Associate of Applied Science in Ecotourism and Adventure Travel

Ecotourism has been the fastest growing niche travel market for the last several years. Ecotourism, by definition, is travel that focuses on being environmentally and culturally responsible while appreciating nature and promoting conservation. You will study nature and ecological sciences, interpretive/tour guide services, wilderness skills, hospitality tourism, and the lodging business. Experience some of the most unique training opportunities in the United States by obtaining skills that focus on travel that is environmentally sound, culturally sensitive, and economically sustainable. In addition, each term offers a specialized focus to add to your education. Students build their skills and knowledge in:

  • Basic biological sciences
  • Environmental issues
  • Outdoor leadership skills
  • Wilderness travel skills
  • Natural history and cultural interpretation
  • Resource and business management
  • Assessment of ecotour-related ventures
  • Sustainable resource management

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Associate of Applied Science in Ecotourism and Adventure Travel:

  • Assess and evaluate tourist-based activities as they relate to sustainable development;
  • Plan, develop, and execute guided and self-guided interpretation programs that focus on natural and cultural history of a given area;
  • Inventory, develop, and implement resource management plans for natural areas and ecotourist sites;
  • Initiate and implement, through networking with community action groups, regional ecotourism activities;
  • Assess, develop plans for, and identify steps of implementation for the transformation of a traditional hospitality operation to an environmentally sound operation;
  • Demonstrate competency in the safe operation and care of watercraft;
  • Effectively operate front desk and minor operation of an ecotourism facility;
  • Assess and evaluate a wilderness area for qualities that will make it an appropriate site for adventure leadership training;
  • Plan, develop, and execute a trip that focuses on developing wilderness skills and leadership;
  • Evaluate all types of equipment pertaining to outdoor travel, as to their appropriateness and effectiveness in a variety of situations;
  • List many sources for outdoor gear;
  • Analyze, minimize, and communicate the environmental impact of different outdoor activities and procedures on specific environments; and,
  • Safely lead inexperienced participants into a remote wilderness setting.


Associate of Applied Science in Ecotourism and Adventure Travel

Course of Study

For students entering May 2017

COURSE NO.FIRST SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
ECO-1100Intro to Ecotourism and Adventure Travel0.004.002.00$400.00
ECO-1106Princ. of Ecotourism & Sustainability1.503.003.00$100.00
FOR-1109LDendrology Lab0.004.002.00$140.00
GS-1000HC Cornerstone1.000.001.00$80.00
ECO-1135Event Management1.000.001.00$70.00
INTP-1121Interpretive Guide Techniques1.004.003.00$250.00
INTP-2109Night Interpretation0.002.001.00$90.00
MATH-1103Applied Mathematics2.002.003.00$182.00
COURSE NO.SECOND SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
BIOS-1132Field Biology0.500.000.50$10.00
BIOS-1132LField Biology Lab0.003.001.50$85.00
WLM-2271LOrnithology Lab0.002.001.00$75.00
GEO-1107World Geography2.000.002.00$40.00
BIOS-1163Wild Edible Plants and Mycology0.002.001.00$200.00
ECO-2122Ecotourism Guiding1.503.003.00$119.00
GEO-1125Map Reading and Interpretation0.002.001.00$95.00
ENGL-1510English Composition I4.000.004.00$50.00
COURSE NO.SUMMER SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
NRM-2296Natural Resources Practicum & Seminar1.007.002.00$100.00
COURSE NO.SEMESTER THREEClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
ECO-2289Adventure Leadership1.007.004.50$300.00
ECO-1144Canoeing Fundamentals0.002.001.00$140.00
ECO-1188Camping Equipment & Backpacking0.004.002.00$203.00
ECO-1155Whitewater Rescue0.002.001.00$100.00
NRM-1124Rappelling & Vertical Rope Rescue0.002.001.00$200.00
NRM-1148Sport Rock Climbing0.001.000.50$100.00
ECO-1145Sea Kayaking0.002.001.00$525.00
ECO-1125Bahamian Culture and Tourism0.002.001.00$522.00
ECO-1199Open & Advanced Open Water Scuba - Bahamas0.004.002.00$1,043.00
BIOS-1104Coastal & Marine Ecology-Bahamas1.002.002.00$1,043.00
COURSE NO.SEMESTER FOURClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
ECO-2185Sustainable Resource Area Management1.004.003.00$220.00
ECO-2105Ecotourism & Adventure Careers1.000.001.00$45.00
ECO-2229Wilderness First Responder0.002.001.00$650.00
***Ecotourism Lective I0.000.003.00
***Social Science Elective0.000.003.00


Hocking College reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.

Graduates of the Ecotourism and Adventure Travel Program are employed in private and public ecotourism sites including positions in national parks, environmental and community education centers (zoos, museums, aquariums, nature centers), resort and lodge operations, adventure camps, adventure leadership schools, adventure therapy programs, outdoor education schools, and the tourism industry.
Print Directions
Turn By Turn:
Reset Close