REC 0077: Sailing
The intention of this course is to transform a participant with little or no former sailing experience into a safe and confident skipper of small sailing craft. The course is designed to provide a safe environment for students to experience sailing and see if it is something they would like to pursue further. Most of class time will be spent on the water using a variety of boats. The class is limited to ten students. The experience will definitely be challenging and hopefully fun. The place where wind meets water is powerful. You will learn to move in this place.
REC 1000: Introduction to Recreation & Outdoor Studies
This is the introductory course to the professional field of recreation and outdoor studies. Particular attention will be given to the historical foundations of leisure, recreation, and play; the emergence of outdoor recreation in American and global society; the roles of public (federal, state, and local) and private (for- and not-for-profit) providers of outdoor recreation; current issues and trends in the field; and career opportunities and professionalism. This course serves as a prerequisite to REC 4053 Internship.
REC 1002: Essentials of Scuba – Level I
This course combines the Open Water and Advanced Open Water Certification programs of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI). The course content teaches the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to dive with a buddy, and upon completion, independent of supervision. The course combines classroom, pool, and open-water participation to successfully meet certification requirements. Other topics include diver safety, aquatic environment, health for diving, programming, teamwork, presentation skills, research projects, and career opportunities in the dive industry. Requires additional course fee.
Prerequisites: Students must meet PADI medical requirements and successfully complete a watermanship assessment.
REC 1003: Essentials of Scuba – Level II
This course combines the Rescue Diver, Enriched Air “Nitrox” Diver, and Emergency First Responder Certification programs of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI). Students learn to look beyond themselves to consider the safety and well being of other divers through problem prevention, observation skills, and management of emergencies. Other topics include scenarios, mock rescues, physics/physiology of diving, research, teamwork, presentation skills, research projects, and career development. Requires additional course fee.
Prerequisites: Students must meet PADI medical requirements and have successfully completed PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or REC 1002 Essentials of Scuba – Level I.
REC 1005: Essentials of Scuba – Level III
This course follows the PADI curriculum for the Professional Scuba Diver. Upon successful completion, student will earn the Diver Propulsion Vehicle, Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialist, Deep Diver Specialist, and Dry Suit Diver certifications. Requires additional course fee. Prerequisites: Students must meet PADI medical and dive requirements and have successfully completed PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or REC 1003 Essentials of Scuba – Level II.
REC 1041: Outdoor Living Skills
This course is designed to provide students with the fundamental skills necessary for living comfortably in the natural environment. Students will have the opportunity to develop safe and efficient camp management functions, trip planning, water treatment, navigation basics, food systems, knots, shelters, clothing and weather assessment, and have the chance to apply these skills during field experiences. 3 credits
REC 2013: Wilderness First Aid
This course will be designed to meet the needs of front country and backcountry citizen responders and trip leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to care for minor injuries and medical emergencies until professional help arrives. Training includes CPR for Adult & Child. Certificates will be issued if all requirements are met.
REC 2014: Self-Designed Programming Lab
This independent study opportunity allows the student to design and implement his/her own recreational program experience. Sponsorship by a department faculty member is required.
Prerequisites: REC 2026 Program Planning and Leadership for Outdoor Recreation.
REC 2015: Outdoor Emergency Care
Outdoor Emergency Care is a performance-based emergency care educational program of the National Ski Patrol. The primary focus of the program reflects the individual’s need for training in the outdoor environment. It is the standard of training adopted to meet the emergency care requirements of an outdoor emergency care technician. The American Red Cross Professional Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Program will be presented as part of the course content. Requires an additional course fee.
REC 2025: Introduction to Therapeutic Adventure
A critical examination of the process of therapeutic adventure programming from both a historical and philosophical perspective. This course involves an overview of the therapeutic adventure program planning process. Introduction to therapeutic adventure intervention strategies used to restore, remediate, and/or rehabilitate individuals with various illnesses and/or disabilities.
REC 2026: Program Planning & Leadership for Outdoor Recreation
This course provides a foundational understanding of program planning and leadership, which includes delivery, needs assessments, group management, participant requirements, participant physical and emotional safety; human development, special needs, advertising, and evaluation. Specific attention will be given to the history and development of leadership theory and practice. Topics range from leadership styles, models, levels of communication, conflict management, group interaction, to leader competency and moral and ethical leader practices. During the lab portions of this course, student will gain hands-on experience delivering programs.
