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Associate of Arts: Outdoor Education

Picture of students using their Outdoor Education Emphasis (AA) degree at CMC.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.

Learn more about the Associate of Arts - Outdoor Education Program


State Guaranteed General Education Transfer Requirements

(31 minimum plus 3 credits of COM)

Natural & Physical Sciences (GT-SC1)

7 credits from the following courses.  Credits over 7 will be applied to the electives category. 

Arts & Humanities (GT-AH1-4)

2 courses (6 credit hours)

Social & Behavioral Sciences

2 courses (6 credit hours). Select 2 courses, 1 of which must be history.

Human Behavior, Culture, & Social Frameworks (GT-SS3)



  • 1 additional course from Arts & Humanities or Social & Behavioral Sciences courses listed above.  3.0 Credits.

Wellness Requirements Transfer Level (✽)

2 credits.

Program Requirements

Outdoor Education Leadership Requirements

9 credits

Outdoor Education Orientation Requirements

Student must take 6 credits from this section.

Outdoor Education Electives

9 credits from courses numbered 100-299 that are Guaranteed Transfer (◆) or General Transfer (✽) from the following disciplines:  ANT, AST, BIO, BUS, GEY, MAN, OUT, REC.

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)
Communication (3 credits)
Wellness Requirements (min. 2)
Computer Proficiency (3 credits CIS 118  or exam)
Outdoor Education Leadership Requirements (min 9)
Outdoor Education Orientation Requirements (min. 6)
Outdoor Education Electives (min. 9)
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 Parks and Wildlife.


◆ State Guaranteed Transfer Course

✽ Applies to CMC AA/AS/AGS Degrees

Note:  Not all programs/courses are available at every campus and may require travel to another campus or access via distance learning (IVS, hybrid, or online).

For more information see Degree & Certificate Descriptions & Requirements  .