Fish & Wildlife Management Degree (GAF3)  Degree

Campus Locations: Swainsboro

The Fish & Wildlife Management program consists of courses and projects that affect wildlife populations and wildlife recreational users. These projects usually involve habitat manipulation, management of wildlife populations, land acquisition, research, or the creation of opportunities for people to enjoy wildlife. Healthy wildlife populations depend on good habitats, so habitat maintenance and improvement receive a lot of emphasis. On private lands, efforts are geared toward incentive programs to improve habitat, especially for agricultural and woodland landowners. Graduates of the Fish & Wildlife Management Associate of Applied Science Degree program are prepared to serve as entry-level technicians in a wide variety of wildlife-related environments. The standard curriculum for the Fish & Wildlife Management Degree program is designed for the semester system. Students may enter the Fish & Wildlife Management Degree program any semester. Full-time degree students can complete the program in approximately five (5) semesters. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 61 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: $7,800
  • Books/Supplies: $1,800
  • Liability Insurance: $12
  • Basic CPR and First Aid: $36
  • Course Supply Fee: $10
Curriculum Outline (61 hours)
General Core (19 hours) 19
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.

Area I: Language Arts/Communication
ENGL 1101

(Prerequisite: Appropriate English Placement Test Score AND Appropriate Reading Placement Test Score) Explores the analysis of literature and articles about issues in the humanities and in society. Students practice various modes of writing, ranging from exposition to argumentation and persuasion. The course includes a review of standard grammatical and stylistic usage in proofreading and editing. An introduction to library resources lays the foundation for research. Topics include writing analysis and practice, revision, and research. Students write a research paper using library resources and using a formatting and documentation style appropriate to the purpose and audience.

Area II: Social/Behavioral Sciences
Choose One (3 hours)
PSYC 1101

(Prerequisite: Appropriate Degree Level Writing (English) and Reading Placement Test Scores) Introduces the major fields of contemporary psychology. Emphasis is on critical thinking and fundamental principles of psychology as a science. Topics include research design, the organization and operation of the nervous system, sensation and perception, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, thinking and intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychological disorders and treatment, stress and health, and social psychology.

SOCI 1101

(Prerequisite: Appropriate Degree Level Writing (English) and Reading Placement Scores) Explores the sociological analysis of society, its culture, and structure. Sociology is presented as a science with emphasis placed on its methodology and theoretical foundations. Topics include basic sociological concepts, socialization, social interaction and culture, social groups and institutions, deviance and social control, social stratification, social change, and marriage and family.

Area III: Natural Sciences/Mathematics
MATH 1111

(Prerequisites: Appropriate algebra placement test score) Emphasizes techniques of problem solving using algebraic concepts. Topics include fundamental concepts of algebra, equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, and systems of equations; optional topics include sequences, series, and probability or analytic geometry.

BIOL 1111

(Prerequisite: Regular Admission) (Co-Requisites: BIOL 1111L) Provides an introduction to basic biological concepts with a focus on living cells. Topics include chemical principles related to cells, cell structure and function, energy and metabolism, cell division, protein synthesis, genetics, and biotechnology.

BIOL 1111 L

(Prerequisite: Regular Admission) (Co-Requisites: BIOL 1111) Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 1111. The laboratory exercises for this course include chemical principles related to cells, cell structure and function, energy and metabolism, cell division, protein synthesis, genetics, and biotechnology.

Area IV: Humanities/Fine Arts
ENGL 2130

(Prerequisite: ENGL 1101) Emphasizes American literature as a reflection of culture and ideas. A survey of important works in American literature. Includes a variety of literary genres: short stories, poetry, drama, nonfiction, and novels. Topics include literature and culture, essential themes and ideas, literature and history, and research skills.

Occupational Courses (42 hours) 42
FORS 1100

(Prerequisites: None) 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 1210

(Prerequisite: None) Focuses on application of the fundamental principles and practices of land surveying and mapping and the use of surveying and 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

(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 1020

(Prerequisite: Provisional admission) 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 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.

FWMT 2040

(Prerequisites: None) 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.

Choose Three (9 hours)
GUI 003Guided Elective (3 hours) 3
GUI 003Guided Elective (3 hours) 3
GUI 003Guided Elective (3 hours) 3
Approved Electives: FORS 1030, FWMT 1040, FWMT 1050, FWMT 1060, CRJU 1010, CRJU 1040

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

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