Environmental Science and Policy Major
Environmental Science and Policy is a broadly multi-disciplinary, undergraduate major, drawing courses and faculty from 8 departments and three Colleges (the Colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Behavioral and Social Sciences; Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences).
New ENSP students begin in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, where they will be guided through a structured, exploratory advising process. ENSP students are expected to declare a concentration by the end of their third semester in the program and, once they declare their concentration, will move administratively to the College and department sponsoring the concentration. There, they are advised by a faculty member in their discipline.
The ENSP faculty and staff aspire to provide a strong identity for the students enrolled in this major, and we encourage students to take advantage of the rich resources available at a Research I Public University. Experiential learning through research, internships, and study abroad is strongly encouraged.
Admission to the Major
Incoming students who wish to enter ENSP may do so by selecting ENSP-Undeclared (Science) or ENSP-Undeclared (Policy) on their application for admission. On-campus students may declare ENSP during a meeting with the Assistant Director. Please review the ENSP website at www.ensp.umd.edu to learn about the program and its requirements prior to your first advising meeting.
The curriculum of Environmental Science and Policy comprises an introductory core of lower-level courses in environmental science, environmental policy, biology, chemistry, earth sciences, geography, economics, calculus, and statistics. This is followed by in-depth and focused training in one of eleven areas of concentration in biological resources, earth systems, or the human dimensions of the field; and two upper-level courses in applied science and policy. The educational philosophy of the program is to train students broadly using a multi-disciplinary approach at the introductory level so that they are exposed to the myriad ways there are to learn about environmental systems and to address human-environment issues. This introductory approach precedes the concentration in which the students are prepared for post-graduate study or work in a discipline-based field. The combination of the lower-level core courses and upper-level depth in a concentration prepares graduates to work and study independently or as members of teams in which they will be asked to be experts in one area, while understanding and using effectively other natural and social science knowledge and investigative approaches.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Utilize and integrate knowledge and understanding of natural and social sciences.
- Depth and knowledge in an area of concentration.
- Readiness for full-time employment and grad school
|ENSP101||Introduction to Environmental Science||3|
|ENSP102||Introduction to Environmental Policy||3|
|Select at least one course each from four of the five groups:||12-14|
|Principles of Ecology and Evolution|
and Principles of Ecology and Evolution Lab
|Chemistry I - Fundamentals of General Chemistry|
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
|Weather and Climate|
and Weather and Climate Laboratory
|Fundamentals of Soil Science|
|Geography of Environmental Systems|
and Geography of Environmental Systems Laboratory
and Physical Geology Laboratory
and Physical Geology Laboratory
|Introduction to Economics and the Environment|
|Environment, Economics and Policy|
|Principles of Microeconomics|
|Natural Disasters: Earthquakes, Floods, and Fires|
|Introduction to Methods of Geospatial Intelligence and Analysis|
|Introduction to Human Geography|
|Select one of the following:||4|
|Elementary Calculus I|
|Calculus I for the Life Sciences|
|Calculus for Life Sciences|
|Select one of the following:||3-4|
|Introduction to Biometrics|
|Statistical Methods in Psychology|
|Introductory Statistics for Sociology|
|Applied Probability and Statistics I|
|Select one of the following: 1||3|
|Applied Quantitative Methods in Environmental Science and Policy|
|Introduction to Environmental Law|
|Water: Science, Ethics, and Policy|
|Environmental Threats to Oceans and Coasts: Towards an Integrated Policy Response|
|Energy Resources: Science and Policy in the 21st Century|
|Capstone in Environmental Science and Policy (in the senior year)|
|Area of Concentration|
|Select an area of concentration|
To be taken in the junior or senior year
Areas of Concentration
Biodiversity and Conservation Biology; Culture and Environment; Environment and Agriculture; Environmental Economics; Environmental Geosciences and Restoration; Environmental Politics and Policy; Global Environmental Change; Land Use; Marine and Coastal Management; Society and Environmental Issues; Soil, Water, and Land Resources; Wildlife Ecology and Management.
Changes may occur in concentrations. Students should consult the program office or visit the ENSP web site (www.ensp.umd.edu) for updated information.
Students who entered the Environmental Science and Policy Program (ENSP) in spring 2002, and thereafter, are required to earn grades of "C-" or higher in all courses taken within the ENSP core, in all required courses, and restricted electives of the selected area of concentration.