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Environmental and Outdoor Education B.A.Sc.

D Applied Human Sciences
College of Education and Human Service Professions
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2023
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 68
  • This program requires summer terms.
  • Degree: Bachelor of Applied Science
The bachelor of applied science (B.A.Sc.) in environmental and outdoor education prepares students for professional careers in outdoor education allowing them to work in non-formal outdoor education settings such as nature centers, city, state, or national parks, college outdoor programs, or for commercial agencies. Core components include program planning and delivery, education methods, physical skills development, management, facilities coordination, evaluation, and principles of recreation. The environmental and outdoor education major is a four-year curriculum including one full semester of field placement in an outdoor educational setting. This major provides professional training for nontraditional education settings that may not require a teaching license as a prerequisite credential. Refer to the environmental education emphasis under the teaching life science and/or teaching earth and space science majors and/or the outdoor education concentration under the physical education major for training that includes a teaching licensure.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:
  • 2.50 already admitted to the degree-granting college
  • 2.50 transferring from another University of Minnesota college
  • 2.50 transferring from outside the University
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program or its approved equivalent.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits completed in compliance with University of Minnesota Duluth academic policies with credit limits (e.g., Satisfactory/Non-Satisfactory Grading Policy, Credit for Prior Learning, etc).
  4. At least 30 semester credits must be earned through UMD, and 15 of the last 30 credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. At least half of upper-division (3xxx-level or higher) credits that satisfy major requirements (major requirements includes all courses required for the major, including courses in a subplan) through UMD.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. For certificate programs, at least 3 upper-division credits that satisfy requirements for the certificate must be taken through UMD. If the program does not require upper division credits students must take at least one course from the certificate program from UMD.
  8. The minimum cumulative University of Minnesota (UMN) GPA required for graduation is 2.00 and includes only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UMN GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major, minor, and certificate. No academic unit may impose a higher GPA standard to graduate.
  9. Diploma, transcripts, licensure, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
1. A second field of study (e.g. minor, major, degree) is not required for this major. 2.Completion of all courses specified for the major with a minimum cumulative 2.00 GPA (including transfer work). No grades lower than C- in upper division core courses required for the major. 3. Compliance with general regulations governing granting of degrees. Students are required to review their degree status in the CEHSP Advising & Academic Services Office early in their senior year. 4. Skill Competency: Students who enroll in Physical Education Teaching Education (PETE) teaching skill courses must demonstrate advanced skills competencies for the course. Descriptions of skills required should be reviewed with the course instructor before enrollment. 5. We strongly encourage students to spend at least one term studying in an international setting. Our faculty provide direction to countries and sites worldwide to best help your professional goals and academic needs.
Learning in Community (1 cr)
The Learning in Community requirement will be waived for transfer students with at least 30 credits taken post high school and for UMD students who started in a UMD program where this was not required. First-year students who have completed 30 PSEO credits may request a waiver to the studentís primary college.
