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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
CEQA Update, Issues and Trends
03/02/2018 Enroll Now
Planning and Environmental Law
03/08/2018 Enroll Now
Sustainable Transportation
03/09/2018 Enroll Now
Using Specific Plans to Create Great Communities
03/14/2018 Enroll Now
LAFCO: Planning and Regulating the Boundaries and Service Areas of Cities and Special Districts in California
03/16/2018 Enroll Now
Mitigation and Conservation Banking
03/22/2018 Enroll Now
Annual Land Use Law Review and Update
03/23/2018 Enroll Now
Clean Water Act Section 404: Nationwide and Other Specialized Permits
03/27/2018 Enroll Now
CEQA: A Step-by-Step Approach
04/09/2018 Enroll Now
Thresholds of Significance in Environmental Planning
04/11/2018 Enroll Now
Planning and Sustainability Online Information Session
04/12/2018 Enroll Now
Cultural Resource Management: CEQA, NEPA and Section 106
04/18/2018 Enroll Now
Groundwater Management: Alternatives and Techniques
04/18/2018 Enroll Now
The General Plan in California
04/20/2018 Enroll Now
Ecosystem Services and Markets
04/26/2018 Enroll Now
Urban Planning and Design Studio
04/26/2018 Enroll Now
Subdivision Map Act: Part I
05/02/2018 Enroll Now
Introduction to Freshwater Ecology
05/03/2018 Enroll Now
The Intersection Between Transportation and Land Use
05/03/2018 Enroll Now
Developing and Writing Effective CEQA Documents
05/09/2018 Enroll Now
Community Involvement and Communication in Planning
05/17/2018 Enroll Now
Planning Tools to Create Healthy Communities
05/23/2018 Enroll Now
Understanding the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: An Overview of Delta Governance and Regulation
06/05/2018 Enroll Now
Overview of Environmental Statistics
06/06/2018 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
Public Real Estate Transactions
08/24/2018 Enroll Now

Available Waiting Lists

Courses Not Currently Scheduled

Course Titlesort descendingNotify Me
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
Air Quality AnalysisNotify Me
Bald and Golden Eagle Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act ComplianceNotify Me
Bicycle Planning in Transportation PlanningNotify Me
Caltrans Environmental Compliance: Categorical Exemptions and Categorical ExclusionsNotify Me
CEQA and Climate Change: An In-Depth UpdateNotify Me
Clean Water Act, Section 404: Nationwide and Other Specialized Permits for CA State ParksNotify Me
Climate Action Planning and ImplementationNotify Me
Development Agreements, Public-Private Partnerships and Redevelopment 2.0Notify Me
EIR/EIS Preparation and ReviewNotify Me
Environmental Justice and NEPA: Overview and Update on Recent DevelopmentsNotify Me
Environmental Planning and Site AnalysisNotify Me
Groundwater Law and HydrologyNotify Me
Habitat Conservation Plan ImplementationNotify Me
Habitat Conservation PlanningNotify Me
Integrating Climate Action and Resiliency into the Planning ProcessNotify Me
Introduction to NEPANotify Me
Introduction to NEPANotify 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 Fluvial GeomorphologyNotify Me
Planning and Mitigation on Tribal LandsNotify Me
Planning in California: An OverviewNotify 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 IINotify Me
Successful CEQA Compliance: An Intensive Two-Day SeminarNotify Me
Sustainable Erosion Control: Effective BMPsNotify Me
Tribal Water Law and PolicyNotify Me
Updating Transportation Analysis in CEQA: How to Effectively Implement SB 743Notify Me
Vested Rights, Vesting Maps and Development AgreementsNotify Me
Wetlands Regulation and MitigationNotify Me
Writing for Planners, Engineers and PolicymakersNotify 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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