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Associate in Applied Science - Wildlife/Fisheries

MSM Group - Spokane Community College MSM Group - Spokane Community College, USA

Intake Sep 2023

Jul 2022, Sep 2022, Jan 2023

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USD 20217

Tuition Fee (USD)

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USD 100 Waived

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24 months


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Program Overview

The associate in applied science degree in Natural Resource Management prepares students to work in the forestry area. This program is conditionally accredited by the Society of American Foresters. Two additional options are available: Parks and Recreation or Wildlife Fisheries. The Parks and Recreation option prepares students for park maintenance and/or interpretive positions.  The Wildlife/Fisheries option prepares students to perform field sampling as well as habitat restoration work.

All students must complete an internship of at least 400 hours to complete the degree.  Second year: Student may remain in the main program which is forestry based, or they may select one of the two options for an AAS degree which requires a total of 105 credits.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify selected forest trees, shrubs, and forbs native to the Pacific Northwest.
  • Use various instruments to measure the height, diameter and age of trees and apply this data to volume, site and growth determinations.
  • Identify species and habitat needs of common northwest freshwater fish, birds and wildlife.
  • Operate hand compasses, level, global positioning systems, and electronic instruments in determining slopes, turning angles, running traverses, locating ownership boundaries, and determining locations.
  • Utilize maps and aerial photographs in the management of natural resources, including through the use of geographic information systems.
  • Recognize common diseases and insect pests of forest trees and assess their damage.
  • Use the computer as a tool for solving natural resources problems.
  • Apply field techniques to sample, measure, and monitor wildlife, birds and fish species and their habitat.
  • Demonstrate human relationship skills and professional behavior needed for successful job performance.
  • Parks maintenance and equipment.
  • Recognize and apply the various silvicultural systems and techniques used in ecosystem management.
  • Understand concepts of ecology, conservation and management for fish and wildlife species and their habitats.
  • Understand concepts involved in soil science including soil management, conservation, and use of soils in forestry and agriculture.
  • Maintain and safely operate a chainsaw.
  • Write technical reports and give presentations.

Additional Information

Program Level Associate Degree

Application Processing Days 45

Program Intensity Full-Time

General Admission Requirement

    Academic Requirement

    • Minimum Level of Education Required: To be accepted into this program, applicants must have Grade 12 / High School Diploma.

    5.5 IELTS Score With no band less than 5.5
    61 TOEFL Score Minimum Overall Score
    43 PTE Score Minimum Overall Score
    85 Duolingo Minimum Overall Score
    60% CGPA Minimum Overall Score

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    USD 100 Waived

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    0 Per year

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    Student Visa

    When Should I Apply?

    4 to 6 months

    Bank Account?

    No Need

    Duration of visa

    Course Duration + 3 Months

    Time to Wait for Visa

    35 Days



    How can you apply

    Cost and Expenses


    Visa Fee

    Minimum Funds

    833 CAD, 917 CAD

    Other Expenses

    Medical Fee and more

    Examination and Skills

    Medical Examination


    Language Skills


    Work Permit

    Students who wish to work in Canada require a work permit to do so. A student in Canada can work part-time during the course of his studies and full-time during holidays and semester breaks and post the completion of their course/program.

    Work Permit

    Till valid study visa

    Working Hours

    20 hours/week

    Documents Required

    Study Permit

    Social Insurance Number

    Study Permit

    Post Graduate Work Permit

    The Post- Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) allows you to work for three years in Canada if you have completed a two years degree or more.

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    Documents Required

    List of Documents

    When to Apply

    First 3 months

    How long does it take?

    90 Days


    3 Years


    CAD 255


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