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ENV 210 - Environmental Issues & Policy

This course is designed to provide students an introduction in Environmental Policy through the discussion of several environmental issues.  Students will read and discuss case studies that illustrate the science and politics of environmental policies.  A course capstone project will include the analysis of a current environmental policy.

Credits: 3
3 Class Hours
Course Profile
Learning Outcomes of the Course:

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the structure of government in the United States as it relates to environmental policy.
  2. Provide a brief summary of the history of environmental policy in the United States.
  3. Articulate the various policy options lawmakers use to develop environmental policy and achieve environmental goals.
  4. Explain the economic implications of environmental policy.
  5. Articulate the pressures a rising population puts on the environment.
  6. List policies related to population control.
  7. Explain the difference between preservation and conservation and compare and contrast related policies.
  8. Identify policies related to ecosystem management.
  9. Analyze the policy options related to Climate Change.
  10. Summarize the current Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, including the current scientific evidence supporting climate change.
  11. Explain the impacts of a loss of biodiversity and the influence of non-profit agencies with lobbying functions related to environmental policy.
  12. Identify policies related to chemicals and the role of the EPA in regulation of chemicals.
  13. Summarize the concept of environmental ethics and environmental justice.
  14. Analyze an Environmental Policy.
  15. Prepare an Environmental Policy Brief.