of Applied Conservation Enforcement degree integrates the principles
of renewable resource management, law enforcement techniques and
work experience to provide graduates with the necessary competencies
required for employment in natural resource law enforcement, environmental
protection, and industry compliance with environmental legislation.Graduates
are knowledgeable and skilled to undertake the diverse duties expected
of resource officers throughout North America.
In the first
year students acquire foundational skills in law, ecology, communication,
computing and biology.
year focuses on the development of knowledge and skills in the area
of renewable resources.
The third year
applies the first two years of study to the development of resource
management and enforcement capabilities.
studies, which can start after the completion of the first two years
of the program, provide a practical application of the curriculum
and consists of two terms.
students within these work experience settings, while LCC monitors
and evaluates student progress toward completion of learning outcomes.
Students obtain academic credit by completing specific field courses.
The six terms
of on-campus instruction are delivered by lectures, laboratory training
and significant fieldwork exercises - a major strength of the program.
Fieldwork is conducted in the Fall and Spring in association with
and co-sponsored by provincial and national wildlife conservation
agencies. Individuals representing these agencies may accompany
the field groups in advisory and supervisory capacities which enrich
the students educational experiences.
of Applied Conservation Enforcement is the only program of its kind
in Canada offering a degree credential exclusively designed for
natural resource law enforcement.
Jan. 4, 2000
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Day of Lectures
New entry level
students are accepted into the Bachelor of Applied Conservation
Enforcement degree program for the Fall term only.
with advanced standing may be accepted into the degree program for
both the Fall and Winter terms. LCC Renewable Resource Management
students nearing graduation may be allowed to take courses in this
program on a space available basis for one term.
the Bachelor of Applied Conservation Enforcement program or permission
of the LCC Centre for Environmental Science and Agriculture team
leader is a requirement
to continue. (Not given priority over other new applicants).
Entry level applicants are required to have an Alberta high school
diploma or equivalent, with a minimum of 60 % in each of Biology
30, English 30, Chemistry 20, Math 30 or 33 and Social Studies 30.
also required to achieve a minimum 65th percentile in Reading, Sentence
Skills and Arithmetic and 70th percentile in Elementary Algebra
sections of the Computerized Placement Test or equivalent.
are required to have a Diploma in Renewable Resource Management
or equivalent, or a related Bachelorıs degree in an area such as
Resource Management, Biology, Environmental Studies or similar area
of study. A minimum Grade Point Average of 2.50 or equivalent or
permission of the Environmental Science Program Leader is required
students are required to complete a qualifying entrance exam.
students must submit three letters of reference that address personal
and professional suitability of the student for employment in
the conservation enforcement field.
with post-secondary credentials and significant work experience
will have their skills assessed according to their employment
and educational history and are required to fulfil all course
requirements to meet curriculum standards. In most cases, transfer
students will need to enrol in a minimum of 3 full semesters of
on-campus instruction to meet the degree requirements. Non-academic
Requirements Applicants are required to submit additional background
information including a resume stating their work experiences,
additional education and/or training plus certification / qualifications
in special fields.
All fees are
approximate and are based on a full credit load for each program
(the number of credits may depend upon the elective courses selected)
and is subject to change. Costs of books and supplies are estimated.
Supply costs include only the specialized materials and equipment
needed for the program and not basic stationery supplies. The LCC
Studentsı Association fees are subject to change. For more detailed
information on tuition fee calculation and other fees, students
are advised to consult the FEES section of this Calendar.
into this program have the opportunity to apply related employment,
volunteer, educational or training experiences toward the completion
of the program. For information on Prior Learning Assessment, students
should contact the Registrarıs Office.
completion of all program requirements, students are awarded a Bachelor
of Applied Conservation Enforcement degree.
is found with provincial and federal government conservation and
resource management agencies such as Parks, Fish and Wildlife, Environment,
Forestry and Fisheries. Non-government employers include environmental
consulting firms, resource development companies and private conservation
students entering the Bachelor of Applied Conservation Enforcement
who receive advance credit must complete LCCıs minimum residency
requirements. Students may not receive advance credit for work
completed at another institution(s) in excess of 75% of the total
credits required for graduation from Lethbridge Community College.
Conservation Enforcement Officer positions often have very specific
physical requirements such as vision, hearing and weight. The
specific requirements differ with each agency. It is the applicantıs
responsibility to confirm that they meet the physical requirements
of the agencies they hope to work for.
Persons with a criminal record may have difficulty competing for
jobs as Conservation Enforcement Officers in Canada. Employers
often require that students hold a valid Standard First Aid or
Wilderness First Aid Certificate and/or a CPR Certificate to be
eligible for seasonal and/or permanent employment. Students are
encouraged to obtain these certificates either prior to entering
the program or during the first term.
number of workshops and short courses sponsored by various agencies
are available on evenings and weekends. Students are encouraged
to attend these sessions to enhance their credentials for employment.
