Law Management and Policy

Entry Requirements

A background in government, public policy, or management is required for M.S. and Ph.D. admission to the Law, Management, and Policy Option Area. Students without an undergraduate degree in Political Science, Public Policy, Government, Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, or related field may be granted provisional admission, but will be required to complete coursework (in addition to standard program and option area requirements) that demonstrates a minimum level of competency. This should include: American Government (6 credits @ 400 level) Public Policy (6 credits @ 400 level) or Constitutional Law and Civil Procedure (12 credits @ 900 level, as approved by major advisor)

Subject to approval of the Water Resources Program curriculum committee, other relevant completed courses (or professional experience) may be substituted to meet these requirements.

Common Courses

The following courses are required of both M.S. and Ph.D. students in all of the Water Resources Option Areas.

  • WR 501 Water Resources Seminar (1 cr.)
  • WR 506 Interdisciplinary Methods in Water Resources (3 cr.)
  • WR 507 Integrated Water Resources Projects (3 cr.) *Available spring 2009
  • A 500 level elective in either Engineering & Science or Science & Management Water Resources Option Areas (3 cr. for Ph.D.)

Core Courses

All students in the Water Resources Law, Management & Policy Option Area are required to complete:
Research or Analytical Methods (3 cr. determined in consultation with committee)

The student and committee will select the appropriate mix of Law, Management and Policy courses from the following list. Law students are encouraged to take non-Law courses. Non-law students are encouraged to take courses from at least two disciplines. M.S. students are required to take 6 credits, and Ph.D. students 9 credits from the following:

AGEC 577 Law, Ethics and the Environment (3 cr.)
CSS 573 Planning & Decision Making for Watershed Management (3 cr.)
LAW 942 Water Law I (1 cr.)
LAW 946 Water and Energy Policy Seminar (2 cr.)
LAW 947 Environmental Law (3 cr.)
LAW 951 Environmental Policy (3 cr.)
POLS 554 Public Organization Theory (3 cr.)
POLS 562 Natural Resource Policy (3 cr.)
POLS 572 Local Government Politics & Administration (3 cr.)

Electives for Law, Management & Policy Option Area

As noted, one elective must be in either Engineering & Science or Science & Management Option Areas for PhD students. A core course may be considered an elective course once the core requirements are satisfied. Electives not listed below will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

AGEC 451 Applied Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (3 cr.)
AGEC 531 Economic Analysis of Environmental Policies (3 cr.)
AGEC 532 Natural Resource Economics and Policy (3 cr.)
CSS 510 Applications of Communication Theory in Natural Resources (3 cr.)
CSS 572 Human Dimensions in Restoration Ecology (3 cr.)
CSS 580 Practicum in Restoration Ecology (2 cr.)
ENVS 546 Drinking Water and Human Health (3 cr.)
ENVS 579 Introduction to Environmental Regulation (3 cr.)
FOR 462 Watershed Science and Management (3 cr.)
FOR 585 Natural Resource Policy Analysis (2 cr.)
HIST 524 American Environmental History (3 cr.)
LAW 906 Natural Resources Law Seminar (3 cr.)
LAW 907 Administrative Law (3 cr.)
LAW 934 Land Use Law and Planning
LAW 937 Wildlife Law and Policy (3 cr.)
LAW 938 International Environmental and Water Law (3 cr.)
LAW 939 Law, Science, and the Environment (2 cr.)
LAW 948 Natural Resources Law and Policy (3 cr.)
LAW 949 Native American Law (3 cr.)
LAW 969 Water Law II (2 cr.)
LAW 979 Native American Natural Resources Law (3 cr.)
PHIL 552 Environmental Philosophy (3 cr.)

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