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Environmental Conflict: Land Use Specialization

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The graduate specializations in environmental conflicts are intended to provide you with an understanding of the participatory processes, decision-making constraints, and tools to address environmental disputes. This specialization provides further context on land use disputes.

Specialization Requirements

  • You must complete at least 16 credits from the approved list of courses
  • You must take a minimum of 8 credits from the Land Use Subject Matter Expertise Area
  • If you wish to pursue multiple specializations, you may only apply one course to meet requirements for both specializations.  E.g., if a second specialization consists of 4, 4-credit courses, 12 of those credits must be unique from the first specialization. 
  • You must be accepted to and enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program at the University of Oregon.
  • Specialization Application and Declaration of Specialization forms must be submitted before the start of the final term. Specialization Applications and/or Declaration of Specialization forms submitted during the final term will not be accepted.
  • All courses which are being applied to the specialization must be completed with grades of B or better, or Pass.

Note: CRES students cannot apply CRES core courses toward the Environmental Conflict: Land Use Specialization. 

How to Apply for a Specialization

You are strongly encouraged to select courses that offer a breadth or depth in abstract and contextualized theory, knowledge, skills, and perspectives appropriate for advancing the students’ academic and career goals. You should consult with your faculty advisor on appropriate courses.

  1. Review the specialization requirements.
  2. Complete the Specialization Application.
  3. Once approved by your Department Head and a CRES Faculty Director, the CRES Program Manager will review your application.
  4. You will be notified via your UO email of the specialization admittance decision of the CRES Program/Law School.

If you are a JD or LL.M. student who is planning to enroll in term-based courses OR you are a term-based student who is planning to enroll in semester-based courses (any LAW courses listed below) please contact Law School Registrar Elaine Seyman (elaines@uoregon.edu)

Specialization applications must be submitted via the online form to the CRES Office no later than the Friday prior to the term which you would like to declare the specialization. Forms submitted after that date, will automatically be considered for the next academic term.

Apply for the Land Use Specialization


Decision-Making Processes and Tools Courses

ARCH 531: Community Design

ENVS 535: Environmental Justice

ENVS 555: Sustainability

PPPM 525: Project Management

LAW 610: Environmental Litigation

LAW 664: Administrative Law

LAW 678: Indian Law

LAW 793: Environmental Law

LAW 794: Natural Resources Law

PPPM 528: Strategic Planning Management

PPPM 548: Collaborative Planning and Management

PPPM 552: Public Participation in Diverse Communities

PPPM 565: Program Evaluation

PS 577: International Environmental Politics

Land Use Expertise Courses

AAAP 511: Introduction to Historic Preservation

GEOG 565: Environment and Development

LAW 688: Hazardous Waste Law

AAAP 541: Legal Issues in Historic Preservation

GEOG 566: Gender and Environment

LAW 794: Natural Resources Law

ARCH 507: Sustainable Urbanism

LA 510: Sustainable Design Principles and Practices

PPPM 507: Hazard Mitigation

ARCH 530: Architectural Contexts: Place & Culture

LA 510: Urban Sustainability

PPPM 507: Land Use Policy

ENVS 567: Sustainable Agriculture

LA 513: Analyzing Land Systems

GEOG 542: Urban Geography

LA 540: Intro Land Planning Analysis

PPPM 508: Environmental Impact Assessment

GEOG 545: Culture, Ethnicity, and Nationalism

LA 541: Principles of Applied Ecology

PPPM 538: Transportation Issues in Planning

GEOG 548: Tourism and Development

LA 594: Land Planning and Design

PPPM 541: Growth Management

GEOG 561: Environmental Alteration

LAW 668: Land Use Law

SOC 616: Environmental Sociology

GEOG 563: Geography, Law, and the Environment

LAW 678: Indian Law


Steps to Update an Approved Course of Study:

If you have already been accepted into the Specialization, would like to change your proposed course of study, contact the CRES department.

Faculty Highlight

Todd Jarvis

Pro Tem Instructor and Director of the Institute for Water & Watersheds at Oregon State University

Professor Todd Jarvis brings vast practical environmental conflict resolution knowledge to the CRES program at U. of Oregon. Todd is a consulting groundwater hydrologist with over 30 years of experience working for global water/wastewater engineering and groundwater engineering firms. He also worked as an expert witness and provided litigation support on groundwater rights and water well construction in the western US before becoming enlightened as a licensed and insured mediator in the US. Professor Jarvis teaches CRES 660: Environmental Conflict Resolution.

With professional licenses as a Certified Engineering Geologist, Certified Water Right Examiner, and Certified Mediator, Todd’s interests include transboundary aquifers, groundwater and water well conflict resolution. He is a consultant to UNESCO-IHE in Delft where he teaches Environmental Conflict Resolution. He served on the Oregon State Board of Geologists Examiners through an appointment by former Governor Kitzhaber. Todd received his training as a geologist and hydrogeologist from the University of Wyoming and his PhD in Resource Geography from Oregon State University.


Todd Jarvis