There are a number of respected academic programs at Appalachian that extend the classroom into the natural world.  Whether you want to lead adventure activities, restore natural resources, or contribute to sustainable and equitable communities, Appalachian equips you with the tools to succeed in a 21st Century Global Society.

Recreation Management Students

Recreation Management

Appalachian's Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management offers emphases in Commercial Recreation and Tourism, Outdoor Experiential Education and Recreation and Park Management. This degree prepares students for careers in experiential education, tourism, camp management, community recreation, commercial recreation, resorts, outdoor leadership, and beyond.

PE Students

Physical Education Activity Program

The Physical Education Activity Program provides students throughout the university numerous physical activity courses to meet varying personal needs and the General Education Physical Activity / Wellness Literacy requirements. Outdoor-based courses include Backpacking/Orienteering; Hiking; Mountain Biking; Flat Water and Whitewater Kayaking; Canoeing; Whitewater Rafting; Fly Fishing; Rock Climbing; Open Water SCUBA Diving; and Beginning and Intermediate Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding.

 MA Candidates in College Student Development

College Student Development

Appalachian's Master of Arts in College Student Development offers concentrations in Student Affairs Practice and Outdoor Program Administration. This degree prepares students to work in a variety of Student Affairs functional areas at colleges and universities. Recent graduates have secured employment in Outdoor Programs, Career Development, First Year Student Programs, Orientation, Residence Life, Service Learning, Student Activities, Leadership Development, Learning Assistance Programs, Academic Advising and many other areas of Student Affairs.

 Geography and planning students

Geography and Planning

Geographers and planners manage natural and urban environments, analyze the evolving relationship between people and places, plan transportation routes, create Geographic Management Systems for industries and government agencies, and help understand and restore natural ecosystems. In our rapidly changing world, these professionals make a difference! A degree from the department of Geography and planning prepares students for success in these fields.

 Biology Student

Department of Biology

Appalachian's Department of Biology is committed to providing extensive field and laboratory experiences for its majors. Numerous ecological and organismal courses are offered with one-day and weekend trips to coastal and nearby mountain habitats. Special topics courses take students the Florida Keys, the Everglades, Hawaii, Vietnam, Australia, Costa Rica, and Belize. Most courses include extensive laboratory components where students gain hands-on experience with state-of-the-art technology in areas such as cell and molecular biology, microbiology, plant and animal physiology, and developmental biology. These courses combined with an array of education courses can be used to obtain teaching certification in the sciences for public and private schools. The department offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), and Master of Science (M.S.) degrees.
 Sustainable Development Students

Sustainable Development

Sustainability and Sustainable Development are more than just "going green" and environmental awareness. Sustainability means attending to and combining the important areas of environment, economics, and (social) equity.  Appalachian's the Sustainable Development Program works to achieve this by integrating academics with community engagement and outreach.  Sustainable Development offers students a unique, interdisciplinary opportunity that explores concepts from social science, natural science, and the humanities. The program blurs the boundaries between theory and practice as students pursue their BS or BA degree while discovering how sustainable development is being applied.


Adventure Based Short Term Study Abroad

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Student Outdoor Learning Expeditions (SOLE Trips) offer academic credit for journeys of a lifetime.  Check out this video from the 2008 New Zealand Expedition.

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