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
While this program has no formal entrance requirements, individual courses may have prerequisites which must be met before enrollment.
|Course ||Title ||Credits |
|WR 121||Academic Composition||4|
|WR 122||Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition||4|
|COMM 111||Fundamentals of Public Speaking||4|
|HHP 295||Health and Fitness||3|
|BA 101||Introduction to Business||4|
|FOR 255||Resource Interpretation||3|
|OL 111||Introduction to Outdoor Leadership||3|
|OL 171||Technical Skills for Outdoor Leadership||2|
|OL 207||Seminar in Outdoor Leadership||2|
|OL 244||Psychology of Risk and Adventure||3|
|OL 255||Outdoor Living Skills||5|
|OL 263||Basic Wilderness Life Support||5|
|OL 271||Facilitating Group Experiences||5|
|OL 273||Outdoor Recreation Leadership||5|
|OL 280||Co-op Work Experience-OL||2|
|Canoe Program Instruction and Guiding|
|Mountain Bike Guiding and Trail Stewardship|
|Teaching Rock Climbing|
|Whitewater Raft Guiding|
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. This is a particularly special time as students attend courses in an outdoor classroom daily for the entire term and complete two five-day expeditions during the term. 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. Students complete another five-day expedition during winter term. In spring term, students complete advanced skills courses aimed at developing students' practice of professional standards within specific activities.
Completion of the first term courses (OL 111 Introduction to Outdoor Leadership, OL 263 Basic Wilderness Life Support, OL 255 Outdoor Living Skills, OL 171 Technical Skills for Outdoor Leadership) is required to register for the winter and spring courses (OL 271 Facilitating Group Experiences, OL 273 Outdoor Recreation Leadership, OL 280 Co-op Work Experience-OL, OL 294 guide courses) 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.
- 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.