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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Environmental Science and Technology: Natural Resources Management (ENST)

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

The Major

The goal of the Natural Resources Management Program is to teach students concepts of the environmentally sound use and management of natural resources. Ecosystems and human societies are linked in complex cycles and relationships between vegetation and wildlife, forests and cities, conservation and development. By learning to participate effectively within these cycles, we will help sustain a harmonious relationship between the environment and human activities. This concentration provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to work in such positions as wildlife biologists, environmental consultants, wetland scientists, forest managers, fisheries biologists, aquatic biologists, and nature interpreters.

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 (56-58 credits):

ENST200 Fundamentals of Soil Science 4
ENST233 Introduction to Environmental Health 3
ENST360 Ecosystem Ecology  4
ENST389 Internship in Environmental Science & Technology 3
ENST471 Capstone I 2
ENST472 Capstone II 3
BSCI170&171 Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Lab 4
BSCI160&161 Principles of Ecology and Evolution and Lab 4
CHEM131/132 Fund. General Chemistry & Lab 4
CHEM231/232 Organic Chemistry I & Lab 4
MATH140 or
MATH120 or MATH220
Calculus I or
Elementary Calculus I
PHYS121 or
Fundamentals of Physics I or
Introduction to Physics
BIOM301 Introduction to Biometrics 3

Natural Resources Breadth (15-16 credits):

GEOG373 Geographic Information Systems 3
ENST214 Introduction to Fish and Wildlife 3
ENST406 Applied Forestry Practices 3
ENST450 or ENST453 Wetland Ecology (3) or Watershed Science: Water Balance, Open Channel Flow, and Near Surface Hydrology (3) 3
AREC240 or SOCY305 Introduction to Economics and the Environment (4) or Scarcity and Modern Society (3)  

Ecosystem Services (3 credits):

ENST410 Ecosystem Services: An Integrated Analysis   3

Human Dimensions (5 credits):

ENST404 Natural Resources and Environmental Ethics 3
ENST487 Environmental Conflicts and Decision Making 2

Resource Management and Science Electives

Students will take approximately 6 credits each of Resource Management and Resource Science electives to tailor their program to their specific interests for a total of 12 credits. Resource Management electives cannot be double-counted as Resource Science Electives, and vice-versa.  This is not an exhaustive list of electives; other science and management courses can be substituted with advisor approval.   

Resource Management Electives (6 credits):

ANSC453 Animal Welfare and Bioethics    3
ANTH450 Theory and Practice of Environmental Anthropology     3
AREC365 World Hunger, Population, and Food Supplies     3
AREC445 Ag. Development, Population Growth and the Environment     3
BSCI207 Principles of Biology III     3
BSCI334/BSCI335 Mammalogy & Mammalogy Laboratory    4
BSCI363 The Biology of Conservation and Extinction     3
BSCI366 Biodiversity Issues in Conservation Management     3
ECON315 Economic Development of Underdeveloped Areas     3
ENST314 Fisheries Sustainability and Management     3
ENST405 Energy and Environment     3
ENST423 Soil-Water Pollution     3
ENST440 Crops, Soils and Civilization     3
ENST441 Sustainable Agriculture     3
ENST444 Restoration Ecology     3
ENST460 Principles of Wildlife Management     3
ENST461   Urban Wildlife Management     3
ENST462 Field Techniques in Wildlife Management     2
ENST463 Wildlife Habitat and Resource Modeling     3
ENST479 Tropical Ecology and Resource Management     3
GEOG340 Geomorphology    3
GEOG372 Remote Sensing     3
GEOG472 Remote Sensing: Digital Processing and Analysis     3
GEOG473 Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis     3


Global Climate Change: Past and Present

LARC450 Environmental Resources     3
LARC451*** Sustainable Communities    1-6
PLSC171 Introduction to Urban Forestry    3
PLSC201 Plant Structure and Function    4
PLSC253 Woody Plants for Mid-Atlantic Landscapes    3
PLSC471 Forest Ecology    3

 Resource Science Electives (6 credits):

ANSC252 Introduction to the Diseases of Wildlife   3
ANSC452 Avian Physiology   3
BSCI360 Principles of Animal Behavior      3
BSCI362 Ecology of Marsh and Dune Vegetation   2
BSCI373 Natural History of the Chesapeake Bay   3
BSCI374 Chesapeake Bay Laboratory      2
BSCI375 Biological Oceanography   3
BSCI440 Mammalian Physiology   4
BSCI441 Mammalian Physiology Laboratory         2
BSCI442 Plant Physiology   4
BSCI462 Population Ecology         3
BSCI463 Laboratory and Field Ecology   2
BSCI464 Microbial Ecology          3
BSCI467 Freshwater Biology   4
BSCI473 Marine Ecology   3
BSCI481 Insect Diversity and Classification   4
BSCI493 Medicinal and Poisonous Plants   3
ENST301-3 Field Soil Morphology  1-3
ENST414 Soil Morphology, Genesis and Classification   4
ENST421 Soil Chemistry   4
ENST422 Soil Biochemistry and Microbial Ecology         3
ENST430 Wetland Soils     3
ENST450 Wetland Ecology   3
ENST451 Water Quality: Field and Lab Analysis Methods   3
GEOG345 Introduction to Climatology         3
GEOG440 Advanced Geomorphology   3
GEOL444 Low Temperature Geochemistry   4
GEOL451 Groundwater   3
GEOL452 Watershed and Wetland Hydrology   3
PLSC453 Weed Science    3

 ***Must take at least one other additional course, 6 credits of LARC 451 does not fulfill requirement.


The ENST Department has mandatory advising for each of its concentration. Students are required to meet with their advisor at least once each semester. If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Pederson at shannonp@umd.edu.

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