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.

Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences majors must complete at least one of the following 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.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 103
Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition
or Composition and Rhetoric
3
HIST 105 History of the United States 3
RPTS 201 Foundations of Recreation, Parks and Tourism 3
Social and behavioral sciences 1 3
General elective 1,2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
HIST 106 History of the United States 3
RPTS 230 Computer Applications in Recreation, Parks and Tourism 3
Creative arts 1 3
Language, philosophy and culture 1 3
General elective 1,2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Summer
Select one of the following: 3
Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences 3  
Business Calculus  
Explorations in Mathematics  
Introduction to Logic  
Elementary Statistical Inference  
 Semester Credit Hours3
Second Year
Fall
RPTS 302 Application of Tourism Principles 3
RPTS 311 Planning and Implementation of Events and Programs 3
Government/Political science 3
RPTS Certificate 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
Spring
Government/Political science 3
Life and physical sciences 4
RPTS Certificate 4 3
General elective 1,2 3
 Semester Credit Hours13
Summer
ACCT 209 Survey of Accounting Principles 3
Select one of the following: 3
Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences 3  
Business Calculus  
Explorations in Mathematics  
Introduction to Logic  
Elementary Statistical Inference  
 Semester Credit Hours6
Third Year
Fall
RPTS 336 Research and Analysis in Recreation and Tourism 3
RPTS 340 Recreation, Parks, Tourism and Diverse Populations 3
RPTS 481 Seminar 1
RPTS Certificate 4 3
General elective 1,2 3
 Semester Credit Hours13
Spring
RENR 205 Fundamentals of Ecology 3
RPTS Certificate 4 3
Departmental elective 3
General elective 1,2 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
Summer
RPTS 484 Internship 6
 Semester Credit Hours6
Fourth Year
Fall
COMM 203 Public Speaking 3
RENR 215 Fundamentals of Ecology--Laboratory 1
RPTS Certificate 4 3
General elective 1,2 6
 Semester Credit Hours13
Spring
AGCJ 404
Communicating Agricultural Information to the Public
or Technical and Business Writing
3
KINE 120 The Science of Basic Health and Fitness 1
RPTS Certificate 4 4
General elective 1,2 4
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

Certificate Options

Community Recreation and Park Administration Certificate
RPTS 209Park and Tourism Operations3
RPTS 304Administration of Recreation Resource Agencies3
or RPTS 323   or Managing Hospitality and Recreation Organizations 
RPTS 370Youth Development Organizations and Services3
RPTS 402Park Planning and Design 53
RPTS 403Financing and Marketing Recreation, Park and Tourism Resources 64
Departmental electives3
Total Semester Credit Hours19
Parks and Conservation Certificate
RENR 460/RPTS 460Nature, Values, and Protected Areas 63
RPTS 304Administration of Recreation Resource Agencies3
RPTS 307Interpretation of Natural and Cultural Resources3
RPTS 316Recreational Management of Wildlands3
RPTS 402Park Planning and Design 53
RPTS 403Financing and Marketing Recreation, Park and Tourism Resources 64
Total Semester Credit Hours19
Tourism Management Certificate
RPTS 320Event Management and Operations I3
RPTS 323Managing Hospitality and Recreation Organizations3
RPTS 331Tourism Marketing3
RPTS 401Tourism and Recreation Enterprises4
or RPTS 403   or Financing and Marketing Recreation, Park and Tourism Resources 
RPTS 426Tourism Impacts 63
Departmental electives3
Total Semester Credit Hours19
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 401Tourism and Recreation Enterprises 64
or RPTS 403   or Financing and Marketing Recreation, Park and Tourism Resources 
RPTS 474Management of Programs and Services for Youth 63
RPTS 478Youth Development Practice3
Total Semester Credit Hours19