Outdoor Leadership (OSU Transfer) Emphasis AS - Associate of Science (AS)

Description

The Outdoor Leadership (OSU Transfer) Emphasis Associate of Science 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 develop current and industry-accepted skills. Highly skilled and knowledgeable faculty exemplify the highest level of standards, integrity, and ethics. The degree is designed for transfer to OSU-Cascades and aligns with lower-division requirements.

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
Baccalaureate Core
Skills
Writing I
WR 121Academic Composition4
Writing II
WR 122Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition4
Speech
COMM 111Fundamentals of Public Speaking4
Mathematics (OSU): 14
Fitness
HHP 295Health and Fitness3
Perspectives Courses 1, 2
Choose one course from each of the following categories:
Physical Science: 14-5
Biological Science: 14-5
Physical or Biological Science: 14-5
Western Culture: 13-4
Cultural Diversity: 14
Literature and the Arts: 13-4
Social Processes and Institutions: 13-4
Difference, Power and Discrimination: 14
Program Requirements
BA 101Introduction to Business4
FOR 255Resource Interpretation3
OL 111Introduction to Outdoor Leadership3
OL 171Technical Skills for Outdoor Leadership2
OL 207Seminar in Outdoor Leadership2
OL 244Psychology of Risk and Adventure3
OL 255Outdoor Living Skills5
OL 263Basic Wilderness Life Support5
OL 271Facilitating Group Experiences5
OL 273Outdoor Recreation Leadership5
OL 280Co-op Work Experience-OL2
Choose one guide course from the following list:3
Alpine Climbing
Canoe Program Instruction and Guiding
Mountain Bike Guiding and Trail Stewardship
Teaching Rock Climbing
Whitewater Raft Guiding
Electives
Choose enough elective credits to reach a minimum of 94 overall degree credits. 34
Total Credits94-100

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 Year
FallCredits
BA 101Introduction to Business4
Mathematics (OSU):4
Physical Science:4-5
WR 121Academic Composition4
 Credits16-17
Winter
Biological Science:4-5
COMM 111Fundamentals of Public Speaking4
Physical or Biological Science:4-5
WR 122Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition4
 Credits16-18
Spring
Difference, Power and Discrimination:4
HHP 295Health and Fitness3
Literature and the Arts:3-4
Social Processes and Institutions:3-4
 Credits13-15
Second Year
Fall
OL 111Introduction to Outdoor Leadership3
OL 171Technical Skills for Outdoor Leadership2
OL 255Outdoor Living Skills5
OL 263Basic Wilderness Life Support5
 Credits15
Winter
OL 207Seminar in Outdoor Leadership2
OL 271Facilitating Group Experiences5
OL 273Outdoor Recreation Leadership5
Western Culture:3-4
 Credits15-16
Spring
Cultural Diversity:4
Elective4
OL 244Psychology of Risk and Adventure3
FOR 255Resource Interpretation3
Choose one of the following:3
Alpine Climbing 
Canoe Program Instruction and Guiding 
Mountain Bike Guiding and Trail Stewardship 
Teaching Rock Climbing 
Whitewater Raft Guiding 
 Credits17
Summer
OL 280Co-op Work Experience-OL2
 Credits2
 Total Credits94-100

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