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Courses - Fall 2018
ENST
Environmental Science and Technology Department Site
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: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSNS
Examines how humans are affected by the quality of our air, water, soil and food supply as well as how human activities alter these survival necessities. 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. The implications of individual and collective choices for sustainable food production, population management, and resource utilization will be explored.
ENST281
Computer Aided Design in Ecology
Credits: 2
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. Use of campus stormwater wetland as case study.
ENST282
Ecological Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Credit only granted for: ENST282 or ENST499K.
Formerly: ENST499K.
Ecotechnology innovation is taught with design thinking, which uses an iterative cycle of developing customer empathy, learning ecological technology, appreciating environmental stewardship, brainstorming, rapid prototyping, user experience, testing and redesign. Environment entrepreneurship is based on the Lean Startup process, which uses customer discovery, encourages quick product development, reduces start-up costs, tests ideas quickly, and employs designed experiments. A multidisciplinary academic setting embraces designing, building, testing and marketing novel technologies that enhance the environmental needs of humans. Students will learn in an active environment that requires working creatively, collaboratively, diligently, and precisely to create a business model and tangible prototype for a new commercial product.
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.
ENST388
Honors Thesis Research
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
ENST403
(Perm Req)
Invasive Species Ecology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: ENST403, ENST603, or ENST689R.
We 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. Field trips and detailed discussion of recent findings and controversies in the literature will help illustrate fundamental concepts of invasions among various ecosystems.
Prerequisite: ENST233; or permission of AGNR-Environmental Science & Technology department.
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.
ENST441
Sustainable Agriculture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: ENST441 or NRSC441.
Formerly: NRSC441.
Environmental, social and economic needs for alternatives to the conventional, high-input farming systems which currently predominate in industrial countries. Strategies and practices that minimize the use of non-renewable resources.
ENST450
Wetland Ecology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: BIOM301; or permission of AGNR-Environmental Science & Technology department.
Also offered as: ENST650.
Credit only granted for: ENST450, NRMT450, or MEES650.
Formerly: NRMT450.
Plant and animal communities, biogeochemistry, and ecosystem properties of wetlands. Lectures are supplemented by weekend or Friday field trips (1-3 days total during the semester) and in-class labs that emphasize collection and analysis of field data on wetland vegetation, soil, and hydrology. Wading boots (at least hip length) are strongly recommended.
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.
ENST471
(Perm Req)
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)
Research Experience
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
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.
ENST499A
Special Topics in Environmental Science and Technology; Groundwater Hydrology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
ENST499L
Special Topics in Environmental Science and Technology; Ground Water Use in the Developing World
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Overview of ground water as a water resource, its availability, quality and extraction in various developing countries. The role of a consultant in adapting modern technologies to developing ground water as a viable water resource.
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.
ENST603
(Perm Req)
Advanced Invasive Species Ecology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as: ENST403.
Credit only granted for: ENST403, ENST603, or ENST689R.
Formerly: ENST689R.
Additional information: Two field trips are planned for this class.
We 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. Field trips and detailed discussion of recent findings and controversies in the literature will help illustrate fundamental concepts of invasions among various ecosystems.
Prerequisite: One semester of biology or permission of department.
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
ENST689I
Special Topics; Molecular Techniques in Ecotoxicology
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
ENST689O
Special Topics; Advances in Research, Invasive Plants
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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
ENST689Z
Special Topics; Introductory University Instruction
Credits: 1 - 3
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.