Associate of Applied Science in Outdoor Leadership

This program is delivered only through Prince William Sound College.

Admission Requirements

Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Associate Degree Programs.

Graduation Requirements

Program Requirements

Core Courses
PEP A161Wilderness First Responder4
PEP A262Foundations of Outdoor Recreation3
PEP A266Introduction to Safety and Risk3
PEP A181Introduction to Health, Physical Education and Recreation3
PEP A280Leadership in Health, Physical Education and Recreation3
PEP A287Leadership in Outdoor Recreation Activities2
PEP A275Media and Strategic Communication for Outdoors Professionals3
PEP A295Outdoor Leadership Internship2-3
PER A150Water Safety and Rescue1
PER A169Four-Season Backpacking3
Select from the following:18-19
Introduction to the Study of Adventure Filmmaking
Previsualization and Production
Digital Video Editing
Adventure Film Research
Swiftwater Rescue
Beginning Rock Climbing
Beginning Ice Climbing
Beginning River Rafting
Beginning Sea Kayaking
Fly Fishing
Beginning Cross-Country Ski: Diagonal Stride
Fishing Academy
Beginning Mountaineering
Crevasse Rescue Techniques
Intermediate Ice Climbing
Intermediate River Rafting
Total Credits45-47

A minimum of 60 credits is required for the degree. 

Upon completion of the A.A.S. in Outdoor Leadership students will:

  1. understand, synthesize, and evaluate their personal readiness for leadership by communicating leadership behaviors effectively through written and oral means (as measured by course assignments, an internship journal and an exit interview)
  2. understand and explain the benefits of outdoor recreation for individual and community well-being (as measured by course assignments and an internship journal)
  3. successfully evaluate risks associated with outdoor activities and identify methods to reduce and/or mitigate those risks (as measured by course assignments)
  4. demonstrate necessary proficiency for recreation professionals to include practical skills related to backcountry recreation, including technical skills and event planning and hosting (as measured by course assignments and an exit interview)