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2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Outdoor Leadership & Recreation Technology, AAS

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Additional information available on the Outdoor Leadership and Recreation Department website.

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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, 114 Degree & Program Requirements 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Outdoor Leadership and Recreation Technology program, students should be able to:

  • Exhibit mastery of outdoor leadership and recreational technical skills
  • Exhibit competent and ethical leadership in an outdoor environment
  • Communicate effectively and professionally with clients and other community members
  • Assess potential environmental impacts of recreation activity
  • Discuss, explain and implement relevant environmental conservation practices

Content criteria, competencies, and student learning outcomes associated with the general education courses required for this degree can be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Total Credit Hours: 16

Additional Required Courses


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Total Credit Hours: 44

Total Credit Hours: 60

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