ENV 6050 Environmental Administrative Law
This class examines how administrative agencies at the federal and state levels make environmental policy decisions, and how other agencies, corporations, nonprofits, and private individuals can influence those decisions. The class analyzes the administrative process, rule-making and adjudicative procedures, official notice-and-comment standards, and judicial review of agency decisions. Students will also study how legislative directives are translated into regulations, and the limitations on agency action.
 
 
ENV 5070 Regional Analysis of Global Environmental Issues
This course will provide an overview of the science behind several major global environmental issues within the context of the physical environment of Earth, and link these issues to local and regional manifestations. Topics of interest may include global climate change, resource extraction, water quality, urbanization, geohazards, and pollution; however, the topic selection will be student driven. The main goal of the course is for students to engage in rigorous analyses of regional data that can be compared with global trends and analyses and participate in peer-review discussion of regional examples.
 
ENV 6070 Public Resource Management
Students in this course will focus on the management of federal lands throughout the United States, and the method by which different agencies manage these lands. Students review public policy and current management regimes for forests, grasslands, mineral and coastal resources with primary focus on the lands administered by the United States Forest Service and agencies within the Department of Interior. Also covered are the multiple management options for these areas, including resource-extraction, recreation, wildlife and wilderness management regimes, and consider the statutes that control— and sometimes conflict with—such management strategies.
 
ENV 6073 Wildlife Law
This course will review the major statutes and agencies that control and manage wildlife at the state, national, and international levels. With particular emphasis on the intersection of multiple management agencies and statutory responsibilities, students will consider the network of competing protections and jurisdictions that impact wildlife management in the United States. The class will also consider larger biodiversity protection regimes that sometimes conflict with traditional wildlife management. Specific emphasis will be placed on research requirements around wildlife, including collection permits, endangered species and invasive transportation regulations, and international trade treaties.
 
 
Environmental Studies
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ENV 5040 Bioregional Theory and Practice
The central goal of this course is to provide students with the experience and direction necessary to understand the multidimensional complexity of their home bioregions in a comprehensive fashion. This will require that each student research the natural and cultural histories of her local ecosystem, compiling a thorough annotated bibliography of resources that provide an enhanced understanding of the region’s geology, botany, and wildlife biology, as well as human population dynamics, cultural practices, and environmental impacts. As a part of this project, students will identify contemporary environmental issues and professional resources in the local bioregion.
 
ENV 5015 Environmental History and Philosophy
This course provides a systematic historical and philosophical analysis of prevailing Western perspectives of the environment. Drawing on the work of historians such as Max Oelschlaeger, Carolyn Merchant, and Donald Worster, students will begin by exploring the Classical and Judeo-Christian roots of Western thought, after which they will consider how attitudes toward the nonhuman world have evolved since the collapse of the hierarchically structured Medieval world and in the wake of modern science. Students will trace current debates in environmental ethics and history through journals of record in these fields, honing their skills in research and argumentation before defending their own solutions to environmental problems in their local bioregions. 
 
BIO 5010 Natural Systems Ecology
This course provides a rigorous overview of six major organizing areas for study of ecology: physiological ecology, dynamics of energy and element cycles, population ecology, population interactions, community ecology, and evolutionary ecology—the latter especially as it is relates to conservation issues. Each major section of the course begins with one or more case studies, then proceeds to the theoretical underpinnings that allow us to understand the ecological processes in question. Students will read a body of current literature and produce a significant paper centered on ecological issues of their bioregion. This course may be waived if the student has a minimum of two ecology courses at the undergraduate level, at least one of which is upper level.
 
ENV 5011 Environmental Law and Policy
This course is an introduction to the laws and policies pertaining to issues such as population, energy, pollution, land management, waste disposal, economic growth, and ecosystem management, as well as some of the theoretical underpinnings of how economic and ecological burdens and benefits are distributed within society. Students will consider historic and modern common-law mechanisms for managing land use, and modern environmental statutes including federal land management regimes, consumer protection statutes, pollution prevention regimes, and the intersection of energy regulation and transportation law with environmental laws. Using the National Environmental Policy Act’s Environmental Impact Statement process as an organizing principle, students will consider a variety of environmental issues, statutes, and case law concerning environmental regulation in the United States.
 
 
ENV 5020 Environmental Leadership and Community Involvement
This course will examine theories of leadership, group and community dynamics, grassroots and community organizing, and methods of dispute resolution. Students will first examine historic social conflicts and the mechanisms that ultimately resolved those conflicts, with particular focus on the labor, consumer, and environmental movements, and international differences in the ways such movements played out in disparate political and social systems. Through extensive use of case studies and simulations, students will compare traditional methods of resolving disputes (from violence to litigation) to Alternative Dispute Resolution processes (negotiation, mediation, arbitration, etc.), and analyze decision-making by parties, judges, policy-makers, and neutral third-party decision makers.
 
ENV 6010 Practicum
The practicum is an applied experience in which the student is expected to integrate herself into a community of professionals in her local bioregion. The student will construct a working and learning environment in which knowledge and skills gained from graduate courses (and personal experiences) are brought to bear on a significant issue or set of issues, within the context of the student’s Environmental Studies concentration. Final products of the practicum will vary, depending upon track and goals as stated by the student in the practicum proposal. In cases where a student is already well-integrated into the local community of professionals, the practicum can be waived and an additional elective taken to complete the 36 hour credit count. Prerequisite: Completion of core and context courses; approval of practicum proposal by Program Director prior to enrollment.