Year I Term
I Hours/Week Credits
BIO 158 Vertebrate Zoology (2-2) 4
CJP 166 Criminal Law and Procedure (5-0) 5
ENG 155 Scientific and Technical Writing (3-0) 3
RRM 172 Foundations of Conservation (3-0) 3
RRM 196 Map & Aerial Photo Interpretation (3-2) 5
RRM 266 Physical Geology (3-2) 5
Total 25 credits
- Many courses
within the program require computer competency to complete assignments.
Where students lack these skills on entry, enrolment in CPU 151
Year I Term II Hours/Week Credits
BIO 154 Plant Taxonomy (2-2) 4
BIO 255 Ecology (3-2) 5
CJP 267 Fish, Wildlife and Parks Acts (5-0) 5
COM 150 Communications for Resource Managers (3-0) 3
PSY 160 Psychology (3-0) 3
STS 251 Statistical Methods (3-1) 4
Total 24 credits
Year II Term I Hours/Week Credits
BIO 159 Aquatic Biology (2-2) 4
CJP 170 Criminalistics (1-2) 3
PED 270 Defence and Aquatics (0-3) 3
RRM 264 Forest Management (3-2) 5
RRM 272 Issues in Canadian Renewable Resource Policy (3-0) 3
RRM 285 Water and Soil Monitoring (3-2) 5
Total 23 credits
Year II Term II Hours/Week Credits
CJP 182 Enforcement Techniques (3-0) 3
RRM 254 Range Resources (3-2) 5
RRM 258 Principles of Wildlife Biology (3-2) 5
RRM 259 Principles of Fishery Science (3-2) 5
RRM 294 Forest Protection (2-2) 4
RRM 298 Conservation Biology (3-0) 3
Total 25 credits
Year III Term I Hours/Week Credits
CJP 287 Crisis Intervention (3-0) 3
CJP 357 Environmental Compliance Techniques (3-0) 3
CJP 359 Conservation Law Investigation (3-2) 5
CJP 379 Case Management (3-0) 3
COM 263 Interpersonal Skills in Enforcement (3-0) 3
DCE 352 Parks Operations (5-0) 5
DCE 390 Special Topics (3-0) 3
Total 25 credits
Year III Term II Hours/Week Credits
CJP 282 Evidence and Court Procedures (5-0) 5
CJP 369 Patrol Procedures (3-2) 5
DCE 350 Administrative Procedures (5-0) 5
DCE 377 Environmental Law (3-0) 3
DCE 388 Problem Wildlife Management Techniques (3-0) 3
SOC 363 Diverse Cultural Communities (3-0) 3
Total 24 credits
Year IV Students must obtain a minimum of 30 credits through completion
of the following courses in directed field studies:
Year IV Required Courses Hours/Week Credits
DCE 455 Field Enforcement (5-0) 5
DCE 460 Community Involvement (3-0) 3
DCE 480 Administrative Techniques (3-0) 3
DCE 490 Senior Enforcement Project (3-0) 3
DCE 491 Senior Enforcement Project (5-0) 5
DCE 495 Independent Study (3-0) 3
DCE 496 Independent Study (5-0) 5
Year IV Electives Hours/Week Credits
DCE 456 Investigations (5-0) 5
DCE 470 Habitat Protection (3-0) 3
DCE 475 Problem Wildlife Techniques (5-0) 5
DCE 465 Public Safety (3-0) 3
DCE 476 Commercial Fisheries (3-0) 3
DCE 485 Program Management (5-0) 5
DCE 486 Advanced Enforcement Planning (5-0) 5
DCE 487 Mentorship (3-0) 3
Minimum total 30 credits
During the second and third years, students are off-campus completing
field courses most of September and April. It is extremely difficult
to take Year I and Year II courses simultaneously.
advised to complete all Year I courses before proceeding to Year
II, and all Year II courses before enrolling in Year III courses.
The following courses have a field component. In the Fall term,
field trips are in September, while in the Winter term, field trips
occur in April.
BIO 159 Aquatic
369 Patrol Procedures
352 Park Operations
253 Soil Resources
254 Range Resources
258 Principles of Wildlife Biology
259 Principles of Fishery Science
264 Forest Management
294 Forest Protection
in the above courses are expected to provide their own equipment
and supplies. This may include: warm sleeping bag, ground sheet
and pad, tent (may be shared with other students), ruck sack or
duffle bag for gear, adequate clothing for cold/wet weather, hiking
boots, binoculars, cooking and eating gear (may be shared), food,
field notebook, compass, and hip or chest waders. Fieldwork schedules
are dependent on many variables and often require students to participate
on weekends. All program fieldtrips require mandatory attendance.
Lab and class schedules are also extended when related to field
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