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Wildlife Resources Management

Wildlife Resources Management

dendro.jpgKey Program Features: Real-world experience, small class sizes, hands-on learning, professional opportunities, and an engaging faculty.

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.

 

Additional Outcomes

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Hocking College

2018 - 2019 Associate of Applied Science Wildlife Resources Management

Total Credit Hours:
63.50 — 64.00 

Estimated Course Fees:
$2,417.00 — $2,502.00

Class Hours: 34.0 — 34.50
Lab Hours: 55.0 — 57.0

Total Credit Hours:
63.0

Estimated Course Fees:
$2,502.00

Class Hours: 34.5
Lab Hours: 58.0

 

Hocking College Reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.
  COURSE NO. FIRST SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  WLM-1156 Wildlife Ecology and Identification 1.50 0.00 1.50 $10.00
  WLM-1156L Wildlife Ecology and Identification Lab 0.00 3.00 1.50 $120.00
  BIOS-1170 Zoology 2.00 0.00 2.00 $10.00
  BIOS-1170L Zoology Lab 0.00 2.00 1.00 $95.00
  GS-1000 HC Cornerstone 1.00 0.00 1.00 $80.00
  ENGL-1510 English Composition I 4.00 0.00 4.00 $50.00
  FOR-1109 Dendrology 1.00 0.00 1.00 $40.00
  FOR-1109L Dendrology Lab 0.00 4.00 2.00 $140.00
  GEO-1125 Map Reading and Interpretation 0.00 2.00 1.00 $95.00
  WLM-2204 Wetland Ecology and Management 0.00 4.00 2.00 $165.00
OR WLM-2220 Wildlife Radiotelemetry 0.00 4.00 2.00 $155.00
OR FOR-1149 Basic Wildland Firefighting 0.50 2.00 1.50 $90.00
    Totals 9.50-10.00 13.00-15.00 16.50-17.00 $730.00-$805.00

  COURSE NO. SECOND SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  WLM-2245 Wildlife Techniques 1.50 0.00 1.50 $10.00
  WLM-2245L Wildlife Techniques Lab 0.00 3.00 1.50 $120.00
  BIOS-1120 Botany 2.00 0.00 2.00 $10.00
  BIOS-1120L Botany Lab 0.00 2.00 1.00 $55.00
  BIOS-2268 Ichthyology 1.50 0.00 1.50 $10.00
  BIOS-2268L Ichthyology Lab 0.00 3.00 1.50 $80.00
  WLM-2271 Ornithology 1.00 0.00 1.00 $10.00
  WLM-2271L Ornithology Lab 0.00 2.00 1.00 $75.00
  BIOS-1132 Field Biology 0.50 0.00 0.50 $10.00
  BIOS-1132L Field Biology Lab 0.00 3.00 1.50 $85.00
  MATH-1103 Applied Mathematics 2.00 2.00 3.00 $182.00
  *** NR Skills Elective 0.00 0.00 1.00  
    Totals 8.50 15.00 17.00 $647.00

  COURSE NO. SUMMER SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  NRM-2296 Natural Resources Practicum & Seminar 1.00 7.00 2.00 $100.00
    Totals 1.00 7.00 2.00 $100.00

  COURSE NO. THIRD SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  WLM-2215 Wildlife Management 1.50 0.00 1.50 $10.00
  WLM-2215L Wildlife Management Lab 0.00 3.00 1.50 $110.00
  WLM-2210 Wildlife & NR Law and Policy 2.00 2.00 3.00 $110.00
  NRM-2217 Aquatic Ecology 1.50 0.00 1.50 $10.00
  NRM-2217L Aquatic Ecology Lab 0.00 3.00 1.50 $80.00
  GEO-1104 Introduction to GPS and GIS 1.00 4.00 3.00 $300.00
  FMAQ-2221 Introduction to Fish Management 1.50 3.00 3.00 $110.00
OR CHEM-1131 Environmental Chemistry 1.50 3.00 3.00 $100.00
    Totals 7.50 15.00 15.00 $720.00-$730.00

