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Course Number
Course Name
Credits
   
Outdoor Leadership Certificate Courses
ODS 120 Wilderness First Responder 4
ODS 112 Swift Water Rescue 1
ODS 114 Backpacking in SE Alaska (Fall) 2
ODS 115 Backpacking in SE Alaska (Winter)
1
ODS 116 Introduction to Rock Climbing
1
ODS 117 Introduction to Ice Climbing
1
ODS 118 Avalanche Evaluation and Theory – Level I
2
ODS 119 Fly Tying, Casting & Fishing
2
ODS 193 Introduction to Sea Kayaking
1
ODS  193 Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking
1
ODS 133 Expedition Sea Kayaking
2
ODS 148 Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding
1
ODS 205 Backcountry Travel and Navigation
2
ODS 216 Rock Climbing Level II
1
ODS 218 Avalanche Evaluation and Theory – Level II
2
ODS 219 Fly Tying, Casting & Fishing Level II
2
ODS 221 Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue Fundamentals
2
ODS 222 Mountaineering
2
ODS 243 Introduction to Outdoor Leadership
3
ODS 244 Outdoor Leadership
2
ODS 245 Leadership Capstone
1
ODS 293 Ice Climbing Level II
1
     
Non-ODS Outdoor Leadership Certificate Courses
     
ENGL   303  Literature and the Environment
3
PHIL 271 Perspectives on the Natural World
3
     

 
Wilderness First Responder ODS 120 Wilderness First Responder
A nationally recognized program that trains participants to respond to emergencies in remote settings. The 80-hour curriculum includes standards for urgent and extended care situations. Topics include wound management, infection, realigning fractures and dislocations, improvised splinting techniques, patient monitoring, environmental emergencies, and drug therapies. Emphasis is placed on prevention and decision-making. Successful completion earns a WMI of NOLS Wilderness First Responder two-year certification and Adult CPR two-year certification.
$156 additional fee Current UAS online class schedule

hike ODS 114 Backpacking in SE Alaska
Introduces skills and equipment required for overnight backpacking trips in SE Alaska in non-winter seasons. Covers selection of personal, group, and safety equipment. Overnight outings are a required component of the course.
$110 additional fee Current UAS online class schedule

backpacking ODS 115 Winter Backpacking in SE Alaska
Introduces students to travel and camping in winter. Covers selection of personal, group, and safety equipment for an overnight outing. Emphasizes snow shelter construction and backcountry techniques appropriate for winter conditions. Overnight outings are a required component of the course.
$110 additional fee Current UAS online class schedule

rock climbing ODS 116 Introduction to Rock Climbing
A short introduction to the basics of rock climbing in both indoor and outdoor settings. Course covers risk assessment, hazard evaluation, equipment, climbing techniques, knots, belaying, rappelling, and top rope anchor setup. Outings are a required course component.
Required outings.
$110 additional fee
Current UAS online class schedule

climb a waterfall ODS 117 Introduction to Ice Climbing
An introduction to the basics of top rope ice climbing. Course covers risk assessment, hazard evaluation, equipment, ice climbing techniques, knots, belaying, rappelling, and top rope anchors for ice climbing. Outings are a required component of the course.
$110 additional fee

outdoor ODS 243 Introduction to Outdoor Leadership
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.
$50 additional fee Current UAS online class schedule

outdoor ODS 245 Outdoor Leadership Capstone
This final class in the ODS Leadership sequence is the capstone of all skills and theory developed during the program. A student-designed and instructor-facilitated experience, it presents an opportunity for ODS students to apply and hone their outdoor leadership and skills in a 5-7 day expedition in Alaska or Northern Canada. Overnight outings are a required component of the course. Prerequisite: ODS S243 and ODS S244.
$50 additional fee Current UAS online class schedule

avalanche ODS 118 Avalanche Evaluation and Theory I
An intensive course of avalanche study covering rescue, terrain analysis, snow study and stability evaluation, route finding, decision making, and safe travel. Combines both in-class and field oriented backcountry experience as required course components.
Prerequisite: Student must be in good physical condition and be enrolled in ODS certificate program.
$110 additional fee

kayaking ODS 193 Introduction to Sea Kayaking
Introduces the fundamentals of sea kayaking in Alaska, including most commonly used equipment, techniques, challenges and hazards. Provides instruction in trip planning, transporting boats, preparing to paddle, boat handling, reentry techniques, and kayaking strokes. Emphasizes risk assessment and safety skills. Requires backcountry camping skills and participation in an overnight outing.
Prerequisite: Students must be in good physical condition and are required to sign a risk release form and provide their medical history. Must be enrolled in ODS certificate program.
Required outings.
$150 additional fee
Current UAS online class schedule

kayaking ODS 193 Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking
Introduces students to fundamental strokes and maneuvers of whitewater kayaking. Includes the most commonly used equipment, techniques, challenges and hazards found in river kayaking. Course focuses on river and whitewater navigation, river safety and risk management, and river running strategies.
Required outings.
$150 additional fee
Current UAS online class schedule

snowboarding ODS 148 Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding
This course will present students with skills needed to plan and complete short trips into the backcountry, on days with low avalanche danger, for the purpose of skiing (alpine and telemark) or snowboarding. Topics covered include gear, modes of travel, map reading for skiers and snowboarders, avalanche and other hazards.
Required outings.
$110 additional fee

