Outdoor Skills & Leadership
The certificate is a nine month intensive humanities program designed to develop skills and characteristics that are essential to success as an individual, a group member, and a leader in outdoor and adventure settings. The program incorporates outdoor risk management, leadership skills, specific outdoor activity skills (such as rock and ice climbing, kayaking, skiing, camping), and academic work in areas such as Alaska history, science, philosophy, and communication. Both outdoor and academic courses are designed to develop not only knowledge but also personal traits such as self-reliance and good judgment. The curriculum includes 34 credits of course work and practical learning experiences. Individuals who complete the program will have the knowledge and skills to plan and manage a variety of outdoor experiences and will be well qualified for entry level positions in the outdoor industry. The Outdoor Skills and Leadership program offers courses in partnership with the National Forest Service.
- Individuals entering the certificate program must provide required application materials by July 1 of the year they wish to enroll. Please visit the ODS website for specific application and admission requirements.
- Students must complete ENGL 111 with a C (2.00) or higher or place into ENGL 111 to complete this program. Students should note that they are only allowed to take courses for which they meet the prerequisites.
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Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)
|Minimum Credit Hours||30|
Students must complete ENGL 111 with a C (2.0) or higher or place into ENGL 211 to complete this program. Students should note that they are only allowed to take courses for which they meet the prerequisites.
|ENGL||S303||Literature and the Environment||3|
|ODS||S120||Wilderness First Responder||4|
|ODS||S243||Introduction to Outdoor Leadership||3|
|___||S___||Related academic courses||6|
Select one from the following (3 credits):
|HUM||S270||Sport, Leisure, and Culture||3|
|PHIL||S371||Perspectives on the Natural World||3|
Select one from the following (12 credits):
|ODS||S112||Swift Water Rescue||3|
|ODS||S114||Backpacking in SE Alaska||2|
|ODS||S115||Winter Backpacking in SE Alaska||1|
|ODS||S116||Introduction to Rock Climbing||1-2|
|ODS||S117||Introduction to Ice Climbing||1-2|
|ODS||S118||Avalanche Evaluation and Theory Level I||2|
|ODS||S133||Introduction to Sea Kayaking||2|
|ODS||S134||Intro to Whitewater Kayaking||1|
|ODS||S148||Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding||1|
|ODS||S205||Backcountry Travel and Navigation||2|
|ODS||S216||Rock Climbing Level II||1-2|
|ODS||S217||Ice Climbing Level II||1-3|
|ODS||S218||Avalanche Evaluation and Theory Level II||2|
|ODS||S221||Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue Fundamentals||2|
|ODS||S233||Expedition Sea Kayaking*||1-2|
|* May be repeated for up to 3 credits|