REC 2027: Outdoor Program Design and Management
This course provides a foundational understanding of program planning and leadership, which includes delivery, needs assessments, group management, participant requirements, participant physical and emotional safety, human development, special needs, advertising, and evaluation. Specific attention will be given to the history and development of leadership theory and practice. Topics range from leadership styles, models, levels of communication, conflict management, group interaction, to leader competency and moral and ethical leader practices. During the lab portions of this course students will gain hands-on experience delivering programs for a variety of populations.
REC 2033: Foundations of Adventure Education
This course examines the growth and developmental aspects of adventure programming focusing on the adventure education movement in America, including history and foundations, models, theories, participation patterns, outcomes/benefits, sponsoring agencies, public and private resources, salient literature, contemporary issues, trends, and professionalization of a discipline.
REC 2041: Camp Counseling and Youth Leadership
Beginning with the history of youth leadership and organized camping, this course provides for the application of specified theories skills and knowledge for camp counseling and youth leadership for the development of field-based programs. This includes: (1) creation of safe social, emotional, and physical environments; (2) teaching and program strategies; (3) counseling methods; and (4) behavior management. The requirements include a one-week residential camp field experience as part of the course.
REC 2062: Outdoor Leadership Practicum
This course develops outdoor leadership skills through education theory, risk assessment, and goal creation and attainment. Students develop an operational language to build teaching progressions, utilize accident analysis, and learn the intricacies of instructor positioning. This course encourages students to utilize leadership to create positive challenge and change for outdoor program participants.
REC 2063: Adventure Group Processing and Facilitation
This course addresses the need for the student and future practitioner to understand and demonstrate the ability to build effective working relationships with future participants. The course will emphasize the development of strategies and techniques to bring about participant change in field-based settings.
REC 2315: Wilderness First Responder
Each spring students have the opportunity to earn a wilderness first responder (WFR) certification on campus through the Wilderness Medical Training Center. Unlike Outdoor Emergency Care, which is the premier ski industry medical certification, WFRs are trained to provide medical assistance in backcountry situations requiring both stabilization and potentially extended treatment of illness/injury. Students seeking careers employing adventure activities beyond ski resorts would be best served with WFR training.
REC 3000: Essentials of Scuba – Level IV
This course follows the PADI curriculum for the Professional Scuba Diver. Upon successful completion and approved application to PADI, students will earn the Divemaster certification. Requires additional course fee. Prerequisites: Students must meet PADI medical and dive requirements and have successfully completed PADI Rescue Diver or REC 1005 Essentials of Scuba – Level III.
REC 3002: Essentials of Mountain Biking
This course will isolate three primary learning domains: a) environment b) outdoor technique; and c) instructional/site management strategies. Environmental impact items include: ecological trail design, land use, permitting and agencies working towards the sustainable future of mountain biking participation. Developing strong outdoor skills is the foundation of being an effective instructor. This course will employ multiple labs to isolate multiple riding techniques and maintenance acumen. Further, students will be required to develop lessons incorporating effective instructional strategies among a variety of biking topics and group management techniques. Lastly, site management is the cornerstone of the adventure education degree program; mountain biking offers an instructor situation not offered by any other essentials. These dynamics will be isolated and investigated.
REC 3004: Essentials of International Mountaineering
Students will learn the fundamentals of running international mountaineering expeditions during this 20-day program in the Ishinca Valley of Peru. Curriculum related to technical mountaineering skills including rope-team travel, ice-axe and crampon use, glacier rescue, protection placement, movement skills, and camp craft. Students will gain substantial insight about mountaineering-related considerations, such as risk management, glaciology, geology, meteorology, nutrition, high-altitude physiology, and Leave-No-Trace techniques. In addition, students will learn about leadership, communication, and expedition behavior while interacting with locals, navigating the permit process, managing group dynamics, and working with peers to achieve group goals. The course will culminate with a student-led attempt on Toclleraju (19,790), one of the most stunning peaks in the Cordillera Blanca. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.
