Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences - BS with Certificate

The undergraduate curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences provides students with an education in recreation, park and tourism sciences, with an emphasis on problem-solving skills, development of an international perspective and the application of scientific principles to managerial problems. The first two years of studies build a foundation that spans a wide range of disciplines and bodies of knowledge in the arts and sciences and provide the student with an introduction to the history and concepts of recreation, park and tourism sciences. The second two years prepare students with the knowledge and skills for both entry-level positions and for future professional growth in the field. In addition to core courses, students must fulfill requirements for at least one certificate, but may earn additional certificates.

Through the curriculum, students develop the depth and breadth of knowledge needed to scientifically investigate and select among alternatives as well as the intellectual skills to organize and integrate their knowledge in new and more effective patterns. An education in recreation, park and tourism sciences prepares students to become professionals with the capacity to learn from life and throughout life.

The department maintains links with other resource-management programs within the University as well as exchange programs with other academic entities. Supporting programs at Texas A&M include the resource management programs in Rangeland Ecology and Management, Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, and the Sports Management Specialization in the Department of Health and Kinesiology.

Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences majors must complete at least one certificate.

Certificate Options

Community Recreation and Park Administration Certificate

Management of recreation, park and leisure-service agencies requires expertise in problem-solving, decision-making, assessment of social and environmental impacts, personnel, public relations, volunteer management, financing and fund-raising, marketing of services, and needs assessments. Skills in working with people in the legal and political environment are necessary, as well as the ability to assess and work with other organizations for cooperative developments in recreation and tourism. Utilizing computer based decision-aids, students in this emphasis prepare for managerial careers with public recreation and park agencies, youth agencies, not-for-profit recreation agencies, and commercial recreation enterprises.

Parks and Conservation Certificate

This option focuses on management of natural and cultural resources associated with conserving parks, and other protected areas, while also providing for their use by people. Land managers and related professionals operate within a variety of forums that require the integration of concepts in the environmental, social and behavioral sciences, along with policy and administrative decision-making. Necessary skills include computer applications for natural resource management, planning and design related to natural and cultural resources. Students with an option in this field look forward to careers with both public and private employers in the recreation, park and tourism fields, including state and federal agencies and private enterprises, non-profit organizations, camps and environmental education programs.

Tourism Management Certificate

Tourism is one of the world’s largest and most diverse industries. To help students prepare for tourism careers, this option area introduces issues pertaining to the management, development, and promotion of places and events as tourism attractions. Courses in tourism are designed to collectively build understanding about the links that exist between local places, host populations, and various public, private and special interest groups. Students also develop competencies in assessing economic, environmental, social and political impacts of tourism, as well as in tourism marketing. Students in this option can pursue careers in private sector enterprises, government agencies, convention and visitor bureaus, and other tourism-related service organizations.

Youth Development Certificate

This option focuses on programs and services that contribute to the development of young people’s personal, physical, social and educational abilities. Youth workers are program developers, leaders and managers who need to be able to work with youth, families, organizations and communities. Coursework in this option focuses on positive youth development, program planning and evaluation, methods for working with young people, and societal factors that both contribute to and inhibit the development of young people. Students with an option in this field look forward to careers with non-profit, public and for-profit agencies that supply youth development opportunities for young people. Settings include after-school programs, community programs, camps, outdoor adventure and church-related recreation programs.

Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences
ACCT 209Survey of Accounting Principles3
AGCJ 404Communicating Agricultural Information to the Public3
or ENGL 210   or Technical and Business Writing 
RENR 201Computer Applications in Agriculture3
RPTS 201Foundations of Recreation, Parks and Tourism3
RPTS 302Application of Tourism Principles3
RPTS 311Planning and Implementation of Events and Programs3
RPTS 336Research and Analysis in Recreation and Tourism3
RPTS 340Recreation, Parks, Tourism and Diverse Populations3
RPTS 481Seminar1
RPTS 484Internship6
STAT 201Elementary Statistical Inference3
or STAT 302   or Statistical Methods 
or STAT 303   or Statistical Methods 
Unversity Core Curriculum
COMM 203Public Speaking3
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric3
MATH 141Finite Mathematics3
Select one of the following:3
Business Calculus
Introduction to Logic
KINE 120The Science of Basic Health and Fitness1
RENR 205Fundamentals of Ecology3
RENR 215Fundamentals of Ecology--Laboratory1
Life and Physical Sciences elective4
Select one of the following:
Botany
Zoology
Introductory Biology I
Essentials in Biology
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
Structure and Bonding
and Physical and Chemical Principles
General Chemistry for Engineering Students
and General Chemistry for Engineering Students Laboratory
Principles of Geology
College Physics
Mechanics
Language, Philosophy and Culture 13
Creative Arts 13
Social and Behavioral Sciences 13
POLS 206American National Government3
POLS 207State and Local Government3
HIST 105History of the United States3
HIST 106History of the United States3
Total Semester Credit Hours76

Certificate Options 

Community Recreation and Park Administration Certificate
RPTS 209Park and Tourism Operations3
RPTS 304Administration of Recreation Resource Agencies3
or RPTS 423   or Tourism Management 
RPTS 370Youth Development Organizations and Services3
RPTS 402Park Planning and Design 23
RPTS 403Financing and Marketing Recreation, Park and Tourism Resources 34
Departmental electives3
Free electives 125
Total Semester Credit Hours44
Parks and Conservation Certificate
RENR 460/RPTS 460Nature, Values, and Protected Areas 33
RPTS 304Administration of Recreation Resource Agencies3
RPTS 307Methods of Environmental Interpretation3
RPTS 316Recreational Management of Wildlands3
RPTS 402Park Planning and Design 23
RPTS 403Financing and Marketing Recreation, Park and Tourism Resources 34
Free electives 125
Total Semester Credit Hours44
Tourism Management Certificate
RPTS 320Event Management and Operations I3
RPTS 331Tourism Marketing3
RPTS 401Tourism and Recreation Enterprises 34
or RPTS 403   or Financing and Marketing Recreation, Park and Tourism Resources 
RPTS 423Tourism Management3
RPTS 426Tourism Impacts 33
Departmental electives3
Free electives 125
Total Semester Credit Hours44
Youth Development Certificate
RPTS 304Administration of Recreation Resource Agencies3
RPTS 370Youth Development Organizations and Services3
RPTS 371Understanding and Developing Effective Skills for Youth Development3
RPTS 403Financing and Marketing Recreation, Park and Tourism Resources 34
RPTS 474Management of Programs and Services for Youth 33
RPTS 478Youth Development Practice3
Free electives 125
Total Semester Credit Hours44
1

The Graduation requirements include a requirement for 6 hours of international and cultural diversity courses. A course satisfying a Core category, a college/department requirement, or a free elective can be used to satisfy this requirement.

2

This course satisfies the oral communication (C) course requirement.

3

This course satisfies the writing (W) course requirement.