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 dynamic tourism, outdoor education and recreation.
- 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:
|KIN A161||Wilderness First Responder||4|
|KIN A181||Introduction to Kinesiology||3|
|KIN A261||Recreation and Leisure in Modern Society||3|
|KIN A262||Foundations of Outdoor Recreation||3|
|KIN A264||Recreation Program Planning and Evaluation||3|
|KIN A266||Introduction to Safety and Risk||3|
|KIN A280||Leadership in Kinesiology||3|
|KIN A282||Leadership in Initiative Activities||2|
|KIN A287||Leadership in Outdoor Recreation Activities||2|
|KIN A295||Outdoor Leadership Internship||3|
|Introduction to Oceanography|
or BIOL A124
|Biota of Alaska: Selected Topics|
| Environmental Science: Systems and Processes|
and Environmental Science: Systems and Processes Laboratory
|Complete a minimum of 16 credits from the following. Students may substitute other courses with advisor approval for up to 8 credits.|
|Introduction to Geographic Information Systems|
|Beginning Rock Climbing|
|Beginning Ice Climbing|
|Water Safety and Rescue|
|Beginning River Rafting|
|Beginning Sea Kayaking|
|Beginning Cross-Country Ski: Diagonal Stride|
|Skiing Alaska's Backcountry|
|Avalanche Hazard Recognition and Evaluation|
|Winter Camping Alaska|
|Outdoor Adventure in Alaska|
|Crevasse Rescue Techniques|
|Selected Topics in Health, Physical Education and Recreation|
|Avalanche Theory II|
|Intermediate River Rafting|
|Intermediate Sea Kayaking|
A minimum of 60 credits is required for the degree.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
- Students graduating with an Associate of Applied Science in Outdoor Leadership will be able to:
- Evaluate their personal readiness for leadership through reflection on the synthesis of their course experience and by communicating leadership behaviours 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 area of interest.
- Demonstrate proficiency in event/trip/field excursion planning and hosting.