REC 3006: Essentials of Rock & Ice Climbing
This course covers a variety of climbing skills including but are not limited to: climbing safety, approaching climbs, anchors, belaying, escaping the belay, repelling, climbing techniques, and function/liabilities of climbing equipment. Further, students will learn the subtleties of site management as it pertains to climbing activities. In addition to field work, students will investigate trends in climbing, historical foundations of climbing and the ecological impacts of climbing participation Requires additional course fee. Prerequisites: REC 1041 Outdoor Living Skills or permission of instructor.
REC 3007: Essentials of Winter Mountain Travel
This course is designed to provide students with essential skills to participate in alpine and mountain-based activities leading up to winter expedition mountaineering. Students will be given opportunities for the application of the principles of responsible use of the environment for recreation and leisure including leadership, teamwork, decision making, and problem solving with the intent of minimizing human impact while maximizing safety and enjoyment. Course content will build on the REC 1041 Outdoor Living Skills course to include the historical basis of mountaineering and a continuum of skill development necessary for winter camping, avalanche safety, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, crampon technique, and mountain rescue. Requires an additional course fee.
Prerequisite: REC 1041 Outdoor Living Skills.
REC 3008: Essentials of Challenge Course Technology
This course provides participants with a model for an integrated challenge course program that emphasizes the development of physical, intellectual, and social skills in a safe, supportive and challenging environment. Particular emphasis is placed on ropes course technician skills and the adventure learning process of experiential education following the standards of the Association for Challenge Course Technology.
Requires additional course fee.
REC 3009: Essentials of Paddling
This course is designed to provide students with essential skills to participate in river canoeing/kayaking and coastal kayaking. In field experiences, students will be given opportunities to explore our local rivers and develop, decision making, and problem solving with the intent of minimizing human impact while maximizing safety and enjoyment during paddling activities. Course content will also explore the historical basis of paddlesport, important paddle organizations and instructor certification opportunities; particularly the American Canoe Association. Requires additional course fee.
Prerequisite: REC 1041 Outdoor Living Skills.
REC 3012: Essentials of Scuba – Level V
This course follows the PADI curriculum for the Professional Scuba Diver. Upon successful completion and approved application to PADI, students will earn the Open Water Scuba Instructor certification. Requires additional course fee.
Prerequisites: Students must meet PADI medical and dive requirements and have successfully completed PADI Divemaster or Assistant Instructor, or REC 1005 Essentials of Scuba – Level III.
REC 3021: Social and Psychological Dimensions of Leisure
This course primarily examines the significance of play, recreation, and leisure throughout the life cycle relative to the individual’s attitudes, values, behaviors, and use of resources. Theories of social psychology pertinent to individuals in the recreation field are explored through the examination of applicable leisure practices and research.
Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of the instructor. This course may also be taken as SOC 3021.
REC 3040: Adventure Education Programming Lab
The sophomore fall block is an immersive experience, which focuses on core skill set integration (human, outdoor, and educational skills). Working in concert with other courses in the block, the Adventure Education Programming Lab. affords students the opportunity to engage with a wide range of adventure activities, each providing unique site management challenges for instructors. Through observation, participation and reflection, the course is designed to bring students to a new level of insight relative to the skills requisite of effective adventure education.
REC 3061: Special Topics in Environmental Recreation
This course focuses on specific themes revolving around the use of the natural environment for recreational pursuits. Students will be provided an opportunity to assess, analyze, and explore in depth, issues involving the recreational use of the environment. Students will be encouraged to develop and challenge their own ethics with respect to the recreational use of the environment. Emphasis will be placed on the use of critical thinking and improving communication skills, both written and oral. This course may also be taken as ENV 3061.
REC 3062: Human Dimensions of Leadership
The purpose of this course is to expose students to the underpinnings of a professional life in adventure education. During a career students will build professional relationships with participants, coworkers and supervisors. This course examines the dynamics surrounding these relationships and prepares future professionals to engage with each productively through challenging paradigms and critical self-assessment.
Prerequisite: Junior standing
REC 3066: Field Leadership Seminar
This course serves as the capstone field experience for all adventure education majors. Students are asked to develop 4-5 days of programming for a group outside GMC and employ all aspects of programming, instruction, risk management, and administrative functions associated with adventure programming. Students are required to demonstrate highly integrated human, outdoor and educational skills while operating their course.
