2022-2023 College Catalog 
    May 30, 2024  
2022-2023 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Conservation Law Enforcement, A.S.

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Department Chairperson - Dr. J. Michael Engle

Conservation Law Enforcement is a two year degree designed to prepare students for careers in conservation law, including those students who wish to apply to the Ross Leffler School of Conservation, Pennsylvania’s conservation officer training academy. Students will learn a mixture of basic biology and ecology combined with additional exposure to law enforcement practice and theory. Students who wish to continue their education following completion of the Associate of Science in Conservation Law Enforcement may apply for a 2+2 program that will enable those students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management as well.

Program Goals and Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate effective use of ecological principles in both an ecological and law enforcement setting.
  2. Communicate effectively in both oral and written formats for both professional and lay audiences.
  3. Demonstrate expertise in the use of appropriate technologies common to the field.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the ecological principles that underlie the laws being enforced.
  5. Demonstrate an awareness of local and global political concerns and ethical issues associated with the field of conservation law.

Requirements for Admission

  1. Completion of high school coursework in biology, chemistry, and algebra with a “C” or better.


Core Course Requirements


Art/English/Music/Theatre/Social Science


History/Political Science


Information Communication Technologies

Religious Studies/Philosophy

  • RLST  3 Credits

Cultural Diversity

  • Cultural Diversity  3 Credits

Total Credits in Core: 26 Credits

Total Credits in Major: 27 Credits

(Includes 3 credit in the core)

Other Required Coursework

Total Credits in Other Required Coursework: 7 Credits

Total Credits for Free Electives: 3 Credits

Total Credits for Degree: 60 Credits

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