Recreation and Outdoor Education (ROE)

RECREATION AND OUTDOOR EDUCATION (ROE)

     The field of ROE is dedicated to creating opportunities for people to live healthy, engaged, and happy lives. The ROE program at Western State Colorado University is a professional preparation program for individuals seeking a career in recreation, outdoor leadership, or outdoor environmental education. This entails providing opportunities and requisite support for students to cultivate knowledge and develop practical skills in the following areas: leadership and facilitation, pedagogy, written and oral communication, environmental stewardship, philosophy and ethics, critical and creative thinking, program planning and execution, problem solving and resourcefulness, serving different populations, and the ability to manage risk. High value is placed on experiential education, as well as field-based learning through participation in backcountry inter-semester expeditions (generally in January, May, August, and spring break). Excellence in professional preparation is achieved through an interdisciplinary approach, including public and private partnerships, close proximity to recreation facilities and access to extensive public lands.

     In addition to the traditional competencies expected of all liberal arts students, those majoring in ROE learn how the overall quality of life can be enhanced by the integration of appropriate leisure and educational activities. Students who graduate from the program gain confidence and leadership skills that can be applied in a variety of professional fields. Examples of options include employment with outdoor and environmental education centers, specialty outdoor training schools, municipal parks and recreation departments, social services, land management agencies, recreation and student services in higher education, and commercial guiding operations. Many students pursue graduate degrees, after garnering industry experience, allowing for more professional opportunities.

     To participate in and graduate from the program, students must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher for all courses required of the ROE major. Students whose GPA drops below a 2.5 must repeat the applicable course(s) to raise the major GPA prior to taking additional ROE courses, or obtain permission from the instructor and Program Coordinator to repeat the course(s) while pursuing further coursework.

FACULTY

Professors Mark A. Gibson and M. Brooke Moran;

Senior Lecturers Matthew H. Ebbott and Paul G. M. Tame; Lecturer Jay Whitacre.

 

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAMS

 

The 36-credit Recreation and Outdoor Education Core is required for all Recreation and Outdoor Education majors:

Recreation and Outdoor Education Core

ROE 182  Introduction to Recreation and Outdoor Education

3 cr

ROE 189  Principles of Outdoor Education

3 cr

ROE 240  Alternative Programming

3 cr

ROE 283  Leadership and Facilitation

3 cr

ROE 351  Inquiry into Sustainability

3 cr

ROE 398  Program Planning (with laboratory)

3 cr

ROE 454  Human Development and Counseling for Outdoor Educators

3 cr

ROE 468  Leadership and Administration of Outdoor Pursuits

3 cr

ROE 490  Recreation Philosophy and Ethics

3 cr

ROE 491  Senior Seminar

3 cr

ROE 499  Internship in Recreation and Outdoor Education

3-6 cr

 

Medical Requirement: All Recreation and Outdoor Education majors must obtain a medical competency prior to graduation. Recreation emphasis majors must take ESS 276 Emergency Response or equivalent. Students with an emphasis in Outdoor Environmental Education, Outdoor Leadership, or Recreation and Outdoor Education Major: Comprehensive Program with Five-Year Master in Environmental Management must obtain certification as a Wilderness First Responder (WFR).

 
Recreation and Outdoor Education Major: Comprehensive Programs
RECREATION EMPHASIS

Recreation consists of 51 credits including the 36-credit Recreation and Outdoor Education Core, First Aid/CPR Competency and the following courses.

ESS 282  Principles of Sport and Fitness Management

3 cr

ESS 450  Risk Management in Physical Activity Settings

3 cr

One of the following:

 

ROE 293  Outdoor Pursuits Education – Water Based

3 cr

ROE 295  Outdoor Pursuits Education – Snow Based

3 cr

ROE 296  Outdoor Pursuits Education – Land Based

3 cr

One of the following:

 

ESS 382  Management of Sport and Fitness Facilities

3 cr

ROE 466  Facilities Management

3 cr

One of the following:

 

ROE 333  Recreation and Sport Marketing 

3 cr

ROE 364  Entrepreneurship and Commercial Recreation

3 cr

 

OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION EMPHASIS

A minimum of 69 credits is required, including the 36-credit Recreation and Outdoor Education Core and the courses listed below. Additionally, students must become certified as a Wilderness First Responder (WFR).

