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.
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