For over fifty years we’ve been the leader in Adventure Education, providing students with opportunities to launch careers they’re passionate about. With this bachelors degree in Adventure Education, you'll have the opportunity to explore the most remote and beautiful areas in our own state of Arizona as well as breathtaking locations around the world. Be it on snow, vertical rock, ocean, river, or in the classroom – you will develop theoretical grounding, leadership abilities, practical and technical skills, health and fitness, and sensitivity to the environment. 

Our graduates can be found guiding clients safely up a vertical rock face, rafting down the Grand Canyon with a group of clients, forecasting avalanche dangers at a Forest Service avalanche center, and managing logistics and field risks while scientists work on a remote ice cap. 

Unlike a traditional 100% online bachelors degree program, this is a limited residency program that requires you to attend orientation in Prescott, Arizona. It is also a hybrid program - meaning you will be working in your community and with mentors as well as online.

Our online programs are flexible both in terms of the ability to complete your degree at a distance, and in the ability you have to earn credit for your life experience through our Prior Learning Assessment. We've been working with adult learners through distance programs for over twenty years - our programs are designed with your success in mind. If you are a transfer student, contact us to find out how your credits might apply. We have a generous transfer credit policy.

Course formats include:

  • Online and hybrid courses 
  • Mentored study academic courses
  • Mentored study internship courses

Completion Requirements: 

  • Attend New Student Orientation in Prescott, Arizona 
  • A minimum of 60 semester credits in Adventure Education
  • A minimum of 120 semester credits 
  • Develop two breadths (similar to a minor) 
    • Breadth 1 is an elective, with a minimum of 30 semester credits 
    • Breadth 2 is the Liberal Arts, with a minimum of 30 semester credits 

We also offer accelerated pathways into our online masters degree in adventure education so that you can take your education to the next level. Explore online masters degrees.

Application Requirements

  • Academic focus essay
  • Completed Application
  • Official transcripts

Learning Outcomes

  • A strong foundation in the liberal arts with a foundation in critical thinking and creative problem-solving by engaging in a broad, interwoven range of models of inquiry
  • Ecological literacy that is based on an understanding of natural systems, and an examination of human impact on the integrity of those systems and the diversity of life
  • Global cultural literacy that involves both an academic and a personal understanding of the depth of our interdependence as human beings and communities
  • The skills and dispositions involved in lifelong learning include curiosity, transfer, independence, initiative, and reflection
  • Skills for inquiry, analysis, and synthesis that include the capacity to use research techniques, mathematics, and other qualitative and quantitative scholarly methods

This approach - to save the world one person, one canyon, one Ponderosa Pine at a time - is central to the Prescott College mission."

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