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Outdoor Studies and Leadership Certificate

Program Type
Special Interest
Outdoor Skills and Leadershhip
Academic Year
30 - 34
Host or Home
This is a nine-month humanities program that offers students the opportunity to better understand their relation to the natural world & to develop skills & characteristics that are essential to success as an individual, group member or leader in outdoor adventure settings. The program incorporates risk management, leadership & outdoor activity skills, & academic work. ODS courses are short term & intense, often occurring on weekends & evenings.

Additional Information

Requirements: Students must complete the UAS admissions process and apply for the certificate. Transcripts are required. Students are required to demonstrate a level of competence in English and Math.

Costs: A certification in Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is required & is offered two-weeks prior to the fall semester. Students are responsible for the cost of tuition, fees & housing during this time. Four credits associated with WFR may be waived if the student has recently received the WFR certificate elsewhere. ODS courses are subject to higher course fees due to equipment, transportation & university insurance. Many participants often take more than 15 credits/ semester also increasing costs.

Access Types:
  • Direct: student may apply and go directly to the program site from the home campus if approved
  • Competitive: not all eligible applicants will have the opportunity to participate
  • Open: open to all eligible applicants who meet stated deadlines

Contact Information

Forest Wagner
Assistant Professor of Outdoor Studies
907-796-6361 (P)
907-796-6406 (F)
11066 Auke Lake Way
Henderickson Bldg 203
Juneau, AK 99801

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