Would you like to help protect rare and endangered plants, animals and fish, as well as the environment? A Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, with an emphasis in Conservation Enforcement, from the University of Central Missouri will prepare you for a career in managing, conserving and preserving wildlife and their habitats.
UCM’s Conservation Enforcement major combines elements from criminal justice and fish and wildlife degrees. You’ll learn to identify and classify plants and animals while gaining a solid foundation in investigative methods, relevant legislation and court procedures. As a result, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to uphold the laws and regulations designed to protect endangered animals and plants and their environments.
Wildlife conservation enforcement degrees pave a wide career track
Our faculty are deeply engaged with the Missouri Department of Conservation, US Department of Agriculture (USDA), US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and other state and federal agencies. University of Central Missouri alumni already working in the field stay involved with the program to support students following in their footsteps. These active professional networks can provide connections to career opportunities for graduates with fish and wildlife degrees such as the Conservation Enforcement degree from UCM.
300-acre, on-campus nature preserve
Ph.D. faculty supervise labs and research
Hengshui University exchange program
State & federal agency job opportunities
Small classes, close faculty interaction
Focus on Missouri laws, natural habitats
UCM is one of only a handful of universities that offers a full range of specialty courses in the major areas of biology. While earning your Conservation Enforcement degree, you can choose electives such as Ichthyology, Plant or Animal Ecology, Ornithology, Herpetology, Entomology and Limnology.
Labs are conducted outdoors in natural habitats at our Pertle Springs Nature Preserve and in our animal and aquatic research center. You’ll also participate in hands-on, faculty-led research projects and fieldwork studies.
A focus on policing responsibilities
After laying the foundation of a fish and wildlife degree, our undergraduate program focuses on the legal duties of conservation enforcement jobs taught by UCM’s well-respected Criminal Justice program faculty. Study criminal laws and procedures, as well as the rules of evidence, as they relate to the prosecution and defense of criminal cases — all within the context of current political issues and social values.
Through this interdisciplinary degree program, you’ll develop thorough knowledge in biology; gain experience with technical writing, public relations and public speaking; and study relevant legislation, investigative methods and court procedures. Classes you may take include:
UCM’s coursework in wildlife biology, hands-on activities and professional networking opportunities will help you compete for conservation enforcement jobs:
UCM’s Biology bachelor’s degree in Conservation Enforcement will fully prepare you for jobs with private, public and government agencies. Our graduates work at the Missouri Department of Conservation, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies seeking graduates with fish and wildlife degrees.
Wildlife Conservation Enforcement degrees lead to a variety of career paths
The knowledge, skills and hands-on experience you gain from UCM’s Conservation Enforcement degree program can lead to:
Use the interactive tool below to explore potential conservation enforcement career options and salaries with a Wildlife Conservation Enforcement degree from the University of Central Missouri.
As an undergraduate student at the University of Central Missouri, you may be eligible for general university scholarships, awards and other resources that can help you finance your college education.
Numerous scholarships are also available specifically for Biology majors, including undergraduate students earning Wildlife Conservation Enforcement degrees:
You can learn more about program-specific scholarships with the UCM Scholarship Finder.
Explore programs related to conservation enforcement.
If you’re interested in a career that’s more focused on one aspect of conservation enforcement — criminal justice or wildlife biology — you may want to consider these undergraduate programs at UCM: