College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Environmental Science & Technology

Advising Information

Welcome Back Letter From ENST Chair :

Dear Students,

Tomorrow we jointly begin a new adventure in learning and teaching.  Dr. Leisnham and Shannon Pederson, as well as Dr. Lansing and Dr. Rabenhorst, have helped craft the attached letter, which has the information you will need to successfully navigate the rest of the semester. 

Our world has changed and our most important goal is to keep us, our families, friends, and our loved ones safe during the pandemic.  As we are all faced with challenges, remember, first, protect yourself and those around you; second, be patient and forgiving as the inevitable obstacles come our way and we work around them; and third, be kind to one another.  There are many things that we can't control, what we can control is how we treat each other.  

We are all solution-oriented problem solvers.  You may be our solution when we have the inevitable online problems.  No one has ever done this before, moving the entire semester online.  So, help each other out, whether you teach your instructor or a fellow student how to do something, you can be a problem solver and help us all solve problems as they arise.  

We are all in a Department within the College that fulfills the Land Grant Mission.  There is no higher calling than our mission to use science and technology to solve the world's problems, and teach people how to use our solutions to make their lives better.  There is no bigger challenge that faces us, there is no better place to be than here, now, to fulfill that mission.  It may be scary, it is a huge problem, but we can all help in some way.  That includes helping each other learn in an online environment.  We are all Terps and we will make the world a better place. We are here to help you.

Stay healthy and safe,

Bill Bowerman, ENST Chair


ENST Advising Letter:

Dear ENST Students,

We are developing an ELMS page focusing on ENST advising needs. Templates will be available here as well as contact to your assigned advisor (see Files > ENST_Advisors_2020). There will also be a spot in Assignments where you can upload your documents (updated GenEd sheet, updated Curriculum sheet, updated graduation plan, updated ENST Student Questionnaire) for your advisor to review. Shortly, we'll discuss how to schedule an appointment with your advisor and what to prepare prior to your advising appointment so that your advisor is able to lift your registration block on time. A good rule of thumb is to schedule your advising appointment 3-5 business days prior to your Testudo Registration Time.

Your health and well-being are essential to us in ENST. If you are currently ill (or recently have been ill), please do not put your health at risk in order to attend your advising appointment.  We will be happy to provide alternative advising options to meet your advising needs. Do ensure your documents are uploaded to ELMS prior to your Testudo Registration Time and your original advising appointment. 

ELMS-Canvas is the official communication tool between students, instructors, and advisors. If you do not have access to this communication tool, you are encouraged to contact Advisor Pederson ASAP at so that she can inform you about accommodations. 


ENST Advising Team

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Transferring into ENST?

Welcome New ENST Students - presentation
Are you thinking about selecting ENST as your major? Changing majors is a HUGE decision, especially when it's into a STEM major. You should research jobs, classes, talk with students in that major. Talk with a Peer Mentor. Look through the different concentrations for their required classes. Look through available internship and job openings on our blog. Can you picture yourself in that field? Can you handle the rigorous math and science courses?

If you feel confident that you want to change into ENST, please follow these steps:

  1. Take the Change Your Major Workshop
  2. Print out your unofficial transcripts
  3. Print out the concentration's curriculum sheet to see which classes you've already taken
  4. Review our 4-year and 2-year plan templates and then draft a graduation plan using this Planning Grid
  5. Fill out UMD's GenEd sheet to see which categories you've already fulfilled.
  6. Fill out ENST's Student Questionnaire
  7. Make an advising appointment

Advising Each Semester

The ENST Department has mandatory advising for all of its students at least once each semester. You can view a powerpoint detailing the importance of advising here. The following advising materials will provide you the resources needed to assist you in planning your four year program here in ENST. Please contact your assigned advisor to arrange an appointment time and come prepared with the following:

1. Curriculum sheet checked off,
2. GenEd or CORE sheet filled out,
4. ENST's Student Questionnaire filled out, and
5. Unofficial transcripts printed out from Testudo.

This will help ensure your advising appointment will be efficient and allow you additional time to discuss your current semester, future semester, and future career goals. If you are unsure of you assigned advisor for the current semester, please send an email to Shannon Pederson with your name, ENST concentration, and UID. For additional information, please visit the ENST Advising blog. 

Four-year plans for students entering ENST Fall 2018 and later


Curriculum Sheets


The ENST concentration in Ecological Technology Design prepares students for integrating natural systems with the built environment to solve environmental problems while achieving economic, ecological and social sustainability. The science and applications of using natural systems, processes and organisms to address environmental issues has evolved during the last few decades to a mature level whereby there are strong employment opportunities for graduates that are cross-educated in ecology and technology. 


The ENST concentration in Ecosystem Health (previously Environmental Health) gives students the concepts and skills to work in this broad and increasingly important field with wide ranging applications in the environmental science and public health fields. The field encompasses environmental factors and ecosystem functions that affect human health and the effects of human activities on the ecosystem products and services we depend on. Example topics within the field include ecological risk analysis, environmental toxicology, environmental impact assessment, chemical fate and transport, human health risk assessment, industrial hygiene, air quality, environmental microbiology, food safety and security, biodiversity and human health, and children’s environmental health. 

