Associate of Applied Science in Wildlife Resources Management

The Wildlife program at Hocking College is a hands-on, experience-based curriculum.  Students actively learn and practice field skills here that they will only hear about in other more traditional wildlife management programs.  In addition, students leave our program with a strong conceptual understanding of wildlife management, ecology, and conservation, as well as botany and plant ecology and identification, and natural resources as a whole.  Skills learned include wildlife, fish and plant field and lab identification; wildlife field data collection techniques such as survey, capture, radio telemetry, habitat and population sampling; and other general field skills such as map reading, watercraft operation and natural resources equipment operation.

The Wildlife Resources Management degree is designed for students interested primarily in seeking employment in fish and wildlife careers after acquiring their two-year associate degree. Most positions with Ohio county and state parks, and the Ohio Division of Wildlife, require a two-year wildlife degree.

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Associate of Applied Science Wildlife Resources Management:


  • Demonstrates technical skills and techniques in wildlife management to work effectively in diverse settings.
  • Applies biological knowledge and skills to manage wildlife habitat and populations.
  • Collects, analyzes, interprets and applies wildlife/fish population and habitat data.
  • Demonstrates the ability to communicate scientific research with the public and other natural resource professionals.
  • Exhibits ethical decision-making in the wildlife management profession and maintains competent leadership and supervisory skills.
  • Interprets, applies and communicates natural resource law and policy.
  • Ability to calculate wildlife habitat and population data.



Associate of Applied Science in Wildlife Resources Management

Course of Study

For students entering May 2017

COURSE NO.FIRST SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
WLM-1156Wildlife Ecology and Identification1.500.001.50$10.00
WLM-1156LWildlife Ecology and Identification Lab0.003.001.50$120.00
BIOS-1120LBotany Lab0.002.001.00$55.00
GS-1000HC Cornerstone1.000.001.00$80.00
ENGL-1510English Composition I4.000.004.00$50.00
FOR-1109LDendrology Lab0.004.002.00$140.00
GEO-1125Map Reading and Interpretation0.002.001.00$95.00
WLM-2204Wetland Ecology and Management0.004.002.00$165.00
ORWLM-2220Wildlife Radiotelemetry0.004.002.00$155.00
ORFOR-1149Basic Wildland Firefighting0.502.001.50$90.00
COURSE NO.SECOND SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
WLM-2245Wildlife Techniques1.500.001.50$10.00
WLM-2245LWildlife Techniques Lab0.003.001.50$120.00
BIOS-1170LZoology Lab0.002.001.00$95.00
BIOS-2268LIchthyology Lab0.003.001.50$80.00
WLM-2271LOrnithology Lab0.002.001.00$75.00
BIOS-1132Field Biology0.500.000.50$10.00
BIOS-1132LField Biology Lab0.003.001.50$85.00
MATH-1103Applied Mathematics2.002.003.00$182.00
***NR Skills Elective0.000.001.00
COURSE NO.SUMMER SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
NRM-2296Natural Resources Practicum & Seminar1.007.002.00$100.00
COURSE NO.SEMESTER THREEClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
WLM-2215Wildlife Management1.500.001.50$10.00
WLM-2215LWildlife Management Lab0.003.001.50$110.00
WLM-2210Wildlife & NR Law and Policy2.002.003.00$110.00
NRM-2217Aquatic Ecology1.500.001.50$10.00
NRM-2217LAquatic Ecology Lab0.003.001.50$80.00
GEO-1104Introduction to GPS and GIS1.004.003.00$300.00
FMAQ-2221Introduction to Fish Management1.503.003.00$110.00
ORCHEM-1131Environmental Chemistry1.503.003.00$100.00
COURSE NO.SEMESTER FOURClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
WLM-2251Biostatistics for Wildlife Management3.000.003.00$40.00
WLM-2239Wildlife Capstone1.500.001.50$50.00
WLM-2239LWildlife Capstone Lab0.005.002.50$90.00
***Social Science Elective0.000.003.00


Hocking College reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.

The Wildlife Resources Management degree will qualify you for entry-level jobs such as county wildlife officer, fish or wildlife technician, park naturalist, and county soil and water conservation district wildlife specialist positions in Ohio, plus some technician and assistant jobs with other state and federal agencies.

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