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Outdoor Adventure Leadership Transfer to Southern Oregon University

2020-21 Outdoor Adventure Leadership Transfer to SOU (PDF)*

Associate of Science Degree
Courses for this Program

About the Program

The Associate of Science (AS) degree is based on a signed articulation agreement with Southern Oregon University (SOU). The program is designed for students transferring to SOU’s bachelor’s degree program in outdoor adventure leadership. Students must work closely with advisors in their areas of interest to ensure electives are appropriate.

The curriculum allows for 38-47 core credits within the major area. By completing all appropriate credits (including electives), students will fulfill required lower division coursework for transfer to SOU. Students should be aware, however, that if they transfer before completing this degree, their courses will be evaluated individually toward the transfer requirements of the college of their choice.

Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program learning outcomes for this program are:

Demonstrate responsible wilderness ethics as defined by current industry trends.

Demonstrate excellence in technical skills with competence in safety and industry standards.

Demonstrate expertise in logistics and expedition planning.

Facilitate a quality program through the use of effective communication, appropriate relationships, and compassionate leadership.

Document a personal knowledge of demographic health changes and trends in chronic and acute diseases in the U.S. over the last 100 years.

Entry Requirements

Students are required to complete the Placement Process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined through the Placement Process. In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited universities will be accepted in accordance with college policies. In order to ensure that coursework is current, program courses over 10 years old must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate department chair before being accepted toward core requirements.

Graduation Requirements

The Associate of Science degree will be awarded to students who complete all credits in this program with a grade of “C” or better. Certain required courses are also graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade.


Course No.
Course Title
CIS/CS__ Approved Computer Information Science or Computer Science class, CIS120/CIS120 or above or documented computer proficiency within the past ten years 0-2
MTH95 Intermediate Algebra or
MTH96 Applied Algebra II or designated placement score
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing or designated placement score 0-3
  Total Prerequisite Credits 0-9

General Education Requirements

Course No.
Course Title
COMM225 Small Group Communication and Problem-solving or
COMM111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking or
COMM218 Interpersonal Communication
LIB127 Introduction to Academic Research 1
MTH243 Probability and Statistics with lab 4
WR121 English Composition I 4
WR122 English Composition II or
WR227 Technical Writing
  Approved humanities electives 1 9-12
  Approved social science electives 2 6-8
  Approved science electives 3 11-15
  Total General Education Requirements 43-52

Core Requirements

Course No.
Course Title
ENV111 Introduction to Environmental Science or
GEOG110 Introduction to Cultural and Human Geography or
GEOG120 World Regional Geography
HE131 Introduction to Exercise and Sport Science 3
HE253 Wilderness First Aid 3
HE259 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injury 3
HPE295 Health and Fitness for Life 3
NFM225 Nutrition 4
OAL150 Outdoor Living Skills 2
OAL223 Wilderness Navigation 2
OAL250 Foundations in Outdoor Adventure Leadership 3
  Approved program electives 4 6-15

Land (choose a minimum of three classes from the following list):

PE185BAP Backpacking 1
PE185HKO Hiking Oregon 1
PE185RCA Rock Climbing, Adventure 1
PE185RCB Rock Climbing, Beginning 1
PE185SSS Snow Skiing/Snowboarding 1
PE185WSA Winter Survival and Snow Camping 1
PE185ZLG Zipline Guide Technical Skills 1

Water (choose a minimum of three classes from the following list):

PE185KSA Kayaking the Sea Coast Adventure 1
PE185KWW Kayaking Whitewater  1
PE185RRV River Rafting Adventure 1
PE185SUA Surfing 1
PE185SCU Open Water SCUBA Diving 1
  Total Core Credits 38-47
  Total Program Credits 90
1 Approved Humanities Electives

(Complete at least three courses from the following list, 9-12 credits.)

Course No.
Course Title
ART131 Introduction to Drawing 3
ART204, ART205, ART206 History of Art I, II, III 4-4-4
COMM115 Introduction to Intercultural Communication 4
ENG104, ENG105, ENG106 Introduction to Literature 4-4-4
ENG107, ENG108, ENG109 World Literature 4-4-4
ENG201, ENG202 Shakespeare I, II 4-4
ENG204, ENG205, ENG206 Survey of English Literature 4-4-4
ENG253, ENG254, ENG255 Survey of American Literature 4-4-4
ENG257 African American Literature 4
ENG260 Introduction to Women Writers 4
ENG275 The Bible as Literature 4
HUM101, HUM102, HUM103 Introduction to Humanities 4-4-4
HUM215, HUM216, HUM217, HUM218, HUM219 Native American Arts and Cultures 4-4-4-4-4
IS110 Introduction to International Studies I 4
MUS105 Music Appreciation 3
MUS108 Music in World Cultures 4
MUS201 Introduction to Western Music 4
MUS205 History of Jazz 3
MUS206 Introduction to Rock Music 3
MUS208 Film Music 3
MUS261, MUS262, MUS263 History of Western Music I, II, III 4-4-4
MUS264, MUS265, MUS266 History of Rock I, II, III 3-3-3
PHL101,PHL102, PHL103 Philosophical Problems/Ethics/Critical Reasoning 4-4-4
REL201 World Religions 4
REL243 Nature, Religion and Ecology 4
SPAN201, SPAN202, SPAN203 Second Year Spanish I, II, III 4-4-4
TA141 Fundamentals of Acting 4
WR241, WR242, WR243 Imaginative Writing I, II, III 4-4-4
2 Approved Social Science Electives

