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Natural Resources Law Enforcement

 Natural Resources Law Enforcement

Natural Resources Law EnforcementKey Program Features: Real-world experience, small class sizes, hands-on learning, professional opportunities, and an engaging faculty.

The Natural Resources Law Enforcement program prepares you for emergency service and visitor assistance careers in the natural resources field.

The program is designed to teach the skills necessary to protect life and resources from harm in federal, state, local, and privately-held parklands, natural areas, recreational sites, and managed resource areas. Rangers frequently engage in law enforcement, search and rescue, emergency medicine, fire fighting, visitor and user assistance, resource management and education.

 


 

 

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Associate of Applied Science in Natural Resources Law Enforcement program:

  • Recognize and practice a professional, personal, and ethical lifestyle consistent with law enforcement standards
  • Appropriately utilize knowledge of the state and federal laws of arrest, search and seizure.
  • Apply basic investigation and evidence processing skills.
  • Maintain personal health and wellbeing that meets or exceeds fitness standards at local, state and federal agencies.
  • Demonstrates proficiency as a multifaceted natural resources ranger in both law and interpretation.
  • Applies administrative, leadership, and management skills in the natural resources profession.

 

Additional Outcomes

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Hocking College

2018 - 2019 Associate of Applied Science in Natural Resources Law Enforcement

Total Credit Hours:
63.0

Estimated Course Fees:
$4,197.00

Class Hours: 29.0
Lab Hours: 69.5

Total Credit Hours:
64.0

Estimated Course Fees:
$4,102.00

Class Hours: 28.5
Lab Hours: 65.5

 

Hocking College Reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.
  COURSE NO. FIRST SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  NRLW-1100 Introduction to NR Law Enforcement 0.00 2.00 1.00 $275.00
  NRLW-1107 NR Information Technology & Equipment Operation 2.00 3.00 3.00 $140.00
  GS-1000 HC Cornerstone 1.00 0.00 1.00 $80.00
  NRLW-1101 NR Law Fitness 0.00 2.00 1.00 $75.00
  ENGL-1510 English Composition I 4.00 0.00 4.00 $50.00
  NRLW-1000 Handgun Safety & Proficiency 0.50 2.00 1.50 $475.00
  GEO-1125 Map Reading & Interpretation 0.00 2.00 1.00 $95.00
  FOR-1109 Dendrology 1.00 0.00 1.00 $40.00
  FOR-1109L Dendrology Lab 0.00 4.00 2.00 $140.00
  NRM-1110 Chain Saw Operations & Maintenance 0.00 2.00 1.00 $200.00
 OR NRM-1111 Natural Resources Equipment 0.00 2.00 1.00 $200.00
    Totals 8.50 17.00 16.50 $1,570.00

  COURSE NO. SECOND SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  INTP-1121 Interpretive Guide Techniques 1.00 4.00 3.00 $250.00
  NRLW-1103 NR Criminal Law 1.50 3.00 3.00 $70.00
  WLM-1156 Wildlife Ecology & Identification 1.50 0.00 1.50 $10.00
  WLM-1156L Wildlife Ecology & Identification Lab 0.00 3.00 1.50 $120.00
  NRLW-1102 NR Law Fitness 0.00 2.00 1.00 $75.00
  MATH-1103 Applied Mathematics 2.00 2.00 3.00 $182.00
  BIOS-1132 Field Biology 0.50 0.00 0.50 $10.00
  BIOS-1132L Field Biology Lab 0.00 3.00 1.50 $85.00
    Totals 6.50 17.00 15.00 $802.00

  COURSE NO. SUMMER SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  NRM-2296 Natural Resources Practicum & Seminar 1.00 7.00 2.00 $100.00
    Totals 1.00 7.00 2.00 $100.00

  COURSE NO. THIRD SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  NRLW-2209 NR Administration & Management 2.00 0.00 2.00 $40.00
  EM-1108 Basic Life Support (CPR) / Basic First Aid 0.00 3.00 1.00 $200.00
  WLM-2245 Wildlife Techniques 1.50 0.00 1.50 $10.00
  WLM-2245L Wildlife Techniques Lab 0.00 3.00 1.50 $120.00
  FOR-1149 Basic Wildland Firefighting 0.50 2.00 1.00 $90.00
  NRLW-2101 NR Law Fitness 0.00 2.00 1.00 $75.00
  NRM-1113 Watercraft Opertion & Maintenance 0.00 2.00 1.00 $175.00
  NRM-1114 How to Get Government Jobs 0.50 0.00 0.50 $30.00
  NRM-1124 Rappelling and Vertical Rope Rescue 0.00 2.00 1.00 $200.00
  *** Social Science Elective 0.00 0.00 3.00  -
    Totals 4.50 15.50 14.50 $1,020.00

