Land, Forest, Wildlife Management (030300)  Diploma

Campus Locations: Thomasville, Tifton

The Land, Forest, Wildlife Management Assistant program is a sequence of courses designed to prepare students for careers as managers at public and private wildlife preserves & plantations. General education, basic science and program-specific learning opportunities develop the knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement.

Length of Program: Four (4) Semesters

Student Learning Outcomes:
• Students will demonstrate equipment operation and safety protocol.
• Students will develop a Plantation Facility Management Plan for a hunting plantation.
• Students will demonstrate basic Wildlife Management Techniques.
• Students will identify Tree Species found in southern U.S. forests.
• Students will develop a comprehensive Natural Resources Map using GPS/GIS technology.
• Students will develop a Conceptual Management Plan for a selected property.

Gainful Employment: For more information regarding this program including job placement rate, on-time graduation rate, costs, and occupational information, please view the Datasheet

Entrance Date: Beginning of each semester.

Entrance Requirements: Refer to Admissions criteria. Click for Entrance Score Requirements.

Age: Applicant must be 16 years of age or older.

Education: An applicant must be a high school graduate or the equivalent (GED). College transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Advisor: A Program Advisor should be consulted prior to enrolling in any course. An advisor will be assigned by admissions.

Additional Requirements: Refer to Admissions criteria. All students enrolled in Land, Forest Wildlife courses must submit a signed and notarized Field Exercise liability waiver form.

Program Final Exit Point: Land, Forest, Wildlife Management Assistant, Diploma.

Credits Required for Graduation: 53 minimum semester hour credits required for graduation.

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Curriculum Outline (56 hours)
1: Basic Skills Courses (8-9 hours) 17
ENGL 1010

3.00 Credits Pre-requisite(s): Entrance exam reading and writing scores in accordance with approved TCSG admission score levels. Emphasizes the development and improvement of written and oral communication abilities. Topics include analysis of writing, applied grammar and writing skills, editing and proofreading skills, research skills, and oral communication skills.

And one of the following (2-3 hours) 5
EMPL 1000

2.00 Credits Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission Emphasizes human relations and professional development in today's rapidly changing world that prepares students for living and working in a complex society. Topics include human relations skills, job acquisition skills and communication, job retention skills, job advancement skills, and professional image skills.

PSYC 1010

3.00 Credits Pre-requisite(s): Entrance exam reading and writing scores in accordance with approved TCSG admission score levels Presents basic concepts within the field of psychology and their application to everyday human behavior, thinking, and emotion. Emphasis is placed on students understanding basic psychological principles and their application within the context of family, work and social interactions. Topics include an overview of psychology as a science, the nervous and sensory systems, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychological disorders and their treatments, stress and health, and social psychology.

And one of the following (3 hours) 9
MATH 1012

3.00 Credits Pre-requisite(s): Appropriate Placement Test Score or appropriate learning support exit point. Emphasizes the application of basic mathematical skills used in the solution of occupational and technical problems. Topics include fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, measurement and conversion, geometric concepts, technical applications, and basic statistics.

MATH 1013

3.00 Credits Pre-requisite(s): Appropriate Placement Test Score Emphasizes concepts and operations which are applied to the study of algebra. Topics include basic mathematical concepts, basic algebraic concepts, and intermediate algebraic concepts.

MATH 1015

3.00 Credits Pre-requisite(s): MATH 1013 Emphasizes basic geometric and trigonometric concepts. Topics include measurement conversion, geometric terminology and measurements, and trigonometric terminology and functions.

2: Institutional Credit (3 hours) 3
COLL 1500

3.00 Credit Hours This course is designed to provide tools to assist students to acquire skills necessary to achieve academic and professional success in their chosen occupational/ technical program of study. Topics include: Getting off to a Good Start, Learning and Personality Styles, Time and Money Management, Study and Test Taking Skills, Stress Management and Wellness, Communications Skills, Career Exploration, Research Skills, College Campus Knowledge, Memory & Reading Skills, Presentation & Interview Skills, and Group Skills. Effective Fall 2016, students who already have an Associate Degree or higher will be given exemption credit for the COLL 1500 course.

