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Bachelor of Science Degree, Area 7: Conservation Enforcement

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The Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with an area in Conservation Enforcement is one of the programs offered by the Department of Biology and Earth Science at University of Central Missouri and provides a solid foundation for careers in these scientific disciplines.

Conservation Enforcement

Conservation enforcement studies provide majors with the essential education to manage, conserve, and protect fish and wildlife, and the land and water environments. 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.

Graduates may be employed as aquaculturists, biological aides, conservation educators, environmental impact assessors, field crew leaders, field or laboratory technicians, natural resources law enforcement officers, park rangers, or preserve management assistants. They are hired 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.

Student Involvement

Students may participate in a wide variety of field-based research projects, student organizations and the department's seminar series to add an extra dimension to their study of science at UCM. Student organizations include Para-Medico for students interested in careers in allied health areas, the Pre-Vet Club for those pursuing careers in animal care, and Beta Beta Beta, the department's honor society. In addition, Biology Club fosters interaction in professional as well as social settings among students and faculty, hosts lectureships, helps with area public school and community activities, and engages in rock climbing, canoeing, and other adventures.

Pertle Springs

In addition to the extensive laboratory facilities in the W.C. Morris Science Building, UCM owns Pertle Springs, a 300-acre park a mile from the main campus. A unique natural laboratory for research and field experiences, Pertle Springs also serves as a campus recreation area. The department operates Nature Central there as an environmental education center. UCM also maintains a small astronomical observatory at Pertle Springs featuring a computercontrolled telescope with imaging capabilities and specialized auxiliary equipment.

Career Services

UCM's Office of Career Services assists students seeking internships, summer and campus jobs, part-time, and full-time employment. They also provide assistance with writing cover letters and resumes and offer a career library, mock interviews, and career counseling. The office also serves representatives of business, government, industry, and education who are looking for prospective employees. Over 700 employers visit UCM each year to conduct interviews on campus. Career Services may be reached at 660-543-4985 or Visit their website at

Scholarships & Financial Aid

UCM's Student Financial Services Office offers nearly $7 million in merit-based scholarships each year to students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, special talents, or potential in a specific field of study. The primary mission of the office is to help students and their families identify and apply for appropriate financial resources to help pay the educational and living expenses they'll incur to attend UCM. Student Financial Services may be reached at 660-543-8266 or visit their website at

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Department of Biology and Earth Science