Credit: 3 graduate 
Instructor(s): James Pritchard

Course Description

The course examines major natural resources laws, emphasizing the federal model. A modified case study approach is used to review legislation and related court cases governing natural resources, including water, minerals, timber, range, wildlife, recreation, and wilderness.

Meeting Place and Times

Participants login to the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to connect at least 4 - 6 times per week and spend at least 8 - 10 hours per week while the course is in session, either online or offline working on course related assignments, to stay current and successfully complete this 3 credit graduate course.


Dr. James Pritchard is an environmental historian, and the author of Preserving Yellowstone’s Natural Conditions (University of Nebraska Press), now out in a paperback second edition.  He taught at Iowa State University for 23 years, in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology & Management, and the Landscape Architecture Department. Pritchard also is affiliated with MSU’s Ivan Doig Center for the Study of the Lands and Peoples of the North American West, where he recently completed a Historical Resource Study for Devils Tower National Monument, National Park Service. In spare hours, he is singing with the Symphonic Choir, biking around town, or out Nordic skiing!


Time Commitment:

8-10 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

See the Online Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid page.

If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedules.

Required Books/Materials

  • Adams, David A.  Renewable Resource Policy: The Legal-Institutional Foundations. 

    Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2007, 1993. 

    ISBN: 9781597261739;  E-book: ISBN: 9781610913102.

Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

For course information: Please contact Marni Rolston 406-994-2029

How to Register

You must be accepted as a student to Montana State University to take this course.

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After your application has been accepted, you will register via MSU's online registration system, MyInfo.

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