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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Environmental Science and Technology: Concentration in Ecological Technology Design (ENST)

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

The Major

The ENST concentration in Ecological Technology Design prepares students for integrating natural systems with the built environment to solve environmental problems while achieving economic, ecological and social sustainability. The science and applications of using natural systems, processes and organisms to address environmental issues has evolved during the last few decades to a mature level whereby there are strong employment opportunities for graduates that are cross-educated in ecology and technology. Examples of eco-technological applications include restoration of urban and rural streams, creation of wastewater treatment wetlands, design of raingardens and bioretention systems for low-impact stormwater management, design of eco-industrial parks, life cycle assessment of products for improved environmental performance, bioremediation and phytoremediation of contaminated groundwater, ecological systems for by-product recovery, and filtration of contaminated air with bioreactors. The curriculum consists of a broad set of background courses in environmental science, electives in applications of Ecological Technology Design, and upper-level courses that synthesize the major. Hands-on design experience is included in required internship and practicum courses.

Requirements for the Major

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

Science and Math Fundamentals Required (50 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 Calculus I or 4
MATH120 or MATH220 Elementary Calculus I 4
MATH141or Calculus II or 4
MATH121 or MATH221 Elementary Calculus II 4
PHYS121 Fundamentals of Physics I
BIOM301 Introduction to Biometrics

 Depth (9 credits):

ENST405 Energy and Environment       3 
ENST481 Ecological Design         3 
ENST410 Ecosystem Services: An Integrated Analysis       3 

Computational Techniques (2 courses - 6 credits):

GEOG373 Geographic Information Systems   3
ENST281 Computer Aided Design in Ecology    3 

 Applications (2 courses - 6 credits):

Choose 2 courses from the list below:


ENST415 Renewable Energy 3
ENST452 Wetland Creation and Restoration   3 
ENST443 Industrial Ecology   3 
ENST452 Wetland Creation and Restoration 3
ENST477 Design for Urban Water and Energy  3 
GEOL453 Ecosystem Restoration 3

Technology and Ecosystem Electives
Technology Electives (at least 6 credits1):

ARCH450 Introduction to Urban Planning  3 
ENST415 Renewable Energy 3
ENST417 Soil Hydrology and Physics 3
ENST421 Soil Chemistry 3
ENST423 Soil-Water Pollution 3
ENST441 Sustainable Agriculture  3
ENST443 Industrial Ecology 3
ENST452 Wetland Creation and Restoration 3
ENST453 Watershed Science: Water balance, Open Channel Flow, and Near Surface Hydrology  3 
ENST489Z Water management in Urban Environment 3
GEOG372 Remote Sensing  3 
GEOG473 Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis 3
ENST499 Special Topics in Environmental Science and Technology  3 
GEOL451 Groundwater 3
GEOL452 Watershed and Wetland Hydrology  3 

Ecosystem Electives (at least 6 credits1):

BSCI363        The Biology of Conservation and Extinction  3 
BSCI373 Natural History of the Chesapeake Bay  3 
BSCI464 Microbial Ecology  3 
BSCI460/461 Plant Ecology & Lab  5 
BSCI467 Freshwater Biology 3
ENST314 Fisheries Sustainability and Management  4 
ENST334 Environmental Toxicology  3 
ENST422 Soil Biochemistry and Microbial Ecology  3 
ENST423 Soil-Water Pollution 3
ENST430 Wetland Soils  3 
ENST432 Environmental Microbiology 3
ENST450 Wetland Ecology  3 
ENST451 Water Quality: Field and Lab Analysis Methods 3
ENST453 Watershed Science 3
ENST460 Principles of Wildlife Management  3 
ENST461 Urban Wildlife Management  3 
ENST462 Field Techniques in Wildlife Management  2 
ENST479 Tropical Ecology and Resource Management 1-6 
ENST499 Special Topics in Environmental Science and Technology 1-4
ENST452 Wetland Creation and Restoration   3 
GEOG331 Introduction to Human Dimensions of Global Change  3 
GEOL453 Ecosystem Restoration 3
LARC450 Environmental Resources  3 
ENST407/PLSC400 Plant Physiology
PLSC471 Forest Ecology

  1Courses satisfying restricted elective requirements can NOT count for Technology or Ecosystem electives. Also, Technology electives cannot be double-counted as Ecosystem electives, and vice-versa.


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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