(Complete at least two courses from the following list, 6-8 credits.)

Course No.
Course Title
ANTH110, ANTH150 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology/Archaeology 4-4
BA101 Introduction to Business 4
BA218 Personal Finance 3
CJ120 Introduction to the Judicial Process 4
CJ200/SOC244 Introduction to Criminology 4
SOC243/CJ243 Drugs, Crime and Addiction 4
COMM237 Communication and Gender 4
ECON115 Introduction to Economics 3
ECON201, ECON202 Principles of Microeconomics/Principles of Macroeconomics 4-4
GEOG110 Introduction to Cultural and Human Geography 3
GEOG120 World Regional Geography 3
HST104 World Civilizations: Prehistory - Middle Ages 4
HST105 World Civilizations: Byzantium - Present 4
HST201 U.S. History Through Reconstruction 4
HST202 U.S. History: Post-Reconstruction - Present 4
PS201, PS202 U. S. Government I, II 3-3
PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations 3
PSY119 Psychology of Personal Growth 4
PSY201, PSY202 General Psychology I, II 4-4
PSY215 Life Span Human Development 4
PSY219 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology 4
PSY231 Human Sexuality 3
SOC204, SOC205 Introduction to Sociology, American Society 4-4
SOC211 Social Deviance and Social Control 3
SOC213 Race and Ethnicity in the U.S. 4
SOC218 Sociology of Gender 4
SOC225 Social Problems and Solutions 4
SOC228 Environment and Society 4
SOC230 Introduction to Gerontology 4
SOC235/HST259 The Chicano/Latino Historical Experience 4
3 Approved Science Electives

(Complete at least three courses, two of which must have labs, from the following list, 11-15 credits. Only one course can be a regional field studies course indicated by asterisk.)

Course No.
Course Title
BI100GB Introductory Biology (non-lab course) 3
BI100SB Biology of Human Body Systems (non-lab course) 3
BI101, BI102, BI103 Introduction to Biology I, II, III with lab 4-4-4
BI121, BI122 Elementary Anatomy and Physiology I, II with lab 4-4
BI211, BI212, BI213 General Biology I, II, III with lab 4-4-4
BI231, BI232, BI233 Anatomy and Physiology I, II, III with lab 4-4-4
BI234 Microbiology with lab 4
CHEM104 Introductory Chemistry with lab and Recitation 5
CHEM105 Introductory Organic Chemistry with lab 4
CHEM106 Introductory Biochemistry with lab 4
CHEM221, CHEM222, CHEM223 General Chemistry I, II, III with lab and Recitation 5-5-5
CIS195 Web Authoring I (HTML/CSS) (non-lab course) 4
ENV111 Introduction to Environmental Science (non-lab course) 3
G100 Fundamentals of Geology (non-lab course) 3
G101, G102, G103 Introduction to Geology I, II, III with lab 4-4-4
GEOG100 Introduction to Physical Geography (non-lab course) 3
GS104, GS106, GS107, GS108 Physical Science with lab 4-4-4-4-4
GS170 * Regional Field Studies with lab 4
PH201, PH202, PH203 General Physics I, II, III with lab and Recitation 5-5-5
PH211, PH212, PH213 General Physics (Calculus Based) I, II, III with lab and Recitation 5-5-5
4 Approved Program Electives

(Complete 6-15 credits for a total of 90 program credits.)

Course No.
Course Title
HE199 Special Studies in Health 1-3
HE208 HIV and Other Epidemics 1
HE250 Personal Health 3
HE252 First Aid/CPR 3
PE184 Adaptive Physical Education 1
PE185 Any physical education course not required within core requirements variable
PE194 Principles of Exercise Training and Conditioning 2
PE199 Special Studies in Physical Education 1-3
PE264 Fundamentals of Personal Training 2
PE280 CWE/Physical Education 2
PE290 Fitness Instructor 2
  Any lower division transfer course not already required variable

For more information, contact the Health/Physical Education/Recreation Department:

Grants Pass: 541-956-7140
Medford: 541-245-7504
Toll free in Oregon: 800-411-6508, Ext. 7140 or Ext. 7504
email: or
Web address:
TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711

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