Outdoor Studies Minor Requirements
To complete a minor in outdoor studies, students may choose between the on-campus track or the Adirondack Semester intensive off-campus track. Either track requires a minimum of 5.5 units. Both tracks require the acquisition of certain elementary outdoor skills.
Students must take courses from three categories of courses: Outdoor Education, Science w/field lab and the Philosophy/Environmental Studies/Art categories.
- ODST 111 or ODST 3003.
- One additional 0.5-1.0 credit course from the Outdoor Education category.
- Two courses from the Philosophy /Environmental Studies/Art category, preferably from different disciplines
- One course from the sciences with field lab category.
- One additional 1.0 credit course form any category or a relevant FYP or FYS course.
*Courses in these
111. Principles of Outdoor Leadership.
101. Modern Outdoor Recreation Ethics (“MORE”). (0.5 units)
115. Introduction to Snow Science and Avalanches.
3003. Advanced Topics: Outdoor Leadership.
Science with Field Lab
121. The Natural World
209. Vertebrate Natural History
215. Invertebrate Biology
221. General Ecology*
224. Biology of Plants
330. Ecology of Lakes and Rivers
335. Winter Ecology
360. Marine Ecology
380. Tropical Ecology*
440. Conservation Biology
4001. Medicinal Plant Ecology
102. Introduction to Astronomy
English /Philosophy/Environmental Studies/Religious Studies/Sociology/Arts/
231. Adirondack Literature
243. Creative Non-Fiction Writing+
282. Going Locavore*
293. Literary Harvest*
295. Nature and Environmental Writing*
308. Advanced Creative Non-Fiction Writing+
328. English Romanticism
334. Reading the Land: Pastoral and Georgic Literature*
346. American Literature and the Environment*
352. Contemporary Literature and the Environment*
235. Foundations of Environmental Thought
249. Outdoor Recreation and Public Land
263. Global Change and Sustainability
326. Once and Future Forests
333. Climate Change Politics and Advocacy
343. Ecology and Political Thought
371. Landscape Ecology
103. Religion & Ecology
187. Environment and Society *
256. Art and Nature
*Dual-listed with Environmental Studies
+Only sections including experiences in nature satisfy this requirement.
Intensive Off-Campus Track
- Four and a half units taken during the Adirondack Semester.
- One 1 unit elective from the Outdoor Education (other than ODST 111), Field Science or Philosophy/Literature/Environmental Studies/Arts categories, or a relevant FYP or FYS