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Glaciers of the Winds

Expedition Science

Associate of Science Degree

If you enjoy adventures in the outdoors and are curious to learn about the interactions of flora, fauna and the environment, consider the Expedition Science degree program.

The Expedition Science program integrates scientific research, field-based expeditions, and leadership development by building classroom curriculum around 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 allow students to travel and study in Wyoming’s most remote deserts and mountains for extended periods of time. Students might 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, students apply field and classroom research techniques to contemporary environmental and anthropological questions. Their data will be presented at conferences, and shared with state and federal land management agencies. The Expedition Science program requires all students 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.  

Read about the Interdisciplinary Climate Change Expedition (ICCE) in Scientific American. by Ben Storrow, E&E News on September 13, 2017.

Intro to Environmental Science 4
Intro to Archaeology  3
Wilderness First Responder 4
Geoinformation Science and Tech  4
College Algebra 4
Wilderness Navigation 1

Students must choose a minimum of eighteen (18) credits from the following courses:

Archaeology Field School 3
Cooperative Work Experience or Outdoor Ed Practicum 3-4
Leading Adventure Programs 3
Mountain Environments 4
Introduction to Geographic Info Systems 4
Advanced GIS 4
Cartography 4
GIS Databases 3
GIS Database Applications 1
Spatial Analysis 4
Applied GPS for GIS 3
Remote Sensing 4
Wilderness First Responder 4

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

Writing Level I 3
Writing Level II 3
American & Wyoming Government 3
Oral Communication 3
University Studies 1

Total Credit Hours: 61


THE EHS Environmental Geospatial Information Science and Tech certificate II combines hands-on training in field methods with classroom instruction in industry safety (930-hour OSHA certificate) environmental regulatory agencies and soil and water resources. You will exit the program with a firm foundation in the field of environmental technology and will enter the professional realm with improved technical skills and a stronger academic background. All of the courses included in the certificate program will count towards completion of an AAS degree in Environment Health and Safety. 

Program Requirements

Choose at least 18 credits from the following:

Intro to Environmental Science 4
Environmental Regulatory Agencies 1
Environmental Field Methods 3
Intro to Geographic Information Systems 4
Advanced Geographic Information Systems 4
Techniques in Cartography 4
Geoinformation Science and Tech 4
The Earth: It's Physical Environment 4
Any NOLS Wilderness Course 1-5
Wilderness Navigation 1


Total Credit Hours: 18 

Get to know your instructors

Darran Wells

Professor of Outdoor Education and Leadership

Darran Wells grew up racing mountain-bikes with his father in Houston, Texas.

Jacki Klancher

Associate Professor of Environmental Health

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.

Todd Guenther

Professor 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 science, geospatial 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