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Renewable Resource Management
Collecting and interpreting environmental information forms the foundation of natural resource management. Our rigorous two-year diploma program in Renewable Resource Management will provide you with the applied science skills you’ll need to make a career in the sustainable management of natural resources.!span>!span>
Our intensive blend of theory and hands-on practice gives you a comprehensive grounding in fields ranging from zoology and plant taxonomy to statistics, aerial photography interpretation and geographic information systems (GIS). You’ll understand the application of science and be ready to demonstrate your abilities through extensive fieldwork each term. In the field studies, you’ll assess fish populations by gill netting, use telemetry to measure wildlife movements, use GIS to interpret grazing patterns and learn how to apply forest silvicultural practices, among other things. !span>!span>
Our diploma program gives you the tools to build a successful career in the sustainable management of natural resources. !span>!span>
Program Type Occupational
Credential Type Diploma
Length 2 Year(s)
- Part Time Only
- Cooperative Education
- Continuing Education
- Distance Learning
All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs, as indicated in the Admission section of the calendar.
Academic Requirements: In addition, applicants must satisfy the following specific course requirements (or equivalencies):
- Grade 11 biology
- Grade 11 chemistry
- Grade 12 math (equivalent to Alberta’s Math 30-2 or a higher level math)
Basic computer literacy in the use of the Internet, email, word processing, and fundamental processes of spreadsheets is required for the student to be successful in this program. Students lacking these skills are strongly urged to complete a basic computer literacy course prior to entering this program.
Employers often require that students hold a valid Standard First Aid or Wilderness First Aid Certificate and/or a 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.
Supplies for Field Studies: Students on field studies are expected to provide their own equipment and supplies. This includes: warm sleeping bag, ground sheet and pad, tent may be required (notification will be given at orientation), back pack for gear, adequate clothing for cold/wet weather, hiking boots, work gloves, cooking and eating gear (may be shared), food, binoculars, digital camera (standard feature), orienteering compass, chest waders, field equipment vest (recommended), “write-in-the-rain” treated field notebook/surveyors book, water bottle, sunscreen, 30 cm metric steel ruler. !span>!span>!span>
Other Required Supplies: Available from the Lethbridge College Bookstore: Lab coat, safety glasses, Douglas protractor, “write-in-the-rain” treated field notebook/surveyors book, 16X hand lens, dissection kit, metric triangular scale with 1:20, 1:25, 1:50, 1:75, 1:100 and 1:125 graduations.!span>!span>
Available from sporting, hardware and office supply stores: Nexus Type 115 or Silva Ranger compass (with declination adjustment screw), clipboard, 4 GB or higher USB memory stick, chest waders, scientific calculator ($15 - $30 range), 12 or more colored pencils (pencil crayons), binoculars (8 X 40 or 10 X 50 magnification), 30 cm metric steel ruler.!span>!span>
For additional information concerning lab or field equipment, contact the lab coordinator at 403.320.3202, Extension 5594.!span>!span>
Special notes about field studies: Students are off-campus completing field studies during most of September and April. Due to scheduling conflicts it is extremely difficult to take Year 1 and Year 2 courses simultaneously.!span>!span>
Students are advised to complete all Year 1 courses before proceeding to Year 2, and all Year 2 courses before enrolling in Year 3 courses (for related post-diploma certificate or degree programs).!span>!span>
In the Fall term, field studies are in September, while in the Winter term, field studies are scheduled in April. Field studies schedules are dependent on many variables and may require students to participate on weekends or on statutory holidays. All program field studies are mandatory.!span>!span>
Students will be expected to complete non-credit environmental field techniques courses as part of the requirement to complete the program. Courses such as bear safety, firearms safety, pleasure craft operator’s card and boat operations will occur as part of field trip season activities. Students will be responsible for the fees associated with these courses. Prior valid training possessed by students will be considered for recognition.!span>!span>
Note: Applicants who lack the required academic admission requirements can apply to the College and University Preparatory Program to upgrade for your program.
Prior Learning Assessment (PLA): If you have experience working in this field of study, you may be eligible for Prior Learning Assessment.
New students are accepted into the Renewable Resource Management two-year diploma program for the Fall term (September) only.
Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.
Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Royal Roads University (BC), Griffith University (Australia), University of Northern BC (BC), University of Regina (SK)
Updated August 14, 2018. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.
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