Soil and Watershed Sciences

The concentration in Soil and Watershed Science provides students with one of the top soil science programs in the nation. The concentration enables students to understand the complex ways in which aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems are influenced by soil properties and processes and land management decisions. The soil performs such critical ecological functions as supplying and purifying water, recycling wastes, nurturing plants, modifying the atmosphere by emitting or sequestering gases and particulates, providing habitat for the most diverse biological communities on Earth, and serving as a medium for human engineering projects. 


The ENST concentration in Natural Resources Management is designed to teach students concepts of the environmentally sound use and management of natural resources. Ecosystems and human societies are linked in complex cycles and relationships between vegetation and wildlife, forests and cities, conservation and development. By learning to participate effectively within these cycles, we will help sustain a harmo- nious relationship between the environment and human activities. 

ENST Undecided

Soil Science Minor

INTERNSHIP: Every ENST student must complete an internship. If you need ideas about where to apply, please review ENST’s blog here. Need more help finding an internship, writing a cover letter, polishing your resume, practicing for your interview? Please consult with a career counselor at UMD’s University Career Center here. ENST highly recommends career counselor Christina Farmer. Prior to starting your internship, students need to submit their internship proposal to ENST here. Once it is approved, you will be sent an email giving you further instructions about how to register for ENST 389 Professional Internship and what is expected to receive 3 credits. 

ENST students may fulfill their Senior Integrative Experience requirement with a second internship ENST 486 Senior Internship. Similar to ENST389, a proposal must be submitted and approved. ENST 486 will be offered in fall and spring semesters and will meet in class every other week. ENST 486 students will learn how to apply concepts they learned during their second internship into a quantitative project and present a poster and paper at the end of the semester. 

SENIOR INTERGRATIVE EXPERIENCE: All ENST students are expected to complete one Senior Integrative Experience before graduating. Students may select from ENST 489/472, ENST 470, ENST486, or ENST 388. ENST489/472 involves conducting a research project in an ENST professor's lab. Click here to see current research project options. ENST470 is a project development class that is offered each spring semester. ENST486 involves completing a 2nd internship and attending class every other week to learn how to turn the internship experience into a quantitative project. Click here to submit your internship proposal. ENST 388 is an honors research thesis. All of these courses will culminate in a final paper and presentation at the end of the semester. These capstone options are by-permission-only, so you need approval from your ENST advisor to register. 

TAKING A CLASS OFF CAMPUS: If you wish to take a class off-campus, then you need to discuss your request with your advisor, find a current and equivalent class acceptable at UMD by reviewing the Transfer Database, and submit a Permission to Enroll off-campus (PTE) form. After the PTE form is approved by your advisor, it then advances to the dean’s office. Save the dean's signed final decision email!  If you want to take a course off-campus within your final 30 credits at UMD, then you need to ALSO submit a Policy Exception Form (PEMS) asking for permission. Again, explain this to your advisor in advance and save the dean’s final decision email! If your advisor is not available during the week you want to submit your forms, then learn who is replacing your advisor at that time or consult with ENST’s primary advisor. After you complete and pass your course off-campus, please have that institution send your final transcript to:

University of Maryland
Office of the Registrar
1113 Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. Building
College Park, MD 20742

DIFFICULTY WITH A COURSE: If a student feels challenged by a class, they should do their best to read the course textbook, re-read their class/lab notes, and attend every class. If a student still feels challenged by the class, then they should consult with the Teaching Assistant and then the course instructor. They should look for resources on campus like UMD tutoring, UMD success strategies, academic help videos like Khan Academy, and student-led study groups. If they still feel they will not perform well in a class, then they should reach out to their academic advisor prior to the Drop Without a W deadline (10th day of classes). After that deadline, they have until the Drop With a W deadline to consult with their advisor and then make a decision to drop. If unforeseen circumstances happen and the student cannot drop by either deadline, then the student should reach out to their advisor to learn the policy exception about a late drop. If the student is performing poorly in all classes or has other reasons compelling the student to drop the entire semester, then a student has the right to withdraw from an entire semester one time as a Leave of Absence and return to UMD the following semester in good graces (provided the student has a 2.0 overall GPA or better). If a student is on academic probation (has less than a 2.0) or has withdrawn from a semester in the past and wants to drop an entire semester, then they should consult with their academic advisor prior to withdrawing.

GRADUATING: To apply to graduate, please log into Testudo and click on the graduation application icon before the 10th day of classes. This triggers a graduation audit at the ENST Department, AGNR College, and University level. Doing this well prior to the 10th day of classes (Schedule Adjustment Period) allows the departmental undergraduate auditor time to notice any missing classes and give you time to hopefully register for them. It is YOUR responsibility to attain 120 credits on your UMD transcript, maintain over a 2.0 GPA overall, complete all GenEds, and complete all departmental requirements. If a requirement cannot be met on time, please consult your academic advisor to learn if a substitution is available.

OTHER ITEMS: If a student wishes to apply for an additional policy exception not listed above, they should consult with their academic advisor prior and then submit their policy exception form. Other examples include taking a graduate-level class as an undergraduate student, exceeding 17 credits in one semester, and others. If a student wishes to reach out for help with counseling or disabilities, they are encouraged to use UMD Counseling Center.

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