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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

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  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
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
MATH120 or 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 or Toxic Contaminants: Sources, Fate & Effects or  3
ENST436 Emerging Environmental Threats  
Ecological 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
BSCI330 Cell Biology and Physiology 4
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
ENST405 Energy and Environment 3
ENST415 Renewable Energy 3
ENST421       Soil Chemistry 4
ENST422 Soil Biochemistry and Microbial Ecology 3
ENST423       Soil-Water Pollution 3
ENST430 Wetland Soils 3
ENST440 Crops, Soils and Civilization 3
ENST441 Sustainable Agriculture 3
ENST443 Industrial Ecology 3
ENST450 Wetland Ecology 3
ENST451 Water Quality: Field and Lab Analysis Methods 3
ENST460 Principles of Wildlife Management 3
ENST461 Urban Wildlife Management 3
ENST462 Field Techniques in Wildlife Management 2
ENST463 Wildlife Habitat and Population Modeling 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
GEOG415 Land Use, Climate Change, and Sustainability 3
GEOL452 Watershed and Wetland Hydrology 3
LARC450 Environmental Resources 3

 Human Health Electives (at least 6 credits):

BSCI201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I           4
BSCI202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II           4
BSCI330 Cell Biology and Physiology           4
BSCI417 Microbial Pathogenesis           3
BSCI422 Principles of Immunology           3
BSCI424 Pathogenic Microbiology           3
BSCI425 Epidemiology and Public Health           3 
BSCI437        General Virology           3
BSCI440        Mammalian Physiology           4
ENST432 Environmental Microbiology           4
ENST436 Emerging Environmental Threats           3
ENST499 Special Topics in Environmental Science and Technology         1-4
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           6

Human Dimensions Area (at least 3 credits):

AREC240 Introduction to Economics and Environment
AREC332 Introduction to Natural Resource Policy
AREC365 World Hunger, Population, and Food Supplies
ANTH410 Theory of Practice of Health and Community Development
ANTH450 Theory and Practice of Environmental Anthropology
ENST410 Ecosystem Services: An Integrated Analysis
ENSP102 Introduction to Environmental Policy
ENSP330  Introduction to Environmental Law
ENSP340     Water: Science, Ethics, and Law
GEOG331 Introduction to Human Dimensions of Global Change
GEOG341 Culture and Natural Resource Management
LARC450 Environmental Resources
PHIL261 Philosophy of the Environment
PUAF300 Introduction to Sustainability
SOCY305 Scarcity and Modern Society
SOCY406 Globalization
SPHL400 Introduction to Global Health
SPHL401 History of Public Health
URSP250 The Sustainable City: Exploring Opportunities and Challenges



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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