Take your passion for protecting the land, wildlife and fisheries resources to the next level in the Conservation Enforcement – Bachelor of Applied Science program, the only degree of its kind in Canada.

 

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Overview

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This made-in-Lethbridge degree has been honed through nearly four decades of experience and was the first of its kind to be offered in Canada. Building off of the Natural Resource Compliance diploma, the Conservation Enforcement applied degree equips you to protect the nation’s land, wildlife and fisheries resources.

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 so much more.

On campus, you’ll study in the Cousins Science Centre, training on industry-standard tools and getting up close and personal with the Hubbard Collection – one of Canada’s largest collections of full-body taxidermy mammals.

Of course, a good deal of your education will be spent in what will one day be your office: the great outdoors. For your final two semesters, we’ll send you out into the rivers, lakes, fields and mountains on an eight-month field study unique to your degree.

When you graduate from the Conservation Enforcement – Bachelor of Applied Science degree program, you’ll have the knowledge and firsthand experience in natural and physical sciences and resource law enforcement to not only conserve the planet but sustain your future.

Take your Natural Resource Compliance diploma to the next level in the Conservation Enforcement – Bachelor of Applied Science. Apply today!

Career opportunities

Where will your degree in Conservation Enforcement take you? It could take you across Canada and all around North America in a meaningful career conserving the planet. Your career opportunities include:

  • conservation officer
  • fishery officer
  • park patrol officer
  • park ranger
  • environmental investigator/inspector
  • municipal police officer
  • RCMP officer
  • fish and wildlife officer
  • wildlife investigator
  • pollution control officer
  • resource management officer
Starts In: September
Status: Now accepting applications.
Next Intake: Fall (September) 2018
Application Deadlines:

  • Domestic for Fall 2018: September 4, 2018
  • International for Fall 2018: June 1, 2018

For a full list of dates and deadlines, click here.

Duration: 2 Years (Post-Diploma: Natural Resource Compliance)
Credential: Bachelor of Applied Science
Delivery Format
Blended (classroom + online)
Learning Environment

Years 1 and 2 (See Natural Resource Compliance Diploma).


Special note 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.

Year 3 Term I (Environmental Monitoring and Compliance Specialty)
Course Code Course Name Credits
CEN-3354
3.00
CEN-3357
3.00
CEN-3369
3.00
ENV-3381
3.00
ENV-3397
3.00
Year 3 Term II (Environmental Monitoring and Compliance Specialty)
Course Code Course Name Credits
CEN-3379
3.00
CEN-3374
3.00
CEN-3390
3.00
CJP-2287
3.00
ENV-2280
3.00

The following courses are also available through online learning:

  • CJP-2287 Crisis Intervention
Year 4 (Environmental Monitoring and Compliance Specialty)
Course Code Course Name Credits
CEN-4455
6.00
CEN-4460
3.00
CEN-4480
3.00
CEN-4491
6.00
CEN-4496
6.00
CEN-4470
3.00
CEN-4485
3.00

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 above courses.

Year 3 Term I (Fish, Wildlife and Parks Specialty)
Course Code Course Name Credits
CEN-3354
3.00
CEN-3357
3.00
CEN-3369
3.00
CEN-3352
3.00
CEN-3389
3.00
Year 3 Term II (Fish, Wildlife and Parks Specialty)
Course Code Course Name Credits
CEN-3379
3.00
CEN-3374
3.00
CEN-3390
3.00
CJP-2287
3.00
SOC-3355
3.00

The following courses are also available through online learning:

  • CJP-2287 Crisis Intervention
Year 4 (Fish, Wildlife and Parks Specialty)
Course Code Course Name Credits
CEN-4455
6.00
CEN-4460
3.00
CEN-4480
3.00
CEN-4491
6.00
CEN-4496
6.00
CEN-4465
3.00
CEN-4475
3.00

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 above courses.

Admissions

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 admission requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs as indicated in the Admissions 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.

Supplies for field studies

Students on field studies are expected to provide their own equipment and supplies. This includes:

  • warm sleeping bag
  • ground sheet and pad
  • tent may be required (notification will be given at orientation)
  • back pack for gear
  • adequate clothing for cold/wet weather
  • hiking boots
  • work gloves
  • cooking and eating gear (may be shared)
  • food
  • binoculars
  • digital camera (standard feature)
  • orienteering compass
  • field equipment vest (recommended)
  • “write-in-the-rain” treated field notebook/surveyors book
  • water bottle
  • sunscreen
  • safety glasses (third year)
  • 30 cm metric steel ruler

Field studies schedules are dependent on many variables and may require students to participate on weekends. All program field studies require mandatory attendance.

