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Course Requirements

Contact Person:
Mark Simon
100D Satterlee, (315) 267-3130,

Minimum of 19-21 credit hours required

The wilderness education minor prepares students to become leaders in wilderness settings. If winter camping, rock and ice climbing interest you or are already your passion, this is the program for you. The lakes, forests, and climbing crags within the six-million-acre Adirondack Park are your classroom. Prepare yourself to teach others about how to travel safely through wilderness environments. In the process, you also learn a great deal about leadership and group dynamics, which are transferable to work settings outside of the wilderness. The wilderness education minor will prepare you for a primary or secondary career as a field instructor within the following broad areas:

  • Education: secondary science, field-based science, environmental education, outdoor-based physical education
  • Recreation: college campus-based outdoor recreation, wilderness guide, adventure recreation
  • Personal development/therapy: challenge programs, youth-at-risk, people with disabilities
  • Community health: adolescent health education, drug prevention programs

All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:

Complete all of the following courses: (Credits 11)
WILD 220 Wilderness First Responder
WILD 240 Backpacking (2 credits)
WILD 320 Outdoor Education
WILD 350 Wilderness and Adventure Program Planning

Choose one of the following Emphases: (Credits 8-10)
Wilderness Leadership Emphasis Requirements
WILD 340 Wilderness Leadership I (4 credits)
WILD 345 Wilderness Leadership II (6 credits)
WILD 175 Ice Climbing (2 credits) OR
WILD 330 Winter Expedition Skills (2 credits)

Adventure Education Emphasis Requirements
WILD 160 Introduction to Rock Climbing (1 credit)
WILD 170 Rock Climbing (2 credits)
WILD 200 Therapeutic Recreation
WILD 360 Leadership In Adventure Education (2 credits)

See page 172 for Wilderness Education course descriptions.