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University Catalog

Conservation Law Enforcement Major (Bachelor of Science)

Vision Statement

The Conservation Law Enforcement program at UMFK is a four year, Bachelor of Science degree program. This interdisciplinary degree program has two professional specializations: Wildlife Conservation and Law Enforcement. The primary focus of this program is skill based and is designed to prepare graduates to qualify for entry-level positions that emphasize both conservation law enforcement and wildlife conservation. Sustainable management of wildlife resources by private and public sectors, as well as the enforcement of these resources, requires knowledgeable and technically competent people. The Conservation Law Enforcement Program is designed to provide students with both the technical skills and knowledge base for natural resources and law enforcement professionals.


Mission Statement

The mission of the Conservation Law Enforcement program at UMFK to meet UMFK’s strategic goal of meeting the educational needs for our region and to help to address the need for conservationists and law enforcement professionals in Maine and beyond. Secondly, to raise awareness and student interests in sustainability and protection of our valuable natural resources.


Program Goals

  1. Provide a broad, skill enhanced educational program that fully prepares students for professional, career path employment;
  2. Graduate skilled entry-level wildlife technician and conservation law enforcement officers who will function as professionals in the field;
  3. Provide the only dedicated, skills based, wildlife conservation and law enforcement degree program at a Maine public university;
  4. Meet Maine’s need for educated and qualified candidates for both wildlife technicians in the state and the Maine Warden service;
  5. Meet federal needs for educated and qualified candidates for Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Marine Patrol and other related fields.

Wildlife Conservation Professional Specialization Outcomes

Graduates will have demonstrated the following student learning outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate training in the principles, methods, and tools of wildlife research, management, and conservation
  2. Develop an understanding of how animals interact with each other and their natural environment
  3. Develop the ability to use the fundamental principles of wildlife ecology to solve local, regional and national conservation and management issues
  4. Develop the ability to work collaboratively on team-based projects
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in the writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills needed to become a wildlife technician
  6. Gain an appreciation for the modern scope of scientific inquiry in the field of wildlife conservation management
  7. Develop an ability to analyze, present and interpret wildlife conservation management information.
  8. Develop an understanding of how to utilize management techniques to achieve desired management goals.
  9. Understand the physical environment and the biological systems of which they are part. Students will come to understand that our actions influence these environments.

Conservation Law Enforcement Professional Specialization Outcomes

Graduates will have demonstrated the following student learning outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of criminal justice and related institutions
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic tenets of law enforcement practices and procedures
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of constitutional law, criminal law and natural resources law
  4. Explain the general principles of conservation protection and enforcement and the environment
  5. Exhibit a holistic understanding of the interactions between human, natural and cultural systems within the regional environment
  6. Develop an ability to apply academic knowledge through independent or collaborative projects
  7. Demonstrate proficiency in the writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills needed to become a law enforcement/conservation officer
  8. An ability to identify, analyze, and synthesize and generate knowledge relating to one or more fields of criminal justice, law enforcement, and conservation
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of state laws, regulations, and standards relative to law enforcement practices and procedures
  10. Comprehend and develop analytical skills through listening, reading, and observation.

Program Requirements

CRN Course Name Credits
CLE 100 Introduction to Conservation Law Enforcement OR  
    PSA 100     Introduction to Public Safety 3 credits
BIO 204 Zoology 4 credits
BIO 352 Ecology 3 credits
BUS 260 Business Ethics OR  
    PSA 221     Ethics and Community 3 credits
ENV 130 Natural Resource Conservation 3 credits
ENV 230 Fish and Wildlife Techniques 3 credits
ENV 302 Wildlife Conservation and Management 4 credits
GOV 201 State and Local Government 3 credits
HTY 382 Conservation and Environmental History 3 credits
POS 320 Environmental Policy OR  
   PSA 315    Public Policy 3 credits
CRJ 346 Conservation Law 3 credits
PSA 300 Public Finance 3 credits
PSA 312 Grant Writing 3 credits
PSA 398 Internship/Capstone Course 3 credits
Total 44 credits

Required Support Courses

Please note some support courses may also satisfy general education requirements.

