Environmental Policy

Sample courses for an Environmental Policy focus

Please note:
These are an example of the courses that would fulfill this complimentary policy requirement.
We cannot guarantee when or if these courses will be offered.


*343. Natural Resource Economics. (3)
Use and management of natural resources and systems useful to humans. Issues include: why natural resources are important, economic growth impact, optimal exploitation and identification and management of environmental concerns.

544. Environmental Economics. (3)
Causes and consequences of environmental externalities. Design and implementation of alternative policy instruments. Theory and methods to measure economic value of market and non-market environmental services.

American Studies

520. Topics in Environmental and Social Justice. (3)
Graduate study of subjects in Environmental and Social Justice. Content varies by semester and topics may include: science/technology studies, environmental justice, political economy of nature, environmental social movements, race and nature, law and violence.


*450. Hazards and Disasters [Environmental Hazards]. (3) 
This seminar explores how power and space together shape contemporary sociocultural, political, and ecological worlds. Focal topics and theoretical approaches will vary each semester. 

461 / 561. Environmental Management. (3)
Examination of critical issues of environmental degradation in global and local system related to: air and water pollution, soil erosion, deforestation, strip mining, over dependence on fossil fuels and improper management of toxic and other wastes. Appraisal of the conservation methods and policies applied to these issues and the outlook for the future.

462 / 562. Water Governance [Water Resources Management]. (3)
In this class, we view political considerations as inherent in water management and unavoidable. This focus on politics before technical water resource manipulation is what we call water governance, compared to traditional "water resource management". 

515. Seminar in Geographies of Power [Cultural and Political Ecology]. (3, may be repeated once Δ [3])
This seminar explores how power and space together shape contemporary sociocultural, political, and ecological worlds. Focal topics and theoretical approaches will vary each semester.

516. Seminar: Globalization and Development [Seminar in Globalization]. (3)
This course investigates development and globalization as inter-related processes that have transformed many societies and created a global economy and society. It grapples with ideas of development from different perspectives, including geography, anthropology, and economics.


528. Green Economy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. (3)
This course will address various dimensions, challenges, and opportunities permeating the global green economy, paying heed to the key drivers of the global green economy. In addition, the course also showcases New Mexico's expanding green economy.

653. Environmental Sustainability and Business. (3)
Intensive study of environmental responsibilities and effective strategies for environmental protection by corporations and other organizations. Topics range from current challenges to address environmental issues to innovative works of advanced thinkers about the natural environment.


433 [433 / 633]. U.S. Environmental History. (3)
Examines the environmental transformation of the United States from the colonial era to the present day. Focus on the ecological consequences of colonial encounters; shifting links between cultures, markets and the land; changing ideas and politics of nature; and the environmental impacts and inequalities of urban-industrial life.


Law 580. Environmental Law

Law 593. Natural Resources and Environment Law Clinic

Community Regional Planning

516 / 416. The Natural History of Watersheds: A Field Approach. (3)
Taught completely in the field, we will evaluate the ecological health of three watersheds, exploring what John Muir described as the interconnectedness that ties everything together on this water planet.

525 / 425. Water and Energy in New Mexico: Conversations on Our Common Future. (3)
This course presents research, issues and perspectives about water and energy in New Mexico. It includes a speaker series with key experts from New Mexico's academic, government, research, nonprofit, and business communities.

527 / 427. Watershed Management. (3)
An introduction to the watershed as a rational planning unit, with case studies to illustrate principles of resource inventory, identification of land use problems and the formulation of plans for protection and rehabilitation.

532. Foundations of Natural Resources. (3)
A foundation for applying planning concepts and analytical techniques to natural systems in regions. Ecology and environmental policy, land suitability analysis, natural resources accounting and impact assessment.

Water Resources

571. Water Resources I: Contemporary Issues. (4)
Students examine contemporary issues in water resource systems, including water quality; ecosystem health; stakeholder concerns; economics; and water supply, policy, management and allocation. Emphasis on teamwork, cooperation, and oral, written and graphic communication.

572. Water Resources II: Models. (4)
Practical aspects of the different technical models used by water resource professionals: hydrological, economic, ecological, etc. Students use models to solve problems. Emphasis on oral, written and graphic communication.