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Acquire the skills to understand and comply with the numerous environmental regulations in California, including CEQA, NEPA, Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act and more with UC Davis Extension’s natural resources courses. Learn resource management techniques and best practices for California’s natural resources including groundwater, streambeds, wetlands and other ecosystems. Courses are taught by expert practitioners in the field and may be taken individually or as electives in the Land Use and Environmental Planning Certificate.

Certificate program students: If you want to apply any of the courses on this page as electives in the Land Use and Environmental Planning Certificate Program, please call (530) 757-8878 to make sure the courses you are interested in qualify as electives as some restrictions do apply.

Sections Open for Enrollment

Course Title Online Start Datesort descending Enroll
Understanding the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: An Overview of Delta Governance and Regulation
06/05/2018 Enroll Now
Bicycle Planning in Transportation Planning
06/21/2018 Enroll Now
Development Agreements, Public-Private Partnerships and Redevelopment 2.0
07/13/2018 Enroll Now
Special Status Amphibians and Reptiles of California
07/19/2018 Enroll Now
CEQA: A Step-by-Step Approach
07/27/2018 Enroll Now
CEQA and Climate Change: An In-Depth Update
08/01/2018 Enroll Now
Writing for Planners, Engineers and Policymakers
08/02/2018 Enroll Now
Habitat Conservation Plan Implementation
08/10/2018 Enroll Now
Vested Rights, Vesting Maps and Development Agreements
08/17/2018 Enroll Now
Public Real Estate Transactions
08/24/2018 Enroll Now
Planning and Sustainability Online Information Session
08/29/2018 Enroll Now
Introduction to Fluvial Geomorphology
09/13/2018 Enroll Now
Developing Groundwater Sustainability Plans: Strategies and Process
09/19/2018 Enroll Now
Updating Transportation Analysis in CEQA: How to Effectively Implement SB 743
09/20/2018 Enroll Now
Mitigation and Conservation Banking
09/26/2018 Enroll Now
Successful CEQA Compliance: An Intensive Two-Day Seminar
09/27/2018 Enroll Now
CEQA: A Step-by-Step Approach
10/17/2018 Enroll Now
Wetlands Regulation and Mitigation
10/24/2018 Enroll Now
Sustainable Transportation
10/26/2018 Enroll Now
Habitat Conservation Planning and Natural Community Conservation Permitting
11/01/2018 Enroll Now
EIR/EIS Preparation and Review
11/28/2018 Enroll Now
Air Quality Analysis
11/29/2018 Enroll Now
Water Quality Regulation and Permitting
12/07/2018 Enroll Now

Courses Not Currently Scheduled

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Adaptive Management for Environmental ProfessionalsNotify Me
Advanced NEPANotify Me
Advanced NEPA Roundtable: Solutions for Addressing Challenging IssuesNotify Me
Advancing Your Career as an Environmental ProfessionalNotify Me
Airports and Land Use Compatibility PlanningNotify Me
Annual Land Use Law Review and UpdateNotify Me
Bald and Golden Eagle Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act ComplianceNotify Me
Caltrans Environmental Compliance: Categorical Exemptions and Categorical ExclusionsNotify Me
CEQA Update, Issues and TrendsNotify Me
Clean Water Act Section 404: Nationwide and Other Specialized PermitsNotify Me
Clean Water Act, Section 404: Nationwide and Other Specialized Permits for CA State ParksNotify Me
Climate Action Planning and ImplementationNotify Me
Community Involvement and Communication in PlanningNotify Me
Cultural Resource Management: CEQA, NEPA and Section 106Notify Me
Developing and Writing Effective CEQA DocumentsNotify Me
Ecosystem Services and MarketsNotify Me
Endangered Species Regulation and ProtectionNotify Me
Environmental Justice and NEPA: Overview and Update on Recent DevelopmentsNotify Me
Environmental Planning and Site AnalysisNotify Me
Financial Aspects of PlanningNotify Me
Groundwater Law and HydrologyNotify Me
Groundwater Management: Management Alternatives and TechniquesNotify Me
Integrating Climate Action and Resiliency into the Planning ProcessNotify Me
Introduction to Freshwater EcologyNotify Me
Introduction to NEPANotify Me
Introduction to NEPANotify Me
LAFCO: Planning and Regulating the Boundaries and Service Areas of Cities and Special Districts in CaliforniaNotify Me
Land Preservation TechniquesNotify Me
Land Use and Environmental Planning in the Era of Climate ChangeNotify Me
Land Use Planning for Non-Planners: An Introduction to Planning in CaliforniaNotify Me
Mitigation Measure Development and MonitoringNotify Me
NEPA Case Law and Policy UpdateNotify Me
NEPA Overview and RefresherNotify Me
Overview of California Water Law and PolicyNotify Me
Overview of Environmental StatisticsNotify Me
Overview of Environmental StatisticsNotify Me
Planning and Environmental LawNotify Me
Planning and Mitigation on Tribal LandsNotify Me
Planning in California: An OverviewNotify Me
Planning Tools to Create Healthy CommunitiesNotify Me
Politics and PolicymakingNotify Me
Practical Guide to Updating the General Plan and Preparing Specific PlansNotify Me
Project Planning for Permit IntegrationNotify Me
Redesigning the Zoning OrdinanceNotify Me
Salmon BiologyNotify Me
Spawning Habitat RestorationNotify Me
Specialized Study Program in Sustainable Groundwater ManagementNotify Me
Streambank Assessment and RestorationNotify Me
Subdivision Map Act Part I & IINotify Me
Subdivision Map Act: Part INotify Me
Subdivision Map Act: Part IINotify Me
Sustainable Erosion Control: Effective BMPsNotify Me
The General Plan in CaliforniaNotify Me
The Intersection Between Transportation and Land UseNotify Me
Thresholds of Significance in Environmental PlanningNotify Me
Tribal Water Law and PolicyNotify Me
Urban Planning and Design StudioNotify Me
Using Master Plans, Specific Plans and Community Plans to Create Great PlacesNotify Me



“I chose Land Use and Natural Resources at UC Davis Extension for its cutting-edge curriculum, the quality of its instructors and its reputation among professionals.”

Katie Kolitsos, Land Use and Environmental Planning Certificate Program graduate

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