University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Northern Rockies Outdoor Leadership Certificate

The Northern Rockies Outdoor Leadership Certificate is designed through collaboration of multiple University of Montana programs as a certificate to complement any major across campus for students interested in gaining and strengthening leadership skills through engagement in diverse conceptual courses and outdoor field settings. The purpose of the program is to provide undergraduate students or individuals with an undergraduate degree with leadership training and application that can be applied to any professional, academic, and personal setting in their future.

Post-Secondary Certificate - Northern Rockies Outdoor Leadership Certificate


Theory and Experience6
Field Courses3-5
Total Hours12-14

Degree Specific Credits: 12-14

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.00

Theory and Experience

Rule: Complete one course each in the Theory and Experience categories.


Complete one of the following courses:3
Communication in Small Groups
Models of Leadership
Leading Health and Human Performance Organizations
Wilderness and Civilization
PSCI 462
Parks & Outdoor Recreation Management
Recreation Administration & Leadership
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Complete one of the following courses:1
Beginning Rock Climbing
Fly Fishing
Fundamentals of Whitewater Rafting
Fundamentals of Kayaking
Intermediate Rock Climbing
Wilderness First Aid
Wilderness First Responder
Wilderness EMT
Total Hours1

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Field Courses

Complete one of the following courses:3-5
Wilderness and Civilization Field Studies
Sustaining Human Society & Natural Environment
Tourism, Livelihoods and Sustainability in Mountains
Wilderness Medicine And Risk Management
Wilderness Rescue and Survival
Winter Wilderness Field Studies
Total Hours3-5

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Note: Students are required to do an internship where they can apply their leadership skills with a professional partner. Internships can include on-campus initiatives like the Freshman Wilderness Experience and other student-led trips as well as off-campus internships with local, regional, or global partners. Internships will be approved by the coordinating committee and will be tracked through the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation.

Complete one of the following courses:3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-