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Forestry and Wildlife Management

Forestry Management Technology - Wildlife Management Path - Associate in Applied Science Degree

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Wildlife Management

If you enjoy being outdoors and working with wildlife, 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. 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.

The Wildlife Management emphasis within the Forestry Management Technology program is accredited by the North American Wildlife Technology Association (NAWTA) through 2027.

For more information about HGTC's accreditations, click here.

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
  • S. C. 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 Career Services for more employment, career, and professional development resources.

For more information, contact:

Mac Altman - (843) 520-1419

Charles Granger  - (843) 349-5189

Curriculum Sequence

First Semester - Fall Course Title Semester
Credit Hours
ENG 155 Communications I* 3
FOR 102 Multiple Use of Forest Lands 3
FOR 130 Dendrology 3
FOR 154 Mensuration 3
MAT 170 Algebra, Geometry and Trig I 3
NRM 106 Spreadsheet and Word Processing for Natural Resource Professionals 1
  TOTAL 16
Second Semester - Spring    
ENG 160 Technical Communications* 3
FOR 156 Timber Cruising and Marking 3
FOR 269 Forestry, Statistics, and Data Processing 3
NRM 151 Vertebrate Natural History 3
NRM 245 Wildlife Management and Techniques 3
PHI 110 Ethics 3
  TOTAL 18
Third Semester - Summer    
FOR 220 SCWE in Forestry "Internship" 5
FOR 222 Forestry Portfolio 3
Fourth Semester - Fall    
FOR 271 Silviculture 4
NRM 130 Outdoor Recreation Management 3
NRM 207 Geographic Information Systems I (GIS) 3
NRM 250 Wetland Ecology 3
PSY 103 Human Relations* 3
  TOTAL 16
Fifth Semester - Spring    
FOR 263 Forest Management 4
FOR 268 Forest Protection Practices 4
NRM 201 Soil Fertility and Plant Production 3
NRM 209 Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing 3
  TOTAL 14



*Students continuing toward a bachelors degree: ENG 101, ENG 102, and SPC 205 are recommended in place of ENG 155 and ENG 160; and PSY 201 in place of PSY 103. Consult your academic advisor.