Natural Resources

Wildlife Management Program - Forestry Management Technology - Associate in Applied Science

Wildlife

If you enjoy being outdoors and working with animals, you should consider HGTC's Forestry Management Technology program, with an emphasis in Wildlife Management. The only accredited associate degree program of its kind in South Carolina, the HGTC Forestry Wildlife Management program provides students with the knowledge and ability to work in natural-resource technician positions, alongside a graduate forester, wildlife biologist, or other land-management professional. This program is approved for Cooperative Work Experience. Student have the opportunity to become certified in the following areas:  South Carolina Commercial Pesticide License, South Carolina Prescribed Burning Certification, First Aid and CPR.

The education degree program in Forestry Management Technology leading to an Associate's in Applied Science is a candidate for accreditation by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). For more information about HGTC's accreditations, click here.

For more information, contact:

 Brian Clark (843) 520-1418

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Career Outlook

A wildlife or natural resource technician has the technical knowledge and ability to work directly with wildlife and to manipulate their habitat or environmental conditions to enhance populations. Graduates of the Wildlife Management program are qualified for entry-level positions with state and federal land-management agencies, natural-resource consulting firms, and others involved in on-the-ground stewardship where skills of forest and wildlife management are needed.

Students have the opportunity to become certified in the following areas: South Carolina Commercial Pesticide License, South Carolina Prescribed Burning Certification, First Aid and CPR. 

Employers of HGTC Alumni Include:

  • South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
  • US Fish & Wildlife Service
  • North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
  • Georgia Department of Natural Resources
  • South Carolina Forestry Commission
  • USDA Forest Service
  • American Forest Management
  • North Carolina Forest Service
  • USDI National Park Service
  • S.C. Parks, Recreation & Tourism

For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Horry Georgetown Technical College's Career Resource Center for more employment, career, and professional development resources.

For more information about gainful employment, visit: http://www.hgtc.edu/righttoknow.

Transfer Opportunities

Transfer requirements for senior colleges/universities vary widely; visit www.sctrac.org for specific information. The transfer courses in this display should be regarded only as suggested courses. Each student is responsible for planning a program of study to meet the requirements of the senior college or university to which the student expects to transfer. Therefore, a student planning to transfer the first two years from HGTC to a senior college or university should visit http://www.hgtc.edu/academics/university_transfer.html or www.sctrac.org or obtain a copy of that institution’s catalog. For specific transfer opportunities, contact the department chair.

 

Curriculum Sequence

First Semester - Fall    
ENG 155 Communications I* 3
FOR 102 Multiple Use of Forest Lands 3
FOR 130 Dendrology 3
FOR 154 Mensuration 3
MAT 101 Beginning Algebra* 3
NRM 230 Wildlife Management 3
  TOTAL 18
Second Semester - Spring    
CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 3
ENG 160 Technical Communications* 3
FOR 121 Woodland Safety and First Aid 1
FOR 156 Timber Cruising and Marking 4
MAT 168 Introduction to Geometry & Trigonometry 3
NRM 235 Wildlife Management Techniques 3
  TOTAL 17
Third Semester - Summer    
FOR 220 SCWE in Forestry 8
  TOTAL 8
Fourth Semester - Fall    
FOR 269 Forest Statistics and Data Processing* 3
FOR 271 Silviculture 4
NRM 130 Outdoor Recreation Management 3
NRM 151 Vertebrate Natural History 3
NRM 250 Wetland Ecology 3
PSY 103 Human Relations* 3
  TOTAL 19 
Fifth Semester - Spring    
FOR 240 Mapping and Photo Interpretation 3
FOR 263 Forest Management 4
FOR 268 Forest Protection Practices 4
NRM 201 Soil Fertility and Plant Production 3
PHI 110 Ethics 3
  TOTAL 17
 

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

79

*Students continuing toward a bachelor’s degree: ENG 101, ENG 102, and SPC 205 are recommended in place of ENG 155 and ENG 160; MAT 110 is recommended in place of MAT 101; MAT 120 in place of FOR 269; and PSY 201 in place of PSY 103. Consult your academic advisor.