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

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 units
PMGT 20B Internship 2 units
PMGT 21 Park Operations Laboratory 1 unit
  Total Units for Core Classes in Park Management 40–41 units
  General Educations Units 25 units
  Total Units for Associate Degree of Science in Park Management 65–66 units

Recommended Electives:

PMGT 12C Advanced Outdoor Skills  3 unit
PMGT 19B Wilderness First Responder Refresher 2 units
PMGT 23 Powersaws 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

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 units
PMGT 20B Internship 2 units
PMGT 21 Park Operations Laboratory 1 unit
  Total Units for Park Management Certificate 40–41units

The certificate does not require completion of general education units.


Recommended Electives:

PMGT 12C Advanced Outdoor Skills for the Park Ranger 3 unit
PMGT 19B Wilderness First Responder Refresher 2 units
PMGT 23 Powersaws 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

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 & 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 units
PMGT20B Internship  
  Total Certificate Units 24 units

Unmanned Aircraft Technology Certificate of Achievement

This certificate is designed to prepare students to enter the Unmanned Aircraft Technology field. The required course work provides the students with the skills to manage and plan flight operations. Students demonstrate the ability to collect and process imagery data for analysis. Students also develop skills that they can apply in multiple applications including agriculture, natural and cultural resources management, emergency response, aerial videography and photography.

Upon completing this certificate students should be able to: Upon completing this certificate students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of aircraft systems, to include airframe, powerplants and flight instruments
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of Unmanned Aircraft Systems including fixed wing and rotor-wing Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of image acquisition and analysis from images acquired by Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
  • Select the type of Unmanned Aircraft System for a specific mission and identify types of payload to be carried and to complete a mission.
  • Take the Part 107 FAA Exam

This is a new and emerging field so standards are still evolving. The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has developed the Part 107 regulations for commercial operations and Section 333 exemption. Aircraft need to be registered with the FAA.

Career Paths

  • Aerial Videographer
  • UAS Avionic Technician
  • UAS Data Analyst
  • UAS Instructor
  • UAS Maintenance Technician
  • UAS Remote Pilot
last published: 10/16/17