Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement Certification with NRT: Bachelor of Science
This emphasis provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to be employed as a law enforcement officer. This emphasis prepares students for a career in law enforcement and possible future promotion to supervisory and adminstrative positions with local, state, and federal agencies. This emphasis includes the necessary courses to allow students to attend the LSSU Skills Completion Academy which in combination allows students to be licensed by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES). Students who graduate from this program and successfully complete the State licensing exam are qualified for direct placement in Michigan police agencies. Students in this emphasis will also attain an associate's degree in Natural Resources Technology (NRT). The addition of the NRT degree is a key component for students seeking employment with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and out of state wildlife agencies.
Students with a particular interest in state and federal laws enacted to protect our natural resources and federal restrictions on the use of our renewable resources should consider obtaining both an associate’s degree in natural resources technology and a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice. The NRT degree will provide the student with a good general background in natural resources and the criminal justice degree will allow the student to be fully qualified for many different law enforcement opportunities. Jobs for conservation law officers are limited, but the above configuration of degrees prepares a student to be highly competitive for openings that do occur. Students selecting this course of study should work closely with their advisor in order to complete both degrees in the four-year span. Students will take courses from both programs during their first three years and then complete the final requirements for the Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement degree in their fourth year.