Bachelor of Arts
Recreation, Exercise & Sport Science
Recreation & Outdoor Education is a professional preparation program for individuals seeking a career in recreation, outdoor leadership or outdoor environmental education. High value is placed on experiential education, as well as field-based learning through participation in backcountry inter-semester expeditions.
The Recreation Management emphasis immerses students in applied and service-learning courses, learning the skills necessary to develop recreation programming in many environments.
The Outdoor Environmental Education emphasis is for students who want to teach and lead education programs in environmental and experiential education.
The Outdoor Leadership emphasis exposes students to expeditions, leadership challenges, risk management scenarios and therapeutic recreation in preparation to guide and facilitate adventure programming.
The Environmental Management emphasis is for students who intend to enroll in the Master in Environmental Management 3+2 program. All students work or volunteer in their area of specialization for 600 hours over four years.
The outdoor recreation industry in the U.S. is made up of 7.6 million jobs and generates $887 billion in annual consumer spending, according to the Outdoor Industry Association. Companies where Mountaineers now work:
- Adaptive Action Sports
- Adaptive Sports Center
- Adrift Adventures
- Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center
- Bureau of Land Management
- Cold Smoke Splitboards*
- Colorado Parks & Wildlife
- Finca Bellavista Treehouse Community*
- International Wilderness Leadership School
- National Park Service
- NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School)
- Outward Bound
- Romp Skis*
- U.S. Forest Service
*companies started by Mountaineers