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Hybrid Learning Fall 2022 In-Person Courses

Unity College offers students unparalleled affordability and flexibility through our immersive 5-week courses. Learn online and take optional in-person courses that suit your schedule.  All courses are for 3 credits unless indicated. Courses that will be offered in Fall 2022: 

Course Descriptions

Leaf Identification

BI 205 Canopy to Ground Cover: Plants of New England Forests and Fields

Plants give structure to ecosystems and support the wildlife species within them. In this course, students will study how key aspects of plant biology interact with environmental conditions to influence plant growth, distribution, and abundance, and consider how these factors affect wildlife. Throughout the course, students will learn to identify and characterize trees and non-woody plant species representing plant families found in the region’s diverse habitats.

Equivalencies: BI 201 Biology and Identification of Wildlife Plants & BI 204 Dendrology


ES 201 Environmental Issues and Insights: Food and Culture 

If America is a “fast food nation,” how did it get that way? How do politics, economics, culture, and geography shape what people eat around the world? How do food systems affect our environment and ways of life? This course explores the significance of food across diverse cultures and throughout history. Along the way, it examines how communities select ingredients, cook, transport, and exchange food—as well as how those practices connect with social, political, economic, and cultural identities and systems. Over the course of the term, we will incorporate hands-on activities, historical recipes, and case studies from around the world and from communities in Maine. 

CW 203 Care of Captive Wildlife

This course explores the fundamental concepts and skills of captive wildlife care, including those utilized by zoo & aquarium keepers, wildlife rehabilitators, and veterinary professionals. This hands-on class will introduce students to the best practices for handling, feeding, breeding, housing, and providing health care for animals in captive settings. Lab experiences and field trips will equip students with the foundational concepts and skills in the field of captive wildlife care.

Scientific Illustration

HL 293 North American Wildlife and Scientific Illustration

Why is it important to be able to identify a wide range of North American Wildlife? How is information conveyed by pictures in identification guides? How are those illustrations made? This course combines the practice of scientific illustration with the fundamental skills necessary to understand and identify the natural histories and morphologies of the amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals of North America. Identification and illustration are closely entwined, and these skills of close observation are essential to a broad range of wildlife professionals.

Equivalencies: WF 204 North American Wildlife

How to be a park ranger

HL 201 Conservation Law Enforcement Skills (1 cr.)

The Conservation Law Enforcement Skills course is a one-week, one-credit intensive that provides a historical and present-day overview of the conservation law enforcement profession. Conservation officers work across the nation from Puerto Rico to Guam, and Maine to Alaska in vastly different environments and professional roles, including game wardens, park rangers, forest rangers, and marine wardens. Conservation Law Enforcement Skills presents a broad overview of job duties for positions like these along with the correlating skills that officers need to perform their work safely and effectively. Students will then customize their first-year experience by choosing two additional one-credit courses from a menu of skills-based classes to focus on during the remainder of the term. Students can pick 2 specific skills from:

  • Physical Fitness for Field-Based Occupations
  • Land Navigation
  • Search and Rescue
  • Firearms Training
  • ATV/UTV Safety
  • Registered Maine Guide Skills

Equivalencies: CL 201 Introduction to Criminal Justice

Physical Fitness

HL 281 Physical Fitness for Field-Based Occupations (1 cr.)

Physical Fitness for Field-Based Occupations will prepare students for their future job and life. Fitness is essential to pass most state and federal law enforcement academies, but it is also important for other field-based public servants as well as long-term physical and mental wellbeing. Emphasis will be on injury prevention and recovery and positive encouragement for all participants. Physical fitness can come and go. The time to start is now.


HL 282 Land Navigation (1 cr.)

Land Navigation introduces the fundamental skills necessary for conservation officers, science professionals, and recreational outdoors people to successfully navigate in an unfamiliar outdoor area. Students in this course will take to the field daily to practice reading terrain, selecting and using maps, shooting compass bearings, triangulating position and using the latest GPS based mapping software to capture, display, and share data with collaborators. This course is a recommended pairing with HL 29X Search and Rescue.


Search and Rescue

HL 283 Search and Rescue (1 cr.)

Search and Rescue is a core duty of many outdoor professions, from conservation law enforcement to AMC crews to park managers. This one-credit course introduces students to fundamental field skills and preparedness requirements for volunteer MASAR (Maine Association of Search and Rescue) searchers. At the conclusion of the course, students will understand a clear path toward individual MASAR certification necessary to join search operations with a local Maine affiliate. Maine Warden Service relies on MASAR when large numbers of searchers are required. This course is a recommended pairing with HL 29X Land Navigation.