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Courses - Fall 2019
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Jointly offered with ENS T611.
Credit only granted for: ENST411 or NRSC411.
Formerly: NRS C411.
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
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.
ENST432
Environmental Microbiology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: CHEM131 and CHEM132. And BSCI170 and BSCI171; or BSCI105.
Credit only granted for: ENST432 or ENST499M.
Formerly: ENST499M.
Microorganisms are everywhere and mediate many of the processes that we observe everyday. These organisms are the unseen catalysts for numerous industrial processes and are critical to many emerging technologies and novel products. Environmental microbiologists ask: How do microorganisms in the environment benefit society? This course will answer this question by examining microbes in bioremediation, food safety, climate change, and biotechnology.
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
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: BIOM301; or permission of AGNR-Environmental Science & Technology department.
Jointly offered with ENST650. Credit only grant ed for: ENST450 or MEES650.
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.
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
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.
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.
ENST485
Water Management in Urban Environment
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: MATH120, MATH130, MATH136, or MATH140.
Credit only granted for: ENST485 OR ENST489Z.
Formerly: ENST489Z.
Historically, with the exception of certain locations, water has been available in sufficient quantities, and providing supporting infrastructure has been relatively straightforward. In urban areas, the concentration of people and the drastic changes in land use, have altered the fluxes of water, sediments, chemicals, and microorganisms. As the population increases and the number of large urban areas keeps growing (both in U.S. and internationally), managing water in urban areas is becoming more challenging. Water must be supplied for domestic, commercial, and industrial use, as well as irrigation and maintaining and enhancing local environments (e.g., urban streams). In addition, stormwater must be managed to prevent flooding and environmental damage, and used water, which contains organic matter, nutrients, and other constituents that can be extracted and reused, must be collected and managed. In this course we take a systems approach to urban water hydrology, engineering, planning and management. We will explore urban water cycle, urban runoff and drainage characteristics, urban water supply and demand, stormwater collection and treatment and designing best management practices. Additionally, we look at the climate impacts on the urban water cycle.
ENST486
(Perm Req)
SENIOR PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: ENST389.
Restriction: Permission of AGNR-Environmental Science & Technology department.
Additional information: The course has two types of activities: lecture and experiential learning. Students are supposed to work on their internship for 90 hours and participate in a 2-hour lecture every other week, during the semester.
Experiential learning is a key component in Environmental Science and Technology education. Through the senior professional internship program, you will have the opportunity to develop your expertise in a specific area or discipline within your ENST concentration curriculum. You will arrange an off-campus internship experience related to Environmental Science and Technology. You will spend a specified number of hours at their internship site each week and attend biweekly classroom sessions where we will discuss how the study environmental science and technology fits into your specific internship experience as well as understand how to achieve each of the course learning outcomes.
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.
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
Advanced Invasive Species Ecology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Jointly offered with 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.
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.
Jointly offered with ENS T411.
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.
ENST650
Advanced Wetland Ecology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: BIOM301; or permission of AGNR-Environmental Science & Technology department; or permission of CMNS-Marine & Estuarine-Environmental Science Prog.
Jointly offered with ENST450, MEES650.
Credit only granted for: ENST450, ENST650, or MEES650.
Additional information: Wading boots (at least hip length) are stron gly 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.
ENST689C
Special Topics; Adaptation and Resilience in Urban Social-Ecological Systems
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
ENST689E
Special Topics; Advanced Ecosystem Health and Natural Resource Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
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
ENST761
Methods in Pedological Investigations
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: ENST414; or permission of AGNR-Environmental Science & Technology department.
This is designed to equip students with analytical tools for soil microfabric and mineralogical analysis in order to understand soil properties and processes. A number of techniques will be discussed, but emphasis will be placed on micromorphology and x-ray diffractometry. Both theoretical and applied considerations will be convered, and students will gain substantial hands on experience in collecting and interpreting data germane to their research interests.
This is designed to equip students with analytical tools for soil microfabric and mineralogical analysis in order to understand soil properties and processes. A number of techniques will be discussed, but emphasis will be placed on micromorphology and x-ray diffractometry. Both theoretical and applied considerations will be covered, and students will gain substantial hands on experience in collecting and interpreting data germane to their research interests.
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.