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Natural Resource Law Enforcement (B.S.)

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Only you can prevent overharvest!

The natural resource law enforcement program was developed in coordination with state and federal agencies and is only one of five similar programs in the U.S. The curriculum builds a strong integrated academic foundation in natural resource management, conservation biology, environmental policy and criminal justice. Experiential learning will prepare students for the daily duties of the career and connect students with prospective future employers. Skills in communication, conflict resolution, teamwork, leadership, ethics, laws and human dimensions, statistics, technology, global competence, critical thinking and problem solving will be developed during pursuit of this degree. Students enrolled in the natural resource law enforcement degree have the option to double major in wildlife and fisheries sciences.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Are interested in a career in law enforcement.
  • Consider yourself an advocate for the environment.
  • Have interest in outdoor recreation.
  • Enjoy working outdoors.
  • Enjoy working with people.

Career Opportunities

  • Conservation officer
  • Federal enforcement agent
  • Game warden
  • State patrol officer
  • Federal refuge manager

Recent Employers

  • State and municipal departments of law enforcement
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Tribal governments

Internship Opportunities

  • State and municipal departments of law enforcement
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Tribal governments

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.