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Outdoor Leadership Curriculum

Outdoor Leadership

Purpose: The Associate of Arts and Sciences degree program in Business Administration is designed for individuals who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree. The specialization in Outdoor Leadership is specifically for students wishing to transfer to a four-year college and complete a baccalaureate degree in outdoor recreation, outdoor leadership, parks and recreation, leisure studies or a related program.

Admission Requirements: In addition to the general admission requirements to the College, as stated earlier in this catalog, entry into the Associate of Science degree program in Business Administration requires as a minimum the satisfactory completion of the following high school units or equivalents:

  • 1 unit of laboratory science
  • 1 unit social studies
  • 4 units of English
  • 3 units of mathematics (including algebra or geometry)

Students who do not meet these requirements may need to correct such deficiencies in the developmental studies program, described later in this catalog.

Program Requirements: Achievement after graduation requires competency with other areas of knowledge such as the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences in addition to those courses directly pertinent to business and outdoor leadership. The program is designed to provide students with an introduction to the tourism and recreation industry. Course work will focus on providing coverage of tourism, outdoor recreation, parks, leisure services, supervision and leadership, risk management, and resource interpretation and education. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the student is eligible to receive the Associate of Arts and Sciences degree with a major in Business Administration with a specialization in Outdoor Leadership. Each student is urged to become familiar with the requirements of the major department of the four-year institution being considered for transfer. The student should also consult with his/her faculty advisor at SWCC concerning the selection of electives in order to facilitate the transfer of credits.

Outdoor Leadership Curriculum

Course Number
Course TitleLecture HoursLab HoursCourse Credits
First Semester
Science I* with lab 334
ENG 111College Composition I 303
MTHMathematics** 303
ITE 115Introduction to Computer Applications & Concepts303
SDV 100College Success Skills101
RPK 100Intro. To Recreation, Parks & Leisure Services303
Second Semester
CST 100Prin. of Public Speaking 303
Science II* with lab334
ENG 112College Composition II303
PEDPhysical Education Elective021
RPK 170***Recreational Backpacking041
Third Semester
RPK 141Leadership and Supervision223
RPK 103Preparation for Wilderness Adventure021
RPK 140Land Use Ethics101
ECO 201Principles of Macroeconomics I303
ENGLiterature Elective303
HIS 101History of Western Civilization I OR303
HIS 121United States History I
RPK 150Mountain Biking***021
Fourth Semester
RPK 125Resource Interpretation and Education223
RPK 151Orienteering021
ECO 202Principles of Microeconomics303
PSY 200Principles of Psychology
SOC 200Principles of Sociology
ElectiveHumanities/Fine Arts303
PEDPhysical Education Elective 021

Total Minimum Credits for the Business Administration Major  - Outdoor Leadership Specialization  ... 61

* Biology 101-102, Chemistry 111-112, Geology 105-106, or Physics 201-202. Check with your advisor.
** Available courses include MTH154, MTH161, MTH162 MTH261, MTH262, MTH263, MTH264, MTH245.
*** Or Division Approval

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Business Path

Degree: Associate of Arts & Sciences (AA&S – Transfer) Business Administration Specialization
Program Code: 216-02
Program Length: 2 year – 4 Semesters
Minimum Credits: 61
Program Degree Completion Plan
Visit the Adventure Tourism & Outdoor Adventure site for more information.

Program Advisor
James Dye
Davis Hall Room 227


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