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. Please refer to the Undergraduate Admissions page for general undergraduate requirements.
Note: Students may need to adjust this sequence based on course availability and date of entry into the major.
KIN 539: Artificial Climbing Wall Management (2 CR)
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)
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 extend this basic requirement and pursue a minor or second major. Commonly pursued areas include education, social work, recreation management & policy, business, English, psychology, or various natural sciences, although many other possibilities exist.
100 days of program leadership
Students wishing to obtain a degree in Outdoor Education must document a minimum of 100 days of 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, 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.