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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 2022.

Additional information about HGTC's accreditations can be found in the HGTC Catalog

For more information, contact:
Deanna Ruth  - (843) 520-1460

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 Office of Career Services for more employment, career, and professional development resources.

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 170 Algebra, Geometry and Trig I 3
NRM 230 Wildlife Management 3
  TOTAL 18
Second Semester - Spring    
FOR 106 Computer Applications in Natural Resource Professions 3
ENG 160 Technical Communications* 3
FOR 156 Timber Cruising and Marking 3
NRM 235 Wildlife Management Techniques 3
NRM 151 Vertebrate Natural History 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 269 Forest Statistics and Data Processing* 3
FOR 271 Silviculture 4
NRM 130 Outdoor Recreation Management 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 207 Geographic Information System I (GIS) 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; MAT 120 in place of FOR 269; and PSY 201 in place of PSY 103. Consult your academic advisor.