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Glaciers of the Winds

The glaciers of the Wind River Mountain range are melting. How will this impact the people and animals of the region? A documentary by Wyoming PBS featuring CWC's Interdisciplinary Climate Change Expedition.

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Expedition Science

Associate of Science Degree

The Expedition Science program integrates scientific research, field-based expeditions, and leadership development through experiential learning. Expedition Science embraces contemporary science and technical skills in disciplines of environmental science, geospatial information science and technology (GIST), outdoor leadership, and archaeology. Expedition Science field projects allows the student to travel and study in Wyoming's most remote deserts and mountains for extended periods of time. A student may perform research in paleoecology to reconstruct past human and physical environments, or apply contemporary ecological study to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Field options include alpine glaciology, high-elevation archaeology, and the ecology of extreme environments. In each subject area, the student will apply field and classroom research techniques to contemporary environmental and anthropological questions. Data will be presented at conferences and shared with state and federal land management agencies. The Expedition Science program requires the student to complete at least one CWC or Nols expedition.

This program provides excellent preparation for careers in natural resource management, environmental science, outdoor education, glaciology, archaeology and geospatial information science. This degree is designed for transfer to the University of Wyoming or other four-year institutions.

Course Number Course Credits
BIOL 1080Intro to Environmental Science4
ORTM 2410Outdoor Leadership3
ENR 2425Mountain Environments4
GIST 1200Geospatial Foundations4
HLED 2010Wilderness First Responder4
MATH 1400College Algebra4
ORTM 1000Foundations of Recreation & Tourism3
OEAC 2025Wilderness Navigation1
ANTH 1300Intro to Archaeology3
GEOG 1020Intro to Human Geography3
OEAC 2020Mountaineering:1-5
OEAC 2030Wilderness Backpacking:1-5
OEAC 2031Combined Expeditions:1-5

The student may substitute HLED-2015 Wilderness EMT (9cr) in place of HLED-2010. This will add 5 Program Elective credits to the student's total program.

Student must choose a minimum of ten (10) credits from the following courses:
Course Number Course Credits
ANTH 2010Cultural Resources Field School3
EDUC 1055Introduction to Outdoor Education3
CPED 1000Co-Op Work Experience I:3
ORTM 2470Outdoor Education Practicum4
GEOG 1100Introduction to Geographic Info Systems4
GEOG 2100Advanced Geographic Information Systems4
GIST 2110Techniques in Cartography4
GIST 2120Geographic Information System Databases3
GIST 2125Geographic Info Systems Database Apps1
GIST 2130Spatial Analysis4
GIST 2135Applied GPS for GIS3
GIST 2140Survey of Remote Sensing Applications4
HLED 2010Wilderness First Responder4
OEAC 1258Skiing and Snowboarding1
OEAC 1287Outdoor Rock Climbing1
OEAC 1297Whitewater Rafting and Rescue1
OEAC 1380Outdoor Multisport1-3
OEAC 1175Ice Climbing1
OEAC 2058Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding1

GEOG 2135, GEOG 2310, GEOG 2410: Comprise Certificate in GIST

General Education requirements provide students a general knowledge to help them complete a degree at CWC.

Writing Level I (WR1) 3 credits
Writing Level II (WR2) 3 credits
American & Wyoming Government (POLS 1000) 3 credits
Student must complete six (6) credits of General Education courses distributed over two (2) different general education areas, ARTS/HUM/SOC. (SOC is in the program) 3 credits
SOC (in program)
LSCI (in program)
MATH (in program)
ORAL 3 credits
UNST 1 credits

Total Credit Hours: 60

Get to know your instructors

Professor of Outdoor Education and Leadership

Darran Wells is passionate about all kinds of outdoor activities – hiking, climbing, caving, and skiing, but mountain biking is a sport he dedicates most of his free time to.

Professor of Environmental Science and Health; Director of Instruction and Research at the Alpine Science Institute; Agriculture

Jacki Klancher has been an educator for more than 20 years. Originally from Patricia, Alberta Canada, Klancher has been at CWC for more than 10 years as a professor and she was integral in launching the Interdisciplinary Climate Change Expedition. This undergraduate research program has allowed her to integrate the classroom component of the EHS Environmental GIST and Expedition Science programs with wilderness travel and adventure.


Mara grew up in Lander, Wyoming and loves finding ways to connect students to their local environments and communities. She teaches GIS, environmental science and geography, and she helps facilitate and teach summer backcountry research expeditions.

Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and History

Todd Guenther is passionate about anthropology and getting his students the field experience needed for the next level.

Let the adventure begin

If you have an interest in anthropology, environmental sciencegeospatial information systems technology (GIST), or outdoor education you can begin your studies and career on top of the Rocky Mountains as part of the Alpine Science Institute at Central Wyoming College.

Student on glacier


Outdoor Program Leadership

Take the next step in your outdoor leadership journey. This 8-semester program offers students an administrative perspective of the outdoor recreation service industry that includes learning, training, and assessment of leadership and program management skills. The program is especially appropriate for students wishing to: start their own outdoor-related small business, manage an outdoor recreation or education program, or build a career in leadership of parks, recreation, tourism, or natural resource management.