2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Mar 02, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Outdoor Education, Leadership, and Tourism (BS)

Program Description 

The Outdoor Education and Leadership (OELT) program has been a staple at Vermont State University-Lyndon since 1973 offering degrees in Resort Management and Adventure Education.  

Vermont State University’s Bachelor of Science in Outdoor Education, Leadership & Tourism prepares you to succeed in the growth industries of resort management, outdoor education, and adventure tourism. This major includes courses from many different disciplines, including environmental science, psychology, and business. Our courses focus specifically to create skilled professionals ready to lead within the resort industry as well as to teach others in, about, and for the outdoors, through the use of environmentally and educationally sound methods. 

The B.S. in outdoor education, leadership, and tourism combines the focus and expertise offered in Lyndon’s former mountain recreation management and Johnson’s outdoor education degree programs into one new degree program. All OELT majors will complete the same core coursework, and then specialize in one of two concentrations: Adventure Education and Mountain Resort Management  

Program Outcomes 

  1. Plan, implement, and evaluate a program to meet diverse needs served by the public and private sectors of the outdoor industry. 

  1. Apply appropriate knowledge, skills, and technology specific to outdoor adventure pursuits, environmental education, therapeutic applications, and/or program management and administrative practices. 

  1. Conduct research consistent with the scientific methods to objectively solve problems within various outdoor related professions. 

  1. Exhibit knowledge of the historical and philosophical foundations of the field, human development, learning theories, experiential education, natural history, and environmental issues. 

  1. Exhibit pedagogical skills and practical experience organizing and leading diverse populations through experiential, field-based learning opportunities. 

  1. Exhibit knowledge of professional practices including risk management, emergency procedures, and awareness of industry standards, current issues and trends. 

Credits Required for Program: 55-65


To obtain a degree, students must fulfill the major-specific requirements as well as satisfy all other Degree Requirements  including the General Education Requirements .