Minor Requirements

Canoeing on the James River

The minor in outdoor recreation requires 15 hours.

Required Courses

AT 225 Safety and the Management of Health Emergencies (2) This course surveys safety principles, accident prevention, professional liability, and appropriate techniques for managing emergencies. Additional lab fee is required.

HPE 265 Philosophyof Outdoor Experiential Education (3) This course is designed to provide students with the philosophical background of Outdoor Experiential Education. Students will study readings including Plato and John Dewey, but also more current work from Outward Bound and the Association of Experiential Education. Topics will include the roles and responsibilities of the teacher and the instructor, the role of the natural world, confidence building, and the societal impact of experiential learning. Skills include lesson planning and group facilitation. Additional lab fee is required.

HPE 266 Outdoor Recreation Leadership (3) This course includes teaching principles and planning, implementing, leading, supervising, and evaluating outdoor recreational programs. Emphasis is given to wilderness leadership techniques and programming. Practical application is gained through planning and implementing a group trip. Additional lab fee is required. 

HPE 415 Internship in Health and Physical Education (1-12) Prerequisites: Juniors or seniors with a 2.25 minimum QPA; approval of written proposal by internship coordinator, and supervising faculty prior to registration. This course offers a professional internship with an appropriate health fitness organization/program. The student and faculty sponsor will agree upon the location and responsibilities of the intern. The number of credits will depend upon the nature of the project and the number of hours involved in the project. Register at www.lynchburg.edu/internships/forms-credit-internships. Additional lab fee is required.


4 Credit Hours Required From:

HPE 108 Introduction to Adventure Activities (1)
This course is an introduction to adventure activities as an experiential approach to developing self confidence, trust, team building, and open communication. Activities include the low and high elements of the adventure course, climbing on rocks and walls, rappelling, caving, and orienteering. Additional lab fee is required.

HPE 109 Cooperative and Competitive Movement Challenges (1)
These instruction and problem solving activities involve participation, success, equity, and trust with emphasis on challenges that develop fitness. The purpose of the course is to emphasize success in skill performance, acceptance of other performers' abilities, and cooperation to achieve goals. Additional lab fee is required. 

HPE 120 SCUBA Diving (1) To provide the student with the knowledge and skills to safely enjoy, and gain limited experience in the diving environment under normal open water diving conditions. Prepare students for Open Water Scuba Diving Certification by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI). Additional lab fee is required.

HPE 125 Rock Climbing and Vertical Rope Work (1)
This course is designed to provide the student with the skills and experience to enjoy the sport of rock climbing and other vertical endeavors. The focus of the course is on rope work, anchor building, rappelling, and top rope climbing. Classes will be held in the classroom, on the ropes course, on local rock faces, and in local caves. Additional lab fee is required. 

HPE 126 Challenge Course and Adventure Training (1)
This course is an overview of challenge course programming and adventure training. Classes will be taught in the classroom as well as utilizing the low and high elements of the New Horizons Adventure Course. Topics covered include group facilitation, debriefing, problem solving, initiatives, and trust building activities. Additional lab fee is required. 

HPE 127 Basic Backpacking and Hiking (2)
This course is designed to teach the basic skills and concepts of backpacking and hiking. Topics will include: camping, cooking, fire and stove use, equipment, safety, nutrition, map reading skills, first aid, trail etiquette, campsite selection, pace, tents, packing skills, and hear hand construction. Additional fee is required. 

HPE 128 Basic Canoeing and Kayaking (2)
This course is designed to teach the basic skills and concepts of flat water canoeing and kayaking. Topics will include individual canoeing and kayaking skills such as: various strokes, safety, portaging, entering and exiting a canoe and kayak safely, map reading skills, interpreting water and weather conditions, and trip planning. Students will be required to participate in off-campus trips to the James River, Smith Mountain Lake, and/or Holiday Lake. Additional lab fee is required.

HPE 129 Mountain Biking (1)
This course is designed to teach the basic skills and concepts of mountain biking. Topics will include group and individual biking skills such as braking, climbing, shifting, and navigating over rough terrain. Other topics will include bike repair and adjustments, basic first aid, safety, map reading and trip planning. Students will be required to have their own mountain bike and helmet. Additional lab fee is required.