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Welcome to Alaska, where wilderness starts a mile in from the road and just keeps going

When Alaska is your Outdoor Studies classroom, it’s easy to forget that wilderness is becoming a scarce public resource. Even when you find it, backcountry is often hemmed in by roads and
laced with noise.

Except here.

Whether you’re a first-year or transfer student, your earliest weeks at APU include expeditions that introduce you to wild and scenic Alaska. You’ll take on the work required to venture safely in terrain that features 33,000 miles of coastline, 29,000 square miles of glaciers and – at 16 million acres – the world’s largest national refuge.

It’s a challenging landscape that rewards professionalism, the standard that your OS courses emphasize every step of the way.

You’ll work alongside OS faculty who are former teachers with National Outdoor Leadership School and Outward Bound. You’ll discover that your expedition team soon becomes your OS cohort, a built-in source of skilled campers, climbers, hikers, skiers, backpackers and rafters eager to explore Alaska with you.

When you earn your OS degree at Alaska Pacific University, you’ll develop competencies that transfer to virtually any place your career may take you. Train as a Wilderness First Responder or Leave No Trace Master Educator. Become a scientific diver or outdoor entrepreneur. At APU, you’ll find the OS program that’s right for you by choosing among the bachelor’s of arts degree, the master’s of science in Outdoor and Environmental Education, or an OS minor.

Your OS degree from APU challenges your ability to apply classroom knowledge to real-world settings, from 24-day expeditions into backcountry Alaska to field courses that take you to Hawaii for sea kayaking. Or consider an academic exchange to Eco League schools across the country that share APU’s dedication to active learning.

Welcome to Alaska and welcome to Outdoor Studies, where we know that a reputation for competence is the highest compliment you’ll ever earn.

-Eeva Latosuo, Associate Professor of Outdoor Studies

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