B.S. in Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences

You will gain valuable knowledge about managing resources (human, natural, cultural, financial, community, physical) for recreation and tourism as well as improving community quality of life. Your coursework will engage you in the study of planning, positioning, leadership, problem-solving, innovation, policy, marketing, and finance. It will include both domestic and international perspectives, and will involve application of scientific principles and processes to management problems you will study both behavioral and life sciences.


RPTS Interest Areas


Students will learn various components of planning, managing, implementing, and evaluating meetings and special events.


Management of recreation, park and leisure service agencies that requires expertise in problem-solving, computer-based 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. 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.


Understanding of the planning, analysis, and decision-making techniques needed for management positions in the  hospitality industry. Students will study and develop skills related to principles of management, sustainability, development, cultural tolerance, marketing, finance, and service quality as they apply to the hospitality industry.


Management of natural and cultural resources associated with conserving parks and other protected areas. Land managers and related professionals integrate concepts in the bio-environmental sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and policy and administrative decision-making. Necessary skills include geographic information systems, impact assessment methodology, and heritage and natural resources planning techniques. Students with an emphasis 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, youth camps, and environmental education programs.


As a tourism management professional, you will learn to plan, manage, develop, and promote places and events as tourism attractions. Professional positions associated with a major in tourism are resort manager, cruise director, airline marketing professional, hotel manager, travel business entrepreneur, tour guide operator, event planner, convention and business bureau manager, and countless others.


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, and methods for working with young people.


Course Catalog

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