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Park Management

Associate in Science Degree

The Park Management AS degree is designed for students who have a desire to pursue a career with city, county, state, and federal parks, open space, and public land management agencies. These positions include open space technicians, park rangers, park interpreters, park maintenance, game officers, park managers, park planners, natural resource managers, cultural resource managers, wildland firefighters, and search and rescue technicians. Students learn to apply skills working directly with parks, open space, public land agencies, and non-governmental environmental organizations.

Major Core Requirements (38-39 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
PMGT010Introduction to Park Management3 units
PMGT011Park Communications2 units
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Basic Outdoor Skills
Backcountry Technical Rescue

2 units
3 units
PMGT013Wildland Fire Suppression2 units
PMGT014Conservation of Our Natural Resources3 units
PMGT015ADuties of the Park Professional3 units
PMGT015BNatural and Cultural Resource Interpretation3 units
PMGT015CIntroduction to Park Maintenance3 units
PMGT017Basic Horticulture for Parks3 units
PMGT018Park Planning & Design2 units
PMGT019Wilderness First Responder5 units
PMGT020AEmployment Preparation1 unit
PMGT020BInternship2 units
PMGT021Park Operations Laboratory1 unit
Select one:

Introduction to Geospatial Technology
Introduction to Remote Sensing

3 units
3 units

Total Major Units: 38-39 units

To be awarded an Associate Degree, a student must:

  1. Achieve a grade of “C” or better in the major requirements.
  2. Completion of WVC, CSU-Breadth, or IGETC General Education patterns. Students whose goal is to obtain a bachelor’s degree should complete the CSU-Breadth or IGETC General Education pattern.
  3. Complete additional degree applicable units to meet the minimum 60-unit Associate Degree requirements.

Upon successful completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • 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 mapping projects and demonstrate the use of the three elements of geospatial technology; GIS, GPS, and Remote Sensing.
  • Plan and implement backcountry overnight experiences.
  • Plan, design, and complete a maintenance project.
Last Updated 7/19/23