The outdoor recreation major in the Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department allows students to focus on different aspects of the outdoor recreation/education field. Outdoor leadership, natural resource recreation management and environmental and cultural interpretation are designated concentrations in this major. This major is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT).
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate entry-level knowledge of the nature and scope of the outdoor recreation profession and its associated service delivery systems, and the foundations of the outdoor recreation profession in history, theory, science, and philosophy.
- Demonstrate the ability to assess, plan, implement, document, and evaluate outdoor recreation services that facilitate targeted human experiences and that embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity.
- Demonstrate entry-level knowledge about management/administration in parks and outdoor recreation services and/or related professions.
- Demonstrate the sustained ability to apply the outdoor recreation process, use diverse, structured ways of thinking to solve problems related to different facets of professional practice, engage in advocacy, and stimulate innovation.
Program Standard Grade Point Average Requirement
The major GPA is calculated by all courses identified in the college catalog as required for the major. In addition, this program has an established program standard GPA which may be used to determine progress in the program.
- Program Standard GPA
- Minimum GPA of 2.5 in any REC course except REC 475
- Outdoor Recreation Major Requirements
- 42 credits in any REC course except REC 475
- Outdoor leader in a variety of agencies from Outward Bound, to campus outdoor programs, to camps
- State or national park manager
- Outdoor educator or interpretation specialist with nature centers, parks and other environmental agencies