Department of Biology and Earth Science
A graduate with a degree could be employed in a variety of positions. These jobs are provided by state
and federal natural resources agencies, private consulting firms, and conservation organizations. Graduates
may also start their careers with overseas assignments in the Peace Corps.
The policing of the public is an important function especially where rare and endagered plants and animals are involved. Officers must have a basic knowledge of the classification of plants and animals. They must also have a sound knowledge of the relevent legislation, investigative methods and court procedures.
Conservation officers are dedicated to enforcing the laws that preserve and protect our natural resources. Conservation officers are known in various jurisdictions by a variety of titles, including game warden, environmental police officer, game protector, ranger and marine patrol officer. In addition to acquiring a knowledge of law enforcement and natural resource management, students develop the skills in persuasion and leadership necessary to deal with the confrontational situations conservation officers frequently face.
Conservation enforcement studies provide majors with the essential education to manage, conserve, and protect fish and wildlife, and the land and water environments on which we co-depend. Such tasks demand people broadly trained in science, ecology and public policy. Beyond technical and biological challenges, you must also be sensitive to political issues and social values.
A graduate with a B.S. degree may be employed as an aquaculturist, biological aide, conservation educator, environmental impact assessor, field crew leader, field or laboratory technician, natural resources law enforcement officer, park ranger, or preserve management assistant just to name a few.
Many positions in conservation, both in government and industry, now require a graduate degree. Students with M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are employed as refuge and wildlife/fisheries managers, research scientists, extension associates, environmental specialists, natural resources program officers, environmental consultants, and university educators.
This is a recommended program of study for the Conservation Enforecement, B.S. Degree at UCM.