Outdoor Education, B.S.
I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.
- Albert Einstein
Students who satisfy all University requirements as well as the requirements in the Outdoor Education major will be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Outdoor Education. University requirements are not listed below; Please refer to the University Admissions page for general undergraduate requirements. To see the UNH course catalog, click here.
Note: Students may need to adjust this sequence based on course availability and date of entry into the major.
Note: KIN 686 is offered during January term.
KIN 542: Sea Kayaking (2 CR)
KIN 546: Whitewater Canoeing (2 CR)
KIN 547: Lead Rock Climbing (2 CR)
KIN 545: High Angle Rescue (2 CR)
KIN 782: Therapeutic Applications of Adventure (4 CR)
KIN 549: Wilderness Navigation (4 CR)
KIN 693C: Teaching Assistantship (2 CR)
KIN 798: Special Topics (varied Credit)
- Artificial Climbing Wall Management
- High Altitude Mountaineering
- Instructor Development Whitewater Kayaking (proposed)
- Instructor Development Whitewater Canoeing (proposed)
- Bicycle Touring Leadership (proposed)
Coursework in a secondary area
To support lifelong learning and to open up future career opportunities, all students majoring in Outdoor Education are required to successfully complete four courses from a secondary area of interest. Often, students decide to extend this basic requirement and pursue a minor or even a second major. Commonly pursued areas include Education, Social Work, Business, English, Psychology, or various Natural Sciences, although many other possibilities exist.
100 days of program leadership
Students wishing to obtain a degree in OE must document a minimum of 100 days of adventure programming leadership experience prior to fulfilling their final internship requirement. Typically, students enrolled in the program fulfill this requirement through summer employment in outdoor education programs or camps between academic years.
The final requirement for a degree in Outdoor Education is the completion of KIN 650B, which is an internship that is a minimum of 400 hours in duration. Students will typically complete this requirement after their final semester. We encourage students to seek paid professional positions to fulfill this final requirement. Often, students' internships lead directly to full-time jobs with their host organizations.