Outdoor Education and Leadership Specialization

The Outdoor Education and Leadership specialization is designed to prepare students in Environmental Studies to become professional, informed, and skilled leaders in outdoor education or recreation fields or apply skills of outdoor leadership, risk management, and education to careers in Environmental Studies. The specialization is specifically focused on the theoretical, practical, and pedagogical skills necessary to work in instructional and educational outdoor fields. 

 

*Internship opportunities are intended to help future outdoor leaders apply their knowledge and abilities in real leadership situations and will be supervised by Outdoor Program staff. Examples include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Raft guiding
  • NOLS  Instructor Training
  • Backpack guiding
  • Wilderness Therapy guiding
  • Rock climbing guiding
  • Idaho Conservation Corps
  • Outward Bound
  • C of I Sustainability Council Project
  • Snow School at Bogus Basin
  • Foothills Learning Center
  • McCall Outdoor Science School
  • Field work with professor
  • C of I Outdoor Program

 

 

Core (9-11 credits)

All students will take these courses. Note: The Wilderness First Responder course is taught by the Wilderness Medicine Training Center.

HHP-130Introduction to Outdoor and Adventure Education

3 credits

HHPA-310Wilderness First Responder

2 credits

LSP-201Leadership Theories, Styles & Realities

3 credits

LSP-497Internship

1-3 credits

Expedition Leadership Requirement

This element is fulfilled by taking ONE off-campus field study course from among those listed below. (4-6 credits)

IND-305.1Winter Wilderness Experience

2 credits

IND-305.2Winter Wilderness Experience

4 credits

BIO-346Field Biology

4 credits

BIO-346.1Field Biology Preparation

2 credits

BUS-100 is a pre-requisite for BUS-225

Elective courses (6 credits)

Take any two of the following: (6 credits)

BIO-225Human Anatomy and Physiology II

3 credits

EDU-202Introduction to Teaching

3 credits

PSY-360Environmental Psychology

3 credits

PSY-221Educational Psychology

3 credits

Take two outdoor-related activity courses from among those listed below to gain technical skills: (2 credits)

HHPA-106Fly Fishing

1.0 credits

HHPA-110Rock Climbing

1.0 credits

HHPA-155Scuba Diving

1.0 credits

HHPA-157Kayaking

1.0 credits

Total Credit Hours: 21-25