This course will provide an introduction to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), including policies, procedures, and environmental documents necessary for successful compliance. It is primarily designed for new and mid-level NEPA practitioners and will inform agency staff, consultants, regulators, applicants and other interested professionals about best NEPA practices. NEPA is a far-reaching law that applies to virtually all U.S. federal agencies and most activities that affect the environment. Many state, local, and private undertakings must be evaluated pursuant to NEPA if they receive federal funding, require federal permits or would take place on federal land. Course topics include:

  • NEPA’s legal and regulatory framework

  • Determining whether NEPA applies to a proposed action

  • Key steps in the NEPA environmental review process

  • Determining which type of NEPA document to prepare

  • Scoping for NEPA analyses

  • Successful integration of NEPA with other environmental laws

  • Direct, indirect, and cumulative impact analysis

  • Determining significance of impacts

  • Developing and evaluating a reasonable range of alternatives

  • Writing adequate and feasible mitigation measures

  • Legal adequacy of NEPA documents and NEPA case law

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Instruction Method
Online class

Section Notes

Enroll now through April 5, 2021. Access to your course will be available on the course’s start date. This online class is self-paced. Participants should expect to spend roughly six hours working on the class between April 5-30, 2021.

To receive credit for this online course, students must view all lesson presentations and attempt all associated self-assessment quizzes. Students who do not complete these requirements will be assigned a grade of "NS" (No Show), making them ineligible for any available course credits (CEUs, AICP).

Enrollment Policies

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Technical Requirements

To ensure your success in this online course, please review our technical requirements page


Group Discount

Groups of three or more, enrolled at the same time with a single payment method may receive a 10% discount on each enrollment.  Contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services office to enroll your group: (530) 757-8777.

Info Session Discount

Attendees of UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Information Sessions may be eligible for $100 discount on a class by entering the Coupon Code provided at the Information Session.  Contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services office, at (800) 752-0881, if you have questions about this discount.

CAAA Member Discount

Current members of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association and other UC alumni associations receive $50 off the course fee. If you don't have your association discount code contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services at (800) 752-0881.

Capitol Corridor Rider

Capitol Corridor riders are eligible for a one-time $100 discount on a UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education course (some exceptions apply). The Discount Code is available on the UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education course page on the Capitol Corridor’s onboard Wifi system.