B.S. Outdoor Education

Program Admission Requirements

There are no program admission requirements for the B.S. in Outdoor Education.

Graduation Requirement 

In order to graduate from the Sport and Exercise Science major, the candidate must achieve the following in addition to completing the course requirements: 

  1. Minimum grade of "C" (2.0) in professional courses.
  2. Minimum overall cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  3. Minimum GPA of 2.75 in the major. 
  4.  Current  First Aid and CPR certification from a nationally recognized provider.

General Education

Objective 16
Objective 23
Objective 3- MATH 1123 Recommended 13
Objective 46
Objective 57
Objective 66
Students must fulfill Objective 7 or Objective 83
Objective 7
Objective 8
Objective 93
Total Credits37

“P” courses are equivalent to the original course.

Major Requirements

First Aid CPR and Sport Safety *
*Students in the Outdoor Education fulfill the PE Core requirement of HPSS 2222 First Aid by taking either HPSS 2285 Wilderness First Aid or HPSS 4441 Wilderness First Responder as part of the Outdoor Education Safety Component listed below.
Foundations of Physical Education and Sport
Anatomical Foundations of Human Activity
Senior Capstone
Leadership and Teaching Component (10 credits)10
Outdoor Leadership
Survey of Outdoor Education Literature
Methods of Teaching Outdoor Activities and Practicum
Outdoor Education Safety Component (8 credits)8
Required Courses:
Leave No Trace Trainer
Wilderness First Aid
Wilderness First Responder Certification
Outdoor Risk Management and Liability
Select additional courses to bring the total credits for the Outdoor Education Safety Component to eight (8):
Winter Survival Skills
Wilderness Survival Skills
Map Compass and Backcountry Navigation
Avalanche and Winter Sports Safety
River Safety and Swiftwater Rescue
Advanced Rock Climbing and Climbing Safety
(Candidates who at the time of graduation possess a current certificate in Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Wilderness First Responder may apply three (3) credits to this component.)
Select either the NATURAL HISTORY Component OR the OUTDOOR BUSINESS Component:9
Natural History Component (Select at least 9 credits from the following courses)
Biology I
and Biology I Lab (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)
Biology II
and Biology II Lab
General Ecology
and General Ecology Laboratory
Fall Flora
Spring Flora
Conservation Biology
and Herpetology Lab
and Ichthyology Lab
and Mammalogy Lab
Field Ecology
The Dynamic Earth
and The Dynamic Earth Lab (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Lab (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)
Geology of Idaho
Descriptive Astronomy
and Descriptive Astronomy Laboratory (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)
Courses in this Option are waived for majors or minors in geology, biology, botany, zoology, or ecology
Outdoor Business Component (9 credits)
Accounting Concepts
Introduction to Business
Introduction to Marketing
(Courses in this Option are waived for business related majors or minors.)
Experiential Skills Component (Minimum of 8 credits)8
Courses selected must be different from those used to fulfill the requirements of the Outdoor Education Safety Component.
(Note: Only eight (8) PEAC credits can be counted towards graduation requirement.)
Team Building Leadership
Winter Survival Skills
Wilderness Survival Skills
Winter Camping and Backcountry Travel
Practical Outdoor Skills
Map Compass and Backcountry Navigation
Intermediate Kayaking and Whitewater Safety
Avalanche and Winter Sports Safety
Snowboard Instructor Training
Ski Instructor Training
River Safety and Swiftwater Rescue
Advanced Rock Climbing and Climbing Safety
*Students can count credits earned from PE Workshop courses if the topic relates to Outdoor Education, i.e., Canoe Workshop, Whitewater Rafting Workshop, Backpacking Workshop, Advanced Kayaking-Summer Field Experience, etc.
Adaptive Snow Skiing
Instructor Training of Adapted Snowskiing
Backcountry GPS Navigation
Kayak Touring
Beginning Kayaking
Beginning Rock Climbing
Beginning Cross-Country Skiing
Beginning Telemark Cross-Country Skiing
Intermediate Telemark Cross-Country Skiing
Mountain Biking
Advanced Dutch Oven Cooking
Basic Mountaineering
Intermediate Fly Fishing
Beginning Gym Climbing
Intermediate Horsemanship
Caving Workshop
Electives (minimum of 6 credits)6
Courses may include those listed in the Natural History Component, and/or Business Component, and/or the following:
Business and Professional Communication
Photo, Graphic, and Video Editing
Introduction to Public Relations
Introduction to Photography
Groups and Communication
Web Design
Creative Writing Workshop
Professional and Technical Writing
Business Communications
U.S. Environmental History
Introduction to Sport Psychology
Introduction to Sport Law
Sport Marketing
Issues in Sport
Individual and Organizational Behavior
Leading in Organizations
Environmental Politics and Policy
(Other courses may be approved by the advisor.)
Total Credits50

 Degree Totals

Program Admission Requirements0
General Education37
Major Requirements50
Upper Division Free Electives2
Free Electives31
Total Credits120

ISU Degree Requirements

ISU General Education

Major Academic Plan (MAP)