Swift water rescue

ODS 112 Swift Water Rescue
An intensive three day class with one day instruction followed by two days developing and practicing water rescue skills. Emphasis is on self rescue, other subjects include water dynamics, handling hazards and obstacles, using rescue equipment, rope systems, in-water rescues and more. Includes manual and materials. Students will earn a Swiftwater Rescue Technician card upon completion.

Required outings.
$300 additional fee

Ron Hulstein

ODS 219 Fly Tying, Casting and Fishing Level II

Introduces the experienced student to more advanced skills. Learn how fish interact with its environment and search for food. Develop strategies in casting skills, insect identification, and water conditions, so the right fly can be cast for the right place at the right time. Course combines in-class activities, outdoor experiences, and project formulation designed to develop a working relationship with other students. Must have current Alaska fishing license. Prerequisite: Admission to the ODS program and ODS 119.

$60 supplies fee + optional $25 rod rental and $5 wader fee: payable to instructor. $50 additional fee Current UAS online class schedule

Ron Hulstein

ODS 119 Fly Tying, Casting and Fishing

Introduces the fundamentals of fly fishing, fly tying materials, fly patterns and what to avoid. Fly casting with a rod, different types of cast and various presentations will be covered as well. Learn about local lakes, streams and saltwater locations.

$60 supplies fee + optional $25 rod rental and $5 wader fee: payable to instructor. $50 additional fee Current UAS online class schedule

ODS 205 Backcountry Travel and Navigation
Covers topics in extended backcountry trips, and navigation by map and compass. Students completing the course gain skills necessary to plan and carry out multi-day backpacking trips, and to use common maps to plan routes through unknown terrain. Outings are a required course component.
Prerequisite: Completion of one other ODS course, or instructor permission. Must be enrolled in ODS certificate program.
$110 additional fee Current UAS online class schedule

ODS 244 Outdoor Leadership
This course gives students the opportunity to learn how to lead others in outdoor and adventure settings. The course covers, and gives students opportunities to practice skills required to teach others and lead and manage risk for groups participating in outdoor recreation related pursuits.
$50 additional fee

ODS 218 Avalanche Evaluation and Theory – Level II
An advanced recreational or introductory course in avalanche theory, forecasting and rescue. Topics include leadership and decision making, field stability and evaluation techniques, weather, steeps and sluff management, advanced route finding, group snow pit and fracture profiles. The course combines in-class and field oriented backcountry experience.
$110 additional fee Current UAS online class schedule

ODS 221 Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue Fundamentals
An introduction to the fundamentals of glacier travel and crevasse rescue. Topics include hazard evaluation and risk assessment, selection of personal gear, as well as climbing and safety gear necessary for glacier travel. In addition knots, rope handling, belay, rappelling and various climbing, glacier travel and crevasse rescue techniques will be discussed.
$110 additional fee

ODS 216 Rock Climbing II
Furthers the techniques and builds on Rock Climbing I. Introduces leading and following scenarios, a variety of anchors, and multi-pitch climbing. Emphasis is on safety, route finding, self rescue, and rope management. Students will practice mock leading. Includes a required five-day field trip to Painted Mountain in Haines Junction.
$210 additional fee Current UAS online class schedule

ODS 222 Mountaineering
Builds on skills taught in Ice Climbing, Rock Climbing, and Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue. Topics include risk assessment, backcountry travel, gear selection and placement, belays, anchors in rock, snow, ice, and vegetation, route selection, and descending techniques. Class includes technical and/or semi-technical ascents of peaks in the Juneau area. Prerequisite: Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing.

$200 additional fee/required outings

Current UAS online class schedule

ENGL 303 Literature and the Environment
This course surveys the relationship between literature, human culture, and the natural environment. Readings will be selected from diverse traditions and genres. Prerequisite: ENGL S211 (C or higher) and upper-division standing, or instructor permission.
  Current UAS online class schedule

PHIL 271 Perspectives on the Natural World
What is wilderness, and what is our relationship to it? Explore the concepts of nature and wilderness from historical and contemporary perspectives of both Western and non-Western cultures. Conclusions reached will be applied to issues concerning ways in which members of contemporary Western society interact with the wilderness. Completion requires participation in overnight class outings.
Prerequisite: ENGL S110 (C or higher) or instructor permission.
  Current UAS online class schedule

In partnership with the USDA Forest Service the University of Alaska Southeast Outdoor Program has been granted a special use permit to hold class outings in the Tongass National Forest.
 
 

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