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Courses - Fall 2017
ENST
Environmental Science and Technology Department Site
ENST100
International Crop Production-Issues and Challenges in the 21st Century
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: LS
Credit only granted for: ENST100 or NRSC100.
Formerly: NRSC100.
Examines the role of crop production in elevating humans out of poverty in developing countries. It will introduce students to the basic principles of plant and soil science underlying the international production of food crops and world food security. The role of multinational agencies such as the World Bank in the promotion of sustainable crop production using environmentally-sound technologies will also be discussed.
ENST200
Fundamentals of Soil Science
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: LL
GenEd: DSNL
Corequisite: CHEM131 and CHEM132; or permission of AGNR-Environmental Science & Technology department.
Credit only granted for: ENST200 or NRSC200.
Formerly: NRSC200.
Study and management of soils as natural bodies, media for plant growth and ecosystem components. Morphology, composition, formation, and conservation of soils. Chemical, biological, and physical properties are discussed in relation to the production of plants, the functioning of hydrologic and nutrient cycles, the protection of environmental quality, and engineering uses of soils.
ENST233
Introduction to Environmental Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSNS
How humans are affected by the quality of our air, water, soil, and foo supply as well as how human activities altered these survival necessities are examined. Students will learn how the evolution and prosperity of human populations have resulted in degradation of our environment and the impact of environmental degradation on the health of people.
ENST281
Computer Aided Design in Ecology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Environmental Sci & Tech program.
Basics of Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) applied to design of constructed ecosystems. Introduction to dynamic ecosystem modeling with iconographic simulation software. Course will spend 6 weeks on CAD and 8 weeks on modeling. Use of campus stormwater wetland as case study.
ENST301
(Perm Req)
Field Soil Morphology I
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Permission of AGNR-Environmental Science & Technology department.
Formerly: ENST308.
This is a field-oriented course that introduces students to the techniques used to (1) describe soil morphology, and site and profile characteristics, (2) make land use interpretations based on soil characteristics, and (3) classify soils. This class is designed to prepare students for the Regional Collegiate Soil Judging Contest and for students to gain experience in the description and interpretation of soils in the field.
ENST302
(Perm Req)
Field Soil Morphology II
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ENST301.
Restriction: Permission of AGNR-Environmental Science & Technology department.
Formerly: ENST308.
This is the second field-oriented course in a three course sequence that provides intermediate training for students in the techniques used to (1) describe soil morphology, and site and profile characteristics, (2) make land use interpretations based on soil characteristics, and (3) classify soils. This class is designed to prepare students for the Regional Collegiate Soil Judging Contest and for students to gain experience in the description and interpretation of soils in the field.
ENST303
(Perm Req)
Field Soil Morphology III
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ENST302.
Restriction: Permission of AGNR-Environmental Science & Technology department.
Formerly: ENST308.
This is the third field-oriented course in a three course sequence that provides intermediate training for students in the techniques used to (1) describe soil morphology, and site and profile characteristics, (2) make land use interpretations based on soil characteristics, and (3) classify soils. This class is designed to prepare students for the Regional Collegiate Soil Judging Contest and for students to gain experience in the description and interpretation of soils in the field.
ENST333
Ecosystem Health and Protection
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ENST233.
Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Environmental Sci & Tech: Ecological Tech Design; Environmental Sci & Tech: Environmental Health; Environmental Sci & Tech: Soil & Watershed Science; Environmental Sci & Tech: Natural Resources Mgmt; Environmental Sci & Tech).
Credit only granted for: ENST499A or ENST333.
Formerly: ENST499A.
Discussion of the philosophies, principles, and practices for assessing ecosystem health with emphasis on an ecosystem perspective rather than a human health perspective. Degradation associated with human activities will be emphasized. Topics will range from local to regional to global issues, including a discussion on global warming and its possible impacts on ecosystems. Concepts will be clarified using case histories from the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
ENST360
Ecosystem Ecology
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: BSCI160 and BSCI161; or BSCI106.
Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Environmental Sci & Tech: Ecological Tech Design; Environmental Sci & Tech: Environmental Health; Environmental Sci & Tech: Soil & Watershed Science; Environmental Sci & Tech: Natural Resources Mgmt; Environmental Sci & Tech).
The study of ecology has a long and interesting history, from early society's efforts to understand and alter their environment as a matter of survival to the challenges the modern world is facing that are global in scale. Through the course text, distributed supplemental chapter readings and an understanding of the scientific literature, this course will cover the essential concepts and principles of ecosystem ecology as well as its history and past and present controversies. Several of the basic methods and tools of field research and the applied management of ecosystems will be discussed and demonstrated with several field excursions in the natural environs of the DC area. Central to this course will be the understanding that modern human society is an integral part of nature, with the power to impact and influence elements of the natural world at multiple scales. An analysis of policy implications for the biosphere will be discussed.
The study of ecology has a long and interesting history, from early society's efforts to understand and alter their environment as a matter of survival to the challenges the modern world is facing that are global in scale. Through the course text, distributed supplemental chapter readings and an understanding of the scientific literature, this course will cover the essential concepts and principles of ecosystem ecology as well as its history and past and present controversies. Several of the basic methods and tools of field research and the applied management of ecosystems will be discussed and demonstrated with several field excursions in the natural environs of the DC area. Central to this course will be the understanding that modern human society is an integral part of nature, with the power to impact and influence elements of the natural world at multiple scales. An analysis of policy implications for the biosphere will be discussed.
ENST373
Natural History of the Chesapeake Bay
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as: BSCI373.
Credit only granted for: BSCI373, ENST373, or ENST499G.
Formerly: ENST499G.
Consideration of the major groups of organisms associated with the Chesapeake Bay and current issues that determine humans' present and future uses for the Chesapeake and its biota.
ENST388
Honors Thesis Research
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
ENST389
(Perm Req)
ENST404
Ecological and Natural Resources Ethics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ENST214 and ENST360.
Recommended: ENST314, ENST410, and ENST460.
Restriction: Senior standing or higher.
Also offered as: ENST604.
Credit only granted for: ENST604 or ENST404.
Bridges science and management with ethical theory and concepts to help scientists, regulators, and managers understand how to deal with potential ethical dilemmas that arise in natural resource and environmental management implementation and policy development.
ENST410
Ecosystem Services: An Integrated Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ENST360 or BSCI361; or permission of instructor.
Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Environmental Sci & Tech: Ecological Tech Design; Environmental Sci & Tech; Environmental Sci & Tech: Natural Resources Mgmt; Environmental Sci & Tech: Soil & Watershed Science; Environmental Sci & Tech: Environmental Health).
The importance of our ecosystems and the services they provide will be discussed. Basic principles used to analyze ecosystem services will be discussed and applied using case studies & field exercises. Forestland, wetlands and our marine resources are increasingly recognized for their ecosystem services provided to society, to include clean air and water, wildlife habitat, biodiversity, carbon storage and pollination services. This course will prepare students to deal with the complex issues involved in understanding those and other ecosystem services and their importance to society and environmental sustainability. Slowly, new markets are emerging for these services. Students will analyze the ecological, policy and financial dimensions of enhancing, restoring, and sustaining ecosystem services. New and on-going government programs and private business ventures will be discussed.
ENST411
Principles of Soil Fertility
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ENST200; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Also offered as: ENST611.
Credit only granted for: ENST411 or NRSC411.
Formerly: NRSC411.
Soil factors affecting plant growth and quality with emphasis on the bio-availability of mineral nutrients. The management of soil systems to enhance plant growth by means of crop rotations, microbial activities, and use of organic and inorganic amendments.
ENST414
Soil Morphology, Genesis and Classification
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ENST200.
Credit only granted for: ENST414 or NRSC414.
