Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2018

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors


Environmental Studies

First Advisor

Dale Miller

Second Advisor

Amanda Carrico

Third Advisor

Joseph Polman


This paper seeks to examine the relationship between outdoor education and leadership training, and a traditional undergraduate environmental studies education. The research I conducted helped me answered the question: What is the academic merit of Environmental Studies and Leadership college credit earned through the National Outdoor Leadership School for undergraduate Environmental Studies students at the University of Colorado Boulder? Through a curriculum comparison of the University of Colorado, Boulder Environmental Studies Program and the National Outdoor Leadership School Environmental Studies and Leadership curriculums, combined with interviews of administrators and instructors from both programs and survey information gathered from current and former Environmental Studies Students at the University of Colorado Boulder, my research clearly shows a compatibility between the National Outdoor Leadership School and the University of Colorado Boulder Environmental Studies program and that outdoor education and leadership training provide a clear benefit to Environmental Studies Students.