California State Park Ranger and WVC Park Management Program alum, Steve Bier, leading a group in Anza Borrego Desert State Park

Park Management Degree Options

Associate in Science Degree

After completing an A.S. degree in Park Management, a student will be able to:

  • Plan, design, and complete a maintenance project. Develop plans and designs for park facilities
  • Design, develop, and complete projects in the following four areas: resources management, visitor services, maintenance, and interpretation.
  • Plan and implement backcountry overnight experiences.
  • Use wildland fire and emergency medical response techniques.
  • Develop GIS mapping projects and demonstrate the use of GPS.
  • Develop plans and designs for park facilities.

Required Core Courses: 40 or 41 units

Course Number Course Title Units
PMGT 10 Introduction to Park Management 3 units
PMGT 11 Park Communications 2 units
PMGT 12A Basic Outdoor Skills or  2 units
PMGT 12B Intermediate Outdoor Skills  3 units
PMGT 13 Wildland Fire Suppression 2 units
PMGT 14 Conservation of Our Natural Resources 3 units
PMGT 15A Duties of the Park Professional 3 units
PMGT 15B Natural and Cultural Resource Interpretation 3 units
PMGT 15C Introduction to Park Maintenance 3 units
PMGT 16A Introduction to Geospatial Technology 3 units
PMGT 17 Basic Horticulture for Parks 3 units
PMGT 18 Park Planning and Design 2 units
PMGT 19 Wilderness First Responder 5 units
PMGT 20A PMGT Employment Preparation 1 unit
PMGT 20B Internship 2 units
PMGT 21 Park Operations Laboratory 1 unit
Total Core Units   40–41 units
General Educations Units   25 units
Total Degree Units   65–66 units

Recommended Electives

Course Number Course Title Units
PMGT 12C Advanced Outdoor Skills  3 unit
PMGT 19B Wilderness First Responder Refresher 2 units
PMGT 23 Power Saws 1 unit
PMGT 24 Wilderness Navigation 1 unit

Park Management Certificate of Achievement

After completing a certificate in Park Management, a student will be able to:

  • Plan, design, and complete a maintenance project. Develop plans and designs for park facilities.
  • Design, develop, and complete projects in the following four areas: resources management, visitor services, maintenance, and interpretation.
  • Use wildland fire and emergency medical response techniques.
  • Develop GIS mapping projects and demonstrate the use of GPS.
  • Plan and implement backcountry overnight experiences.
  • Develop plans and designs for park facilities.

Required Core Courses: 40 or 41 Units

Course Number Course Title Units
PMGT 10 Introduction to Park Management 3 units
PMGT 11 Park Communications 2 units
PMGT 12A Basic Outdoor Skills 2 units
PMGT 12B Intermediate Outdoor Skills for the Park Ranger 3 units
PMGT 13 Wildland Fire Suppression 2 units
PMGT 14 Conservation of Our Natural Resources 3 units
PMGT 15A Duties of the Ranger 3 units
PMGT 15B Natural and Cultural Resource Interpretation 3 units
PMGT 15C Introduction to Park Maintenance 3 units
PMGT 16A Introduction to GIS and Global Positioning Systems 3 units
PMGT 17 Basic Horticulture for Parks 3 units
PMGT 18 Park Planning and Design 2 units
PMGT 19 Wilderness First Responder 5 units
PMGT 20A PMGT Employment Preparation 1 unit
PMGT 20B Internship 2 units
PMGT 21 Park Operations Laboratory 1 unit
Total Certificate Units   40–41 units

The certificate does not require completion of general education units.

Recommended Electives

Course Number Course Title Units
PMGT 12C Advanced Outdoor Skills for the Park Ranger 3 unit
PMGT 19B Wilderness First Responder Refresher 2 units
PMGT 23 Power Saws 1 unit
PMGT 24 Wilderness Navigation 1 unit

Geospatial Technology Certificate of Achievement

After completing a certificate in Geospatial Technology, a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate skills and knowledge to perform analysis using GIS, GPS, and Remote Sensing.
  • Apply GIS, GPS, and Remote Sensing technologies to determine changes in the land and its relationship with people.
  • Demonstrate skill in using the software packages that apply to GIS, GPS, and Remote Sensing disciplines.

Required Core Courses: 24 units

Course Number Course Title Units
PMGT 16A Introduction to Geospatial Technology 3 units
PMGT 16B Mobile GIS 3 units
PMGT 16C Spatial Analysis for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 3 units
PMGT 16D Cartographic Design for GIS 3 units
PMGT 16E Database Design and Management 3 units
PMGT 16G introduction to Remote Sensing 3 units
GIST 016I GIS Programming and the Web 3 units
PMGT 20A PMGT Employment Preparation 1 unit
PMGT 20B Internship  
Total Certificate Units   24 units
last published: 5/4/18