Other required supplies

Available from Lethbridge College Bookstore:

  • lab coat
  • safety glasses
  • Douglas protractor
  • “write-in-the-rain” treated field notebook/surveyors book
  • 16X hand lens
  • dissection kit
  • metric triangular scale with 1:20, 1:25, 1:50, 1:75, 1:100 and 1:125 graduations

Available from sporting, hardware, and office supply stores:

  • Nexus Type 115 or Silva Ranger compass (with declination adjustment screw)
  • clipboard
  • 4 GB or higher USB memory stick
  • chest waders
  • scientific calculator ($15 - $30 range)
  • 12 or more coloured pencils (pencil crayons)
  • binoculars (8 X 40 or 10 X 50 magnification)
  • 30 cm metric steel ruler

For additional information concerning supplies, contact the lab coordinator at 403-320-3202 ext. 5594.

Special note 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.

Academic Year Tuition Fees Books & Supplies
Year 3 $4,506.00 $1,280.00 $1,170.00
Year 4 $4,590.00 $808.00 $306.00

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  • 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.
  • International students are charged three times the tuition fee of their particular program and the same (other) fees as domestic students.
  • 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.

Learn by doing

You'll have your feet on the soil and your hands in the water, exploring, learning and gaining skills that simply cannot be acquired in the classroom.

Out in the wilderness, far from the classroom – that’s where our environmental science students are during field trip season. We provide opportunities for hands-on learning in the field, quite literally. Our location is an ideal gateway to diverse ecosystems. To the west lay the foothills, the Rocky Mountains and Waterton Lakes National Park. To the east lay the Badlands, and all around us, the prairies.

As a student in one of our environmental science programs, you’ll get to experience it all. You’ll have your feet on the soil and your hands in the water, exploring, learning and gaining skills that simply cannot be acquired in the classroom.

When you’re preparing for a career in environmental science, it’s not enough to read from a textbook or stare at a screen. It’s something you need to do. And at Lethbridge College, you’ll get that opportunity.

Hands-on, immersive learning

Fully renovated, fully equipped
Fully renovated, fully equipped

Use research-grade equipment in the Cousins Science Centre.

Fully renovated, fully equipped

Fully renovated in 2007 to remain on the cutting edge of technology and equipment developments for years to come, the Cousins Science Centre houses a level of equipment seldom seen at the college or undergraduate level. Students in our environmental sciences and agriculture sciences programs use research-grade labs and equipment, meaning the researchers of tomorrow learn while using the same equipment they’ll use later in their careers. And yes, you almost do have to be a rocket scientist to understand just what our labs contain, including:

  • a mass spectrometer
  • an atomic absorption spectrophotometer
  • infrared autoanalyzers
  • photo-ionization devices
  • and so much more

The building contains 13 labs, eight of which are multifunctional and flexible, and its air system utilizes 33 fume hoods that create negative pressure within the labs for increased safety. The Cousins Science Centre features:

  • three chemistry labs
  • two botany labs with diurnal growth chambers
  • two zoology labs
  • a physics lab
  • a necropsy lab
  • a flume lab
  • a soils room
  • a microbiology suite with two labs and accompanying facilities
  • the Hubbard Wildlife Collection

A hub of collaboration

The Cousins Science Centre isn’t just a state-of-the-art building to study in – it’s a hub of collaboration and hands-on learning. It connects us with all of the other resources we share with industry across southern Alberta, meaning your education is relevant for the workforce of tomorrow. And it’s the starting point of all the field trips and producer visits that you’ll go on as a student in either our Agriculture or Environmental Sciences programs.

Get up close and personal
Get up close and personal

…with some of the most diverse residents of the province.

Get up close and personal

No, we’re not about to put you face-to-face with a live grizzly bear or cougar as part of an identification course, but you will be able to get up close and personal with the full body taxidermy versions.

Lethbridge College is home to one of Canada’s largest collections of full body taxidermy mammals, most of which are native to Alberta. Donated by the family of Alfred Hubbard, the collection provides our students with a 360-degree view of over 100 specimens, including:

  • grizzly
  • cougar
  • bison
  • bobcat
  • pronghorn
  • mountain goat
  • deer
  • wolf
  • black bear
  • badger
  • silver fox
  • lynx
  • several birds of prey

Rather than staring at one image on a page in a textbook, you’ll be able to examine an actual specimen from all angles. It’s a far more engaging way to learn about species and, in our opinion, a far more memorable experience.

Video games in college?
Video games in college?

That's right! You’ll learn to make scenario-based decisions with video game-like technology.

Video games in college?

