Adventure Recreation Minor Program Requirements

This minor is offered by the Department of Health, Human Movement, & Sport.

Complete these required courses (11 cr):

Code Course Credits

OER 1150

Winter Recreation and Camping

Fee Additional course fee. Please refer to the individual semester offerings for specific fees.

Spring

2

OER 1210

Orienteering and Camping Skills

Fee Additional course fee. Please refer to the individual semester offerings for specific fees.

Fall

2

OER 2060

Advanced Wilderness First Aid

This course provides essential information for developing first aid skills while in the wilderness. Students receive an Advanced Wilderness First Aid certification from SOLO and an American Heart Association Adult CPR certification.

Fall

3

OER 2170

Primitive Survival Skill

This course is designed to investigate northeastern wilderness environments and the relation to the modern adventurer, minimalist, or nature enthusiast. The course will abandon the technical rhetoric of modern adventure and delve into the lost art of the self-sufficient backcountry wisdom. Included is the study of the psychology of wilderness living and survival, primitive fire building, wilderness food preparation, emergency hunting and trapping, edible plant gathering and preparing g,cordage weaving, shelter construction, water purveying and filtration etc. The class will combine lecture with hands on instruction. The class requires a three day primitive skill “walkabout” in the remote regions of the Green Mountains and a 24 hour solo experience.

Fall

2

OER 2220

Theory of Outdoor Leadership

This course provides an in depth understanding of industry standard leadership practices in the field of outdoor recreation. Students will have the opportunity to apply the leadership skills and theories discussed throughout the course in a practical setting. A large focus will be directed towards program planning, environmental stewardship, expedition behavior and effective teaching styles.

Fall

2

And select 3 credits from the following:

Code Course Credits

OER 1131

Rock Climbing

Fall (First Half of Semester), Spring (Second Half of Semester)

1

OER 1170

Ice Climbing

The student will be exposed to the equipment, climbing safety and basic techniques of climbing. The course requires the student to be available for at least two weekend days to be determined by the instructor.

Fee Fee $75.

Periodically

1

OER 1180

Introduction to Telemark Skiing

The student will be exposed to the equipment and technique used in telemark skiing. This course meets at Pico ski area. Equipment is supplied.

Fee Fee $150.

Periodically

1

OER 1133

Rock Climbing and Rappelling

Fall (First Half of Semester), Spring (Second Half of Semester)

1

OER 1225

Wilderness Canoe Tripping

This class investigates the art of canoeing, through the lens of a wilderness canoe trip leader. Students learn to assess risk and manage it accordingly on a multi-day paddling trip. This involves group management, diverse paddling strategy, choosing and packing appropriate gear, camp set up, menu planning and cooking, route finding, canoe rescue and maintenance. The class culminates with a three-day paddling expedition in the Northeast wilderness. Each student leaves the course confident in his/her ability to lead a multi-day canoe trip through a variety of water types, including flat and white water. Students have the ability to appropriately instruct and monitor a group as they prepare for and engage in a canoe expedition.

Fee Fee $125

Spring, 7 week course

1

OER 1230

Introduction to Mountain Biking

This course gives the beginning mountain biker the basic skills necessary to navigate off road terrain. The student will be introduced to basic gear shifting, braking and bike control/handling. Students will be exposed to climbing and downhill techniques. A review of bike maintenance is included. Equipment is provided.

Fee Fee $50

Fall

1

OER 1240

Fly Fishing

This course introduces the student to the basics such as how to cast, fly selection, what to expect, how to read water, trout behavior, how to dress trout and trout identification. Basic fly tying techniques are covered. Equipment is provided and students must be available for a few weekend day trips.

Fee Fee: $75.

Fall (First Half of Semester)

1

OER 1320

Back Country Skiing and Snowboarding

This is a course for the skier or snowboarder who is ready to take their sport to the next level. Through hands on experience and engaging lecture and slide shows, the student will be given the knowledge to leave the groomed trail and enter into the back country and all it has to offer. The focus will be on wilderness touring and off resort alpine environments. The class will end with an overnight back country excursion. This class will prepare you for a career in winter wilderness recreation or a lifetime of back country endeavors. Two trips will be available, an alpine trip for snowboarders and alpine skiers and a wilderness ski touring trip.

Prerequisite: Ability to ski or snowboard at an advanced level and access to winter camping equipment highly recommended.

Fee Fee $75.

Spring

1

OER 2310

Winter Mountaineering

This course provides essential information for survival and adventure in the wild during the winter months. Included is the study of living and survival, food preparation, shelter construction and group dynamics during winter expeditions. The class will combine lecture with hands on instruction. Included are required trips that include weekend and semester vacations. Equipment is provided.

Fee Fee: $125.

Spring

3

PED 1040

Archery

Fee Fee $15

Fall (First Half of Semester)

1

PED 2350

White Water Rafting

Fee Additional course fee. Please refer to the individual semester offerings for specific fees.

Spring (Second Half of Semester)

1

Total credits required: 14 cr