Formerly: NRSC414.
Processes and factors of soil genesis. Taxonomy of soils of the world by U.S. System. Soil morphological characteristics, composition, classification, survey and field trips to examine and describe soils.
ENST415
Renewable Energy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: CHEM131, PHYS121, and MATH113; or permission of AGNR-Environmental Science & Technology department.
Restriction: Must be in a major within AGNR-Environmental Science & Technology department.
An overview of renewable energy technologies and their current applications. Emphasis will be placed on technological readiness, efficiency and sustainability of renewable energy alternatives. Technologies include solar thermal, photovoltaics, biodiesel, ethanol, anaerobic digestion, wind, hydroelectric, and microbial fuel cells.
ENST417
Soil Hydrology and Physics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ENST200; and (MATH113 or MATH115). Or permission of instructor.
Credit only granted for: ENST417 or NRSC417.
Formerly: NRSC417.
A study of soil water interactions: the hydrologic cycle; the unique properties of water and soil; the soil components and their interactions; the field water cycle; transport processes involving water, heat and solutes; human effects on soil and groundwater; as well as the measurement, prediction, and control of the physical processes taking place in and through the soil.
ENST422
Soil Microbial Ecology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ENST200; or 1 course in BCHM; or must have completed a course in microbiology; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Also offered as: ENST622.
Credit only granted for: ENST422 or NRSC422.
Formerly: NRSC422.
The interdisciplinary study of soil microorganisms and their interactions with the mineral matrix; resulting in processes such as nutrient cycling, decontamination, and natural product production. We will focus on the diversity of soil communities, their survival strategies, and the new strategies used to study these communities.
ENST434
Toxic Contaminants: Sources, Fate, and Effects
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ENST333 and ENST334.
Study of the release to the environment, transport through natural compartments, persistence and ultimate fate of various classes of contaminants produced as a result of human activities. Topics will culminate in discussions of impacts to wildlife and human health. Students should emerge with a practical appreciation of the actual risks from exposure to a variety of environmental contaminants and an understanding of the environmental and human health implications of continuing the contaminating activities.
ENST450
Wetland Ecology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: BIOM301; or permission of AGNR-Environmental Science & Technology department.
Credit only granted for: ENST450, NRMT450, or MEES650.
Formerly: NRMT450.
Plant and animal communities, biogeochemistry, and ecosystem properties of wetland systems. Laboratory emphasizes collection and analysis of field data on wetland vegetation, soil, and hydrology.
ENST460
Principles of Wildlife Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed two semesters of biology laboratory; and (ENST360; or BSCI361). Or permission of AGNR-Environmental Science & Technology department.
Credit only granted for: ENST460 or NRMT460.
Formerly: NRMT460.
Ecological principles and requirements of wildlife as basis for management, and introduction to the scientific literature. Conflicts in wildlife management, government administration of wildlife resources, legislation, and history of the wildlife management profession.
ENST461
Urban Wildlife Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: ENST461 or NRMT461.
Formerly: NRMT461.
Ecology and management of wildlife in urban areas. For students in biological sciences, geography, landscape design, natural resources management, recreation and urban studies. Planning, design, and wildlife conservation in landscape ecology. Public attitudes, preferences, and values, review of private conservation organizations.
One Saturday field trip is scheduled.
ENST471
(Perm Req)
Capstone I
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course will be conducted in a group discussion format that will focus on professional project proposal preparation and presentation, critical evaluation of environmental science research, professional development, and career planning. Students will develop and present original project proposals and critique project proposals presented by others.
ENST487
Environmental Conflicts and Decision Making
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Senior standing. And must be in one of the following programs (Environmental Sci & Tech: Natural Resources Mgmt; Environmental Sci&Pol-Wildlife Ecology & Mgmt) ; or permission of AGNR-Environmental Science & Technology department.
Study major cases which focus on environmental science with concentration on the role and techniques of negotiation, collaborative decision making, and adaptive resource management as an environmental conflict resolution process.
