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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Kinesiology

Certificate Programs

Wilderness Studies Certificate

(code KPE_CT02)

This program is designed to develop leaders who can provide safe and challenging situations for individuals seeking self-fulfilling experiences in wilderness environments. The program of study will enable the student to acquire appropriate knowledge and skills, and to develop a personal philosophy reflecting understanding and concern for the protection of the environment and safety of participants in wilderness activities.

Students may only pursue the certificate program in combination with a CSULB degree program.


  • 1. Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Certification (80 hours)
  • 2. Resume of Outdoor Experiences
  • 3. Coursework (27-29 units):

Take all of the following:

  • BIOL 100 Biology of the Human Environment (3)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: One GE Foundation course.
  • KIN 242 Backpacking (2)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • KIN 244 Kayaking (2)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • KIN 246A Mountaineering (2)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • KIN 247A Techniques of Rockclimbing (2)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • KIN 448 Wilderness Studies: Leadership Practicum (3)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • KIN 489K Field Work in Physical Activity Settings - Fieldwork in Wilderness Studies (1-3)
    Prerequisites: Completion of Kinesiology course requirements for the major option in which field work is taken. KIN 242, 244, 246 or 247, 243C or 245. Completion or corequisite of KIN 448, certification in CPR and First Aid, and consent of instructor.
  • REC 427 Legal Aspects of Leisure Services (3)
    Prerequisites: Upper division standing.

Select three of the following: KIN 243A, 243C, 245; REC 430

Contact Information

For answers to questions regarding the Wilderness Certificate, contact the Department of Kinesiology office 562/985-4051.