Using video game-like technology, judgment simulators improve your judgment, decision making, communication and observation skills using real-world, real-time scenarios. We’re one of the only post-secondary institutions in western Canada with this type of simulator technology.

The two simulators allow you to experience and respond to nearly 700 different scenarios that range from verbal compliance situations to lethal action outcomes, depending on your program. You could be dealing with an emotionally disturbed individual, a routine traffic stop that reveals a potential poacher, or a highly agitated youth threatening self-harm. The technology is dynamic enough that our instructors can build their own scenarios to meet the individual needs of their courses.

These real-life training scenarios emphasize the importance of improving your knowledge and skills for your chosen career path, giving you immediate feedback that allows you to acknowledge which skills may need a little extra attention. And spending time practicing real-world simulations gives you the tools and knowledge you’ll need to respond to everyday situations that arise once you’re on the job.

Learn from those who have been there, done that

Our environmental science instructors have been there, done that and want you to follow in their footsteps. They have extensive experience and expertise to share, and students aren’t the only ones seeking out their knowledge.

The team for Bushnell’s Trigger Effect, a hunting and fishing show, have also sought out their expertise, specifically creating the Conservation Connection segment on the show to feature our instructors. Theseexperts, who could one day be your instructors, talk on a wide variety of issues related to hunting, conservation, habitat, endangered species, enforcement, fisheries and more. The segment adds an educational element unique to hunting shows and illustrates the extensive knowledge of our instructors and what we’re teaching here at Lethbridge College.

Catch our instructors on the latest season of Bushnell’s Trigger Effect or, better yet, catch them in the classroom.

Follow your passion into a career

More than a career

“There’s jobs. There’s careers. And then there’s lifestyles.”

A career you can identify with

“I was pointed in that Lethbridge College direction. That was the perfect fit.”

A pre-requisite for environmental science

The “Godfather” of our Environmental Sciences program

Buck Cunningham built the college’s widely-respected Environmental Sciences program. Kerry Edwards (Renewable Resource Management 1983), a Conservation Enforcement/Natural Resource Compliance instructor, recalls meeting Cunningham when he first came to campus as a student. “He interviewed every student who came in the door,” Edwards says. “He wanted to make sure the student was the right fit for the program. And he had hired an amazing staff. They were all well-educated and experts in their fields. He had a vision to have this be the best Environmental Sciences program in the country. He definitely laid the foundation for a very strong program.”

From here to there: alumni updates

Lethbridge College isn’t just a place to go to school – we’re a community that is here to support you from your initial interest in our program through to the moment you cross the stage at Convocation and beyond. Just take a look at where an LC education has taken some of our grads.

Gordon Cox

“After graduating I went straight into a career with Environment Canada as a federal wildlife officer. After 12 years of service, I came to teach at the college in my old program on a one-year term contract, which turned into becoming a full time instructor July of 2016.”

– From Fall 2017 Wider Horizons

Andrew Baron

“I like the fact that not every day’s the same. There’s always something different that’s happening. The job is very dynamic; you could be doing paperwork one minute and (then) you could be out on a call chasing hunters, dealing with problem wildlife. It’s the best job in the world.”

– From Spring 2015 Wider Horizons

Mandy Pearson

Mandy Pearson writes that she worked two summers as a seasonal conservation officer and then migrated home to the Yukon. She then started a horse packing and trail riding business from home called Yukon Horsepacking Adventures, where she takes guests out on trail rides, steak dinner rides, two- to eight-day camping trips into the mountains by horseback and also hosts workshops from the business’ dining lodge. She has spent 12 years developing this company as well as a small expediting company. The expediting company hauls freight to different gold mines and exploration camps in the Yukon. Pearson writes: “We typically have three to five employees between both businesses. I have a small son now and my partner Armin and I enjoy working from home, spending time with family, working a small gold mine in the summer and racing sled dogs in the winter.” To learn more about Pearson’s business, check out her website: www.yukonhorsepacking.com.

– From Winter 2013 Wider Horizons

Jerry Cheshuk

Edmonton native Jerry Cheshuk served 23 years in water, utilities and public works for the city of Yorkton and eventually became the assistant director of public water works. After 23 years, Cheshuk and his wife packed up and moved to Squamish, B.C., where Cheshuk got a job as a water and environmental services manager with the Resort Municipality of Whistler. Not long after, the technology graduate who studied at Lethbridge College discovered that Saskatchewan was home, and was featured in the Nipawin Journal after moving and accepting the position of director of works and utilities in Nipawin, Sask.

– From Winter 2013 Wider Horizons

Success stories from Wider Horizons

Cousins Building: An inside look

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