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CWC/NOLS Associate Degree Programs

Central Wyoming College (CWC), is located in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in close proximity to NOLS International Headquarters in Lander, Wyoming. CWC and NOLS have partnered to offer college credit to students who complete NOLS expeditions. Several options exist to apply college credit from NOLS courses to programs offered at CWC. The following options allow students to jump-start their academic and professional careers in the backcountry and reduce the time students spend on campus:

  • The Associate of Arts (AA) in Outdoor Education and Leadership is uniquely designed to launch careers leading others in the outdoors. During their third and fourth semesters, OE & Leadership students live in rustic cabins at our outdoor education center with easy access to world-class rock-climbing, fly-fishing, hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing. Students in this program can get college credit for any NOLS course ranging from one week to one full semester.

  • The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Outdoor Recreation is an appropriate degree for those who may already have a bachelor's degree in an unrelated field and are looking to move to a career in the outdoors. This program combines college credit for any NOLS course up to a semester in length with additional training in: public land management, recreation programming, environmental science, and outdoor skills such as backcountry skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking, rock-climbing, mountaineering, and whitewater rafting.

  • The Associate of Science (AS) degree in Earth, Energy and Environment (E³)offers students an interdisciplinary foundation in geology, geographic information systems (GIS), energy resources and environmental science. This degree is designed to transfer to a variety of baccalaureate programs. Students can apply up to six credits earned through their NOLS experience to this AS Degree.

  • The Associate of Science (AS) in Environmental Science and Leadership degree focuses on environmental science fundamentals as well as helping students to develop environmental awareness and conservation ethics. A NOLS semester course complements a classic science education at CWC with NOLS credits applying toward this degree.

  • The Applied Associate of Science (AAS) in EHS - Environmental Technician Program is designed for students who wish to build their professional skill set by combining their NOLS backcountry experience with an academic foundation in the natural sciences, environmental sampling, and geographic information systems (GIS). This program also includes a shorter Certificate option that can generally be completed within one school year.
More than 400 other colleges and universities around the country have accepted NOLS/University of Utah credit.
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