Pre-requisites: Instructor approval and GMC fall block.
REC 3071: Theories & Foundations of Adventure Therapy
This course is designed to introduce students to an overview of the theories and foundations of therapeutic adventure. Specifically this course will examine: adventure and wilderness therapy models, the therapeutic process, programming applications, processing experiences, research and the future of therapeutic adventure.
Prerequisites: REC 2025 Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation Services, REC 2033 Foundations of Adventure Recreation.
REC 3072: Practical Application of Therapeutic Adventure
This course is designed to give students information regarding the practical application of therapeutic adventure techniques. Different theories and methods utilized in the service of therapeutic practice including the identification of a presenting problem/ issue, and the selection of strategies of client management and methods of intervention will be explored. The lab component of this class is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to apply the skills discussed in the practical application course through hands-on experiences. The students will be exposed to individual and group processing techniques, with a focus on the use of metaphors in the therapeutic process.
Prerequisites: REC 2025 Introduction to Therapeutic Adventure
REC 3161: Philosophy of Recreation on Public Lands
This class is designed to expose the student to the philosophical premises of allocating public land and tax dollars for recreation. Also to be discussed are the assumptions that we (members of the American society) hold concerning our commitment to public resources and the responsibilities of those entrusted with managing those resources. Finally, the course would offer students a framework for how they may approach a job/career in natural resource-based recreation management working for a public agency.
REC 3175: Eco-Tourism
This course is designed as a detailed entry into the field of ecotourism. Students will learn about the history, main concepts and guiding principles of ecotourism, with attention paid to both the ecological and human aspects of this travel option. Consideration will be given to understanding the motivations and expectations of ecotourists and the public and private providers of ecotourism opportunities. Trends in policy, government legislation, and green-marketing will also be discussed.
REC 4010: Management of Outdoor & Adventure Programs
This course studies the management of outdoor and adventure programs. Topics include the use of public and private lands, basic understanding of the impact of use on the natural environment, review of biological and physical science concepts relative to land use, care of the environment, permits, staffing, supervision of staff, staff training, personnel issues, certification, scheduling, budgeting, risk management, insurance, marketing, logistical planning, strategic planning, public policy, access to outdoor resources, search and rescue.
Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of the instructor.
REC 4014: Camp & Youth Program Management
Camp & Youth Program Management is a complimentary course taken in conjunction with REC 4010 Management of Outdoor & Adventure Programs focusing on unique aspects of management associated with Camp and Youth Programs. Specifically, the course will examine organization, human resource, finance, insurance, health & sanitation, food service, transport, maintenance, safety, program sites, accreditation, licensing, and certification related to resident and day program management.
Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of the instructor.
REC 4035: Master Planning
This course will explore the master planning process for the recreation industry. Students will learn the components of a master plan, writing goals and objectives for master planning, stages and approaches to master planning, methods and procedures for master planning, environmental and sociological impacts of the master planning process, implementing and financing a master plan. Questionnaire research techniques, leading to a practical project in the master planning process will be included in the course.
REC 4051: Recreation & Outdoor Studies Seminar
This course examines contemporary issues confronting the leisure service profession. Among the various topics to be discussed are professional philosophy, ethics, and development, as well as practical application of research. Students will be expected to utilize effectively the tools of communication, including technical writing, speech, and audiovisual techniques.
Prerequisite: Senior standing or permission of the instructor.
REC 4053: Internship in Recreation & Outdoor Studies OR
Internship in Youth Development & Camp Management
The internship serves as the culmination of professional training and course work. A 6 credit internship consists of a minimum of 10 weeks and 400 hours of professional level work under direct supervision of a qualified recreation professional is required. Please consult The Internship Manual for further details.
Prerequisite: Vary according to specific degree requireme, or permission of instructor.
Internships are typically completed the summer between the junior and senior years, or during the senior year. Students wishing to do an internship earlier than this must get special permission from the faculty internship supervisor. Pre-requisites: Students must complete 200 practicum hours, hold a major and minor certification, hold a WFR or OEC medical certification, and have a 2.5 major GPA in order to be eligible for enrollment in REC 4053.