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Outdoor Studies

The certificate in Outdoor Skills and Leadership is an intensive nine-month humanities program that offers students the opportunity to better understand their relation to the natural world and 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, and academic work. The combination of outdoor and academic courses is designed to develop not only knowledge but also personal traits such as self-reliance and good judgment.

Students working to become outdoor professionals, wanting to achieve more general goals related to personal development and leadership, or wanting to better understand the natural world will benefit from the program.

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Outdoor Skills and Leadership Certificate

Certificates are programs of study designed to prepare students to secure entry-level employment in their chosen field.

Typically a certificate is 30 credits (one year).

Degree Requirements (2013-2014 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours30
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.
Program Requirements30
ENGLS303Literature and the Environment3
ODSS120Wilderness First Responder4
ODSS243Introduction to Outdoor Leadership3
ODSS244Outdoor Leadership2
ODSS245Leadership Capstone1-4
___S___Related academic courses6
Select one from the following (3 credits):
HUMS270Sport, Leisure, and Culture3
PHILS371Perspectives on the Natural World3
Select from the following (12 credits total):
ODSS112Swift Water Rescue1
ODSS114Backpacking in SE Alaska2
ODSS115Winter Backpacking in SE Alaska1
ODS
S116
Introduction to Rock Climbing1-2
ODSS117Introduction to Ice Climbing1-2
ODSS118Avalanche Evaluation and Theory-Level I2
ODSS133Introduction to Sea Kayaking2
ODSS134Intro to Whitewater Kayaking1
ODSS148Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding1
ODSS205Backcountry Travel and Navigation2
ODSS216Rock Climbing Level II1-2
ODSS217Ice Climbing Level II1-3
ODSS218Avalanche Evaluation and Theory Level II2
ODSS221Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue Fundamentals2
ODSS222Mountaineering I2
ODSS233Expedition Sea Kayaking *1-2
*May be repeated for up to 3 credits

Bachelor degree programs are designed to prepare students for employment, or graduate school, in their chosen field.

Typically a bachelor degree program is 120 credits (four years).

Degree Requirements (2013-2014 Catalog)

Courses in a degree program may be counted only once: that is, courses used as Major requirements cannot be used in other parts of the degree program. Courses used for GER credit cannot be used to fulfill Liberal Arts Major courses or must be replaced by substitute courses of equal credits.

Minimum Credit Hours120
GER35
Liberal Arts Major60
Electives/Minor25
The Liberal Arts Major combines Core and Emphasis courses. Of the 60 total credits required for the Major, 45 must be completed through UAS. Courses completed for the Liberal Arts Major must receive a grade of C (2.0) or better.
I. Liberal Arts Core
Core Requirements18
HUMS200Orientation to the Liberal Arts2
HUMS210Student Portfolio1
  Communications, Literature or Writing (upper-division elective)*3
  Philosophy (Introduction, Logic, or Ethics)**3
  Social Science, Math or Natural Science (elective)3-4
  Cultural Diversity Courses***6-8

*COMM S3XX, COMM S4XX, ENGL S3XX, ENGL S4XX
** PHIL S101, PHIL S201, PHIL S206, PHIL S301
***Cultural Diversity courses include: world languages, world history, Alaska Native languages, or BLA faculty advisor-approved courses in anthropology, art, communication, literature, and the humanities or social sciences, including transfer or study abroad courses, with an evident focus in cultural diversity.

Upon admission into the BLA program, students are required to enroll in Orientation to the Liberal Arts and Student Portfolio courses. These courses are designed to assist students in planning their program of study with the approval of their BLA faculty advisor. The portfolio is used for purposes of continuing self-assessment during the student’s BLA program. Students must complete the Orientation and Portfolio courses within the first three semesters after matriculation; those who do not will be dropped from the BLA program and must officially reapply for admission.

II. Liberal Arts Emphasis
EMPHASIS REQUIREMENTS42

General Requirements for all emphasis options:

  1. During the semester the student is admitted the BLA, an Emphasis option (listed below) must be formally declared by the student and approved by the BLA coordinator or the student’s faculty advisor.
  2. 24 minimum upper-division in credits required in the Emphasis program (18 minimum credits completed through UAS).
  3. Includes a Capstone Course: HUM S499 Humanities Capstone
LIBERAL ARTS EMPHASIS OPTIONS
In each BLA degree program, students pursue one of the following Emphasis options: Designated Emphasis, Interdisciplinary Studies, or Independent Design. Courses used for GER credit cannot be used to fulfill Liberal Arts Emphasis courses or must be replaced by substitute disciplinary courses of equal credits.
1. DESIGNATED EMPHASIS
A designated emphasis provides a focused course of study in the Liberal Arts not available through other baccalaureate degree programs offered through UAS.

