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Program Coordinator: Mark Evans
Environmental Resource Management is an interdisciplinary major administered by the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. The major is a program of study that includes coursework in the following areas: (1) physical and life sciences relating to natural resource use; (2) the legal aspects of resource ownership and use; and (3) the economic and political aspects of resource allocation and environmental protection. The program also includes basic skills courses in areas such as communications, computers, statistics, and management.
The major is of sufficient breadth to prepare graduates for entry into a wide range of careers relating to the use, management, and protection of environmental assets. These careers are in areas such as resource analysis and planning, environmental health, compliance, technical and environmental staff support, permitting, and real estate development.
The Hazardous Materials Management concentration articulates with Environmental Technology programs offered by community colleges throughout the United States. The concentration provides competencies relating to environmental compliance, hazardous materials handling and sampling, and safety planning and emergency response. Courses fulfilling requirements for this concentration must be completed at a community college. Distant students can complete the Bachelorís Degree on-line from anywhere in the United States through the Internet.
Note: Courses in this concentration are to be completed at Bakersfield College or another approved community college program.
Land Use Planning and Policy Concentration
SOC 351 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems or
ECON/GEOG 395 Economic Geography
One of the following:
ERM 300 Hazardous Materials Compliance and Safety Management (5)
Basics of prevention planning, hazard assessment, emergency response operations, and hazardous materials and waste compliance. Includes conceptual models of hazard analysis as well as exercises and simulations. Also focuses on the training function in organizations. Satisfies requirements for OSHA 40-hour Hazwoper training. [W00]
ERM 411 Environmental Law I (5)
Traditional and contemporary common law theories, liabilities and remedies, public law, and the structure and power of government entities as legal foundations of environmental law. Topics include: torts, contracts, and property law; criminal law; federal and state constitutional law; public trust doctrine; eminent domain condemnations; inverse condemnation; and the commerce clause. [F00]
ERM 412 Environmental Law II (5)
Administrative law, the legislative process, and rule-making as legal foundations of environmental law. Topics include specific statutory provisions pertaining to project permitting, habitat and endangered species protection, public resource management, pesticides and toxic substances, air and water pollution, remediation, hazardous wastes, and land use controls. Prerequisite: ERM 411 or permission of instructor. [W01]
INST 420 Electronic Legal Research Methods (2)
An introduction to research using electronic resources such as Lexis/Nexis and the Internet. Emphasis will be placed upon effective search strategy development, mastery of search tools, identification of potential resources, and retrieval of pertinent sources. Course will include legal research using Lexis/Nexis. Student will develop familiarity and skills related to search strategy development, search software, Internet navigation, research sites, and other related skills. [S00]
INST 435 Negotiation and Conflict Management (5)
Comprehensive survey of current trends in the theory and practice of negotiation as a means of resolving conflict and reaching agreement. Topics include: internal team management and pre-negotiation analysis; strategies and tactics; context and dynamics; impact of culture, gender, and personality types; follow-up and implementation; multilateral negotiation; and third party intervention. Case studies from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. [S]
ERM 477 Special Topics (1-5)
An in-depth study of an area of land resource management not included in current course offerings. May be repeated for different course content. Prerequisites as announced.
ERM 489 Experiential Prior Learning (variable units)
Evaluation and assessment of learning which has occurred as a result of prior off-campus experience relevant to the curriculum of the department. Requires complementary academic study and/or documentation. Available by petition only, on a credit, no-credit basis. Not open to postgraduate students. Interested students should contact the department office.
ERM 490 Senior Seminar (6 units)
Integration of previous casework utilizing case studies. Emphasis placed on ethics and strategies of negotiation and conflict resolution. Guest speakers on selected topics relating to careers in resource and environmental management. Prerequisite: Senior Standing. [W]
ERM 496 Internship in Environmental Resource Management (1-5)
Internships may be arranged with various businesses or agencies. Supervision of the internship is shared by the field supervisor and course instructor. The focus of the internship must be to develop and/or apply competencies pertinent to careers in environmental policy and compliance. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis. The instructor will determine units of credit and their application.
ERM 497 Cooperative Education (variable units)
The Cooperative Education program offers a sponsored learning experience in a work setting, integrated with a field analysis seminar. The field experience is contracted by the Cooperative Education office on an individual basis, subject to approval by the department. The field experience, including the seminar and reading assignments, is supervised by the cooperative education coordinator and the faculty liaison (or course instructor), working with the field supervisor. Students are expected to enroll in the course for at least two quarters. The determination of course credits, evaluation and grading are the responsibility of the department faculty. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only. Department will determine application of credit.
ERM 499 Individual Study (1-5)
Consent of department required.
ERM 577 Special Topics (1-5)
An in-depth study of an area of environmental compliance and/or policy. May be repeated for different course content. Prerequisites as announced.
ERM 599 Individual Study (1-5)
Consent of program coordinator and instructor required.