ROE 230  Interpretation of Natural and Cultural History

3 cr

ROE 235  Foundations of Teaching Environmental Education

3 cr

ROE 320  Leave No Trace Master Educator

1 cr

ROE 391  Experiential Education Theory and Pedagogy 

3 cr

Required supporting courses:

 

ENVS 100  Introduction to Environmental Studies

3 cr

ENVS 200  Writing in the Environment

3 cr

Two of the following:

 

ROE 293  Outdoor Pursuits Education–Water Based

3 cr

ROE 295  Outdoor Pursuits Education–Snow Based 

3 cr

ROE 296  Outdoor Pursuits Education–Land Based

3 cr

One of the following:

 

ENVS 360  Global Environmental Politics

3 cr

ROE 364  Entrepreneurship and Commercial Recreation  

3 cr

ROE 466  Facilities Management

3 cr

Eight credits from the following:

 

BIOL 151  Diversity and Patterns of Life (with laboratory)

4 cr

SCI 110  Habitable Planet (with laboratory)

4 cr

or both:

 

BIOL 130  Environmental Biology

3 cr

BIOL 135  Environmental Biology Laboratory

1 cr

or both:

 

GEOL 101  Physical Geology

3 cr

GEOL 105  Physical Geology Laboratory

1 cr

 

OUTDOOR LEADERSHIP EMPHASIS

A minimum of 58 credits is required, including the 36-credit Recreation and Outdoor Education Core and the following courses. Additionally, students must 1) become a certified Wilderness First Responder (WFR), and 2) complete at least 100 hours of certification-based or skill-based courses (not including WFR, LNT, Project Wet, Project Wild, or other certifications associated with required courses).

ROE 293  Outdoor Pursuits Education–Water Based
3 cr
ROE 295  Outdoor Pursuits Education–Snow Based
3 cr
ROE 296  Outdoor Pursuits Education–Land Based
3 cr
ROE 320  Leave No Trace Master Educator
1 cr
ROE 391  Experiential Education Theory and Pedagogy
3 cr
One of the following:
 
BIOL 130  Environmental Biology
3 cr
ENVS 100  Introduction to Environmental Studies
3 cr
One of the following:
 
ROE 230  Interpretation of Natural and Cultural History
3 cr
ROE 235  Foundations of Teaching Environmental Education
3 cr
One of the following:
 
ROE 333  Recreation and Sport Marketing
3 cr
ROE 364  Entrepreneurship and Commercial Recreation
3 cr
 

Environmental Management Emphasis (with a 3+2 Master in Environmental Management)

This Recreation and Outdoor Education comprehensive emphasis allows students to complete the B.A. in ROE with the Outdoor Education emphasis and the Master in Environmental Management (MEM) at Western in five years. In addition to requirements listed below, students must 1) become a certified Wilderness First Responder (WFR), and 2) complete at least 100 hours of certification-based or skill-based courses (not including WFR, LNT, Project Wet, Project Wild, or other certifications associated with required courses). To remain qualified for the 3+2, upon earning 64 credits each student must have:

  • maintained a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 3.25 GPA within the major;
  • earned a B or above in two social science, two natural science (one with lab), and one statistics course;
  • fulfilled the 3-credit Internship requirement with a B or above and positive letter from the project sponsor;
  • provided three letters of recommendation, at least one of which is to be a professional reference and at least one of which is to be an academic reference from the student’s major at Western;
  • written a Statement of Purpose to the MEM program, detailing early career ambitions and ideas and connections for the eventual master’s Project.
At this point, if any aspect of a student’s performance is found to be insufficient, the MEM Director may reject a 3+2 student from the MEM program, in which case the student will need to find a new emphasis or minor in order to complete the undergraduate degree. Having met the criteria above and upon completed 91 credits (see “Major Map” at www.western.edu/3_2), the School of Graduate Studies will designate students “MEM candidates with provisional acceptance.” Upon completion of the final 29 credits of the Western B.A. in Year 4 of this plan, the School of Graduate Studies will designate students as “MEM degree seeking students.” Students who choose to leave the MEM program before Year 5 of the 3+2 program will be required to complete the requirements of the Recreation, Outdoor Environmental Education, or Outdoor Leadership emphasis, making them eligible for an undergraduate degree.
 
Outdoor Education Emphasis (with 3+2 MEM)
A minimum of 78 credits is required for the B.A. The following is required for the Comprehensive Program with Five-Year Master in Environmental Management, in addition to 1) becoming a certified Wilderness First Responder (WFR), and 2) completing at least 100 hours of certification-based or skill-based courses (not including WFR, LNT, Project Wet, Project Wild, or other certifications associated with required courses):
 

ROE 182  Introduction to Recreation and Outdoor Education

3 cr

 

ROE 189  Principles of Outdoor Education

3 cr

 

ROE 230  Interpretation of Natural and Cultural History

3 cr

 

ROE 235  Foundations of Teaching Environmental Education

3 cr

 

ROE 240  Alternative Programming

3 cr

 

ROE 283  Leadership and Facilitation

3 cr

 

ROE 320  Leave No Trace Master Educator

1 cr

 

ROE 351  Inquiry into Sustainability

3 cr

 

