Natural Resource Law Enforcement A.A.S. Degree

Natural Resource Law Enforcement A.A.S. Degree

Career Description

Students in the Natural Resources Law Enforcement Program learn skills that lead to becoming a conservation officer. Conservation officers work with fish and wildlife agencies, state parks, trails, forests, waters and wetlands, as well as work in educational activities within and throughout Minnesota. Conservation officers often work from 4×4 patrol vehicles, snowmobiles, ATV, and various watercrafts. The selection process for being a conservation officer in Minnesota includes a written exam, division interview, background investigation, functional capacity exam, psychological assessment and a medical evaluation. In addition, conservation officers must be a United States Citizen, possess a valid Minnesota driver’s license, have no felony convictions, have the ability to swim and possess a license or be eligible for licensing as a Minnesota peace officer at the time of hire.

Program Information

Get a hands-on learning experience outside of the classroom walls with weekly fieldwork in the woods. This two-year program has produced many successful conservation officers who work throughout the Midwest and inside the federal government. A fleet of new state-of-the-art squad cars gives students a driver’s seat view into law enforcement. Because of a close partnership between area law enforcement and the college, students have a wide selection of choices for internships. With this Natural Resource Law Enforcement A.A.S Degree, you can be a conservation officer or hold nearly any other law enforcement position.

Program Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate field identification of regionally important mammals, birds and fish and their communities;
  • Use a broad range of technological tools to research, document, map, measure, record and analyze data relevant to natural resources;
  • Navigate and safely function in an outdoor workplace;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of structure, process and relationships between law enforcement, the courts and correctional systems;
  • Apply tactical skills, weapon safety, defense and arrest tactics, vehicle operation, crisis management and force options;
  • Process crime scenes from preliminary stage through disposition;
  • Function in a multicultural society as a mature, adaptable citizen, while meeting the needs and challenges of clients and communities;
  • Interpret and apply theory, law, policy and practice as it relates to juvenile delinquency and deviant behavior;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the roles of the legislative, judicial and executive branches and how they relate to criminal law;
  • Apply knowledge of criminal law, constitutional law and Minnesota traffic code;
  • Demonstrate strong and effective written and oral communication skills; and
  • Understand the importance of ethics and ethical behavior in law enforcement.

Special Program Requirements

In addition to the program requirements, students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate

  1. College Cumulative GPA Requirement: cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0;
  2. College Technical Core GPA Requirement: cumulative GPA of credits attempted and completed towards the technical core of the diploma or degree must be at least 2.0;
  3. Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% of their credits at Central Lakes College;
  4. Courses required for Minnesota P.O.S.T. licensing must be completed within three (3) years of starting the certificate;
  5. Students must have a valid Emergency Medical Responder certification (or higher) at the time of the Post Board Exam.

Admissions

  • Students must complete and pass a background check prior to being officially admitted into the program. This background check must be completed prior to the first day of classes.
  • Students must also complete the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) with a psychologist approved by the Program Coordinator prior to admission into the program.
  • Students must have completed, or be concurrently enrolled in, an Associate in Arts, Bachelors, or Criminal Justice AAS Degree from an accredited institution for admission into this program.
  • Student must be able to complete the skills portion of the program to become licensed. This involves several real-life crime scene situations, firearms and physical proficiency, and law enforcement procedural practices.

Please see the Criminal Justice Coordinator for further information.

Transfer Opportunities

Central Lakes College has an Articulation Agreement with Bemidji State University for transfer of Criminal Justice courses. Other colleges and universities conduct a student-by-student evaluation regarding transfer of courses and degree. Please see an advisor for further information.

Employment Statistics

For more information regarding employment statistics, career salary information and estimated job growth, follow the resource links below

https//apps.deed.state.mn.us/lmi/ces/
http//www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm
http//www.iseek.org/jobs/jobmarket.html

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Program Course Requirements

REQUIRED CORE COURSES (35 credits)
CRJU 1101  Criminal Justice, 3 cr
CRJU 1104  Juvenile Justice, 3 cr
CRJU 2101** Criminal Law, 3 cr
CRJU 2102  Criminal Procedures, 4 cr
CRJU 2108  Criminal Investigations, 3 cr
CRJU 2140  Law Enforcement and Behavioral Science, 3 cr
NATR 1106  Intro to Natural Resources Law Enforcement, 2 cr
NATR 1125  Ichthyology, 3 cr
NATR 1130  Mammalogy, 3 cr
NATR 1135  Ornithology, 3 cr
NATR 1360  Animal Behavior, 3 cr
NATR 2110  Herpetology, 2 cr

ADDITIONAL REQUIRED CORE COURSES
Choose one of the following tracks:

Professional Peace Officer’s License track (24 credits)
CRJU 1112  Police and the Community, 3 cr
CRJU 2106** Fitness for Law Enforcement, 2 cr
CRJU 2114** Traffic Law, 3 cr
CRJU 2124  General Evidence and Identification Preparation, 4 cr
CRJU 2160* Use of Force, 2 cr
CRJU 2162* Firearms, 3 cr
CRJU 2164* Patrol Practicals, 5 cr
CRJU 2166* Tactical Communications/Relations, 2 cr

