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Conservation Law Enforcement

Bachelor of Science

Blend law enforcement and sustainability

Protect wildlife, habitats, and resources. Enforce responsible, sustainable hunting and fishing practices. Engage with people and the outdoors every day.

A Unity College Bachelor of Science in Conservation Law Enforcement prepares you to become a park ranger, fish or game warden, or conservation officer—any career that involves protecting people and nature alike. You’ll take courses grounded in sustainability science and gain field experience in TERRAIN, Unity’s immersive, real-world learning model.

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*Source: Unity College cannot guarantee employment. Salary data represents averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience.

What is conservation law enforcement?

Conservation law enforcement officers manage and protect wildlife and natural resources by upholding laws surrounding them. In Unity’s Bachelor of Science in Conservation Law Enforcement program, you will study:

  • Crime scene investigation techniques
  • Policy procedures for the preparation and execution of search warrants
  • Procedures for conducting interviews and interrogations
  • Surveillance techniques
  • Proper methods for handling evidence

You’ll learn these concepts through field work, research, and hands-on labs. Our expert faculty are dedicated to helping you drive real change through knowledge and expertise.

Apply to Unity today if you’re ready to start protecting our planet through criminal justice.

What can you do with a degree in conservation law enforcement?

With a degree in conservation law enforcement, you’ll be ready for a career in resource management and environmental protection. Our graduates have gone on to work as state fish and game wardens, forest rangers, marine patrols, federal enforcement officers, environmental enforcement officers, police officers, and more.

Organizations that hire our graduates include:

  • State Fish and Wildlife Service
  • National Park Service
  • State Forest Service
  • Bureau of Land Management

With your degree in conservation law enforcement, you have many options. You could even be on TV—our graduates have appeared as wardens on Animal Planet’s North Woods Law!

You may also consider furthering your education. Unity offers an online Master in Conservation Law Enforcement, or take a more managerial lead and earn a Sustainable Master of Business Administration.

Conservation law enforcement degree requirements and courses

The conservation law enforcement bachelor’s requires 120 credits, with 30 credits at the 3000 level or above. You must have a GPA of 2.0 or above.

If you have an associate degree in criminal justice or a related field, you may earn your bachelor’s degree from Unity if a minimum of 30 credits is earned at Unity.

Conservation law enforcement sample courses

  • CL 3224 Crime Scene and Investigative Techniques

    Learn about the basic and special techniques employed in criminal investigations and investigative interview and interrogation, including interpretation of verbal and physical behavior and legal perspectives. You’ll get an introduction to the theories and fundamentals of the investigative process. Experience hands-on forensic laboratory work in addition to studying crime scene/incident processing, information gathering techniques, collection/preservation of evidence, preparation of appropriate reports, and other related topics. After this course, you will be able to identify, explain, and demonstrate the techniques of the investigative process, report preparation, and courtroom presentation.

  • AF 3324 Fisheries Science and Techniques

    Gain hands-on experience in this course and lab. You’ll learn how to assess individual organisms and populations to manage fisheries stock. Using sampling techniques and gear used in a variety of habitats, you will collect and process several species of freshwater fish. These samplings, along with other data, will be analyzed for sex ratios, age and growth, population age structure, reproductive capacity and success, recruitment, food habits, migrations, population estimates, and other aspects of fishery science and management. 

    You may have a few experiences with marine fish and invertebrates on a weekend day trip to Portland fish docks and markets, or to Long Cove in Searsport to examine aspects of marine fisheries.  

  • BI 2004 Population and Community Ecology

    Learn the basics of modern ecology, such as the patterns and processes operating in populations and communities. The first part of the course focuses on demographic characteristics of populations and simple models of population growth and natural regulation. In the second half, you’ll concentrate on discussions of community structure, covering topics such as competition, predation, species diversity, niches, and succession.

    This course includes a lab component, where you’ll get hands-on experience practicing quantitative methods and field techniques. You will also conduct independent research projects.

For a closer look at the courses you’ll take, view our course catalog.