The Department of Environmental Science and Technology (ENST) offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. ENST students can choose to work within one of four specializations:
- Soil and Watershed Sciences
- Ecological Technology Design
- Wetland Science
- Ecosystem Health & Natural Resource Management
The ENST graduate program is guided by strong faculty recognized for their research and teaching excellence and committed to providing a high quality experience of education and mentoring for our graduate students.
The ENST faculty are committed to the principle that graduate education at both the M.S. and Ph.D. level requires a committment to research. Graduate students, therefore, will pursue a research project under the tutelage of their advisor and advisory committee. Prospective students are encouraged to identify one or more potential faculty advisors with whom they share areas of research interest.
The University of Maryland is located between Beltsville, MD and Washington, D.C., and is thus located near the headquarters and principal laboratories of several federal agencies including the U.S.D.A. at Beltsville, the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Academy of Sciences, National Aeronautic and Space Administration, National Institutes of Health, Department of Energy, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Park Service, as well as others. Scientists from a number of these agencies have cooperated with Departmental faculty on various projects, and scientists from some of these agencies hold adjunct appointments in the Department, have taught special courses at the University, and participate on graduate student committees. Cooperation with these agencies provides opportunities for consultation with leading scientists and financial support of graduate studies. Some students obtain part-time work at these agencies which provides a valuable addition to their training.