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  FISH AND WILDLIFE TECHNOLOGY
- one year, post diploma certificate
- starts in September or January

 

All agencies and organizations responsible for the management of fish and wildlife resources employ technicians to assist professional resource managers. Graduates of this program are qualified for employment as technicians in a variety of fields such as fishery management, fish culture, habitat management and wildlife management. The combined Renewable Resource Management Diploma and Fish and Wildlife Technology Certificate programs are accredited by the North American Wildlife Technology Association.

Students are encouraged to join the LCC Chapter of the Wildlife Society (first one in Canada).

IMPORTANT DATES

 
Fall

Winter

Fees Due August 4, 1999 Nov. 29, 1999
Lectures Begin Sep. 1, 1999 Jan. 4, 2000
Add/Drop Period Sep. 1-9, 1999 Jan. 4-11, 2000
Last day to Withdraw Nov. 17, 1999 March 28, 2000
Last Day of Lectures December 13, 1999 April 20, 2000
No Classes Sep .6,Oct. 11,Nov. 11 Feb. 21-25, 2000
Field Trips n/a n/a
Practicum Placement n/a n/a
Final Exams Dec. 14-17, 1999 April 24-27, 2000

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

New students are accepted into the Fish and Wildlife Technology program in both the Fall and Winter terms.

Academic Requirements
Applicants to this certificate program are required to have a Diploma in Renewable Resource Management or equivalent or a related bachelor’s degree in an area such as Resource Management, Biology, Environmental Studies or similar area of study.

Students from other institutions should have background in ecology, wildlife management, fishery management, map and aerial photo interpretation, geology, botany, zoology, and statistics. Applicants are required to have completed the academic requirements with a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.50 or equivalent or permission of the Environmental Science Program Leader for admission.

Non-academic Requirements
Applicants are required to submit additional background information including a resume stating their work experiences, additional education and/or training plus certificate / qualifications in special fields. Applicants are required to list agencies and persons in the related fields they contacted for career information and requirements and a letter of rationale for desiring study in this field.

PROGRAM FEES

 
YEAR I
Tuition
$2646
Studentsı Association
$ 90
Books and Supplies
$1125
TOTAL FEES
$3861

All fees are approximate and are based on a full credit load for each program (the number of credits may depend upon the elective courses selected) and is subject to change. Costs of books and supplies are estimated. Supply costs include only the specialized materials and equipment needed for the program and not basic stationery supplies. The LCC Studentsı Association fees are subject to change. For more detailed information on tuition fee calculation and other fees, students are advised to consult the FEES section of this Calendar.

PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT

Students accepted into this program have the opportunity to apply related employment, volunteer, educational or training experiences toward the completion of the program. For information on Prior Learning Assessment, students should contact the Registrarıs Office.

GRADUATION

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, students are awarded a Certificate of Specialization in Fish and Wildlife Technology.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Employment can be found with provincial and federal government conservation and resource management agencies such as Parks, Fish and Wildlife, Environment, Forestry and Fisheries. Non-government employers include environmental consulting firms, resource development companies and private conservation organizations.

  1. Employers often require students hold a valid Standard First Aid or Wilderness First Aid Certificate and / or CPR Certificate to be eligible for seasonal and / or permanent employment. Students are encouraged to obtain these certificates either prior to entering the program or during the first term.

TRANSFER AGREEMENTS

University of Lethbridge
Graduates of the Fish and Wildlife Technology post-diploma certificate receive credit for an additional five courses toward the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Lethbridge. Completion of the certificate reduces the post-diploma degree requirement from 20 courses to 15.

University of Montana
Graduates of the Renewable Resource Management option may receive up to two years credit toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology (Terrestrial or Aquatic Biology options) from the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana. Credit depends on academic performance, course selection and approval of course equivalencies by the U of M’s School of Forestry. Students that obtain LCC’s Fish and Wildlife Technology post diploma certificate may be eligible for extra credit.

University of Northern British Columbia
Graduates of the Renewable Resource Management diploma may receive up to 1.5 years credit toward a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management from the University of Northern British Columbia. Credit depends on academic performance, course selection and approval of course equivalencies by the Program Leader of Forestry for degree specializations (Forestry, Fisheries, Wildlife and Outdoor Recreation). Students that obtain the Fish and Wildlife Technology post-diploma certificate are eligible for extra credit.

Interested students can obtain further information on these partnerships from the LCC Environmental Science Program Leader or Student and Enrollment Services.

CURRICULUM

First Term Hours/Week Credits
RRM 276 Geographic Information Systems (4-0) 4
RRM 368 Wildlife Conservation and Field Techniques (3-2) 5
RRM 369 Fishery Management Techniques (3-2) 5
RRM 389 Fish Habitat Management (3-2) 5
Elective (3-0) 3
Total 22 credits

Second Term Hours/Week Credits
RRM 275 Water Quality (3-2) 5
RRM 297 Environmental Impact Assessment (3-2) 5
RRM 378 Waterfowl Biology and Management (3-2) 5
RRM 379 Fish Culture (3-2) 5
RRM 386 Wildlife Habitat Management (3-2) 5
Total 25 credits

SPECIAL NOTES
During the year, students are off-campus completing field courses most of September and April. The following primarily courses have a field component. In the fall, field trips are at the beginning of the term, while in the winter, field trips typically occur at the end of the term.

RRM 368 Wildlife Conservation and Field Techniques
RRM 369 Fishery Management Techniques
RRM 378 Waterfowl Biology and Management
RRM 386 Wildlife Habitat Management
RRM 389 Fish Habitat Management

Students enrolled in the above course are expected to provide their own equipment and supplies. This may include: warm sleeping bag, ground sheet and pad, tent (may be shared with other students), ruck sack or duffle bag for gear, adequate clothing for cold/wet weather, hiking boots, binoculars, cooking and eating gear (may be shared), food, field notebook, compass, and hip or chest waders.
Fieldwork schedules are dependent on many variables and often require students to participate on weekends. All program fieldtrips require mandatory attendance. Lab and class schedules are also extended when related to field activities.

 

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