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Expedition Science

Associate of Science Degree

If you enjoy adventures in the outdoors and are curious to learn about the interactions of flora, fauna and the environment, consider the Expedition Science degree program. The program is provided through a unique partnership with NOLS.

The Expedition Science program integrates scientific research, field-based expeditions, and leadership development by building classroom curriculum around experiential learning. Expedition Science embraces contemporary science and technical skills in disciplines of environmental science, geospatial information science and technology (GIST), outdoor leadership, and archaeology. Expedition Science field projects allow students to travel and study in Wyoming’s most remote deserts and mountains for extended periods of time. Students might perform research in paleoecology to reconstruct past human and physical environments, or apply contemporary ecological study to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Field options include alpine glaciology, high-elevation archaeology, and the ecology of extreme environments. In each subject area, students apply field and classroom research techniques to contemporary environmental and anthropological questions. Their data will be presented at conferences, and shared with state and federal land management agencies. The Expedition Science program requires all students to complete at least one CWC or NOLS expedition.

This program provides excellent preparation for careers in natural resource management, environmental science, outdoor education, glaciology, archaeology and geospatial information science. This degree is designed for transfer to the University of Wyoming or other four-year institutions.  

Program Requirements

Course   Credits
Intro to Environmental Science   4
Human Geography (SOC) or Intro to Archaeology (SOC)   3
Outdoor Recreation   3
Wilderness Backpacking or Combined Expeditions*   4
Geoinformation Science and Tech (LSCI)   4
College Algebra (MATH)   4
Wilderness Navigation   1



Students may take a maximum of 18 credits from the following: FILM, MDIA, or CO/M

Course Credits
Archaeology Field School 3
Cooperative Work Experience 3
Outdoor Ed Practicum 4
Leading Adventure Programs 3
Mountain Environments 4
Cartography 4
Introduction to Georaphic Information Systems 4
GPS for GIS 3
Wilderness First Responder 4


General Ed. Requirements

General Education requirements provide students a general knowledge to help them complete a degree at CWC.

Course Credits
Writing Level I 3
Writing Level II 3
American & Wyoming Government 3
Arts/Humanities 3
Communication 3
SOC (In Program) 3
Freshman Seminar 1
Math (In Program) 4


Students must complete 2 credits of Co-Curricular general education courses throughout two of the following different Co-Curricular areas: 


Course Credits
Co-Curricular Cultural Activities 1
Co-Curricular Community Engagement 1
Co-curricular Professional Experience 1