Instructor: Dr. L. S. Jernigan, Jr.
Office: 2231 Oxendine
Phone: 910-521-6884

Course Description

This course is an overview of major federal and state environmental legislation. Topics covered will include agriculture, air and water pollution, hazardous waste, wetlands, endangered species, multiple use management, the governmental agencies responsible for administering/enforcing these laws, and private environmental organizations that affect policy decisions.

Course Objectives

As a part of the Environmental Science curriculum, this course will provide a general knowledge of environmental laws and regulations that are designed to protect various environments and species. This course should enable you to understand key principles and terminology fundamental to environmental protection. You should gain a working knowledge of the major environmental legislation and its effectiveness. We will examine specific case studies to illustrate the intent of the laws and their achieved outputs.


Class attendance is required and will be monitored. Regardless of the reason, when a student is absent from class, he/she is still responsible for any material covered, announcements, handouts, or tests. Students are allowed absence from two weeks of class meetings without a penalty. Two weeks of class meetings are defined as 6 class periods for a MWF class or 4 class periods for MF or TR class. Excused absences do not exist. Tardiness and leaving early will result in penalty absences (3 late arrivals, 3 early departures or a combination of the two that totals 3 will equal 1 absence). For each class period missed in excess of the above mentioned allowance, 1.5 points will be deducted from the student’s final average.

Course Requirements and Evaluation

Always bring your textbook to class. Students should complete assigned readings prior to the topics being covered in class. Student participation during lectures is expected and encouraged. Students are responsible for being aware of any changes in course schedule or content announced during their absences.

Student performance will be evaluated via 2 exams (25% each), written report/presentation (20%), and a final exam (30%). Make-up of a missed exam or assignment will be allowed for reasonable excuses and will only be given at the end of the semester. Attendance, attitude, and evidence of effort will be considered in determining final grades in borderline cases. You should read and be familiar with the UNC-P Honor Code in the Student Handbook.

Exams will cover lecture notes, assigned readings, and any additional handouts. The format of the exams will be multiple choice and discussion questions.

The course grading scale is as follows (same as the university):

A = 93 - 100 A- = 90 - 92
B+ = 87 - 89 B = 83 - 86 B- = 80 - 82
C+ = 77 - 79 C = 73 - 76 C- = 70 - 72
D+ = 67 - 69 D = 63 - 66 D- = 60 - 62
F = below 60

Disability Support Services

Any student with a documented disability needing academic adjustments is requested to speak directly to Disability Support Services and the instructor, as early in the semester (preferably within the first class week) as possible. All discussions will remain confidential. Please contact Mary Helen Walker, Disability Support Services, DF Lowry Bldg., 521-6695.

This syllabus is available in alternative formats upon request. Please contact Mary Helen Walker, Disability Support Services, DF Lowry Bldg., 521-6695.

Dr. L. S. Jernigan, Oxendine 2231, Phone: 521-6884

Week Beginning

Lecture Topic

Text Chapters

15 Aug

Syllabus and Introduction


22 Aug

Need for Environmental Regulations & History; Perspectives

1 & 2

29 Aug

Practice of Environmental Protection


5 Sep

Monday=Labor Day Holiday; Entities Involved in Envrironmental Regulation (Government and Private)


12 Sep

EXAM 1; What is regulated? Air Pollution


19 Sep

Water Pollution; Toxic Substances

5 & 6

26 Sep

Waste Management; Natural Resources

7 & 9

3 Oct

Environmental Impact Statements


10 Oct

Exam 2; Thursday & Friday = Mid-semester Break

17 Oct

Jurisdictional Conflicts; Reaction of the regulated public

24 Oct

Interaction of private environmental groups with regulatory agencies

31 Oct
Student Presentations

7 Nov

Student Presentations

14 Nov

Student Presentations

21 Nov

Intent, Interpretation, and Implementation

28 Nov

Employment Opportunities; Dec 2 = Last Day of Classes


FINAL EXAM - Mon. - Dec 5 - 11 am


Lecture Text: Environmental Law and Policy, by James Salzman and Barton H. Thompson, Jr., Foundation Press

Lecture: Oxendine 2237 (VTC Room)