CRN Course Name Credits
BIO 100 Introduction to Biology OR  
    BIO 130     Introduction to Biotechnology 4 credits
GEO 280 GIS Applications I 4 credits
MAT 351 Statistics 3 credits
Total 11 credits

Select one of the following specialized areas:


Wildlife Conservation

Concentration Requirements

CRN Course Name Credits
CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Law 3 credits
CRJ 108 Constitutional Law 3 credits
CRJ 215 Principles of Investigation 3 credits
CRJ 222 Criminalistics OR  
    CRJ/PSA 356     Introduction to Forensic Science 3 credits
CRJ 242 Wildlife Forensics 3 credits
BIO 202 Botany 4 credits
BIO 356 Vertebrate Biology 3 credits
Choose 12 credits from the following courses:
BIO 412 Mammalogy 3 credits
BIO 420 Ornithology 3 credits
ENV 334 Wildlife Science 4 credits
ENV 354 Wildlife Habitat Interactions 4 credits
BIO 309 Dendrology 4 credits
BIO 310 Taxonomy of Vascular Plants 4 credits
ENV 353 Winter Ecology 2 credits
ENV 333 Fisheries Science 3 credits
BIO 350 Invert Zoology 3 credits
Choose 1 credit from the following courses:
ENV 103 Fundamentals of Hunting 1 credit
ENV 104 Fundamentals of Fishing 1 credit
ENV 125 Nature Photography 1 credit
PSA 230 Wilderness First Aid 1 credit

Conservation Law Enforcement

Concentration Requirements

CRN Course Name Credits
CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Law 3 credits
CRJ 108 Constitutional Law 3 credits
CRJ 215 Principles of Investigation 3 credits
CRJ 222 Criminalistics OR  
    CRJ/PSA 326     Introduction to Forensic Science 3 credits
CRJ 242 Wildlife Forensics 3 credits
PSA 231 Search & Rescue Fundamentals 2 credits
ENV 334 Wildlife Science 4 credits
Choose 1 credit from the following courses:
ENV 103 Fundamentals of Hunting 1 credit
ENV 104 Fundamentals of Fishing 1 credit
ENV 125 Nature Photography 1 credit
PSA 230 Wilderness First Aid 1 credit
Choose 13 credits from the following areas:
Biology, Environmental Science, Forestry, Public Safety, Criminal Justice

Suggested Course Sequencing

Freshman Fall Semester

CRN Course Name Credits
CLE 100 Introduction to Conservation Law 3 credits
BIO 100 Introduction to Biology 4 credits
HTY 102 US History 3 credits
ENG 100 English Composition I 3 credits
HUM 102 First Year Experience 3 credits
Total 16 credits

Freshman Spring Semester

CRN Course Name Credits
ENG 101 English Composition II 3 credits
GEO 280 GIS Application (Gen Ed) 4 credits
CRJ 101 Criminal Law 3 credits
BIO 204 Zoology 4 credits
ENV 130 Natural Resource Conservation 3 credits
Total 17 credits

Sophomore Fall Semester

CRN Course Name Credits
MAT 128 College Algebra 3 credits
CRJ 215 Principles of Investigation 3 credits
ENV 302 Wildlife Conservation Management 4 credits
CRJ 108 Constitutional Law 3 credits
  Program Requirement(s) 3-4 credits
Total 16-17 credits

Sophomore Spring Semester

CRN Course Name Credits
ENV 230 Fish & Wildlife Techniques 3 credits
CRJ 346 Environmental Law 3 credits
CRJ 222 Criminalistics 3 credits
BIO 352 Ecology 3 credits
HTY 382 Conservation Environmental History 3 credits
Total 15 credits

Junior Fall Semester

CRN Course Name Credits
BUS 260 Business Ethics 3 credits
  ANT/ECO General Education 3 credits
  ART/MUS General Education 3 credits
ENG 200 Speech 3 credits
  Concentration Requirement 4 credits
Total 16 credits

Junior Spring Semester

CRN Course Name Credits
PSA 312 Grant Writing 3 credits
PSA 300 Public Finance 3 credits
PSA 315 Public Policy 3 credits
GOV 201 State & Local Government 3 credits
FRE/SPA 101 Foreign Language 3 credits
Total 15 credits

Senior Fall Semester

CRN Course Name Credits
MAT 351 Statistics (Gen Ed) 3 credits
  Electives 3 credits
  Program Electives 13 credits
Total 19 credits

Senior Spring Semester

CRN Course Name Credits
ENG 105 Introduction to Literature 3 credits
PSA 398 Internship/Capstone (Core) 3 credits
CRJ 242 Wildlife Forensics 3 credits
  Electives 3 credits
  Program Electives 5 credits
Total 17 credits