UST 1000 - Learning in Community (1.0-2.0 cr)
or EHS 1000 - Into the World [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
or ES 1000 - Global Cultural Perspectives on Environmental Sustainability [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
or LING 1000 - Language and Culture in the U.S. What does it Mean to Speak American [CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
or PSY 1100 - Living Your Best Life: Applying Positive Psychology [CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
Advanced Writing (3 cr)
WRIT 3140 - Advanced Writing: Human Services (3.0 cr)
or WRIT 3160 - Advanced Writing: Social Sciences (3.0 cr)
Environmental Education Core (13 cr)
ENED 1000 - Introduction to Environmental and Outdoor Education (4.0 cr)
ENED 1201 - Outdoor Skills I [PE] (2.0 cr)
ENED 1202 - Outdoor Skills II [PE] (2.0 cr)
ENED 2300 - Teaching and Learning (3.0 cr)
Physical Education
PE 1500 - Cross-Country Skiing [PE] (1.0 cr)
PE 1508 - Flatwater Canoeing [PE] (1.0 cr)
Upper Division Core (43 cr)
Teaching Skills
ENED 4410 - Ropes Course Management (3.0 cr)
PETE 3501 - Teaching Cross-Country Skiing (1.0 cr)
PETE 3505 - Teaching Outdoor Skills I (2.0 cr)
PETE 3507 - Teaching Outdoor Skills II (2.0 cr)
Natural/Cultural History
ENED 3341 - Field Interpretive Techniques I (3.0 cr)
ENED 3342 - Field Interpretive Techniques II (3.0 cr)
Professional Knowledge
ENED 4300 - Therapeutic Applications of Outdoor Education (3.0 cr)
ENED 4555 - Foundations of Environmental Education (3.0 cr)
ENED 4601 - Wilderness Philosophy (2.0 cr)
Teaching Methods
ENED 3309 - Outdoor Leadership (1.0 cr)
ENED 3310 - Outdoor Leadership Field Experience (2.0 cr)
ENED 4163 - Outdoor Education Methods (3.0 cr)
Teaching Nature Methods
ENED 4500 - Early Childhood Nature Experiences and Pedagogies (3.0 cr)
or ENED 4565 - Young Children, Nature, and Sustainability [SUSTAIN] (3.0 cr)
Management
AHS 3100 - Risk Management (2.0 cr)
ENED 3400 - Program Development and Evaluation in Environmental and Outdoor Education (3.0 cr)
ENED 4315 - Operations and Management (4.0 cr)
ENED 4320 - GIS Management for Recreation Professionals (3.0 cr)
Internship (8 cr)
Exit standards: students must complete a full semester (8 credits) of field placement at a pre-approved site. A minimum of 600 contact hours must be completed. Students may complete their internship at a site located locally, nationally, or internationally. An overall GPA of 2.50 is required for enrollment.
ENED 4996 - Outdoor Education Internship (6.0-12.0 cr)
 
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UST 1000 - Learning in Community
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: EHS 1000/UST 1000/ ES 1000
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Facilitates the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD. Credit will not be granted if already received for EHS 1000.
EHS 1000 - Into the World (GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: EHS 1000/UST 1000/ ES 1000
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course fulfills the UST 1000 requirement. Facilitates the transition into college learning and student life at UMD and the College of Education and Human Service Professions. Introduces the promise and peril of global challenges in the 21st century and relates these challenges to local communities. pre-req: 1st semester CEHSP student
ES 1000 - Global Cultural Perspectives on Environmental Sustainability (GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course fulfills the UST 1000 requirement. This course explores the global cultural context of sustainability while facilitating the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD. Examine the topic of environmental sustainability through the context of global culture and affairs. Explore different cultural approaches to solving environmental issues, compare and contrast these approaches with those taken in the US. Investigate the concept of outsourcing with respect to the peoples and ecosystems that are impacted by the practice. pre-req: less than 30 credits earned
LING 1000 - Language and Culture in the U.S. What does it Mean to Speak American (CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course fulfills the UST 1000 requirement. Facilitates the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD while simultaneously fulfilling other core requirements. Examines the topic of Cultural Diversity in the U.S. through the context of language and dialect in American English. Explores the impact language has on the broad spectrum of American culture, and conversely, the ways in which various American cultures and their diverse heritages have influenced the many ways language is spoken in the United States. Investigates concepts of linguistic competency, perceptions and biases toward language, power structures manifested in language, and influences of class, race, ethnicity, and heritage on spoken language. pre-req: less than 30 credits