3: Occupational Courses (42 hours) 36
COMP 1000

3.00 Credits Introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include an introduction to computer and digital terminology, and usage, operating systems, Internet and digital communication, word processing applications, spreadsheet applications, database applications, and presentation applications.

FORS 1030

3.00 Credits Pre-requisite(s): Provisional Admission This course introduces basic forest management concepts and techniques. Topics include forest protection, products, harvesting, silviculture, and measurements. Upon completion students should have a fundamental understanding of the different aspects of forest management in the southeastern United States.

FORS 1100

3.00 Credits Pre-requisite(s): Provisional Admission Introduces the techniques of multiple-use forest resource management. Topics include: multiple-use management, prescribed burning, site preparation methods, logging, forest management plan, land ownership, and timber marking.

FORS 1210

4.00 Credits Pre/Co-requisite(s): MATH 1012 or MATH 1111, Provisional Admission Focuses on application of the fundamental principles and practices of mapping and the use of mapping instruments. Emphasizes areas of plane and boundary surveying and area determination. Topics include: Global positioning systems (GPS), geographical information systems (GIS), area determination, developing maps, and aerial photography.

FWMT 1000

3.00 Credits Pre-requisite(s): Provisional Admission NOTE: Students enrolled in this course are required to complete the entry level occupational work ethics course during the same term. This course introduces the principles of wildlife management, including basic terminology, safety and orientation, and employment. Topics include: ecological principles, population dynamics, predator-prey relationships, and habitat management.

FWMT 1010

3.00 Credits Pre-requisite(s): Provisional Admission This course provides an introduction to equipment operation, safety, and maintenance. Topics include tractor and ATV operation and maintenance, power boat operation, the use of hand tools and power tools including chain saws. Upon completion, students should be able to safely operate equipment and perform routine maintenance and repair required in a career in wildlife management.

FWMT 1020

3.00 Credits Pre-requisite(s): Provisional Admission NOTE: Students enrolled in this course are required to complete the capstone level occupational work ethics course during the same term. This course includes laws, policies, and jurisdiction of natural resources. Topics include policy and law; game, non-game and endangered species; public relations and cultural aspects of natural resource management; and law enforcement procedures. Upon completion students should be able to describe and assess the influences of policies, laws, and society on natural resource management.

FWMT 1080

3.00 Credits Pre/Co-requisite(s): FWMT 1010 This course provides a focus on operations for students interested in managing wildlife on private plantations in the Southeast. Topics include guiding techniques, facility and grounds maintenance, dog handling and kennel operations, hospitality, first aid, interpersonal relations, and firearm safety.

FWMT 2010

4.00 Credits Pre/Co-requisite(s): FWMT 1000 This course takes an applied approach in covering the methods commonly used in wildlife population management. Topics include identification, measurement of population parameters, food plot development, habitat assessment, collection of age, sex, and reproductive data, radio telemetry, and investigations into causes of mortality. Upon completion students should understand and administer common population management techniques.

FWMT 2020

4.00 Credits Pre/Co-Requisite(s): FWMT 1000 This is an applied course covering habitat management practices beneficial to wildlife. Emphasis is placed on methods for increasing quality food production and cover, and developing and executing management plans. Upon completion students should develop, interpret, and execute management plans to establish, maintain, and improve quality habitat.

FWMT 2040

3.00 Credits Pre-requisite(s): FWMT 2010 Pre/Co-requisite(s): FORS 2460 Focuses on the application and reinforcement of wildlife technology skills in a live work situation. Students are acquainted with occupational responsibilities through job training and are provided with insights into wildlife management applications. Emphasis is placed on problem solving, interpersonal skills, wildlife management, and professional development. NOTE Students will be responsible for obtaining an official Driving History Report (MUR) prior to beginning the Internship course.

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