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Tourism and Outdoor Leadership Undergraduate Major (BS, CRED)

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College of Forestry | Forest Ecosystems and Society


Adventure Leadership and Education
Eco and Adventure Tourism
International Ecotourism
Recreation Management

To be terminated pending approval of 100664.


Recreation Resource Management major and Tourism and Outdoor Leadership major combined into Tourism, Recreation, and Adventure Leadership major. 


Available only on the OSU-Cascades Campus.

The Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Outdoor Leadership (TOL) is an interdisciplinary degree that gives students the conceptual and applied skills needed to provide high-quality visitor experiences while sustaining the natural resources where recreation and tourism occurs.

Completion of an approved option is required for the BS in TOL degree. Four options are currently available:

  1. Adventure Leadership and Education
  2. Eco and Adventure Tourism focuses on developing and managing businesses in eco and adventure tourism.
  3. International Ecotourism focuses on the special aspects of nature-based tourism in foreign countries.
  4. Recreation Management focuses on the management of visitors by land management agencies.

Lower-division courses are from Central Oregon Community College (COCC) or equivalents from other institutions. Upper-division courses are from OSU-Cascades.

For information, contact OSU-Cascades, 541-322-3100, or visit the Tourism and Outdoor Leadership program on the OSU-Cascades website.

Baccalaureate Core

Biological Science (4)
Cultural Diversity (3)
DPD (4)
Fitness (3)
Literature and Art (3)
Mathematics (4)
Physical/Biological Science (4)
Physical Science (4)
Science, Technology and Society (3)
Social Processes (3)
Western Culture (3)
WR I (3)
WR II (3)
Speech (3)

Skills Requirements

OL 255. Outdoor Living Skills (5) (COCC)
OL 280. Co-op Work Experience: Outdoor Leadership (2) (COCC)

Choose one of the following COCC courses (3–4 credits):
GEOG 265. Geographic Information Systems (4)
HTRM 233. Event Planning (3)
OL 194MA. Mountaineering I (2)
    and OL 194MB. Mountaineering II (2)
OL 294CC. Challenge Course Practices (3)
OL 294RC. Teaching Rock Climbing (3)
OL 294WG. Whitewater Raft Guiding (3)

TOL Core

BA 101. Introduction to Business (4) (COCC)
     or BA 101. Business Now (6) (OSU)
FES/TOL 422. Research Methods in Social Science (4)
FES 444. Ecological Aspects of Park Management (3)
FOR 255. Resource Interpretation (3) (COCC)
OL 111. Introduction to Outdoor Leadership (3) (COCC)
OL 207. Seminar in Outdoor Leadership (2) (COCC)
OL 244. Psychology of Risk and Adventure (3) (COCC)
OL 253. Wilderness Advanced First Aid (3) (COCC)
OL 271. Facilitating Group Experiences (4) (COCC)
OL 273. Outdoor Recreation Leadership (5) (COCC)
SP 111. Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3) (COCC)
SUS 350. *Sustainable Communities (4)
TOL 371. Eco and Adventure Tourism (3)
TOL 375. ^Experiential Education (4)
TOL 378. Tourism and Recreation Data Analysis (3)
TOL 410. Internship (8)
TOL 474. Entrepreneurship in Tourism and Outdoor Leadership (3)
TOL 476. Risk Management in Tourism and Outdoor Leadership (3)
TOL 478. Legal Issues in Tourism and Outdoor Leadership (3)
TOL 479. *Nature and the Human Experience (3)
WR 122. English Composition (4) (COCC)

Option (29–30)

Total for Degree=180

Courses are offered at OSU-Cascades unless otherwise noted.

COCC Course Catalog:

All students pursuing the BS in Tourism and Outdoor Leadership must earn grades of C– or better in all required forestry courses (with FE, FES, FOR, WSE course designators) or approved substitutions for majors, minors and options.


* Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)

Major Code: 653

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