Outdoor and Adventure Studies

B.L.A. Designated Emphasis

Minimum Emphasis Credit Hours52-56
Designated Emphasis Requirements31-35
ENGLS303Literature and the Environment3
HUMS270Sport, Leisure and Culture3
HUMS499Humanities Capstone3
ODSS120Wilderness First Responder4
ODS S243Intro to Outdoor Leadership3
ODSS244Outdoor Leadership3
ODSS245Outdoor Leadership Capstone2-4
ODSS372Mountain Adv: Phil, Lit & Pract3
ODSS444Expedition Planning/Leadership2
ODSS445Outdoor Studies Emph Capstone2-4
PHILS371Perspectives on the Natural World3
ODS Electives15
Select from the following (15 credits):
ODSS114Backpacking in SE Alaska1-2
ODSS115Winter Backpacking in SE Alaska1
ODSS116Introduction to Rock Climbing1-2
ODSS117Introduction to Ice Climbing1-2
ODSS118Avalanche Eval and Theory I2
ODSS119Intro to Fly Fishing, Tying & Casting2
ODSS133Introduction to Sea Kayaking1
ODSS148Backcountry Skiing/Snowboarding1
ODSS205Backcountry Navigation and Travel2
ODSS216Rock Climbing Level II1-3
ODSS217Ice Climbing Level II1-3
ODSS218Avalanche Eval/Theory Level II2
ODSS221Glacier Travel/Crevasse Res Fund2
ODSS222Mountaineering I2
ODSS___  
Upper Division Electives*6
Select two from the following (6 credits):
ANTHS314Archaeology of SE Alaska3
ANTHS342Arctic Ethnology3
ANTHS408Ethnobiology3
ANTHS428Tlingit Culture and History3
ANTHS458AK Native Econ/Political Dev3
ENGLS363Nature Writing3
ENGLS365Lit of AK: Nat & Non-Nat Per3
ENGLS370Native American Literature3
ENGLS423Ecocriticism3
ENVSS407Snow Hydrology4
ENVSS415Biogeography & Landscape Ecology3
ENVSS420Atmospheric Science3
GEOGS312Humans and the Environment3
GEOLS300Geology of Alaska3
GEOLS301Geomorphology4
GEOLS302Hydrology4
GEOLS310Glaciation and Climate Change3
GOVTS313Alaska Politics and Government3
SOCS404Environmental Sociology3
*Advisor-approved courses

UAS is an open enrollment institution, this means that you do not have to be in a UAS degree program to take a class. Anyone can take our classes as long as they meet the course pre-requisites.

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ODS Classes: Fall - 2014


Introduces skills and equipment necessary for safe travel in and on swiftly moving water. Intensive training in river hydrology, rescue equipment and techniques, boat handling, and self and group contact rescues, leading to international certification as a Swiftwater Rescue Technician I. Students must be in good physical condition.

Prerequisite: Acceptance to ODS certificate program or permission.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80195J01Colin Aikman
FIELDDAY
Sun, Mon, Sat
8:00a - 5:00p
9/5 - 9/8
JREC115
Friday
8:00a - 5:00p
9/5 - 9/8

Field requirement: Day outings are a required component of this course.

Tuition and fees: $479 (additional charges may apply)

Introduces skills and equipment required for overnight backpacking trips in SE Alaska in non-winter seasons. Covers selection of personal, group, and safety equipment, and introduces contingency plan concepts. Includes strategies for backcountry cooking. Overnight outings are a required component of the course. Students must be in excellent physical condition.

Prerequisite: Acceptance to ODS certificate program or permission.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80196J01Michaela Twarog
JREC115
Tue, Thu
5:30p - 8:30p
9/16 - 9/18
FIELDOVERNIGHT
Sun, Sat
8:00a - 11:00p
9/20 - 9/21
JREC115
Tue, Thu
5:30p - 8:30p
9/30 - 10/2
FIELDOVERNIGHT
Sun, Fri, Sat
8:00a - 11:00p
10/3 - 10/5

Field requirement: Overnight outings are a required component of this course.

Tuition and fees: $518 (additional charges may apply)

Introduces the basics of rock climbing in both indoor and outdoor settings. Covers risk assessment, hazard evaluation, equipment, climbing techniques, knots, belaying, rappelling, and top rope anchor setup. Students must be in good physical condition.

Prerequisite: Acceptance to ODS certificate program or permission.

