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University Catalog

Conservation Law Enforcement Study Sequence (Associate of Arts in General Studies)

Vision Statement

Consistent with the mission of the University of Maine at Fort Kent, a regional university that serves the needs of the St. John Valley and the state of Maine, the Associate of Arts in General Studies Conservation Law Enforcement Study Sequence Program fosters excellence in scholarship and academic achievement in an interactive educational environment.


Mission Statement

To serve the employment needs of the state and region by offering the only Conservation Law Enforcement program at a public university in the state of Maine and the New England area.


Program Description/Goals

The Conservation Law Enforcement program prepares students to be entry-level conservation laws enforcement officers who will function successfully as professionals in the Maine Department of conservation, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and other related agencies.


Student Learning Outcomes

UMFK Conservation Law Enforcement graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of criminal justice and related institutions;
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of law enforcement practices and procedures;
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of constitutional, criminal and natural resources law;
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of general principles of conservation protection, enforcement with regard to the natural environment;
  5. Provide evidence of holistic understanding of the interactions between human, natural and cultural ecosystems within the region;
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of state laws, regulations and standards related to law enforcement practices and procedures;
  7. Demonstrate proficiency in communications and critical thinking skills expected of a professional law enforcement/conservation officer; and
  8. Demonstrate an ability to identify, analyze, synthesize and generate knowledge related to criminal justice, law enforcement and/or natural resources conservation.

Conservation Law Enforcement Requirements

CRN Course Name Credits
CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Law 3 credits
CRJ 108 Constitutional Law 3 credits
CRJ 215 Principles of Investigations 3 credits
CRJ 242 Wildlife Forensics 3 credits
CRJ 346 Environmental Law 3 credits
ENV 302 Wildlife Conservation Management 4 credits
  Required Support Courses With Advisor's Approval* 9 credits
Total 28 credits

*Recommended BIO, ENV or FOR electives


Recommended Electives

CRN Course Name Credits
CRJ 222 Criminalistics 3 credits
ENV 334 Wildlife Science 4 credits
GEO 280 GIS Applications I OR  
    PSA 122     GIS/GPS for Law Enforcement 4 credits
BIO 100 General Biology 4 credits

Techniques for Assessment

Students are assessed in all classes using various means including written and oral assignments, quizzes, midterm and final exams, and research projects. Courses also may utilize case studies, term papers, and team projects and presentations to enhance the students understanding and knowledge. Graduates are required to complete an alumni survey and provide feedback regarding the quality and effectiveness of the education received.


Suggested Course Sequencing

Fall Semester Freshman Year

CRN Course Name Credits
ENG 100 English Composition I 3 credits
HUM 102 First Year Experience 3 credits
  General Education Elective - Natural Sciences (BIO 100 Biology) 4 credits
  General Education Elective - Quantitative Reasoning 3 credits
CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Law 3 credits
Total 16 credits

Spring Semester Freshman Year

CRN Course Name Credits
ENG 101 English Composition II 3 credits
  General Education Elective - Information Fluency (GEO 280 GIS) 4 credits
  Required Support Courses 6 credits
Total 13 credits

Fall Semester Sophomore Year

CRN Course Name Credits
CRJ 108 Constitutional Law 3 credits
CRJ 215 Principles of Investigations 3 credits
ENV 302 Wildlife Conservation & Management 4 credits
CRJ 242 Wildlife Forensics 3 credits
  Required Support Course 3 credits
Total 13 credits

Spring Semester Sophomore Year

CRN Course Name Credits
  General Education Elective - Oral Communications 3 credits
CRJ 346 Environmental Law 3 credits
  General Education Electives - Arts & Humanities 6 credits
  General Education Elective - Behavioral & Social Sciences 3 credits
Total 15 credits