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BHSU Outdoor Education Program

Unique Interdisciplinary Program

BHSU’s Outdoor Education Program prepares students for professional careers across the broad field of outdoor education which includes adventure education, parks interpretation, and environmental education. Our students are grounded in experiential education theory and natural history knowledge. They develop their skills in outdoor pursuits, education methods, interpretive communications, and outdoor program management. They practice program delivery via our numerous partnerships with regional parks, nature centers, schools, and camps, as well as with BHSU’s Collegiate Outdoor Leadership Program.

A degree in Outdoor Education from BHSU equips students for education careers in parks, nature centers, zoos, aquaria, natural resource management agencies, eco-tourism programs, camps, wilderness programs, 4-H extension programs, field stations, non-profits, lodges, and other locations that value hard-working, knowledgeable, well-rounded educators.

In addition to our excellent, well-rounded major, our program includes several electives (free choice credits) in which students can enhance their knowledge, skills, and abilities in their specific areas of interest; many select one of BHSU’s many or minors such as American Indian studies, archives, art, athletic coaching, biology, business, criminal justice, early childhood education, earth science, entrepreneurial studies, geography, health, history, international studies, graphic design, guitar performance, historical site interpretation, journalism, management, museums, philosophy, photography, professional writing, psychology, social & cultural awareness, social resiliency, sociology, and writing.

Do you love the outdoors and working with people?

Then Outdoor Education may be the right program for you!

Major Core Requirements - 63-66 Credit Hours

      OE & Science Core  
1   OE   101     The Outdoor Education Major
4   BIOL   151/L     General Biology I/Lab
4   BIOL   153/L     General Biology II/Lab
4   GEOL   201/L     Physical Geology/Lab
4   Botany - take one course with lab from the following:  
    BIOL   301/L     Plant Systematics/Lab
    BIOL   461/L     Agrostology/Lab
    BIOL     462/L     Dendrology/Lab
3-4   General Science - take one course from the following:    
    BIOL     311/L     Principles of Ecology/Lab
    BIOL   321     Conservation of Natural Resources
    PHYS   185/L     Introduction to Astronomy/Lab
    SCI   388     Global Positioning & Geographical Info Systems
3-4   Geology - take one course from the following:  
    GEOL   203/L     Historical Geology/Lab
    GEOL   310     Volcanology
    GEOL   340     Mineralogy/Petrology
    GEOL   350     Environmental Geology
    GEOL   370     Hydrogeology
    GEOL   392/492     Special Topics
3-4   Geology - take one course from the following:  
    BIOL   302     Animal Behavior
    BIOL   355/L       Mammology/Lab
    BIOL   357/L       Invertebrate Zoology/Lab
    BIOL   405/L     Entomology/Lab
    BIOL   434/L       Herpetology/Lab
    BIOL   463/L     Ornithology/Lab
    Environmental Education & Interpretation  
3     OE   310     Environmental Ed: Theory/Practice
3   OE   350     Environmental Interpretation
3     Technology Requirement - Take 1 course from the following:  
    EDFN   365     Computer Based Tech & Learning
    MCOM   161       Graphic Communication
    OE   376     Interpretive Media
3   Sustainability Requirement - Take 1 course from the following:  
3   HIST   379     Environmental History of the US
3   SOC   151     Social Issues in Sustainability
    SOC   463     Environmental Sociology
    Adventure Education  
3     RECR   242       Outdoor Skills
6   Technical Outdoor Skills - Take 6 credits  
    PE   100     Activity Courses
    OE   292     Topics
4   Physical Education Skills - Take 4 credits  
    PE   320/L   Lifeguard Training/Lab
    PE   321     Water Safety Instructor
    PE   352     Adapted Physical Education
    PE     121     Intermediate Swimming
3   Medical Skills - Take 1 course    
3   EXS     354/L     Care for Athlete Injuries/Lab
    HLTH   364/L     Emergency Medical Tech/Lab
    OE   492     Topics (WFR)
3   Program Organization & Management - Take 1 course    
    BADM     360     Organization & Management
    RECR   420     Organization & Management of Outdoor Programs
    Field Experience  
6   OE   494     Internship

*You will also need to complete General Education courses. See the General Education requirements for a complete list of required Gen Ed courses.

2014-20xx Minor in Outdoor Education - 18 Hours

3     OE       310     Environmental Education: Theory & Practice
3     OE       350     Environmental Interpretation
3     OE       376     Interpretive Media
3     RECR       242     Outdoor Skills
3     RECR       420     Organization & Management of Outdoor Programs
3     Take 1 of the following:      
    PE       100     Activity Courses (3 courses)
    OE       492     ST: Wilderness First Responder
    THM       100     Intro to Travel & Hospitality Management

Make a Difference Scholarship

Outdoor Education Majors can apply for a generous scholarship and stipend in support of a project they develop to Make a Difference in the community. See Make a Difference Initiative.

Career Opportunities

Outdoor Education majors are able to find careers in a variety of fields:

  • Interpretive park rangers in state and national parks
  • Naturalists in nature centers
  • Educators for zoos and aquaria
  • Information and education program coordinators for natural resource agencies
  • Adventure programmers with youth programs
  • Guides with wilderness programs

BHSU Outdoor Education

The BHSU Outdoor Education program prepares competent, confident, and caring outdoor leaders.

Training Courses

Certificate in Adventure Education - 12 Credit Hours

3     RECR       242     Outdoor Skills
3     RECR       420     Organization & Management of Outdoor Programs
1     OE       392     Wilderness First Aid
5     Take 5 of the following (each is one credit):      
              Archery
Archery Instructor-Trainer
Backpacking
Canoeing
Challenge Course
Cross Country Skiing
Kayaking
Beginning Rock Climbing
Intermediate Rock Climbing
Orienteering
SCUBA