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Specialization in Conservation and Environmental Law Enforcement

The Specialization in Conservation and Environmental Law Enforcement is designed to combine the natural resource expertise of the fisheries and wildlife, forestry, parks, recreation and tourism, and resource development programs, with the law enforcement expertise of the criminal justice program to serve those students with career interests in conservation or environmental law enforcement. The specialization is available as an elective to students enrolled in bachelor's degree programs in criminal justice, fisheries and wildlife, forestry, park, recreation and tourism resources, and resource development. The specialization is administered by the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.

Students who are interested in enrolling should apply to the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife for acceptance. Contact Jim Schneider, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Academic Advising Center, 40 Natural Resources Building, 517-353-9091, schne181@msu.edu, to sign up.

With the approval of the department and college that administer the student's degree program, courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the specialization may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor's degree.

 

Requirements for the Specialization in Conservation and Environmental Law Enforcement.

Students must complete:

Natural Resources Conservation and Management
Complete ONE of the following courses: (3 credits)
FW 100 Introduction to Fisheries and Wildlife 3
FW 205 Principles of Fisheries and Wildlife Management 3
FW 284 Natural History and Conservation in Michigan 3
FOR 220 Forests and the Global Environment 3
PRR 210 Our National Parks and Recreation Lands 3
PRR 213 Introduction to Parks, Recreation, and Leisure 3
RD 200 Issues and Applications in Resource Development 3
RD 201 Environmental and Natural Resources 3
Complete ONE of the following courses: (2 - 3 credits)
FW 444 Conservation Biology 3
FOR 310 Foundation of Forest Conservation 2
FOR 449 Management of Natural Resource Based Recreation 3
RD 316 Land Use and Natural Resource Management 3
RD 320 Resource Management and Planning 3
Environmental Attitudes, Policy and Law
Complete ONE course from each of the following categories; one of the courses selected must be from outside a student's major: (6 credits)
Complete ONE of the following courses: (3 credits)
FW 434 Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife Management 3
FOR 230 Communicating Forestry Issues 3
PRR 302 Environmental Attitudes and Concepts 3
PRR 320 Human Behavior in Park and Recreation Settings 3
RD 300 Environmental Communications and Conflict Management 3
Complete ONE of the following courses: (3 credits)
FOR 466 Natural Resources Planning and Policy 3
PHL 354 Philosophy of Law 3
PLS 305 Environmental Politics 3
RD 301 Federal and State Environmental Policy 3
RD 430 Law and Resources 3
RD 433 Law and Social Change 3
ZOL 446 Environmental Issues and Public Policy 3
Law Enforcement
Complete the following course: (4 credits)
CJ 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice 4
Complete TWO of the following courses: (6 - 8 credits)
CJ 210 Introduction to Forensic Science 4
CJ 220 Criminology 4
CJ 292 Methods of Criminal Justice Research 4
CJ 335 Police Process 4
CJ 375 Criminal Law Process 4
CJ 433 Law Enforcement Intelligence Operations 3
CJ 435 Investigation Procedures 3
CJ 474 Law and Criminal Justice Policy 4

Upon completion of the requirements for the specialization in conservation and environmental law enforcement, the student should contact the Chairperson of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and request certification for the completion of the specialization. After the certification is approved by the Chairperson of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and the Director of Academic Affairs of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Office of the Registrar will enter on the student's academic record the name of the specialization and the date that it was completed. This certification will appear on the student's transcript.

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