  COURSE NO. FOURTH SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  COMM-1130 Speech 3.00 0.00 3.00 $40.00
  WLM-2251 Biostatistics for Wildlife Management 3.00 0.00 3.00 $40.00
  WLM-2239 Wildlife Capstone 1.50 0.00 1.50 $50.00
  WLM-2239L Wildlife Capstone Lab 0.00 5.00 2.50 $90.00
  *** Social Science Elective 0.00 0.00 3.00  
    Totals 7.50 5.00 13.00 $220.00
FIRST SEMESTER
Course Hours: 9.50-10.00 Lab Hours: 13.00-15.00 Cost: $690.00-$765.00

SECOND SEMESTER
Course Hours: 8.50 Lab Hours: 15.00 Cost: $687.00

SUMMER SEMESTER
Course Hours: 1.00 Lab Hours: 7.00 Cost: $100.00

THIRD SEMESTER
Course Hours: 7.50 Lab Hours: 15.00 Cost: $720.00-$730.00

FOURTH SEMESTER
Course Hours: 7.50 Lab Hours: 5.00 Cost: $220.00

Additional Resources

Wildlife Resources Management DegreeA Career in Wildlife Resources Management Promises a New Adventure Every Day

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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Student Learning Outcomes 

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are statements of what a student will be able to do when they have completed a program. They represent the knowledge and skills a program has determined are most important for students to gain from that program and include both the Success Skills (institutional outcomes) and Program Outcomes. SLOs are specific and measurable so the program can accurately assess the degree to which students have achieved each outcome, and they align with college and institution mission and values. Data on the achievement of SLOs is used to make improvements in the program and increase student success. 

Success Skills

  • CE - Communicates Effectively
  • PA - Maintains Professional Skills and Attitudes
  • CT - Demonstrates Learning Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving Skills
  • ET - Maintains a Code of Ethics
  • HR - Practices Human Relations Skills
  • MS - Demonstrates Math Skills
  • GA - Demonstrates Community, Cultural and Global Awareness
  • IT - Implements Career-Appropriate Technology

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Program Outcomes

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.
Download 2017-2018 Data

 

Retention Rates

Retention rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research utilizing the following criteria:
  • All registered fall/autumn students with registration status for the following fall/autumn.
  • Excludes special populations - College Credit Plus, Non Degree, Online Military and University Center.
  • Potential for upcoming fall/autumn excludes graduates from that fall/autumn, spring and summer terms.
Academic Year Retention Rate
2016 - 2017 63%
2015 - 2016 58%
2014 - 2015 64%

2017 - 2018 Retention Rate: N/A

2016 - 2017 Retention Rate: N/A

2015 - 2016 Retention Rate: N/A

2014 - 2015 Retention Rate: N/A

2013 - 2014 Retention Rate: N/A

 

Graduation Rates 

Graduation rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research. To ensure appropriate time for data collection, this report will be run and posted annually in the last week of September for the previous academic year. It should be noted that annual graduation rates may change as students continue to graduate. The following criteria will be utilized for the calculation of graduation rates:

  • Overall Program Completion Rate is defined as a percentage of the ratio: 

    All graduates of the program
    _________________________________________________________________
    All students with the program in their history of programs of study

  • For the purposes of reporting, the program completion rates are aggregated by academic year of entry.
  • A student is considered to have completed or graduated from a program or certificate by virtue of having been awarded the degree or certificate.
  • A student is considered to be undertaking activity in a program of study for the duration of time that they are in an active status in a program or certificate. This is defined by having a Program of Study with a status of ‘A’ during the duration of time they are taking coursework.  Should a student move in and out of active status in a program of study while continuing to take coursework, we only take into account the student’s activity while the program has an active status for that particular program of study.
Academic Year Graduation Rate
2016 - 2017 20.83%
2015 - 2016 31.98%
2014 - 2015 35.54%

2017 - 2018 Graduation Rate: N/A

2016 - 2017 Graduation Rate: N/A

2015 - 2016 Graduation Rate: N/A

 

2017 - 2018 Employment Rate: N/A

2016 - 2017 Employment Rate: N/A

2015 - 2016 Employment Rate: N/A

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