ENST489
(Perm Req)
Field Experience
Credits: 1 - 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ENST489Z
Field Experience; Water Management in Urban Environment
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Relevant processes in pathways and fluxes of water in urban areas. Urban water balance and consequences of urbanization on surface and groundwater regimes. Effects of climate and hydrology. Quantity and quality of urban runoff, sources of pollution and behavior of contaminants. Ecological quality and processes associated with urban water. Design and planning for water quality and quantity management in urban water systems. Exploring engineered, and ecologically engineered alternatives for stormwater management.
ENST499
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Environmental Science and Technology
Credits: 1 - 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ENST499R
Special Topics in Environmental Science and Technology; Carbon Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
ENST499V
Special Topics in Environmental Science and Technology; Nanotechnology in Energy and Environment: Applications and Implications
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
ENST499X
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Environmental Science and Technology; Soil Science
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to regsiter for this course.
ENST499Y
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Environmental Science and Technology; College Teaching
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
ENST602
(Perm Req)
Research Principles and Methodology in Environmental Scienceand Technolgy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in Environmental Sci & Tech program.
Fundamental research strategies and methods of investigation in Environmental Science and Technology including field and laboratory procedures.
ENST604
Advanced Ecological and Natural Resource Ethics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: ENST214 and ENST360.
Recommended: ENST314, ENST410, and ENST460.
Credit only granted for: ENST404 or ENST604.
Bridges science and management with ethical theory and concepts to help scientists, regulators, and managers understand how to deal with potential ethical dilemmas that arise in natural resource and environmental management implementation and policy development.
ENST611
Advanced Principles of Soil Fertility
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: ENST200; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Also offered as: ENST411.
Credit only granted for: ENST411, NRSC411, or ENST611.
Soil factors affecting plant growth and quality with emphasis on the bio-availability of mineral nutrients. The management of soil systems to enhance plant growth by means of crop rotations, microbial activities, and use of organic and inorganic amendments.
ENST622
Advanced Soil Microbial Ecology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: ENST200; or 1 course in BCHM; or must have completed one course in microbiology; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Also offered as: ENST422.
Credit only granted for: ENST422 or ENST622.
The interdisciplinary study of soil microorganisms and their interactions with the mineral matrix; resulting in processes such as nutrient cycling, decontamination, and natural product production. We will focus on the diversity of soil communities, their survival strategies, and the new strategies used to study these communities.The course will include an examination of current literature in this field.
ENST650
Advanced Wetland Ecology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: BIOM301; or permission of AGNR-Environmental Science & Technology department.
Also offered as: ENST450, MEES650.
Credit only granted for: ENST450, ENST650, or MEES650.
Additional information: Wading boots (at least hip length) are strongly recommended.
Plant and animal communities, biogeochemistry, and ecosystem properties of wetland systems. In-class laboratory will emphasize collection and analysis of field data on wetland vegetation, soil, and hydrology.
Course requires two Saturday field trips.
ENST689
Special Topics
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
ENST689I
Special Topics; Molecular Techniques in Ecotoxicology
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
ENST689J
Special Topics; Valuing Ecosystem Services
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
ENST689O
Special Topics; Advances in Research, Invasive Plants
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
ENST689R
Special Topics; Invasive Ecology
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: One semester of biology or permission of department.

Students will examine ecological, evolutionary, and anthropogenic processes facilitating or resisting biological invasions, and consider their environmental, economic, and human health impacts. We will consider various management strategies to mitigate invasions and identify areas of future research. Detailed discussion of recent findings and controversies in the literature will help illustrate fundamental concepts of invasions among various ecosystems
ENST689X
(Perm Req)
Special Topics; Methods in University Teaching
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
ENST689Y
Special Topics; Advances in Research, Plant Membrane Biology
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
ENST798
Graduate Seminar
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
ENST799
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ENST898
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
ENST899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.