Outdoor Leadership & Education

The B.S. in OLE combines adventure, wilderness, camping, and environmental education into one unique program of study. Students will be able to research, design and carry-out outdoor education programs that will be safe, challenging, and rewarding. Because of the emphasis put on a premier Christian education, the program will prepare students to provide cutting edge outdoor programs with cultural sensitivity and a well-grounded biblical worldview. Students in the OLE major will gain a basic understanding of outdoor leadership and education, develop specific skills, competencies, and points of view needed by outdoor leadership and education professionals, and grow in expressing oneself orally or in writing in outdoor leadership and education contexts.


  • Ministry Leadership
  • Pastoral Ministries
  • Youth Ministry
  • Ecology & Environmental Science
  • Sustainable Community Development

Program Layout

The Outdoor Leadership & Education major is a 126 hour program that includes 69 hours of general education courses (including 30 hours of Bible & Theology), 15 hours of open electives, and 42 hours in Outdoor Leadership & Education-specific courses. Classes include Risk Management and Emergency Response, Camp Programming & Leadership, Backcountry Education, Rock Climbing, Paddling: Canoeing & Kayaking, and Organization & Administration for Outdoor Ministry.
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