June 1 kicks off Great Outdoors Month, declared by President Obama as a part of America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to promote conservation, community gardening, public park use, and outdoor recreation.
There are several ways to explore the great outdoors while learning as well. Many schools offer online degrees in environmental science, exercise science, coaching, and other fields that could keep you outside as often as you’d like.
- Bachelor of Science in Sport Management, University of Florida: For students who appreciate the outdoors through organized sports, a sport management degree might be a perfect match. Sport management students will study the basics of management, marketing, finance, and law, as they relate to managing sports teams. Students in the program can focus on facility and event management, marketing, ticket operations, fundraising, or player representation. Graduates pursue careers in professional sports franchises, intercollegiate athletic organizations, sporting goods retailing, and sports media.
- Associate of Arts in Landscape Architecture, Academy of Art University: Students who major in landscape architecture learn all about different plants and outdoor design elements as they relate to aesthetic and sustainability, keeping in mind various soil and climate conditions. The university requires students to take courses in sketching, the natural world, plants as design elements, climate and plant communities, drawing and drafting landscapes, digital imaging, site planning, grading and drainage, and computer-aided drafting. Graduates can pursue careers at design and architecture firms, working directly for clients or consulting others on what will best meet client needs.
- Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Sciences, Oregon State University: A degree in agricultural sciences is not just for farmers. Students who major in agricultural sciences will study agricultural management and law, leadership development, world food crops, environmental law, animal physiology, organic farming and gardening, and environmental economics and policy. Agricultural graduates often go on to pursue careers as high school agriculture teachers, county extension service agents, agricultural communications representatives, government employees, agricultural sales representatives, agricultural facility managers, or farmers or ranchers.
- Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, University of Phoenix: Designed to provide students with a comprehensive look at the environment, students will take courses on topics including biology, chemistry, geology, conservation, ecology, toxicology, environmental risk assessment, environmental law, and environmental issues and ethics. Students who earn a degree in environmental sciences are prepared for careers in water and soil safety, risk assessment, research, or environmental education.
- Master of Education in Coaching Education, Ohio University: The coaching education program at Ohio University is designed to help coaches learn to help their students better. Students will cover key topics in coaching, including philosophy and ethics, safety and injury prevention, physical conditioning, teaching and communication, sports skills and tactics, organization and administration, and evaluation. Graduates are prepared for careers as coaches at all levels of sporting competition.
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