Environmental Conflict: Water 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 water-related disputes.

Specialization Requirements

  • You must complete at least 16 credits from the approved list of courses
  • You must take a minimum of eight credits from the Water 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: Water 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.

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.

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).

Apply for the Water Specialization


Decision-Making Processes and Tools Courses

ARCH 531: Community Design

ENVS 555: Sustainability

ENVS 535: Environmental Justice

LAW 610: Environmental Litigation

LAW 664: Administrative Law

LAW 678: Indian Law

LAW 793: Environmental Law

LAW 794: Natural Resources Law

PPPM 525: Project Management

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

Water Expertise Courses 

(you must select at least 8 credits from this subject matter expertise section)

ARCH 507: Sustainable Urbanism

GEOG 565: Environment and Development

LA 559: Water, Sanitation and Health

ENVS 565: Wetland Ecology and Management

GEOG 566: Gender and Environment 

LAW 653: Climate Law & Policy

ENVS 567: Sustainable Agriculture

GEOG 567: International Water Policy

LAW 669: Water Resources Law

GEOG 525: Hydrology and Water Resources

GEOG 568: Contemporary Food Systems

LAW 679: Ocean and Coastal Law

GEOG 542: Urban Geography

LA 510: Sustainable Design Principles and Practices

GEOG 545: Culture, Ethnicity, and Nationalism

LA 510: Urban Sustainability

PPPM 508: Environmental Impact Assessment

GEOG 548: Tourism and Development

LA 540: Intro Land Planning Analysis

PPPM 543: Natural Resource Policy Practices

GEOG 561: Environmental Alteration

LA 541: Principles of Applied Ecology


GEOG 563: Geography, Law and the Environment

LA 559: Stormwater Management


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