Sep 27, 2023
The AA Outdoor Emphasis program provides relevant learning experiences and professional-level training to our students. The goal is to prepare students to enter the outdoor and adventure education job markets or to transfer to four-year institutions. The AA Outdoor Emphasis program at CMC consists of 31 credits of Colorado State Guaranteed General Education Transfer Curriculum and is designed to transfer to four-year schools in Colorado. The program strives to be a positive steward of the natural environment and sustainable practices are taught throughout the curriculum. The faculty provide both experience-based and theory-based learning opportunities through the coursework, with an emphasis on student goals, industry-standard practices, and fun.
See the section on Scholarships and Awards for scholarship opportunities related to this program. For a list of CMC campuses offering this program, please see the Where Our Programs are Offered table. Not every course is offered on every campus.
State Guaranteed General Education Transfer Requirements
(31 minimum plus 3 credits of COM)
6 credits ENG plus 3 credits COM
3-6 credits from the following courses. Students must take both MAT 155 and MAT 156 to satisfy this requirement.
Physical and Life Science (GT-SC1)
7 credits from the following courses. Credits over 7 will be applied to the electives category. Students must take both SCI 155 and SCI 156 to satisfy this requirement.
Arts & Humanities
2 courses (6 credit hours)
Literature & Humanities (GT-AH2)
Ways of Thinking (GT-AH3)
Foreign Languages (GT-AH4)
Social & Behavioral Sciences
2 courses (6 credit hours). Select 2 courses, 1 of which must be history.
Economic & Political Systems (GT-SS1)
Human Behavior & Social Systems (GT-SS3)
If necessary to reach a minimum of 15 credits in Arts and Humanities, History, or Social and Behaviorial Sciences, select 1 additional course (minimum 3 credits) from these categories.
Wellness Requirements Transfer Level (✽)
Outdoor Education Leadership Requirements
Outdoor Education Orientation Requirements
Student must take 6 credits from this section.
Outdoor Education Electives
Students must take at least 5.5 credits of advised electives from the following disciplines:
Colorado Mountain College Requirements
Colorado Mountain College requires its graduates to be proficient in computer use. To graduate, a student must demonstrate proficiency via an examination administered by the college or take CIS 118 . If you take the course, it will be applied to the elective credit.
Total Credits Earned
State Guaranteed General Education Requirements (min. 31)
Public Speaking (3 credits)
Wellness Requirements (min. 2)
Computer Proficiency (3 credits CIS 118 or exam)
Outdoor Education Leadership Requirements (min 9.5)
Outdoor Education Orientation Requirements (min. 6)
Outdoor Education Electives (min. 5.5)
Total transfer credits allowed
Total credits toward Associate of Arts-
Outdoor Education Emphasis degree (minimum 60 credits)
This program operates on public lands and rivers with special permits from the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Parks Service, and Colorado State Parks.