Outdoor Leadership, Associate of Applied Science

  • Outdoor Leadership, Associate of Applied Science

    The Outdoor Leadership (OL) program is a two-year degree program focused on teaching the skills needed to work in the dynamic tourism, adventure film, and expedition leadership fields.

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Outdoor Leadership, AAS

The Prince William Sound College (PWSC) outdoor leadership program leads to a two-year, Associate of Applied Science degree focused on teaching hands-on skills needed to travel and work in the outdoors. There's no better place to learn these skills than in Valdez, Alaska, with opportunities to ski, backpack, hike, and explore the natural settings right outside your classroom. This degree program will provide you with the tools necessary to enter the outdoor recreation industry as a professional and will help you become stronger and more confident as an outdoor leader. Complete the outdoor leadership program to meet the demands of this rewarding and expanding industry.


  • 60 Credit Hours
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA

Please view the current catalog for a list of all required classes for this program.

Educational Opportunities

  • Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Outdoor Leadership
  • Bachelor of Science in Recreation
  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Management
  • Bachelor of Sport and Recreation Business (University of Alaska Fairbanks)

Career Connections

  • Tour Guide
  • Recreation Manager
  • Special Events Planner
  • Adventure Wilderness Guide
  • Wilderness Medicine Instructor

Program Quick Facts

Cost Per Credit: $234 (for both in-state and out-of-state students) 

Location: Valdez, Alaska



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