Fish & Wildlife Management Diploma (GAF2)  Diploma

Campus Locations: Swainsboro

The Fish & Wildlife Management Diploma program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for careers as wildlife technicians. The Fish & Wildlife program prepares individuals to conserve and manage wilderness areas and the flora, marine, and aquatic life therein, and manage wildlife reservations and zoological/aquarium facilities for recreational, commercial, and ecological purposes. Includes instruction in wildlife biology, marine/aquatic biology, environmental science, freshwater and saltwater ecosystems, natural resources management and policy, outdoor recreation and parks management, the design and operation of natural and artificial wildlife habitats, applicable law and regulations, and related administrative and communications skills.

The standard curriculum for the Fish & Wildlife Management Diploma program is designed for the semester system. Students may enter the Fish & Wildlife Management Diploma program each semester. The program generally takes three (3) or more semesters to complete. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 40 credit hours.


  • Submit a completed application;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school/high school equivalent transcripts;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Satisfy Placement Testing requirements.

Program Costs

Costs are estimates and are subject to change.

  • Tuition/Fees: $5,800
  • Books/Supplies: $1,800
  • Liability Insurance: $12
  • Basic CPR and First Aid: $34
Curriculum Outline (40 hours)
General Core (11 hours) 11
COLL 1040

(Prerequisite: None) 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: Computer Applications/Technology Skills, Getting off to a Good Start, Learning and Personality Styles, Time and Money Management, Study and Test Taking Skills, Stress Management and Wellness, Communication Skills, and Career Exploration.

ENGL 1010

(Prerequisite: ENGL 0097 OR Appropriate Placement Test Score AND READ 0097 OR Appropriate Placement Test Score) 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.

MATH 1012

(Prerequisites: MATH 0097 OR Appropriate arithmetic placement test score.) 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.

EMPL 1000

(Prerequisite: Provisional 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.

Occupational Courses (29 hours) 29
FWMT 1000

(Prerequisite: Provisional admission) This course introduces the principles of wildlife management, including basic terminology, safety and orientation, and employment. Topics include compass and mapping techniques, first aid and CPR training, hunter safety and boating safety, organizations and agencies, and careers in natural resource management. A $10 fee is associated with this course due to the cost of CPR/first aid card and training.

FWMT 1010

(Prerequisite: Provisional admission) This course provides an introduction to equipment operation, safety, and maintenance as well as firearm use and safety. 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 1070

(Prerequisite: Provisional admission) This course covers the taxonomy, biology, ecology, and management of game and non-game mammals. Topics include identification, biology and ecology, behavior, collection of age, sex, and reproduction data, and management. Upon completion students should be able to identify mammal species and demonstrate knowledge of their biology, ecology, and management.

FWMT 2010

(Prerequisite: Provisional admission) This course takes an applied approach in covering the methods commonly used in wildlife population management. Topics include identification, measurement of population parameters, wildlife damage management, 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.  A $12 fee is associated with this course due to liability insurance fee.

FWMT 2020

(Prerequisite: Provisional admission) 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 2030

(Prerequisite: Provisional admission) This course covers the management of fish ponds. Emphasis is placed on the techniques used to maintain a healthy and productive pond for sport and recreation fishing. Upon completion students should be familiar with pond management techniques.

FORS 1030

(Prerequisite: Provisional admission) Provides the basis for a fundamental understanding of the taxonomy and identification of trees and shrubs. Topics include tree and shrub classification, tree and shrub identification, tree and shrub structure identification, and leaf structure identification.

XXX xxxGuideline Electives (6 hours) 6
Approved Electives: FWMT 1020, FWMT 1030, FWMT 1040, FWMT 1050, FWMT 1060

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Swainsboro - Building , Office 6209 / Vidalia - Health Science Annex East

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