Non-Licensure Track (20 credits)
NATR 1112  Land Measurement, 3 cr
NATR 1120  Dendrology, 3 cr
NATR 1140  Limnology, 3 cr
NATR 1200  Introduction to Natural Resources, 3 cr
NATR 1280  Introduction to GPS & GIS, Arc View), 2 cr
NATR 2130* Wildlife Management, 3 cr
NATR 2140* Fisheries Management, 3 cr

REQUIRED GENERAL EDUCATION (17 credits)
Students must complete the requirements listed in the AAS Degree/General Education Transfer Curriculum document.
BIOL 2415  General Ecology, (Goals 3, 10), 4 cr
COMM 2420 Intercultural Communication (Goals 1,7), 3 cr
ENGL 1410  Composition I, (Goal 1), 4 cr
SOCL 2405  Criminology, (Goal 5), 3 cr
SOCL 2481  Race, Ethnicity and Oppression, (Goals 5, 7), 3 cr

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT – 72 CREDITS
*Denotes Prerequisites
**These courses must be completed prior to SKILLS.
NOTE:  Students must have the Emergency Medical Responder certification, or higher) and the card must be valid at the time of the Post Board Exam.

Individual semester plans are determined between instructor and student to best meet the student’s needs.

Program Instructors

Photo First Name Last Name Position Department Phone Email Alt. Phone: URL wdt_ID
Aubrey Beadell Advisor TRIO Student Support Services 218-855-8014 aubrey.beadell@clcmn.edu 1
Nick O'Reilly Occupational Skills Program College Lab Assistant OccupationalSkills 218-855-8077 Nicholas.oreilly@clcmn.edu 2
Kevin Lomax College Lab Assistant Automotive Faculty 218-855-8000 KLomax@clcmn.edu 3
Mallori Sheik Director of Accessibility Services Accessibility 218-855-8175 mallori.sheik@clcmn.edu 4
Jody Flynn Accessibility Services Assistant Accessibility 218-855-8056 jody.flynn@clcmn.edu 5
Missy Tureson Box Office Assistant Theatre 218-855-8199 mtureson@clcmn.edu 6
Deana Bobzien Instructor Faculty Mathematics Supportive Services 218-855-8339 deana.bobzien@clcmn.edu 7
Brianna Rajkowski Advisor TRIO Student Support Services 218-855-8228 brianna.rajkowski@clcmn.edu 8
Cynthia Dionysius AD Nursing Faculty NursingASDegree 218-855-8133 cindy.dionysius@clcmn.edu 9
Tajia Anderson PSEO Specialist Admissions - CollegeCreditInHighSchool- PSEO 218-855-8079 tajia.anderson@clcmn.edu 10
Tracy Tschida Instructor Faculty Psychology 2188-855-8328 tracy.tschida@clcmn.edu 11
Mike Fitcher Adjunct Instructor MachineTool 218-855-8000 michael.fitcher@clcmn.edu 12
Brent Balmer Videography CLA Videography 218-855-8727 brent.balmer@clcmn.edu 13
David Gray instructor HistoryTransferPathway - History 218-855-8276 david.gray@clcmn.edu 14
Jim Nagy Adjunct Instructor GraphicDesign 218-855-8157 james.nagy@clcmn.edu 15
Brandon Schneider Instructor HeavyEquipment 218-894-5179 brandon.schneider@clcmn.edu 16
Jim Kocherer Instructor FarmBusinessManagement 763-218-7030 jim.kocherer@clcmn.edu https://dynamicforms.ngwebsolutions.com/ShowForm.aspx?RequestedDynamicFormTemplate=0938e712-0d6d-4332-aba3-158670c49513 17
Natalia DePauw Director of Dual Enrollment Advising - PSEO - CollegeCreditInHighSchool 218-855-8263 natalia.depauw@clcmn.edu 18
Teresa Schmitz Assistant Director of HR Human Resources 218-855-8050 teresa.schmitz@clcmn.edu 19
Amy Disterhaupt Admissions Specialist Admissions 218-855-8250 amy.disterhaupt@clcmn.edu 20
Nick Heisserer Instructor BusinessInstructor - BusinessTransfer 218-855-8089 nick.heisserer@clcmn.edu https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/CentralLakesCollege6@MinnState.edu/bookings/ 21
Matthew Krueger Environmental Health and Safety Officer Maintenance 218-855-8115 matthew.krueger@clcmn.edu 22
Mark Lindquist Instructor Music 218-855-8236 mark.lindquist@clcmn.edu 23
Joy Larson Emergency Management and Security Coordinator Security 218-855-8143 joy.larson@clcmn.edu 24
Jeremy Goddard Bookstore/Print Shop Bookstore Supportive Services 218-855-8146 Jeremy.Goddard@clcmn.edu 25
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