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Courses - Spring 2020
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.
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.
Jointly offered with 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.
Jointly offered with ENST605.
Credit only granted for: ENST405, ENSP350, ENST605, or MEES698Z.
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.
Jointly offered with MEES698Z. Credit granted for ENST405 or MEES698Z.
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.
Jointly offered with ENS T622.
Credit only granted for: ENST422 or NRSC422.
Formerly: NRS C422.
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.
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 methods for estimating environmental impacts including 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.
ENST462
(Perm Req)
Field Techniques in Wildlife Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ENST460. And BSCI160 and BSCI161; or BSCI106. And BSCI170 and BSCI171; or BSCI105.
Recommended: ENST461.
Restriction: Permission of AGNR-College of Agriculture & Natural Resources.
Hands-on experience with field techniques in wildlife management focusing on various methods of conducting indices, estimates, and censuses of wildlife populations. Includes capture and handling of amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals by use of drift fences, cover boards, mist nets, box traps, and dart guns.
ENST470
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
CORE: CS
Restriction: Permission of AGNR-Environmental Science & Technology department.
This will be a capstone-type course based around developing proposals for projects emphasizing research, monitoring, design, restoration, managament, entrepreneurship, or other approaches to ecological or environmental questions, issues, or problems.
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)
Credits: 4
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.
Jointly offered with MEES681. Credit only grant ed 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.
ENST486
(Perm Req)
SENIOR PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
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.
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.
ENST499B
Special Topics in Environmental Science and Technology; Ecology of Plastics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course covers the nature of plastics ranging from chemical composition and production to large-scale aspects of economics, policy, and pollution. The role of plastics in ecosystems is emphasized in lectures and hands-on exercises. Technologies for disposal and recycling of waste plastics are reviewed. The relatively new field of Industrial Ecology provides a context in the course for considering plastics as a product of human systems within the Biosphere. Through literature review and ecological reasoning, the course will challenge some currently-held beliefs about plastics in the environment.
ENST499J
Special Topics in Environmental Science and Technology; Ecosystem Services in the Concrete Jungle
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Ecological principles for the built environment and the tools needed to understand critical drivers of urban ecosystem structure and function. Topics will include ecology in and of cities, ecosystem services, urban metabolism, climate adaptation, and water management. This will focus on reading and analysis of primary scientific literature. This course will prepare students to deal with the complex issues involved in understanding the ecology and ecosystem services of the built environment. Students will understand and analyze the ecological, planning, design, and policy dimensions of promoting urban ecosystems and the services they provide.
ENST499Y
Special Topics in Environmental Science and Technology; College Teaching
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
ENST604
Advanced Ecological and Natural Resource Ethics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
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.
ENST622
Advanced Soil Microbial Ecology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
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.
Jointly offered with ENS T422.
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, S-F
Prerequisite: ENST200.
Credit only granted for: ENST630, ENST430, 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.
ENST681
Advanced Ecological Design
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Prerequisite: Must have completed one semester of calculus; and (CHEM131 and PHYS121). Or permission of instructor.
Cross-listed with M EES681.
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.
ENST689
ENST689B
Special Topics; Ecology of Plastics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
This course covers the nature of plastics ranging from chemical composition and production to large-scale aspects of economics, policy, and pollution. The role of plastics in ecosystems is emphasized in lectures and hands-on exercises. Technologies for disposal and recycling of waste plastics are reviewed. The relatively new field of Industrial Ecology provides a context in the course for considering plastics as a product of human systems within the Biosphere. Through literature review and ecological reasoning, the course will challenge some currently-held beliefs about plastics in the environment.
ENST689Y
Special Topics; Advances in Research, Plant Membrane Biology
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
ENST702
Environmental Science and Technology: Communication and Professional Development
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
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: 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: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.