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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

LawShelf Educational Media | Evaluated Learning Experience

Basics of Environmental Law (GOV-202)


Various (self-study, self-paced).

Various; distance learning format.

June 2021 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: Differentiate between the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act; Articulate how these laws are administered by the Environmental Protection Agency; Describe how the Clean Air Act has played a critical role in improving and maintaining air quality nationwide; Describe the common law foundation for environmental actions based on trespass, public nuisance, private nuisance, and strict liability; Explain how the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act form the backbone of our nation’s system of environmental protection; Explain how anti—SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation,) laws protect people who file lawsuits against big companies for environmental and other injuries.


This course takes the student through the federal laws and regulations that seek to protect our environment. It discusses landmark legislation such as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act, as well as how these laws are administered by the Environmental Protection Agency. 

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate degree category, 2 semester hours in Introduction to Environmental Law, Environmental Studies and Environmental Protection (6/21).