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B.Sc. On Campus

Natural Resource Law Enforcement

South Dakota State University

48 months
372 USD/credit
372 USD/credit
257 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The Natural Resource Law Enforcement program at South Dakota State University was developed in coordination with state and federal agencies to prepare students for careers as conservation officers, federal wildlife agents, park rangers, and game wardens.  

Visit the official programme website for more information


The curriculum is designed to provide students with a strong academic foundation that integrates natural resource management, conservation and law enforcement.  

Students pursue coursework in wildlife and fisheries sciences, ecology, criminal law and procedures, constitutional law, social issues, and environmental laws and policies.  

Students acquire skills in communication, conflict resolution, teamwork, leadership, ethics, laws and human dimensions, statistics, technology, global competence, critical thinking, and problem solving.  

The Natural Resource Law Enforcement program at South Dakota State University  also delivers outstanding non-traditional educational experiences to students, further increasing their opportunities for career success.

Career Opportunities

  • Conservation Officer
  • Federal Enforcement Agent
  • Game Warden
  • Park Ranger
  • Federal Refuge Manager

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Integrated Natural Resource Management and Lab 
  • Natural Resource Statistics and Lab
  • Principles of Ecology 
  • Grasses and Grasslike Plants and Lab 
  • Aquatic Plants and Lab 
  • Plant Ecology and Lab 
  • Orientation to Natural Resource Management 
  • Natural Resource Management Techniques 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed online application Note: New and transferring international (F-1 visa) undergraduate students should be at least 17 years of age by the time they begin their studies at SDSU.
  • Grade Point Average (GPA)

New undergraduate students should have the equivalent of a 2.6 GPA on a 4.0 scale in the US

Transfer students who have completed 30 or more credits at another US college or university should have a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.   

  • Academic Records
  • English Language Proficiency
  • All new undergraduate students (not transfer students) are required to provide proof of their English language proficiency. Scores must be submitted within two years of taking the test. Students from certain countries and based on their educational background may not have to submit scores.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    372 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 372 USD per credit during 48 months.
  • National

    372 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 372 USD per credit during 48 months.
  • In-State

    257 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 257 USD per credit during 48 months.

Living costs for Brookings

1085 - 1888 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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