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 see the section titled "Additional Program Requirements: Outdoor Studies" on our Admissions page for specific application and admission requirements.

Minimum Credit Hours 34
Program Requirements 34-35

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

Program Requirements
ODS S120Wilderness First Responder4
ODS S243Outdoor Studies and Leadership3
ODS S245Outdoor Studies Expedition I3-4
ODS S372Mountain Studies: Philosophy, Literature, and Practice4
ODS S373Ocean Studies: Images of the Environment4
Related academic courses
Select six credits of the following:6
Literature and the Environment
Alaska: A Contested Geography
Sport, Leisure, and Culture
Perspectives on the Natural World
Select 10 credits of the following:10
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 Swiftwater Travel
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