Environmental Law / Enforcement Program
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.
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.
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.