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Environmental and Outdoor Education Minor [EOE] (Minor)

Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department

Sharon Todd, chair
Professional Studies Building, Room 2213
607-753-4941

This interdisciplinary minor is open to students in all majors. It is valuable to students preparing for careers in elementary and secondary education, scouting, adventure programming, youth and community groups, nature centers, state and national parks and organized outdoor camping programs.

The minor is organized around a core group of courses and allows students to select one of the following specialized “tracks”: environmental education and interpretation, outdoor pursuits or organized camping.

Requirements for the Minor
A. Core: 12-13 credit hours from the following

A practicum experience is required of all students. Students may meet this requirement by completing REC 370: Outdoor Education Practicum or by completing another practicum approved by the outdoor education minor advisor.

  • BIO 307 - Field Natural History (3 cr. hr.) or
  • BIO 310 - Field Biology (3 cr. hr.)
  • EDU 462 - Environmental and Outdoor Education (3 cr. hr.) Also listed as REC 462
Select One
  • BIO 412 - General Ecology (4 cr. hr.) or
  • GLY 160 - Environmental Geology (3 cr. hr.) or
  • GRY 110 - Physical Geography (3 cr. hr.)
B. Electives: Specialization in one of the following tracks

Environmental Education and Interpretation Track [EOEE]

To be taken in addition to core group (9-11 credit hours by advisement).

  • EST 100 - Introduction to Environmental Studies (3 cr. hr.)
    and 6-8 credit hours from the following list:
  • ANT 300 - Human Evolution and Survival (3 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 305 - Archaeology of Eastern United States (3 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 310 - Field Biology (3 cr. hr.) (Prerequisite: BIO 201-202; unless used in place of BIO 307)
  • BIO 405 - Conservation Biology (3 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 411 - Ornithology (3 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 418 - Fungi (4 cr. hr.)
  • ECO 335 - Resource and Environmental Economics (3 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 261 - Physical Geology (4 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 371 - Meteorology (4 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 110 - Physical Geography (3 cr. hr.) (unless used in the core)
  • GRY 120 - Cultural Geography (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 250 - Urban Geography (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 301 - Science, Human Affairs and the Environment (3 cr. hr.)
  • INT 201 - Adirondack Studies (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 150 - Astronomy (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 242 - Environmental Policy (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 308 - Environmental Law (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 342 - Environmental Policy and Biodiversity (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 310 - Wilderness and American Culture (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 469 - Environmental and Cultural Interpretation (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 340 - Environmental Sociology (3 cr. hr.)
Outdoor Pursuits Track [EOEO]

Notes: A National Standard Course from the Wilderness Education Association or the National Outdoor Leadership School or REC/SAB 476 may be substituted for REC 379.
A SOLO or WMA course, REC 375 or another approved wilderness first responder course may be substituted for HLH 120.


To be taken in addition to core group (9 credit hours):

  • HLH 120 - Responding to Emergencies (2 cr. hr.)
  • PED 181 - Adventure Activities (1 cr. hr.)
  • REC 379 - Outdoor Recreation Activities (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 474 - Outdoor Pursuits Education and Leadership (3 cr. hr.)
Organized Camping Track [EOEC]

Notes: A SOLO or WMA course, REC 375 or another approved wilderness first responder course may be substituted for HLH 120.

To be taken in addition to core group (9 credit hours):

  • HLH 120 - Responding to Emergencies (2 cr. hr.)
  • PED 181 - Adventure Activities (1 cr. hr.)
  • REC 360 - Camp Counseling and Outdoor Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 460 - Camp and Outdoor Program Administration (3 cr. hr.)
Total Credit Hours Required for the Minor: 21-24