Outdoor Leadership - Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT)


The Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer with a focus in outdoor leadership prepares students to transfer to a baccalaureate institution. Outdoor leadership includes careers in outdoor recreation, outdoor education, wilderness therapy, and tourism and leisure enterprises.

The Outdoor Leadership program is grounded in the principles of lifelong learning, environmental stewardship, personal growth, and leadership. The program emphasizes experiential methodologies to combine theory and practice in a strong, field-based curriculum. Students will develop current and accepted skills and will understand comprehensive knowledge and standards. Highly skilled and knowledgeable faculty exemplify the highest level of standards, integrity, and ethics. 

The College also offers an Outdoor Leadership Emphasis Associate of Science designed for transfer to OSU-Cascades.

Statewide General Education Student Learning Outcomes

Please see the General Education page for statewide general education student learning outcomes.

Entrance Requirements

While this program has no formal entrance requirements, individual courses may have prerequisites which must be met before enrollment.

Course Requirements

Course Title Credits
General Education/Foundational
Choose 3 credits 13
Choose one course4
Oral Communication:
Choose one course3-4
WR 121Academic Composition4
WR 122Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition4
or WR 227 Technical Writing
General Education/Discipline studies
Cultural Literacy:
One course from the following categories must be designated as cultural literacy on the Discipline Studies list (credits count once).
Arts and Letters:
Choose three courses from at least two prefixes9-12
Social Science:
Choose four courses from at least two prefixes12-16
Science/Math/Computer Science:
Choose four courses from at least two prefixes including at least three laboratory courses in biological and/or physical science12-20
Choose any course numbered 100 or above that brings the total credits to 90 quarter hours. This may include up to 12 credits of Career and Technical Education courses designated by COCC as acceptable. 239
Resource Interpretation
Introduction to Outdoor Leadership
Outdoor Living Skills
Basic Wilderness Life Support
Technical Skills for Outdoor Leadership
Seminar in Outdoor Leadership
Psychology of Risk and Adventure
Facilitating Group Experiences
Outdoor Recreation Leadership
Co-op Work Experience-OL
Alpine Climbing
Canoe Program Instruction and Guiding
Mountain Bike Guiding and Trail Stewardship
Teaching Rock Climbing
Whitewater Raft Guiding
Total Credits90-106

Advising Notes

The Outdoor Leadership (OL) program is a cohort program where students complete courses each term with a single peer group. Before taking OL courses, students should complete as much of their general education requirements as possible.

Students begin introductory/fundamental OL courses courses in Fall term, which is a particularly special time because students attend an outdoor classroom daily for the entire term and complete an eight-day expedition in November. After Fall term, students complete prescribed courses in Winter and Spring terms. During Winter term, students work on advanced theory and application courses and gain more extensive understanding about the practices of professional outdoor leaders. In Spring term students complete advanced skills courses aimed at developing students' practice of professional standards within specific activities.

First-year completion requirements for enrollment into second-year include: completion of the OL-prefix courses (OL 271 Facilitating Group ExperiencesOL 273 Outdoor Recreation LeadershipOL 280 Co-op Work Experience-OL, OL 294 guide course) with a grade of C or higher; completion of a minimum of 36 college credits made up, in part, by the above courses and appropriate prerequisites. See advisor for details.

Performance Standards

  • Academic Requirements:
    • Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to earn a COCC certificate or degree.
    • All courses in the program must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

Sample Plan

Sample Plan Grid
First TermCredits
Health (3 credits with HHP or HHPA prefix)3
Oral Communication:3-4
WR 121Academic Composition4
Second Term
Discipline Studies Arts and Letters3-4
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science3-5
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science3-5
Discipline Studies Social Science3-4
WR 122
Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition
Technical Writing
Third Term
Discipline Studies Arts and Letters3-4
Discipline Studies Arts and Letters3-4
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science3-5
Discipline Studies Social Science3-4
Discipline Studies Social Science3-4
Fourth Term
Elective (recommend OL 111)3
Elective (recommend OL 171)2
Elective (recommend OL 255)5
Elective (recommend OL 263)5
Fifth Term
Discipline Studies Social Science3-4
Elective (recommend OL 207)2
Elective (recommend OL 271)5
Elective (recommend OL 273)5
Sixth Term
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science3-5
Electives (recommend two of the following):6
Alpine Climbing 
Canoe Program Instruction and Guiding 
Mountain Bike Guiding and Trail Stewardship 
Teaching Rock Climbing 
Whitewater Raft Guiding 
Elective (recommend OL 244)3
Elective (recommend OL 280)2
Elective (recommend FOR 255)3
 Total Credits92-108

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