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Courses - Spring 2019
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.
ENST140
Sustainability and History: The Maryland Experience
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
Examines the changing nature of concern over sustainability through the environmental history of the state of Maryland. The historical approach, supplemented by discussion of the basic scientific processes underlying ecosystem functions and human impacts on the environment, reveals both enduring and changing qualities of the search for sustainable patterns of living, beginning before 17th century European contact and continuing on into the environmental concerns of our own time.
Also offered as HIST189B. Credit only granted for HIST189B or ENST140.
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.
ENST214
Introduction to Fish and Wildlife Sciences
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: IE
Prerequisite: BSCI160 and BSCI161; or BSCI106.
Lectures, discussion, and readings in social, biological, and human dimension issues facing fisheries and wildlife biologists and natural resource managers in the United States. Coverage will include history and philosophical discussions of fish and wildlife sciences; conservation and management; principles of community, habitat, and animal ecology and management; and interrelations of wildlife, fish, and forestry.
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.
ENST309
Advanced Field Soil Morphology
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
ENST334
Environmental Toxicology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: CHEM131, CHEM132, and BSCI207; or permission of AGNR-Environmental Science & Technology department.
Concepts and case histories in ecotoxicology. Emphasis on origin and variety of environmental pollutants, routes of biological exposure, modes of toxicological action and effects on individual organisms, populations and ecosystems. Ecotoxicological issues in the Chesapeake Bay will be used as examples.
ENST388
Honors Thesis Research
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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.
ENST405
Energy and Environment
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: MATH140 or MATH120; or must have completed MATH220.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher. And must be in Environmental Sci & Tech program; or must be in Environmental Sci & Tech: Ecological Tech Design program; or must be in Environmental Sci & Tech: Environmental Health program; or must be in Environmental Sci & Tech: Soil & Watershed Science program; or must be in Environmental Sci & Tech: Natural Resources Mgmt program.
Also offered as: ENST605.
Credit only granted for: ENST405, ENSP350, ENST605, NRMT489Z, or MEES698Z.
Formerly: NRMT489Z.
Introduction to the role of energy in environmental and human-dominated systems. Discussion of the historical and modern production and consumption of energy. Introduction to energy systems computer simulation and energy auditing.
Also offered as MEES698Z. Credit granted for ENST405 or MEES698Z.
ENST406
Applied Forestry Practices
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ENST200. And ENST360; or PLSC471.
Also offered as: PLSC475.
Credit only granted for: ENST406 or PLSC475.
Focuses on the applied dynamics of a set of forest practices such as management, silviculture, measurement and inventory, preparation of a management plan, etc, within the urban/rural interface. Several field trips are included to gain hands-on experience.
ENST421
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ENST200.
Credit only granted for: ENST421 or NRSC421.
Formerly: NRSC421.
The chemistry and composition of mineral and organic colloids in soils, including ion exchange, oxidation-reduction, acidity, surface charge, and solution chemistry. Lectures and readings pertain to plant nutrition, waste disposal, and groundwater quality.
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.
ENST423
Soil-Water Pollution
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: CHEM104 and ENST200; and permission of AGNR-Environmental Science & Technology department.
Credit only granted for: ENST423 or NRSC423.
Reaction and fate of pesticides, agricultural fertilizers, industrial and animal wastes in soil and water with emphasis on their relation to the environment.
ENST430
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ENST200.
Credit only granted for: ENST430, ENST630, or NRSC461.
Formerly: NRSC461.
The soils of wetlands including hydrology, chemistry, and genesis are discussed. Federal and regional guidelines for wetland soils are covered with an emphasis on validating interpretations through field observations.
ENST436
Emerging Environmental Threats
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ENST233; or permission of AGNR-Environmental Science & Technology department.
Examine new and potential environmental concerns in the air, water, soil, space, and the built environment. Emphasis on studying the intrinsic links between ecosystem and human health. Topics will include climate change, resource consumption, biodiversity change, infectious disease, non-traditional pollutants, and other complex and significant environmental concerns.
ENST445
Ecological Risk Assessment
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ENST360 or BSCI361; and (BIOM301 and ENST334). Or permission of AGNR-Environmental Science & Technology department.
Assessment of ecological impacts of perturbations on natural systems. Course will describe quantitative methods for estimating environmental impacts by extrapolating from laboratory and field data. The role of regulatory agencies and implications of scientific uncertainty on risk management will be covered.
ENST452
Wetland Restoration
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: (BSCI160 and BSCI161; or BSCI106); and (BSCI362, ENST450, ENST360, or BSCI361). Or permission of AGNR-Environmental Science & Technology department.
Credit only granted for: ENST452, ENST652, or MEES652.
