Outdoor Leadership & Recreation Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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Are you interested in exploring your passion, developing your outdoor skills, gaining leadership experience, or finding employment doing what you love? The world of careers is open to students pursuing an Outdoor Leadership and Recreation Technology degree. From guiding mountaineering trips in the Colorado Rockies to teaching environmental education courses to presenting wildlife programs at local nature centers, this program provides background education in a wide scope of industry career paths.

This two-year AAS degree includes a variety of certification classes, hands-on learning opportunities and a diverse elective list allowing students to enhance outdoor skills in their specific area of interest. Training emphases include outdoor leadership, field studies, group dynamics, risk management, web design, wilderness skills, and low-impact techniques for environmental stewardship. To enhance the learning process, students will utilize their education by applying skills developed within the program to an internship of their choosing.

Non-degree seeking students can complete one or more of the four certificate options, learning specialized outdoor skills in shorter period of time. Coursework completed in certificate options may be applied to the Outdoor Leadership and Recreation Technology degree.

Students may complete academic deficiencies concurrently with the beginning courses in the program. Students must arrange with advisors to remedy deficiencies in program requirements. Students not meeting a course prerequisite must have instructor permission to enroll.

General Education Courses

BIO 148

Basic Ecology

4

or

 

 

ENV 101

Introduction to Environmental Science with Lab: SC1

(4)

CIS 118

Introduction to PC Applications

3

or

 

 

CSC 105

Computer Literacy

(3)

COM 115

Public Speaking

3

or

 

 

COM 214

Natural Resource Interpretation & Communication

(3)

ENG 131

Technical Writing I

3

or

 

 

BUS 217

Business Communication & Report Writing

(3)

MAT 107

Career Math

3

 

 

16

Other Course Requirements

HWE 129

Wilderness First Responder

4

NRE 236

Public Relations of Natural Resources

2

OUT 108

Wilderness Survival Skills

3

OUT 128

Outdoor Sports Conditioning

1

OUT 134

Wilderness Ethics

2

OUT 135

Risk Management for Outdoor Professionals

1

OUT 136

Leave No Trace Trainer Cert.

2

OUT 144

Backcountry Cooking

1

OUT 167

Basic Search & Rescue

3

OUT 168

Avalanche Awareness Level I

1

OUT 187

Cooperative Education Internship

3

OUT 211

Mountaineering Leadership

4

REC 100

Introduction to Recreation

2

REC 211

Outdoor Leadership

2

REC 212

Outdoor Recreation Programming

3

Elective

Choose ten (10) from electives list below

10

 

44

Total Credit Hours

60

Approved Electives

Choose 10 credit hours from the list of approved electives below:

ACC 101

Fundamentals of Accounting

3

BIO 221

Botany with Lab: SC1

5

BUS 115

Introduction to Business

3

GEY 111

Physical Geology with Lab: SC1

4

HIS 225

Colorado History: HI1

3

MAN 216

Small Business Management

3

OUT 106

Map & Compass for the Outdoor Person

3

OUT 109

Winter Wilderness Survival Skills

2

OUT 110

Caving I

1

OUT 111

Caving II

1

OUT 112

Mountain Orientation

2

OUT 113

Desert Orientation

2

OUT 114

Canyon Orientation

2

OUT 116

River Orientation

2

OUT 119

Flyfishing I

1

OUT 120

Flyfishing II

1

OUT 126

Mountain Biking

1

OUT 129

Ice Climbing I

1

OUT 131

Rock Climbing I

2

OUT 132

Rock Climbing II

2

OUT 133

Technical Canyoneering

2

OUT 137

Kayaking

1

OUT 140

Swift Water Rescue Tech I

1

OUT 144

Backcountry Cooking

1

OUT 156

Survival Plants in the Summer I

2

OUT 157

Survival Plants in the Fall I

2

OUT 158

Survival Plants in the Spring I

2

OUT 159

Survival Plants: Rockies

1

OUT 160

Survival Plants: Southwest

1

OUT 161

Survival Plants in the Summer II

3

OUT 162

Survival Plants in the Fall II

3

OUT 163

Survival Plants in the Spring II

3

OUT 169

Avalanche Awareness Level II

2

OUT 201

Scuba Diving

1

OUT 202

Open Water Diver

1

OUT 216

Challenge Course Facilitation

2

OUT 218

River Orientation II

2

Certificates

Mountain Field Studies

Gainful Employment Disclosure located at http://www.ppcc.edu/app/catalog/ge/outdoor-leadership-recreation-technology/mountain-field-studies-gedt.

HWE 129

Wilderness First Responder

4

OUT 108

Wilderness Survival Skills

3

OUT 112

Mountain Orientation

2

OUT 131

Rock Climbing I

2

OUT 132

Rock Climbing II

2

OUT 136

Leave No Trace Trainer Cert.

2

OUT 167

Basic Search & Rescue

3

OUT 211

Mountaineering Leadership

4

Total Credit Hours

22

Outdoor Entrepreneur Professional Business

Gainful Employment Disclosure located at http://www.ppcc.edu/app/catalog/ge/outdoor-leadership-recreation-technology/outdoor-entrepreneur-professional-business-gedt.

ACC 101

Fundamentals of Accounting

3

BUS 115

Introduction to Business

3

CSC 105

Computer Literacy

3

MAN 216

Small Business Management

3

OUT 135

Risk Management for Outdoor Professionals

1

OUT 136

Leave No Trace Trainer Cert.

2

OUT 216

Challenge Course Facilitation

2

REC 212

Outdoor Recreation Programming

3

Total Credit Hours

20

Scuba Diving Professional

Gainful Employment Disclosure located at http://www.ppcc.edu/app/catalog/ge/outdoor-leadership-recreation-technology/scuba-diving-professional-gedt.

HWE 129

Wilderness First Responder

4

OUT 201

Scuba Diving

1

OUT 202

Open Water Diver

1

OUT 203

Advanced Open Water Diver

1

OUT 204

Rescue Diver

2

OUT 205

Divemaster

3

OUT 206

Assistant Scuba Instructor

3

OUT 207

Open Water Scuba Instructor

3

Total Credit Hours

18

Water Recreation Studies

Gainful Employment Disclosure located at http://www.ppcc.edu/app/catalog/ge/outdoor-leadership-recreation-technology/water-recreation-studies-gedt.

HWE 129

Wilderness First Responder

4

OUT 108

Wilderness Survival Skills

3

OUT 116

River Orientation

2

OUT 119

Flyfishing I

1

OUT 120

Flyfishing II

1

OUT 136

Leave No Trace Trainer Cert.

2

OUT 137

Kayaking

1

OUT 140

Swift Water Rescue Tech I

1

OUT 144

Backcountry Cooking

1

OUT 201

Scuba Diving

1

OUT 218

River Orientation II

2

Total Credit Hours

20

Winter Field Studies

Gainful Employment Disclosure located at http://www.ppcc.edu/app/catalog/ge/outdoor-leadership-recreation-technology/winter-field-studies-gedt.

HWE 129

Wilderness First Responder

4

OUT 109

Winter Wilderness Survival Skills

2

OUT 129

Ice Climbing I

1

OUT 136

Leave No Trace Trainer Cert.

2

OUT 144

Backcountry Cooking

1

OUT 167

Basic Search & Rescue

3

OUT 168

Avalanche Awareness Level I

1

OUT 169

Avalanche Awareness Level II

2

Total Credit Hours

16