Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Natural Resource Policy Analyses

 Title Abbreviation:   NAT RESOURCE POLICY ANAL

 Department:    ENVC

 Course #:    412

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    030101

 EPC:    16B

 REV:    2018

 Course Description  

Course evaluates and analyzes a broad range of contemporary natural resource policies, case studies, and controversies using bioeconomic resource management models. Topics include wildlife and fisheries policies, forestry policies, tropical deforestation, water rights/management policies, endangered species and nature preservation a, and sustainable development.


Prerequisite: Admission to BASEC or Department Chair permission.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Trace the development of environment of thought and describe how terms like wilderness, conservation, and ecosystem science have changed in the past 150 years.
  2. Describe how the natural resource and environmental policy making process works.
  3. Differentiate between natural resource management agencies and regulatory agencies.
  4. Explain the role of interest groups, administrative agencies, and Congress in the policy making process.
  5. Apply basic analytical concepts and tools to systematically analyze and evaluate consequences of natural resource and environmental policy decisions.
  6. Evaluate the consequences of federal and state policies on natural resource and environmental issues.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

Course Contents

  1. Overview of natural resource economics.
  2. The natural resource economics discipline.
  3. World views of natural resource economics.
  4. Classifying natural resource economics.
  5. State and federal policy making processes.
  6. History of natural resource management and conservation.
  7. Equity issues and environmental justice.
  8. Interest groups and lobbying in the natural resource management arena.