Design, construction, and evaluation of wetlands restored or created to provide ecosystem services or to mitigate losses due to development. Topics include fundamental properties of wetlands, ecological restoration theory, site selection and goal-setting, design plans, practices for establishing wetland hydrology, substrate, and vegetation, and restored ecosystem monitoring. Two mandatory Saturday field trips will be held (dates to be announced); waterproof boots or waders are recommended for field trips.
ENST453
Watershed Science: Water Balance, Open Channel Flow, and Near Surface Hydrology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: ENST453 or ENST653.
Concepts of surface water balance, surface radiative flux, precipitation and evaporation measurements.
ENST472
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: CS
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: ENST471.
Restriction: Must be in a major within AGNR-Environmental Science & Technology department; and permission of AGNR-Environmental Science & Technology department.
This course is the second in a two-part series. Students will continue work on projects proposed and begun in ENST471. Focus on professional project preparation, presentation, critical evaluation on environmental science research, professional development, and career planning. Students will develop and present original projects and critique projects presented by others.
ENST481
(Perm Req)
Ecological Design
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: (MATH120 or MATH140; or must have completed MATH220); and (PHYS121 and CHEM131); and (BSCI361; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department). Or permission of instructor.
Restriction: Permission of AGNR-Environmental Science & Technology department.
Also offered as: MEES681.
Credit only granted for: ENST481, ENST681, or MEES681.
An advanced survey course on the field of ecological design. Principles of design are illustrated with case studies from biologically-based waste treatment systems, ecosystem management and sustainable development. Concepts covered include ecology, ecological engineering, nutrient cycling, emergy, lifecycle analysis, and design process. Technologies include treatment wetlands, living machines, anaerobic digestion, rain gardens, bioswales, bioremediation, algal turf scrubbers, and green building design.
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.
ENST499Q
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Environmental Science and Technology; Biosphere 2 and Ecological Design in the Desert
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This is a special travel-study course on ecological design in the American southwest desert. The course will meet once per week during Spring Semester until Spring Break when a field trip will take place to Arizona. During the field trip students will visit a variety of sites and learn first-hand about issues of ecological design. These sites will include Biosphere 2 and Arcosanti, where the student group will be lodging during the trip. The course will include lectures and readings on ecological design covered before and during the field trip. Students also will be expected to carry out directed research as part of the course. The subject matter of the course will span a time frame from pre-Hispanic, native American cultures, highlighted by visits to archeological sites, through to visions what ecological design might become in the future (Arcosanti and Biosphere 2). Matching humans to the with available and appropriate technologies will be the main theme of the course.
ENST499W
Special Topics in Environmental Science and Technology; Earth Systems Sustainability
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
ENST499Y
Special Topics in Environmental Science and Technology; College Teaching
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
ENST499Z
Special Topics in Environmental Science and Technology; Introductory University Instruction
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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.
ENST605
Energy and Environment
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: MATH120; or must have completed MATH220; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Also offered as: ENST405.
Credit only granted for: ENST405, ENST605, NRMT489Z, or MEES698Z.
Formerly: MEES698Z.
Role of energy in environmental and human-dominated systems and their linkage. Discussion of the historical and modern production and consumption of energy. Energy systems simulation modeling, energy analysis and energy auditing. Review of national energy policies and proposed alternatives.
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.
ENST630
Advanced Wetland Soils
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: ENST200.
Credit only granted for: ENST630, ENST403, or NRSC461.
The soils of wetlands including hydrology, biogeochemistry, and pedogenesis, including a focused discussion of current literature. Federal and regional guidelines for wetland soils are covered with an emphasis on validating interpretations through field observations.
ENST689
ENST689C
Special Topics; Adaptation and Resilience in Urban Social-Ecological Systems
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
ENST689E
Special Topics; Advanced Ecosystem Health & Natural Resource Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
ENST689N
Special Topics; Living Machine and Aquatic Restorer Construction
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
ENST689P
Special Topics; Water and Development: A Global Change
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: MATH220 or MATH140 (students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department). This course offers a multidisciplinary investigation of water systems development and management through real-world case studies. It explores the relation between water and development that is increasingly influenced by conflicts over the resource at both regional and global scale.
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
ENST702
Environmental Science and Technology: Communication and Professional Development
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: ENST602.
Restriction: Must be in Environmental Science and Technology (Master's) program; or must be in Environmental Science and Technology (Doctoral) program; or permission of instructor.
Training in communication and professional development to prepare students to succeed in careers within the fields of environmental science and technology. Topics will include manuscript and technical writing, job search, communication with academic and non-academic audiences, multi-disciplinary collaboration, management (project, personnel, time), professionalism, leadership, ethics, and career opportunities. Course emphasizes practical training through facilitated discussions and critique practicums.
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.