Human Health Electives, and vice-versa.

Ecosystem Health Electives (at least 6 credits):

ANSC252 Introduction to the Diseases of Wildlife 3
AOSC200/201 Weather and Climate & Lab 4
AOSC434 Air Pollution 3
BSCI222 Principles of Genetics 4
BSCI230 Cell Biology and Physiology 4
BSCI366 Biodiversity Issues in Conservation Management 3
BSCI375 Biological Oceanography 3
BSCI447 General Endocrinology 3
BSCI467 Freshwater Biology 4
BSCI473 Marine Ecology            3
CHEM271/272 General Chemistry and Energetics & Bioanalytical Lab 4
ENST314 Fisheries Sustainability and Management 4
ENST421       Soil Chemistry 4
ENST422 Soil Biochemistry and Microbial Ecology 3
ENST423       Soil-Water Pollution 3
ENST427 Nonpoint Source Pollution Assessment Techniques 3
ENST430 Wetland Soils 3
ENST435 Aquatic Toxicology 3
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
ENST460 Principles of Wildlife Management 3
ENST479 Tropical Ecology and Resource Management 1-6
ENST499 Special Topics in Environmental Science and Technology 1-4
GEOG372 Remote Sensing 3
GEOG373 Geographic Information Systems 3
GEOL452 Watershed and Wetland Hydrology 3
LARC450 Environmental Resources 3

 Human Health Electives (at least 6 credits):

ANTH262 Culture and Environment           3
ANTH410 Culture, Health and Community Development           3
BSCI201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I           4
BSCI202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II           4
BSCI230 Cell Biology and Physiology           4
BSCI417 Microbial Pathogenesis           3
BSCI425 Epidemiology and Public Health           3 
BSCI437        General Virology           3
BSCI440        Mammalian Physiology           4
BSCI464 Microbial Ecology           3
ENST499 Special Topics in Environmental Science and Technology         1-4
ENST446 Human Health Risk Assessment           3
ENST436 Emerging Environmental Threats           3
GEOG331      Introduction to Human Dimensions of Global Change           3
GEOG431 Culture and Natural Resource Management           3
HLTH140 Personal and Community Health           3
HLTH230 Introduction to Health Behavior           3
HLTH371 Communicating Safety and Health           3
HLTH430       Health Education in the Workplace           3
NFSC430/434 Food Microbiology & Lab           5



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 ANSC Department (ANSC388). 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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