Outdoor Skills and Leadership Certificate


The certificate is a nine month intensive humanities program designed to develop skills and characteristics that are essential to success as an individual, a group member, and a leader in outdoor and adventure settings. The program incorporates outdoor risk management, leadership skills, specific outdoor activity skills (such as rock and ice climbing, kayaking, skiing, camping), and academic work in areas such as Alaska history, science, philosophy, and communication. Both outdoor and academic courses are designed to develop not only knowledge but also personal traits such as self-reliance and good judgment. The curriculum includes 34 credits of course work and practical learning experiences. Individuals who complete the program will have the knowledge and skills to plan and manage a variety of outdoor experiences and will be well qualified for entry level positions in the outdoor industry. The Outdoor Skills and Leadership program offers courses in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service.

Admission Requirements

Please visit the uas.alaska.edu/ods for specific application and admission requirements.

Minimum Credit Hours30
Program Requirements30

Students must complete ENGL S111 with a C (2.00) or higher or place into ENGL S111 to complete this program. Students should note that they are only allowed to take courses for which they meet the prerequisites.

Program Requirements
ENGL S303Literature and the Environment3
ODS S120Wilderness First Responder4
ODS S243Introduction to Outdoor Leadership3
ODS S244Outdoor Leadership2
ODS S245Outdoor Leadership Capstone1-4
Related academic courses6
HUM S270Sport, Leisure and Culture3
or PHIL S371 Perspectives on the Natural World
Select 12 credits of the following:12
Swiftwater Rescue
Backpacking in Southeast Alaska
Winter Backpacking in Southeast Alaska
Introduction to Rock Climbing
Introduction to Ice Climbing
Avalanche Evaluation and Theory I
Introduction to Sea Kayaking
Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking
Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding
Backcountry Navigation
Rock Climbing Level II
Ice Climbing Level II
Avalanche Evaluation and Theory Level II
Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue Fundamentals
Mountaineering I
Expedition Sea Kayaking 1
Total Credits34

May be repeated for up to 3 credits.