Certificate in Outdoor Leadership

Starting in Fall 2021, the Center for Environmental Studies will be offering an Undergraduate Certificate in Outdoor Leadership. This Certificate is designed to prepare undergraduate students for work in a variety of professional outdoor experiential leadership positions. Coursework focuses on the development of core competencies in outdoor leadership and students will gain experience through hands-on leadership opportunities, case studies, and field activities.

More information on this Certificate can be found on its website or in the VCU Bulletin.


Applications are available through the Center for Environmental Studies [Trani Center for Life Sciences, Room 105]. Applicants into this program must meet the following requirements:

  • Undergraduate standing with a minimum of 30 credit hours.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better is required.
  • Applicants must provide an official transcript if using credits from an institution other than VCU.
  • International students must also submit evidence of English language proficiency based upon scores from one of the following:
    • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 (paper) or 80 (internet)
    • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.0, or
    • The Pearson Test of English (PTE) with a score of at least 53.


Students will be required to complete a minimum of 12 credit hours for this certificate. Up to 4 additional credit hours may be applied to this certificate, based upon specific class offerings by permission.

Core Courses – 12 Credit Hours

  • ENVS 260. Outdoor Leadership (3)
  • ENVS 360. Outdoor Programming and Event Management (3)
  • ENVS 361. Outdoor Team Building & Facilitation (3)
  • ENVS 460. Wilderness First Responder (3)

Optional Electives: Up to 4 Credit Hours

Students may apply up to 4 additional credits to this certificate from the following courses

  • ENVS 491. Topics in Environmental Studies (1-4)
  • ENVS 492. Independent Study (1-3)