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80197J01Forest Wagner
JREC104
Tue, Thu
5:30p - 8:30p
9/2 - 9/9
JREC115
Tue, Thu
5:30p - 8:30p
9/2 - 9/9
FIELDOVERNIGHT
Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat
8:00a - 11:00p
9/11 - 9/15

Field requirement: Overnight outings are a required component of this course. Students must have a clean criminal record and current US passport for travel into Canada.

Tuition and fees: $558 (additional charges may apply)

Fundamentals of sea kayaking in Alaska. Introduces commonly used equipment and techniques, and the challenges and hazards found in the activity. Instruction in selecting equipment, trip planning, boat handling, paddling, sea strokes, and rolling and bracing. Emphasizes risk assessment and safety skills. Requires excellent physical condition, backcountry camping skills, and participation in an overnight outing.

Prerequisite: Acceptance to ODS certificate program or permission.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80198J01Bjorn Dihle
JREC115
Tue, Thu
5:30p - 8:30p
10/14 - 10/23
FIELDDAY
Sun, Sat
8:00a - 8:00p
10/18 - 10/19
FIELDOVERNIGHT
Sun, Fri, Sat
8:00a - 11:00p
10/24 - 10/26

Field requirement: Day and overnight outings are a required component of this course.

Tuition and fees: $558 (additional charges may apply)

Introduces students to fundamental strokes and maneuvers pack rafting. Includes the most commonly used equipment, techniques, and the challenges and hazards of pack rafting. Focuses on river and whitewater navigation, river safety and risk management, and river running strategies. Students must be in excellent physical condition.

Prerequisite: Acceptance to ODS certificate program or permission.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80926J01Jason Eson
JREC115
Tue, Thu
5:30p - 8:30p
9/23 - 9/25
FIELDDAY
Sun, Sat
8:00a - 8:00p
9/27 - 9/28
JREC115
Tuesday
5:30p - 8:30p
10/7 - 10/7
JREC115
Thursday
5:30p - 9:00p
10/9 - 10/9
FIELDDAY
Sun, Sat
8:00a - 8:00p
10/11 - 10/12

Field requirement: Day outings are a required component of this course.

Tuition and fees: $468 (additional charges may apply)

Covers topics relating to extended backcountry trips and navigation by map and compass. Students acquire skills necessary to plan and carry out multi-day backpacking trips, and learn to use common maps to plan routes through unknown terrain. Student must be in good physical condition. Outings are a required course component.

Prerequisite: Acceptance to ODS certificate program or permission.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80201J01Forest Wagner
JREC115
Tue, Thu
5:30p - 8:30p
10/28 - 11/9
FIELDOVERNIGHT
Sun, Sat
8:00a - 11:00p
11/1 - 11/2
FIELDDAY
Sun, Fri, Sat
8:00a - 8:00p
11/7 - 11/9

Field requirement: Day and overnight outings are a required component of this course. Lab fee includes a Silva Ranger Compass.

Tuition and fees: $518 (additional charges may apply)

A study of theories of interaction, information sharing, decision making, team building, and problem solving processes. Theoretical discussions are supplemented by analysis of risk management issues within the outdoor industry, guest lectures, and relevant readings. Designed as a theoretical and practical foundation for developing a personal and professional leadership style.

Prerequisite: Admission to ODS certificate program or permission.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80202J01Forest Wagner
JREC115
Wednesday
8:00a - 11:00a
9/3 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $837 (additional charges may apply)

The PADI Open Water Diver course is a complete, carefully structured entry level scuba diving course designed for those with little or no prior experience, to become a certified diver. The certification is recognized worldwide and is valid for life, to a maximum depth of 60 feet. The program consists of knowledge development sessions, confined water/pool training dives and open water (sea) dives. During the course students will practice and master the skills needed to be a safe and competent diver, with your instructor devoting maximum time to teaching fun and save diving techniques.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80203J01Philip Sellick
JREC116
Monday
5:30p - 8:30p
10/6 - 10/6
JREC115
Tue, Wed, Thu
5:30p - 8:30p
11/11 - 11/18
ABPOOL
Wed, Thu
7:00p - 11:00p
11/19 - 11/20
FIELDDAY
Sun, Sat
8:00a - 8:00p
11/22 - 11/23

Field requirement: Day outings are a required component of this course. Class has day outings at the Augustus Brown Pool followed by two single day trips in the open water. Students will purchase mask, snorkel, and fins from the instructor, approximately $200, not covered by course fee.

Tuition and fees: $558 (additional charges may apply)

Prerequisite: Admission to the BA or BLA emphasis in Outdoor Studies, and advisor approval.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80928J01Kevin Krein
9/2 - 12/13

Tuition and fees: $467 (additional charges may apply)

 
 

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