Offered by the Department of Natural Sciences
This program is currently in moratorium and no longer accepting new students.
The concentration in Outdoor Recreation Leadership is designed to provide a blend of classroom and experiential learning for students wishing to pursue a career in some aspect of outdoor recreation. A focus on leadership as well as practical geographic skills such as GIS/GPS and map/air photo interpretation are also stressed. The program includes supporting coursework in business, geology, watershed management, wilderness first aid, and leadership studies. Possible career paths include: outdoor adventure guide, park ranger, environmental interpreter, director of youth camps, ecotourism, working with at-risk youth, outdoor-oriented resorts, civic recreation departments, opening your own recreation business.
- Students will apply critical thinking skills such as inductive, deductive, and mathematical reasoning to solve technical problems.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to acquire and communicate scientific data, ideas, and interpretations through written, oral, visual, and digital means.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of the history, theories, trends, and value of outdoor recreation in the United States, as well as the basic concepts and techniques of experiential education and outdoor leadership.
- Students will exhibit the judgment and ability to lead several types of outdoor trips and to make ethical and responsible decisions when planning and executing those trips.