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The tourism and outdoor program (TOL) is unique. We developed this program to provide the outdoor leadership, business, communication and other skills necessary for success in the tourism and outdoor leadership sectors.

You'll learn the technical and group leadership skills needed to be an outdoor guide or trip leader. You'll also learn the concepts, theory, and business skills needed to move beyond guiding and into management or creation of your own business.

The first two years of the program are primarily completed at Central Oregon Community College (COCC).  Students are admitted to both OSU-Cascades and COCC. OSU-Cascades students taking COCC courses benefit from OSU scholarships and academic services, such as academic advising.

The COCC program provides you with a great core education, an ideal transition to upper division courses, and at lower cost than other universities.

Program Overview

Your first two years in the program emphasize:

  • Breadth of knowledge courses
  • Introductory business and communication skills
  • Experiential education and leadership skills

Your final two years feature OSU-Cascade courses addressing:

  • Advanced training, such as risk management and business planning.
  • Recreation and tourism management and policy.
  • Specialty area theory and practice, such as marketing and outdoor and adventure education.

A vital feature of this program is your internship, which you spend working for a company or agency in the field of tourism or outdoor leadership.

Joining the TOL Program - New and Transfer Students

The TOL program is suited to all types of students:

  • Traditional students who are completing high school and will enter as freshmen.
  • Transfer students from other college or university programs, including COCC and the OSU main campus.
  • For students admitted to the forest ecosystems and society graduate program(s) through the Corvallis campus, it is possible to do a tourism focus with TOL faculty member Kreg Lindberg as your advisor. However it will require coursework in Corvallis (not just in Bend).
  • Non-students who want to take specific classes to improve their skills or for general interest (see below).

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