Environmental Science Courses Approved for College of 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.