  COURSE NO. FOURTH SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  NRLW-2212 Law Enforcement Management & Operations 1.50 3.00 3.00 $30.00
  NRLW-2210 Forensic Science/Collection & Preservation (Capstone) 1.50 3.00 3.00 $265.00
  WLM-2215 Wildlife Management 1.50 0.00 1.50 $10.00
  WLM-2215L Wildlife Management Lab 0.00 3.00 1.50 $110.00
  NRLW-2102 NR Law Fitness 0.00 2.00 1.00 $75.00
  COMM-1130 Speech 3.00 0.00 3.00 $40.00
  GEO-1102 Introduction to GPS 1.00 2.00 2.00 $175.00
    Totals 8.50 13.00 15.00 $705.00
FIRST SEMESTER
Course Hours: 8.50 Lab Hours: 16.00 Cost: $1,570.00

SECOND SEMESTER
Course Hours: 6.00 Lab Hours: 14.00 Cost: $707.00

SUMMER SEMESTER
Course Hours: 1.00 Lab Hours: 7.00 Cost: $100.00

THIRD SEMESTER
Course Hours: 5.50 Lab Hours: 11.00 Cost: $715.00

FOURTH SEMESTER
Course Hours: 7.50 Lab Hours: 17.50 Cost: $1,010.00

Additional Resources

Natural Resources Law Enforcement
A Career in Natural Resources Law
Enforcement Will Take You Back to Your Roots

Graduates of the Natural Resources Law Enforcement Program are eligible for employment as park rangers at private, local, county, state and federal levels.

Examples of job titles may include, Park Police Officer, Law Enforcement Officer, Environmental Police Officer, Wildlife Officer, Watercraft Officer, or Conservation Officer

 

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Interested in more information about becoming a Natural Resources Law Enforcement Officer? Download our NR Law Enforcement ebook!

Download the e-book here


Want to meet some of our incredible Natural Resources Faculty? Check out out Faculty Spotlight!
 
See the Faculty Spotlight Here!
 

Student Learning Outcomes 

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are statements of what a student will be able to do when they have completed a program. They represent the knowledge and skills a program has determined are most important for students to gain from that program and include both the Success Skills (institutional outcomes) and Program Outcomes. SLOs are specific and measurable so the program can accurately assess the degree to which students have achieved each outcome, and they align with college and institution mission and values. Data on the achievement of SLOs is used to make improvements in the program and increase student success. 

Success Skills

  • CE - Communicates Effectively
  • PA - Maintains Professional Skills and Attitudes
  • CT - Demonstrates Learning Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving Skills
  • ET - Maintains a Code of Ethics
  • HR - Practices Human Relations Skills
  • MS - Demonstrates Math Skills
  • GA - Demonstrates Community, Cultural and Global Awareness
  • IT - Implements Career-Appropriate Technology

To learn more about each of these, click here.

Program Outcomes

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Associate of Applied Science in Natural Resources Law Enforcement program:

  • Recognize and practice a professional, personal, and ethical lifestyle consistent with law enforcement standards
  • Appropriately utilize knowledge of the state and federal laws of arrest, search and seizure.
  • Apply basic investigation and evidence processing skills.
  • Maintain personal health and wellbeing that meets or exceeds fitness standards at local, state and federal agencies.
  • Demonstrates proficiency as a multifaceted natural resources ranger in both law and interpretation.
  • Applies administrative, leadership, and management skills in the natural resources profession.

Retention Rates

Retention rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research utilizing the following criteria:
  • All registered fall/autumn students with registration status for the following fall/autumn.
  • Excludes special populations - College Credit Plus, Non Degree, Online Military and University Center.
  • Potential for upcoming fall/autumn excludes graduates from that fall/autumn, spring and summer terms.
Academic Year Retention Rate
2016 - 2017 61%
2015 - 2016 59%
2014 - 2015 58%

2017 - 2018 Retention Rate: N/A

2016 - 2017 Retention Rate: N/A

2015 - 2016 Retention Rate: N/A

2014 - 2015 Retention Rate: N/A

2013 - 2014 Retention Rate: N/A

 

Graduation Rates 

Graduation rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research. To ensure appropriate time for data collection, this report will be run and posted annually in the last week of September for the previous academic year. It should be noted that annual graduation rates may change as students continue to graduate. The following criteria will be utilized for the calculation of graduation rates:

  • Overall Program Completion Rate is defined as a percentage of the ratio: 

    All graduates of the program
    _________________________________________________________________
    All students with the program in their history of programs of study

  • For the purposes of reporting, the program completion rates are aggregated by academic year of entry.
  • A student is considered to have completed or graduated from a program or certificate by virtue of having been awarded the degree or certificate.
  • A student is considered to be undertaking activity in a program of study for the duration of time that they are in an active status in a program or certificate. This is defined by having a Program of Study with a status of ‘A’ during the duration of time they are taking coursework.  Should a student move in and out of active status in a program of study while continuing to take coursework, we only take into account the student’s activity while the program has an active status for that particular program of study.
Academic Year Graduation Rate
2016 - 2017 24.82%
2015 - 2016 31.39%
2014 - 2015 23.18%

2017 - 2018 Graduation Rate: N/A

2016 - 2017 Graduation Rate: N/A

2015 - 2016 Graduation Rate: N/A

 

2017 - 2018 Employment Rate: N/A

2016 - 2017 Employment Rate: N/A

2015 - 2016 Employment Rate: N/A

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