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Ecotourism & Adventure Travel

Program


Associate of Applied Science in Ecotourism and Adventure Travel

Ecotourism has been the fastest growing niche travel market for the last several years. Ecotourism, by definition, is travel that focuses on being environmentally and culturally responsible while appreciating nature and promoting conservation. You will study nature and ecological sciences, interpretive/tour guide services, wilderness skills, hospitality tourism, and the lodging business. Experience some of the most unique training opportunities in the United States by obtaining skills that focus on travel that is environmentally sound, culturally sensitive, and economically sustainable. In addition, each term offers a specialized focus to add to your education. Students build their skills and knowledge in:

  • Basic biological sciences
  • Environmental issues
  • Outdoor leadership skills
  • Wilderness travel skills
  • Natural history and cultural interpretation
  • Resource and business management
  • Assessment of ecotour-related ventures
  • Sustainable resource management

Program Outcomes


The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Associate of Applied Science in Ecotourism and Adventure Travel:

  • Assess and evaluate tourist-based activities as they relate to sustainable development;
  • Plan, develop, and execute guided and self-guided interpretation programs that focus on natural and cultural history of a given area;
  • Inventory, develop, and implement resource management plans for natural areas and ecotourist sites;
  • Initiate and implement, through networking with community action groups, regional ecotourism activities;
  • Assess, develop plans for, and identify steps of implementation for the transformation of a traditional hospitality operation to an environmentally sound operation;
  • Demonstrate competency in the safe operation and care of watercraft;
  • Effectively operate front desk and minor operation of an ecotourism facility;
  • Assess and evaluate a wilderness area for qualities that will make it an appropriate site for adventure leadership training;
  • Plan, develop, and execute a trip that focuses on developing wilderness skills and leadership;
  • Evaluate all types of equipment pertaining to outdoor travel, as to their appropriateness and effectiveness in a variety of situations;
  • List many sources for outdoor gear;
  • Analyze, minimize, and communicate the environmental impact of different outdoor activities and procedures on specific environments; and,
  • Safely lead inexperienced participants into a remote wilderness setting.

Curriculum

HOCKING COLLEGE

Associate of Applied Science in Ecotourism and Adventure Travel

Course of Study

For students entering May 2014


COURSE NO.FIRST SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
ENGL-1122English Composition I3.000.003.00$40.00
ECO-1100Introduction to Ecotourism and Adventure Adventure Travel0.504.002.00$350.00
ECO-1106Princ. of Ecotourism & Sustainability1.504.503.00$50.00
INTP-2109Night Interpretation0.501.501.00$40.00
BIOS-1109Dendrology2.003.003.00$55.00
GS-1000HC Cornerstone1.000.001.00$40.00
ECO-1135Event Management0.501.501.00$20.00
INTP-1121Interpretive Guide Techniques2.003.003.00$150.00
Totals11.0017.5017.00$745.00
 
COURSE NO.SECOND SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
BIOS-1132Field Biology1.003.002.00$89.00
BIOS-2271Ornithology2.003.003.00$25.00
ECO-1107Geography for Ecotourism2.000.002.00$20.00
NRM-1163Foraging Edible and Medicinal Plants0.501.501.00$165.00
ECO-1117Sustainable Business Management Packaging2.003.003.00$54.00
***Sociology Elective0.000.003.00
Totals7.5010.5014.00$353.00
 
COURSE NO.SUMMER SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
ECO-2296Ecotourism Practicum & Seminar1.007.002.00$50.00
Totals1.007.002.00$50.00
 
COURSE NO.SEMESTER THREEClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
ECO-2289Adventure Leadership1.006.003.00$250.00
ECO-1144Canoeing Fundamentals0.501.501.00$140.00
ECO-1188Camping Equipment & Backpacking1.003.002.00$157.00
ECO-1155Whitewater Rescue0.501.501.00$50.00
NRTI-1148Sport Rock Climbing0.250.750.50$100.00
ECO-1145Wind & Self Propelled Watercraft0.504.502.00$990.00
ECO-1199Open & Advanced Open Water Scuba - Bahamas1.003.002.00$990.00
ECO-1149Environmental Service0.501.501.00$69.00
BIOS-1104Coastal & Marine Ecology-Bahamas1.003.002.00$990.00
NRTI-1123Rappelling & Vertical Rope Rescue0.501.501.00$200.00
Totals6.7526.2515.50$3,936.00
 
COURSE NO.SEMESTER FOURClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
ECO-2185Sustainable Resource Area Management2.003.003.00$140.00
ECO-2105Ecotourism & Adventure Careers1.000.001.00$45.00
ECO-2229Wilderness First Responder0.504.502.00$630.00
COMM-1130Speech3.000.003.00$40.00
ECO-2122Ecotourism Guiding1.504.503.00$70.00
MATH-1108Intermediate Algebra3.000.003.00$40.00
ENGL-1152Research Skills1.000.001.00$15.00
Totals12.0012.0016.00$980.00

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS:ESTIMATED TOTAL COURSE FEES:
64.50$6,064.00

Hocking College reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.

Career Opportunities


Graduates of the Ecotourism and Adventure Travel Program are employed in private and public ecotourism sites including positions in national parks, environmental and community education centers (zoos, museums, aquariums, nature centers), resort and lodge operations, adventure camps, adventure leadership schools, adventure therapy programs, outdoor education schools, and the tourism industry.
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Nelsonville, OH 45764
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