Associate of Applied Science in Outdoor Leadership
This program is delivered only through Prince William Sound College.
The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Outdoor Leadership is a two-year degree program focused on teaching the skills needed to work in the dynamic tourism, outdoor education, recreation, and adventure film fields.
Complete the Admission Requirements for Associate Degrees.
Students may need to rent or purchase additional equipment for courses. Many courses in the program are conducted outdoors in extremely cold and/or inclement weather conditions with significant physical demands.
- Complete the General University Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees.
- Complete the General Education Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees.
- Complete the following major requirements:
|PEP A161||Wilderness First Responder||4|
|PEP A181||Introduction to Health, Physical Education and Recreation||3|
|PEP A262||Foundations of Outdoor Recreation||3|
|PEP A264||Recreation Program Planning and Evaluation||3|
|PEP A266||Introduction to Safety and Risk||3|
|PEP A280||Leadership in Health, Physical Education and Recreation||3|
|PEP A282||Leadership in Initiative Activities||2|
|PEP A287||Leadership in Outdoor Recreation Activities||2|
|PEP A295||Outdoor Leadership Internship||2-3|
|PER A170||Backpack Alaska||3|
|Complete a minimum of 19 credits from the following. Students may substitute other courses with advisor approval for up to 8 credits.||19-20|
|Environmental Science: Systems and Processes|
|Environmental Science: Systems and Processes Laboratory|
|Introduction to the Study of Adventure Filmmaking|
|Previsualization and Preproduction|
|Digital Video Editing|
|Adventure Film Research|
|Media and Strategic Communication for Outdoor Professionals|
|Beginning Rock Climbing|
|Beginning Ice Climbing|
|Water Safety and Rescue|
|Beginning Sea Kayaking|
|Beginning Cross-Country Ski: Diagonal Stride|
|Avalanche Hazard Recognition and Evaluation|
|Winter Camping Alaska|
|Crevasse Rescue Techniques|
|Selected Topics in Health, Physical Education and Recreation|
|Avalanche Theory II|
A minimum of 60 credits is required for the degree.
Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science in Outdoor Leadership students will:
- Evaluate their personal readiness for leadership through reflection on the synthesis of their course experience and by communicating leadership behaviors verbally and in writing
- Explain the benefits of outdoor recreation for individual and community well-being
- Evaluate risks associated with outdoor activities and identify methods to reduce and/or mitigate those risks
- Demonstrate proficiency in technical backcountry skills necessary for outdoor recreation professionals in the student’s areas of interest
- Demonstrate proficiency in event/trip/field excursion planning and hosting.