Take your passion for protecting the land, wildlife and fisheries resources to the next level in the Conservation Enforcement – Bachelor of Applied Science program. This made-in-Lethbridge degree has been honed through nearly four decades of experience and builds on the Natural Resource Compliance diploma.

Through a proven blend of classroom theory, lab exercises and outdoor excursions, you’ll develop the skills needed to deal with problem wildlife, investigate violations, enforce resource laws and more. You’ll graduate with the knowledge and firsthand experience in natural and physical sciences and resource law enforcement to not only conserve the planet but sustain your future.

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Career Opportunities

  • Conservation Officer
  • Environmental Investigator/Inspector
  • Fish and Wildlife Officer
  • Fishery Officer
  • Municipal Police Officer                                                                     
  • Park Patrol Officer                                                                             
  • Park Ranger
  • Park Warden
  • Pollution Control Officer
  • RCMP Officer
  • Resource Management Officer
  • Wildlife Investigator


  • Natural Resource Law Enforcement Officer positions have specific physical requirements such as vision, hearing and physical fitness. The specific requirements differ with each agency. It is the applicant’s responsibility to confirm that they meet the requirements of the agencies with which they hope to work.
  • 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.
  • A 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.

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1st program

of its kind to be offered in Canada

61 Districts

in Alberta where fish and wildlife officers work

2 Semesters

you’ll spend working in the lakes, rivers, fields and mountains during field studies




Credential / Accreditation

Bachelor of Applied Science


2 years (post-diploma)

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Program Availability

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New third-year students, or transfer students with advance standing through completion of a related diploma, are accepted into the program in September of each year for on-campus study.

General Admissions Requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs, as indicated in the Admission section of this calendar.

Academic Requirements

Students who have completed a Natural Resource Compliance Diploma from Lethbridge College will be accepted directly into the Conservation Enforcement - Bachelor of Applied Science. A minimum GPA of 2.00 or equivalent is required for admission.

Transfer students are required to have a diploma in natural resource management or equivalent, or a related bachelor’s degree in an area such as resource management, biology, environmental studies or a similar area of study. Transfer students with related credentials will be accepted into the program after being assessed on an individual basis to determine whether they are required to take bridging courses to meet degree outcomes.  A minimum GPA of 2.00 or equivalent is required for admission.

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Delivery Formats

The Conservation Enforcement – Bachelor of Applied Science is available through the following delivery methods.

Hyflex with In-Person Labs

This program is offered both online and on campus in a synchronous format (learning occurs at the same time) that allows lectures to be delivered in-person or through a hyflex approach as needed. All labs take place in-person on campus in Lethbridge.

On Campus

This program is delivered in a face-to-face format on the main Lethbridge College campus. Lectures, labs and hands-on training opportunities will all take place on campus in Lethbridge.


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Course Title Credits
Year 1
See Natural Resource Compliance diploma. 30
  Credits 30
Year 2
See Natural Resource Compliance diploma. 30
  Credits 30
Year 3
Term I
CEN-3354 Administrative Procedures 3
CEN-3357 Environmental Compliance Techniques 3
CEN-3369 Environmental Investigations 3
Select 1 of the following options: 6
Option A - Environmental Monitoring and Complance specialty  
Environmental Water Quality  
Environmental Assessment and Auditing  
Option B - Fish, Wildlife and Parks specialty  
Parks and Protected Areas  
Problem Wildlife Management Techniques  
  Credits 15
Term II
CEN-3374 Environmental Law 3
CEN-3379 Case Management 3
CEN-3390 Issues in Resource Enforcement 3
CJP-2287 Strategies in Crisis Situations 3
Select 1 of the following options: 3
Option A - Environmental Monitoring and Compliance specialty  
Contaminant Management  
Option B - Fish, Wildlife and Parks specialty  
Cultural Diversity in Conservation Enforcement  
  Credits 15
Year 4
Students are eligible to register in Directed Field Studies courses after successful completion of Year 3. Students must complete a Summer and a Fall term of Directed Field Studies earning a total of 30 learning credits through completion of the following courses:  
CEN-4455 Field Enforcement 6
CEN-4460 Community Involvement 3
CEN-4480 Administrative Techniques 3
CEN-4491 Senior Enforcement Project 6
CEN-4496 Independent Study 6
Select 1 of the following options: 6
Option A - Environmental Monitoring and Compliance specialty  
Habitat Protection  
Program Management  
Option B - Fish, Wildlife and Parks specialty  
Hazard Assessment and Public Safety  
Problem Wildlife Field Techniques  
  Credits 30
  Total Credits 120

Special notes about field studies:

Students are off-campus completing field studies during most of September and April. In the Fall term, field studies are in September, while in the Winter term, field studies are scheduled in April.

Students will be expected to complete non-credit environmental field techniques courses as part of the requirement to complete the program. Courses such as firearms safety, loading and backing trailers, and basic first aid will occur as part of field trip season activities.

Students will be responsible for the fees associated with these courses. Prior valid training possessed by students will be considered for recognition.

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Tuition and Fees

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Year 4
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Title Tuition Fees Books/Supplies
Year 3
Year 4

Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.

Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.

Students are responsible for the cost of the field trips relating to this program.

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