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Natural Resources Law Enforcement


Associate of Applied Science in Natural Resources Law Enforcement

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.

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:

  • Exhibits a professional, personal and ethical lifestyle consistent with law enforcement standards;
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the laws of arrest, search and seizure;
  • Meets or exceeds fitness standards at local, state and federal agencies;
  • Demonstrates basic skills related to investigation and evidence processing;
  • Listens and communicates effectively (written and oral) internally and externally;
  • Demonstrates a working knowledge of natural resources technical skills; and,
  • Applies administrative, leadership and management skills.



Associate of Applied Science in Natural Resources Law Enforcement

Course of Study

For students entering May 2015

COURSE NO.FIRST SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
FOR-1111Forest Dendrology1.004.003.00$90.00
NRLW-1100Introduction to NR Law Enforcement0.501.501.00$275.00
NRLW-1107NR Information Technology and Equipment Operation2.003.003.00$140.00
GS-1000HC Cornerstone1.000.001.00$80.00
NRLW-1101NR Law Fitness0.002.001.00$75.00
ENGL-1510English Composition I4.000.004.00$50.00
NRLW-1000Handgun Safety and Proficiency0.501.001.50$475.00
NRM-1125Map Reading and Interpretation0.002.001.00$95.00
NRM-1110Chain Saw Operations and Maintenance0.002.001.00$200.00
ORNRM-1111Natural Resources Equipment0.002.001.00$200.00
COURSE NO.SECOND SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
INTP-1121Interpretive Guide Techniques1.004.003.00$200.00
NRLW-1103NR Criminal Law1.503.003.00$70.00
WLM-1156Wildlife Ecology and ID1.500.001.50$10.00
WLM-1156LWildlife Ecology and Identification Lab0.003.001.50$120.00
NRLW-1102NR Law Fitness0.002.001.00$75.00
MATH-1108Intermediate Algebra3.000.003.00$40.00
***Natural Resources Science Elective0.000.003.00
COURSE NO.SUMMER SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
NRM-2296Natural Resources Practicum & Seminar1.007.002.00$100.00
COURSE NO.THIRD SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
NRLW-2209NR Administration and Management2.000.002.00$40.00
GEO-1102Introduction to GPS1.002.002.00$175.00
WLM-2245Wildlife Techniques1.500.001.50$10.00
WLM-2245LWildlife Techniques Lab0.003.001.50$120.00
FOR-1149Basic Wildland Firefighting0.502.001.50$90.00
NRLW-2101NR Law Fitness0.002.001.00$75.00
NRM-1113Watercraft Operation and Maintenance0.002.001.00$175.00
NRM-1114How to Get Government Jobs0.500.000.50$30.00
***Social Science Elective0.000.003.00
COURSE NO.FOURTH SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
NRLW-2212Law Enforcemet Mgt. & Operations1.503.003.00$30.00
NRLW-2210Forensic Science/Collection & Preservati (Capstone)1.503.003.00$265.00
WLM-2215Wildlife Management1.500.001.50$10.00
WLM-2215LWildlife Management Lab0.003.001.50$110.00
BIOS-2269Gamefish Identification0.001.500.50$80.00
NRLW-2102NR Law Fitness0.002.001.00$75.00
NRM-1124Rappelling & Vertical Rope Rescue0.002.001.00$200.00
EM-1108CPR & First Aid for Comm. & Workplace0.003.001.00$200.00


Hocking College reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Natural Resources Law Enforcement Program are eligible for employment as park rangers at private, local, county, state and federal levels. Job titles may include: park police officer, law enforcement officer, environmental police officer, game protector and river ranger.

Occupation Profile

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Nelsonville, OH 45764