EnvS Courses Approved for Law Credit


American Environmental History 

HIST J524, 3 credits | Spring

History of changing American attitudes and actions toward the environment over three centuries.

Applications of Communication Theory in Natural Resource Management 

CSS 510, 3 credits | Spring alternate years

Examination of communication theories and their applications in sustainable natural resource management; emphasis on social psychological approaches to understanding persuasive communication and applications in environmental interpretation and education, marketing, and sustainable development.

Conservation Biology 

WLF 440, 3 credits | Fall

Patterns of biological diversity; factors producing changes in diversity; values of diversity; management principles applied to small populations, protected areas, landscape linkages, biotic integrity, restoration, legal issues, and funding sources. 

Environmental Assessment 

ENVS 544 at Washington State University, 3 credits | Spring

Analysis of environmental impact statements and their legal framework; methods of environmental assessment and team development of an impact statement. Cooperative course taught by WSU, open to UI students.

Environmental Philosophy 

ENVS 552, 3 credits | Fall

Philosophical examination of various ethical, metaphysical, and legal issues concerning humans, nature, and the environment; issues covered may include biodiversity and species protection, animal rights, radical ecology, environmental racism, wilderness theory, population control, and property rights.

Local Government Politics and Administration 

POLS 572, 3 credits | Spring alternate years

Politics, structure, and problems of American cities and other local governments; focus on the urban political economy, the fiscal and social challenges, and the links between public and private sectors; changing social and political functions of American cities and metropolitan fragmentation. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit

Natural Resource Policy 

POLS 562, 3 credits | Spring alternate years

Political and institutional context for making natural resource policy; emphasis on interaction between private and public sectors and the federal, state, and tribal governments, including an examination of topical issues in natural resource politics.

Natural Resource Policy Development 

FOR 584, 3 credits | Fall

The development of natural resource policy with emphasis on the policy process at the federal level in the U.S.; the role of and interrelationships between staff, committees, agencies and elected officials; the relationship of science and scientists with policy and politicians in the development of natural resource policy, including preparation of testimony related to natural resource science and policy issues; implementation of policy within the natural resource agencies and judicial interpretation of major natural resource policies in the U.S.

Planning & Decision Making for Watershed Management

 CSS 573, 3 credits | Fall

Focus on ecological and human factors in process-oriented approaches to watershed analysis and planning for effective decision-making; emphasis on practical applications of current tools and approaches, e.g., GIS, MAU Theory, collaborative management.

Public Involvement in Natural Resource Management 

CSS 486, 3 credits | Spring alternate years

Theoretical and applied concepts of public involvement in both public and private sectors of natural resource management; historical and legal mandates, government agency responsibilities, applied methods and techniques, case studies, and practical experience. Three lectures and three hours of lab a week; field trip may be required.