The Associate in Science degree in Conservation Law Enforcement allows students to combine general courses in math and science with specific courses in environmental resources and criminal justice. Enrolled in this degree, students learn about the U.S. criminal justice system, including arrest, trial, incarceration, and rehabilitation/release. They also learn about the duties and functions of various law-enforcement agencies. Working in a natural environment where they apply field-based knowledge and skills, they come to appreciate the importance of natural resources management. During their field work, they identify plant, fish, mammal, and bird species. They also identify and operate equipment commonly used in natural resource fields. Additionally, students engage in projects and internships where they gain practical, hands-on experience with professionals in natural resources and criminal justice.
Upon completion of this degree, students are prepared for employment as conservation officers, game wardens, forest rangers, or park rangers.