U​niversity of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

Guide to Academic Programs & Careers

 

Environmental Law / Enforcement Program

Introduction

The minor in Environmental Law/Enforcement is designed to provide students with a law enforcement background which can be utilized with a major in the College of Natural Resources. The minor meets the requirements of the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The program combines academic backgrounds in criminology, law, and ethics with specialized training in environmental enforcement. The Environmental Law option allows students to study the history and policies associated with environmental laws. The Environmental Law Enforcement option includes 12 credits of coursework in environmental law plus 12 credits of police recruit school training to gain law enforcement credentials.
 

Why Study Environmental Law/Enforcement at UWSP?

Program strengths include an integrated resource management curriculum, the intern program, field-oriented instruction, small upper-level class size, intensive academic advising, summer field camp and optional field study in Germany, Australia, Costa Rica and Africa. The College of Natural Resources also has an excellent relationship with the Department of Natural Resources which provides numerous internship options for our students.
 

High School Preparation

To prepare for a minor in Environmental Law/Enforcement, high school students should focus on courses in biology, environmental sciences, psychology, sociology, computers, and communication.
 

Department Features

The faculty includes representation from the College of Natural Resources, the Departments of Sociology, Philosophy, and Political Science, and training officers from the Department of Natural Resources.
 

Employment Opportunity

This minor, combined with a major in resource management, wildlife, forest recreation or fisheries will qualify graduates to work as conservation wardens, police officers, or park rangers. In addition to the minor, most employers require the passing of a rigorous physical examination. 

​Sample Program of Study

Students who select this minor are advised to choose an academic major which provides additional career opportunities. In addition, students who wish to be employed outside of the State of Wisconsin are advised to check state requirements for residency and training. Internships with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the National Park Service or the U.S. Forest Service are valuable for employment after graduation.

Option 1 - Environmental Law Enforcement (Warden / Park Ranger): 24 credits

  • ​NR 440 - Environmental Law Enforcement Theories and Principles, 3 credits
  • ​NR 473 - Resource Policy and Law, 3 credits
  • ​NR 320 - Natural Resources and Public Relations, 3 credits
    or Comm 230 - Public Relations, 3 credits
  • ​Soc 230 - Criminology, ​3 credits

Option 2 - Environmental Law: 21 credits

  • NR 440 - Environmental Law Enforcement Theories and Principles, 3 credits
  • ​NR 473 - Resource Policy and Law, 3 credits
  • ​NR 320 - Natural Resources and Public Relations, 3 credits
    or Comm 230 - Public Relations, 3 credits
  • ​Soc 230 - Criminology, ​3 credits
  • ​Philosophy 315 - Philosophy of Law, 3 credits
    or Philosophy 380 - Environmental Ethics, 3 credits
  • ​Pol Sci 212 - Law and Legal Systems, 3 credits
  • ​Pol Sci 304 - Environmental Policy, 3 credits

​Graduates at Work

Conservation Warden
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Park Ranger
National Park Service

Environmental Officer
Environmental Protection Agency