PSY 1100 - Living Your Best Life: Applying Positive Psychology (CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course fulfills the UST 1000 requirement. Facilitate the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD; applications of positive psychology across cultures and positive behavior change; the examination of diverse perspectives in positive psychology; the promotion of student well-being, community and inclusivity, and time- and stress-management techniques. pre-req: less than 30 credits
WRIT 3140 - Advanced Writing: Human Services
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Study of writing for those invested in the disciplines of education and other fields related to human services. Exploration of academic and professional rhetorical situations. Practice with research methods, document design, editing, effective collaboration, and ethical issues in the production of documents in multiple genres for multiple audiences. pre-req: 1) WRIT 1120 or MNTC or AA completed 2) minimum 60 credits earned or in progress
WRIT 3160 - Advanced Writing: Social Sciences
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Study of writing for those invested in the disciplines of social sciences and related fields. Exploration of academic and professional rhetorical situations. Practice with research methods, document design, editing, effective collaboration, and ethical issues in the production of documents in multiple genres for multiple audiences. pre-req: 1) WRIT 1120 or MNTC or AA completed 2) minimum 60 credits earned or in progress
ENED 1000 - Introduction to Environmental and Outdoor Education
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: Credit will not be granted if already received for REC 1000
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Overview of outdoor education, including outdoor recreation, environmental education and adventure education, will be explored. The structure and role of outdoor education in contemporary society will be considered. prereq: Credit will not be granted if already received for REC 1000
ENED 1201 - Outdoor Skills I (PE)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Prerequisites: credit will not be granted if already received for REC 1201
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Instruction and practice in skills of fall outdoor activities. Camping, canoeing, hunting, and climbing; equipment, shelters, and navigation. prereq: credit will not be granted if already received for REC 1201
ENED 1202 - Outdoor Skills II (PE)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Prerequisites: credit will not be granted if already received for REC 1202
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Instruction and practice in skills of winter and spring outdoor activities. Camping, backpacking, dogsledding, and fishing; equipment and navigation. prereq: credit will not be granted if already received for REC 1202
ENED 2300 - Teaching and Learning
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: ENED 2300/REC 2300
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Learning in the outdoor context is explored via presentation and active consideration of philosophical and theoretical foundations of environmental and outdoor education. Teaching skills for the environmental and outdoor non-formal educational context are presented and developed; for example, instruction in basic educational methodology and accompanying field-teaching experiences is provided. Outdoor classroom management including basic risk management, student behavior management, lesson planning and use of the outdoor classroom are presented and explored. prereq: ENED 1000; credit will not be granted if already received for REC 2300
PE 1500 - Cross-Country Skiing (PE)
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Development of personal skills in cross country skiing. Understanding of the techniques and concepts for participation in the sport.
PE 1508 - Flatwater Canoeing (PE)
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Basic skills and terminology relevant for safe canoeing on flatwater and slow-stream conditions.
ENED 4410 - Ropes Course Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Management of a ropes course as a part of an outdoor education facility. Includes ropes course elements, instructional techniques, group debriefing skills, site inspection, safety, recommend and equipment maintenance. This course will follow industry standards such as Project Adventure. prereq: ENED 2300 or instructor consent, no Grad credit; credit will not be granted if already received for Rec 4410
PETE 3501 - Teaching Cross-Country Skiing
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Basic skills, teaching strategies, practice, drills, and skill analysis for teaching cross-country skiing. prereq: PE 1500 or instructor consent
PETE 3505 - Teaching Outdoor Skills I
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Fall course in basic skills, teaching strategies, practice, drills, and skill analysis for teaching outdoor recreation skills with an emphasis on teaching canoeing; includes canoe skills, camp craft, back country travel, and safety. Field trips and skill development experiences are required beyond scheduled class hours. prereq: ENED 1201 or 1203, ENED 1202 or 1204, PE 1508, and Environmental & Outdoor Educ major or minor or instructor consent; Wilderness First Responder Certificate preferred.
