Concentration in Soil and Watershed Sciences
The concentration in Soil and Watershed Science in the Department of Environmental Science and Technology 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.
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR THE B.S., including the CORE General Education Program = 120 credits, including: 82-84 required major credits; 6-8 free elective credits; and 30 credits for CORE (including Introduction to Writing (3), Professional Writing (3), Humanities and Arts (9), Social Sciences and History (9), and Human Cultural Diversity (3). CORE Sciences and Mathematics (9) are satisfied by major required courses. CORE Advanced Studies are satisfied by ENST 471 Capstone Practicum (4) and a non-ENST 300- or 400-level course (3).
The major includes courses on all the main sub-disciplines within soil science- pedology, soil chemistry, soil physics and hydrology, soil fertility and soil microbiology- as well as advanced courses that address such applications as soil-water pollution, wetlands, restoration ecology and sustainable agriculture.
Job Opportunities for Graduates
The curriculum prepares graduates for work in variety of careers addressing natural resource and environmental issues and provides arigorous science background for those planning to pursue post-graduate degrees in environmental sciences, soil science, watershed processes, and related fields. Graduates may work in both the private and public sectors performing such services as soil mapping, wetland delineation, land conservation planning, forestry, waste management, farm advising, international development, and consulting in environmental, construction, and landscape architecture areas.
In addition, graduates from the Soil and Watershed Science concentration will be qualified to take the national exam to become a Certified Professional Soil Scientist (CPSS).
Soil Science Advisor
1457 Animal Sciences Building
University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland 20742