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Outdoor Program Leadership

Bachelor of Applied Science

This 8-semester program offers students the ability to hike, bike, raft, climb and ski in Wyoming's expansive terrain and develop skills for a career as a leader in the outdoors. This BAS program is especially appropriate for students wishing to: start their own outdoor-related small business, manage an outdoor recreation or education program, or build a career in leadership of parks, recreation, tourism, or natural resource management.

The Outdoor Program Leadership is a degree option of the Organizational Management and Leadership Bachelor of Applied Science degree.

Career Opportunities: 

  • Outdoor Educator
  • Outdoor Program Director
  • Parks & Recreation Director/Manager
  • Outdoor Entrepreneur
  • Park Ranger
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Guide Services

Course Number Course

Credits

BIOL 1080 Intro to Environmental Science

4 credits

EDUC 1050 Leading Adventure Programs

3 credits

EDUC 1055 Introduction to Outdoor Education

3 credits

G&R 2020 OR 
G&R 2030
Mountaineering OR Wilderness Backpacking

1 - 5 credits

IMGT 2400 Intro to Information Management

3 credits

ORTM 1000 Foundations of Recreation and Tourism

3 credits

PEAC 1380 Outdoor Multi-Sport

1 - 3 credits

PSYC 1000 General Psychology

4 credits

STAT 2000 Statistics and the World

3 credits

Course Number Course

Credits

COMM 4050 Communication and Conflict

3 credits

MDIA 3050 New Media Ethics

3 credits

MGT 3000 Financial Analysis Budgeting

3 credits

MGT 3005 Foundations of Leadership

2 credits

MGT 3010 Personal Leadership

3 credits

MGT 3110 Business Ethics

3 credits

MGT 3210 Management and Organization

3 credits

MGT 3410 Human Resources Management

3 credits

MGT 4005 Leading Others

3 credits

MGT 4020 Innovation Management

3 credits

MGT 4390 Mgmt and Leadership Capstone

2 credits

MGT 4400 Leadership Practicum

2 credits

ORTM 3000 Tourism Theory and Practice

3 credits

ORTM 3050 Operations, Mgmt and Env Stewardship

3 credits

ORTM 4970 Internship

1-6 credits

ORTM 4975 Independent Study

1-6 credits

PSYC 3110 Cross-Cultural Psychology

3 credits

PSYC 3200 Industrial-Organizational Psychology

3 credits

Students must choose a minimum of 15 credits from the following list of approved Program Electives to ensure completion of at least 120 total program credits.

Course Number Course

Credits

ECON 1010 Macroeconomics

3 credits

ECON 1020 Microeconomics

3 credits

EDFD 2450 Human Life Span Development

3 credits

EDUC 2045 Outdoor Leadership Instructor

1 - 5 credits

EDUC 2050 Outdoor Education & Leadership

1 - 5 credits

EDUC 2470 Outdoor Education Practicum

4 credits

ENR 1005 Trailbuilding

1 credit

ENR 2150 NAI Certified Interpretive Guide

3 credits

ENR 2200 Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Naturalist

4 credits

ENR 2425 Mountain Environments

4 credits

ENTR 1505 Entr I: Entrepreneurial Mindset

3 credits

ENTR 4050 Entrepreneurship Essentials

4 credits

G&R 1090 Avalanche Lvl 1:Dsn Mkng Avlnch Terrain

1 credit

G&R 2020 Mountaineering:

1 - 5 credits

G&R 2030 Wilderness Backpacking:

1 - 5 credits

G&R 2031 Combined Expeditions:

1 - 5 credits

G&R 2032 Winter Expedition:

1 - 5 credits

G&R 2033 Rock Climbing:

1 - 5 credits

G&R 2034 Water Expedition:

1 - 5 credits

G&R 2035 River Rescue Certification

1 credit

G&R 2050 Environmental Ethics & Management:

1 - 5 credits

G&R 2090 Avalanche Lvl 2:Anlz Snwpk & Aval Haz.

2 credits

HLED 2010 Wilderness First Responder

4 credits

HLED 2015 Wilderness EMT

9 credits

MKT 3050 Social Media Marketing

3 credits

MKT 3210 Principles of Marketing

3 credits

PEAC 1258 Skiing & Snowboarding

1 credit

PEAC 1259 Cross Country Skiing

1 credit

PEAC 1287 Introduction to Outdoor Rock Climbing

1 credit

PEAC 1297 Whitewater Rafting/Rescue

1 credit

PEAC 1380 Outdoor Multi-Sport

1 - 3 credits

PEAC 1387 Indoor Rock Climbing

1 credit

PEAC 1540 Mountain Biking

1 credit

PEAC 1600 Ice Climbing

1 credit

PEAC 2018 Water Safety

1 credit

PEAC 2025 Wilderness Navigation

1 credit

PEAC 2058 Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding

1 credits

PEAC 2088 Alpine Climbing and Rescue

1 credits

Total Credit Hours: 120

More Information

Majors can choose to live at CWC’s Alpine Science Institute (ASI), near Lander. In the foothills of the Wind River Mountains, student cabins offer easy access to trout streams, world-class rock climbing areas, and a variety of hike and bike trails ideal for outdoor skill development. The required $250/semester equipment fee grants them access to bikes, cross country and downhill skis, snowboards, rafts, canoes, paddleboards, and climbing and camping gear.

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Associate Degree Programs

Outdoor Education and Leadership

Outdoor Education at the Alpine Science Institute.

Outdoor Recreation

Learn about the business and entrepreneurial side of the outdoor recreation service industry.

Expedition Science

This unique degree is provided through a partnership with NOLS! 

Alpine Science Institute

The ASI experiential learning strategy focuses on the integration of field-based skills with Outdoor Education, Environmental Science and Archaeology.

Meet Your Professor

Darran Wells

Professor of Outdoor Education and Leadership

Darran Wells is passionate about all kinds of outdoor activities - hiking, climbing, caving, and skiing, but mountain biking is a sport he dedicates most of his free time to.

Dr. Lael Noonan

Director of Bachelor of Applied Science

Dr. Lael Noonan has a passion for leadership and she's excited to share it with the community.