PETE 3507 - Teaching Outdoor Skills II
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Spring course in basic skills, teaching strategies, practice, drills, and skill analysis for teaching outdoor recreation skills; includes navigation, camp craft, backpacking, back country travel, and safety. prereq: Environmental Outdoor Education or PE major and ENED 1201 or 1203 and ENED 1202 or 1204, and ENED 2300; credit will not be granted if already received for 1507
ENED 3341 - Field Interpretive Techniques I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Techniques and methods used to interpret natural history of autumn and early winter environments. Emphasizes geomorphology, tree identification, and basic raptor ecology. Primarily field based at sites throughout northeastern Minnesota. prereq: credit will not be granted if already received for REC 3341
ENED 3342 - Field Interpretive Techniques II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Techniques and methods used to interpret natural history of winter and spring environments. Ecology of winter, vernal ponds, spring wildflowers, biomes, and migratory birds. Primarily field based at sites throughout northeastern Minnesota. prereq: credit will not be granted if already received for EnEd 3342
ENED 4300 - Therapeutic Applications of Outdoor Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
The principles and practices of therapeutic outdoor education in a variety of contexts, including: wilderness therapy, residential treatment, correctional facilities, and community programs will be examined. The history, philosophy, and methodological approaches will provide a basis for learning current trends, program models, and research in the field. Professional competencies and standards related to the field will also be addressed. prereq: Minimum 30 credits, no grad credit
ENED 4555 - Foundations of Environmental Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Provides a background of skills and understanding of environmental education delivery in various educational settings, with emphasis on formal classroom audience. prereq: ENED 2300 or instructor consent
ENED 4601 - Wilderness Philosophy
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
People and social forces that have influenced land-use related to designated wilderness; philosophical and historical basis for wilderness management. prereq: No grad credit; credit will not be granted if already received for Educ 4601
ENED 3309 - Outdoor Leadership
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Theories of leadership practices commonly used in outdoor education settings. Includes group development stages and techniques of group management. Concludes with preparation for 9-day field experience (EnEd 3310). This course MUST be taken in conjunction with EnEd 3310. prereq: EnEd 2300
ENED 3310 - Outdoor Leadership Field Experience
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
Practice, theory, and methods involved in leadership development including a detailed analysis of the qualities and roles of leaders in outdoor educational settings. recreation settings. This course will occur as a 9-day field experience. prereq: ENED 3309
ENED 4163 - Outdoor Education Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Methods and theoretical basis for teaching outdoor education. Emphasis on application at outdoor sites. Weekend experience at a regional nature center required. prereq: ENED 3342 or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for EDUC 4163
ENED 4500 - Early Childhood Nature Experiences and Pedagogies
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Study of key characteristics associated with high-quality, nature-based early childhood education programs. This course focuses on developing the skills for supporting young children's learning, development, and well-being through responsive, playful, and immersive nature experience, pedagogies and programs. Nature preschools and natural playscapes are emphasized. pre-req: ENED 1500 and minimum 60 credits
ENED 4565 - Young Children, Nature, and Sustainability (SUSTAIN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Focus on education for sustainability in an early childhood (infant-preschool age) context. Study of rational for merging education for sustainability and early childhood education, as well as recommended practices and possibilities for doing so. Also emphasized are skills for developing and implementing developmentally appropriate learning experience that support health development of young children and further education for sustainability goals. no grad credit
AHS 3100 - Risk Management
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Proactive approach to managing risks associated with conducting health, physical education, and recreation programs. Emphasis on planning for a safe environment. prereq: Major in Exercise Science or Environmental and Outdoor Education or instructor consent
ENED 3400 - Program Development and Evaluation in Environmental and Outdoor Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: ENED 2300
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course provides an introduction to the techniques of program development and evaluation in the context of outdoor and environmental education. It is designed for those who will be working in these fields to gain skills in developing a program and conducting evaluations of program outcomes, as well as in accessing, understanding, and using existing evaluations to guide practice. The focus of this course is at a program-level, as opposed to assessing learning/outcomes at a lesson-level. prereq: ENED 2300
ENED 4315 - Operations and Management
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: ENED 4315/5315
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Methods and practice of administrative processes of personnel, fiscal, and facility management. Field study and presentation of a management plan. prereq: ENED 2300 or instructor consent
ENED 4320 - GIS Management for Recreation Professionals
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Using G.I.S. mapping techniques for recreation and outdoor education professionals in resource management decisions. Arcview and Landview software will be used to visualize and analyze landscapes. This course is specific to recreation and/or outdoor education professionals. prereq: credit will not be granted if already received for REC 4320
ENED 4996 - Outdoor Education Internship
Credits: 6.0 -12.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Supervised field experience in outdoor education. prereq: Environmental and Outdoor education major, instructor consent; no grad credit; credit will not be granted if already received for Rec 4996