Outdoor Leadership & Recreation Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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Are you interested in exploring your passion, developing your outdoor skills, gaining leadership experience, or finding employment doing what you love? The world of careers is open to students pursuing an Outdoor Leadership and Recreation Technology degree. From guiding mountaineering trips in the Colorado Rockies to teaching environmental education courses to presenting wildlife programs at local nature centers, this program provides background education in a wide scope of industry career paths.

This two-year AAS degree includes a variety of certification classes, hands-on learning opportunities and a diverse elective list allowing students to enhance outdoor skills in their specific area of interest. Training emphases include outdoor leadership, field studies, group dynamics, risk management, web design, wilderness skills, and low-impact techniques for environmental stewardship. To enhance the learning process, students will utilize their education by applying skills developed within the program to an internship of their choosing.

Non-degree seeking students can complete one or more of the four certificate options, learning specialized outdoor skills in shorter period of time. Coursework completed in certificate options may be applied to the Outdoor Leadership and Recreation Technology degree.

Students may complete academic deficiencies concurrently with the beginning courses in the program. Students must arrange with advisors to remedy deficiencies in program requirements. Students not meeting a course prerequisite must have instructor permission to enroll.

General Education Courses

BIO 148

Basic Ecology

4

or

 

 

ENV 101

Introduction to Environmental Science: SC1

(4)

CIS 118

Introduction to PC Applications

3

or

 

 

CSC 105

Computer Literacy

(3)

COM 115

Public Speaking

3

or

 

 

COM 214

Natural Resource Interpretation Communication

(3)

ENG 131

Technical Writing I

3

or

 

 

BUS 217

Business Communication & Report Writing

(3)

MAT 107

Career Math

3

 

 

16

Other Course Requirements

ADG 125

Leave No Trace

1

ADG 225

Risk Management for Outdoor Professionals

1

HWE 129

Wilderness First Responder

4

NRE 236

Public Relations of Natural Resources

2

OUT 120

Orienteering

1

OUT 187

Cooperative Education Internship

3

OUT 232

Mountaineering

4

PED 165

Wilderness Survival Skills

3

PED 167

Basic Search & Rescue

3

PED 206

Ski Conditioning

1

PER 128

Introduction to Recreation

2

PER 152

Avalanche Safety

1

PER 160

Wilderness Ethics

3

PER 200

Outdoor Recreation Programming

3

PER 253

Outdoor Leadership

2

Electives Choose ten (10) from electives list below

10

 

44

Total Credit Hours

60

Outdoor Leadership and Recreation Technology Approved Electives

Choose 10 credit hours from the list of approved electives below:

ADG 105

Best Tasting Wild Plants

2

BIO 149

Plant Taxonomy

4

GEY 111

Physical Geology: SC1

4

HIS 225

Colorado History: HI1

3

OUT 216

Challenge Course Facilitation

2

PED 124

Mountain Biking

1

PED 127

Introduction to Fly-fishing

1

PED 129

Scuba Diving

1

PED 132

Snowshoeing

1

PED 133

Beginning Snowboarding

1

PED 134

Advanced Snowboarding

1

PED 141

Beginning Alpine Skiing

1

PED 150

Rock Climbing I

2

PED 151

Rock Climbing II

2

PED 152

Beginning Ice Climbing

1

PED 161

Beginning Kayaking

1

PED 166

Winter Wilderness Survival Skills

2

PED 227

Advanced Fly-fishing

1

PER 153

Whitewater Rafting Guide

2

PER 154

Avalanche Safety Level II

2

PER 161

Backcountry Cooking

1

Certificates

Gainful Employment Disclosure located at www.ppcc.edu/ge.

Mountain Field Studies

ADG 125

Leave No Trace

1

HWE 129

Wilderness First Responder

4

OUT 111

Mountain Orientation

2

OUT 120

Orienteering

1

OUT 232

Mountaineering

4

PED 150

Rock Climbing I

2

PED 151

Rock Climbing II

2

PED 165

Wilderness Survival Skills

3

PED 167

Basic Search & Rescue

3

Total Credit Hours

22

Outdoor Entrepreneur Professional Business

Pending State Approval

ACC 101

Fundamentals of Accounting

3

ADG 125

Leave No Trace

1

ADG 225

Risk Management for Outdoor Professionals

1

BUS 115

Introduction to Business

3

CSC 105

Computer Literacy

3

MAN 216

Small Business Management

3

OUT 216

Challenge Course Facilitation

2

PER 200

Outdoor Recreation Programming

3

Total Credit Hours

19

Water Recreation Studies

ADG 125

Leave No Trace

1

HWE 129

Wilderness First Responder

4

OUT 118

River Orientation

2

PED 127

Introduction to Fly-fishing

1

PED 129

SCUBA Diving

1

PED 161

Beginning Kayaking

1

PED 165

Wilderness Survival Skills

3

PED 227

Advanced Fly-fishing

1

PED 237

Paddle Sports

2

PER 153

Whitewater Rafting Guide

2

Total Credit Hours

18

Winter Field Studies

ADG 125

Leave No Trace

1

HWE 129

Wilderness First Responder

4

PED 141

Beginning Alpine Skiing

1

or

 

 

PED 133

Beginning Snowboarding

(1)

or

 

 

PED 134

Advanced Snowboarding

(1)

PED 152

Beginning Ice Climbing

1

PED 166

Winter Wilderness Survival Skills

2

PED 167

Basic Search & Rescue

3

PER 152

Avalanche Safety

1

PER 154

Avalanche Safety Level II

2

PER 161

Backcountry Cooking

1

Total Credit Hours

16