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NR 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 4x4 patrol vehicles, snowmobiles, ATV, and various watercrafts.

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

Any student who is seeking a degree in Criminal Justice A.A.S., Natural Resources Law Enforcement, Certificate, or Criminalistics degree must complete and pass a background check prior to being accepted into the previously mentioned programs.  This background check should be completed by the student prior to the first day of courses.  Information about this background check can be found at Certified Background.

Open with the above special requirements noted.

Special Program Requirements
Students must be able to complete 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.

Transfer Opportunities
Students have the opportunity to transfer to most four-year colleges that offer a Bachelor of Arts in Law Enforcement.

Employment Opportunities
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.

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Required Courses

CRJU 1101*  Criminal Justice (3cr)
CRJU 1104*  Juvenile Justice (3cr)
CRJU 2101*  Criminal Law (3cr)
CRJU 2102*  Criminal Procedures (4cr)
CRJU 2108*  Criminal Investigations (3cr)
CRJU 2114**Traffic Law (3cr)
CRJU 2124   General Evidence & Identification Prep (4cr)
CRJU 2140*  Law Enforcement & Behavioral Science (3cr)
NATR 1106   Intro to NR Law Enforcement (2cr)
NATR 1125   Ichthyology (3cr)
NATR 1130   Mammalogy (3cr)
NATR 1135   Ornithology (3cr)
NATR 1360   Animal Behavior (3cr)
NATR 2110   Herpetology (2cr)
Required Total 42 credits

General Education Courses
Student must complete the requirements listed in the AAS
Degree/General Education Transfer Curriculum document.
BIOL 2415  General Ecology (4cr)
ENGL 1410  Composition I (4cr)
POLS 1439  State & Local Government (3cr)   OR
POLS 1435  American Government Politics  (3cr)
SOCL 2405  Criminology (3cr)
SOCL 2481  Race Ethnicity & Oppression (3cr)

Choose one (1) of the following:
SPCH 1431  Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3cr)
SPCH 1421  Interpersonal Communication (3cr)
General Education Total 20 credits

Choose a minimum of ten (10) credits from following to
complete program:
CRJU 2114    Traffic Law (3cr)
CRJU 2124    General Evidence & Identification Preparation (4cr)
NATR 1112    Land Measurement (3cr)
NATR 1120    Dendrology (3cr)
NATR 1140    Limnology (3cr)
NATR 1200    Intro to Natural Resources (3cr)
NATR 1280    Intro to GPS & GIS (Arc View) (2cr)
NATR 2130*  Wildlife Management (3cr)
NATR 2140*  Fisheries Management (3cr)

Law Enforcement Skills:
CRJU  2160    Use of Force (2cr)
CRJU  2162    Firearms (3cr)
CRJU  2164    Patrol Practical's (5cr)
CRJU  2166    Tactical Communications/Relations (2cr)
Total 10 credits

*Denotes Prerequisites

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

NOTE: Students must have emergency medical responder or higher certification and the card must be valid at the time of the Post Board Exam

NOTE: SKILLS must be completed to become a licensed peace officer in MN and is generally completed during final year.

NOTE: Student must complete the MMPI (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory) prior to admission into the Criminal Justice program. Please see the Criminal Justice Coordinator for the approved psychologist.

NOTE:   Background Check: Any student pursuing this degree must complete and pass a background check prior to being accepted into the program. This background check must be completed prior to the first day of classes. Information about this background check can be found at



Last Updated: 4/9/13