BOWIE, Md. (AP) — Adventure sports such as rock climbing and whitewater paddling are gaining a higher degree of respectability in Maryland’s university system.

The Board of Regents voted Friday in Bowie to approve a bachelor’s degree program in adventure sports management at Frostburg State University.

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The program would build on an associate’s degree that’s been offered since 1992 at Garrett College, a community college in nearby McHenry.

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Proponents say most graduates of the Garrett College program want to earn a bachelor’s in adventure sports, and more than 60 percent of them transfer out of state to get one.

Garrett College awards an average of 12 associate degrees in adventure sports per year.

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