ENSP Benchmark Requirements

Success in Benchmark courses is an important indicator of your potential to be successful and happy in this major.  Most students who work hard and take advantage of help sources when needed, can be successful -- be sure you are one of them!  

Please review a downloadable copy of this information.  Please note that the semester benchmark requirements refer to the number of semesters in the ENSP Program, not the number of semesters at UMD.

By the end of Semester 2 ENSP major would need to complete the following with a C- or higher:

All ENSP Concentrations                                 

_____ ENSP101 or ____ ENSP 102

_____ MATH 120  or 140  or MATH135 (Biodiversity students only).

And two of:

_____ AREC240 or ____AREC241 or ____ ECON200

_____ BSCI 160/161

_____ CHEM 131/132

_____ ENSP Earth Science with lab

By the end of Semester 4 ENSP major would need to complete the benchmarks above and the following with a C- or higher:

All ENSP Concentrations

_____ ENSP101 and ENSP102

_____ Two ENSP Core Lab Sciences

In addition:  

“Policy-oriented” concentrations:

Culture and Environment, Environmental Economics, Land Use; Environmental Politics & Policy; or Society & Environmental Issues.

_____ ECON201 (if required by the concentration)

_____ Statistics

_____ 6 credits in their prospective concentration

“Science-oriented” concentrations:

Environment and Agriculture; Environmental Geosciences and Restoration; Global Environmental Change; Marine & Coastal Management; or Soil, Water, & Land Resources

must complete three of: 

_____ MATH 121/131/ 141 or appropriate Earth Science course 

_____ CHEM 231/232 or appropriate Earth Science course

 _____PHYS 121 or PHYS161/174 or appropriate Life Science course

Wildlife Ecology and Management and

Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

must complete three of:

_____ CHEM 231/232

_____ BSCI 222

_____ PHYS 121 (Wildlife only)

_____ MATH 136 or MATH141 (Biodiversity only)

Always refer to the advising checklists for your specific concentration as requirements do differ between them!