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Career Studies Certificate

Outdoor Recreation


Length: One-year Program – Two semesters 

Purpose: Outdoor recreation activities are available in most areas, and visiting state and national parks is popular regardless of the state of the economy. State, national and other park services employ many employees in various types and classifications of jobs. At the heart of outdoor recreation activities, an integrated trail system and waterway infrastructure is necessary for adventure tourism and outdoor
recreation activities such as hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, and ATV riding. This curriculum provides an add-on credential for those interested into getting into the outdoor recreation or parks and
recreation industries.

Occupational Objectives:

  • Recreation Coordinator
  • Facilities Coordinator
  • Outdoor Recreation Planner
  • Guest Relations
  • Events Coordinator
  • Camp Counselor
  • Path/Trail Technician
  • Park Maintenance Worker
  • Maintenance Crew Leader
  • Education Specialist/Interpreter

Admission Requirements: Students must meet the general admission requirements established by the College.

Program Requirements: The outdoor recreation program is designed to provide students with an
introduction to the outdoor recreation industry. Additional courses will focus on the outdoor recreation
topic of interest to the students. The elective courses will be selected from the approved list and an
approved course plan is suggested before the student enrolls in the courses. The elective courses may
focus on the student’s area of interest including parks and recreation, adventure tourism, and trail
maintenance and design. The curriculum will be taught in a contextualized and experiential learning
format. To foster a green initiative, the curriculum will be developed around the use of a tablet, digital
texts, pdfs, online videos, an online course management system and other cutting-edge instructional
technology.

Course NumberCourse TitleLecture HoursLab HoursCourse Credits
First Semester
RPK 100Intro to Recreation, Parks & Leisure Studies303
RPK 103Preparation for Wilderness Adventure021
RPKRPK Electives*0-90-99
TOTAL3-122-1113
Second Semester
RPK 140Land Use Ethics101
RPK 102Outdoor Recreation in the Appalachian Ecosystem202
RPK 230Wilderness Medicine324
ElectivesRPK Electives*0-50-55
TOTAL6-112-712

Total Minimum Credits for the Career Studies Certificate in Outdoor Recreation  25

*RPK Elective, any course with a RPK prefix.

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