ROE 398  Program Planning (with laboratory)

3 cr

 

ROE 490  Recreation Philosophy and Ethics

3 cr

 

ROE 491  Senior Seminar

3 cr

 

ROE 499  Internship in Recreation and Outdoor Education

3 cr

 

Required Supporting Courses

 

 

ENVS 100  Introduction to Environment and Sustainability

3 cr

 

ENVS 200  Writing the Environment

3 cr

 

Two of the following

 

 

ROE 293  Outdoor Pursuits Education-Water Based

3 cr

 

ROE 295  Outdoor Pursuits Education-Snow Based

3 cr

 

ROE 296  Outdoor Pursuits Education-Land Based

3 cr

 

Two of the following

 

 

ENVS 360  Global Environmental Politics

3 cr

 

ROE 364  Entrepreneurship and Commercial Recreation

3 cr

 

ROE 391  Experiential Education Theory and Pedagogy

3 cr

 

ROE 454  Human Development and Counseling for Outdoor Educators

3 cr

 

ROE 466  Facilities Management

3 cr

 

ROE 468  Leadership and Administration of Outdoor Pursuits

3 cr

 

One of the following:

 

 

ECON 216  Statistics for Business and Economics

3 cr

 

MATH 113  Statistical Thinking

3 cr

 

MATH 213  Probability and Statistics

3 cr

 

SOC 211  Quantitative Research and Methods

3 cr

 

Core MEM Courses

 

ENVS 601  Introduction to Environmental Management

5 cr

ENVS 605  Science of Environmental Management

3 cr

ENVS 608  Environmental Politics and Policy

3 cr

ENVS 611  Integrative Skills for Environmental Management

3 cr

ENVS 612  Quantitative Skills for Environmental Management

3 cr

ENVS 615  Science of Climate Mitigation and Adaptation

3 cr

One of the following from the MEM Emphases:

 

Sustainable and Resilient Communities Emphasis:

 

ENVS 616  Environmental Organizational Development and Management

3 cr

Global Sustainability Emphasis:

 

ENVS 617  Global Sustainability

3 cr

Integrative and Public Land Management Emphasis:

 

ENVS 618  Public Lands Management

3 cr

    

 

Upon successful completion of the prescribed courses listed above, University defined General Education, and elective requirements totaling 120 credits (with 40 at the 300-level or higher), students are eligible for their B.A. conferral. Students electing to complete MEM must follow the balance of their declared emphasis curriculum:

MEM Sustainable and Resilient Communities Emphasis (beyond required Core courses)

Nine Credits of:

ENVS 623  Studies in Environmental Management

1-6 cr

and/or

 

ENVS 620  Studies in Sustainable and Resilient Communities

3 cr

Masters Project Requirement:

 

ENVS 690  Master’s Project Development

5 cr

ENVS 694  Master’s Project and Portfolio

9 cr

            *Students must take 3 cr of ENVS 694 Fall Year 5 and 6 credits of ENVS 694 Spring Year 5.

MEM Integrative and Public Land Management Emphasis (beyond required Core courses)

Nine Credits of:                      

ENVS 623  Studies in Environmental Management

1-6 cr

and/or

 

ENVS 625  Studies in Integrative and Public Land Management

3 cr

Masters Project Requirement:

 

ENVS 690  Master’s Project Development

5 cr

ENVS 694  Master’s Project and Portfolio

9 cr

*Students must take 3 cr of ENVS 694 Fall Year 5 and 6 credits of ENVS 694 Spring Year 5.

MEM Global Sustainability Emphasis (beyond required Core courses)

Nine credits of (choose any combination with a global theme):

ENVS 620  Studies in Sustainable and Resilient Communities

3 cr

ENVS 623  Studies in Environmental Management

1-6 cr

ENVS 625  Studies in Integrative and Public Land Management

3 cr

Masters Project Requirement:

 

ENVS 690  Master’s Project Development

5 cr

ENVS 694  Master’s Project and Portfolio

9 cr

*Students must take 3 cr of ENVS 694 Fall Year 5 and 6 credits of ENVS 694 Spring Year 5.

 
Recreation and Outdoor Education Minor

The Recreation and Outdoor Education Minor requires a minimum of 18-credits. No more than seven credits of skills courses (e.g., 293, 295, 296, 320) may count toward the minor:

ROE 182  Introduction to Recreation and Outdoor Education

3 cr

ROE 189  Principles of Outdoor Education

3 cr

ROE 283  Leadership and Facilitation

3 cr

ROE 351  Inquiry into Sustainability

3 cr

Recreation and Outdoor Education electives

6 cr

 

Capstone Course Requirement: The following courses in the Recreation and Outdoor Education Major fulfill the capstone course requirements: ROE 499 Internship in Recreation and Outdoor Education.