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Department of Recreation Administration

Students at Machu Pichu tourist site

Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resource Management

The focus of the Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resource Management option is to provide students with an understanding and appreciation for outdoor recreation opportunities. Students are provided with practical and real-world skills and tools that enable them develop into outdoor recreation professionals with knowledge and experience to successfully lead others. Students in this option typically have a passion for the outdoors and seek opportunities to work and recreate in the outdoors.

Careers in the field

Graduates of this option are trained and qualified to seek employment in a variety of organizations and agencies. Career areas include:

  • Outdoor educators
  • Wilderness guides
  • Mountaineering instructors
  • Park rangers
  • Park superintendents
  • Outdoor recreation managers (government agencies)
  • Outdoor recreation planners
  • Corporate trainers


Major requirements (70-71 units)
The following core program courses are required of all candidates for this degree. Additional required courses dependent upon the selected option area. 

RA 55. Foundations and Careers in RPT

RA 60. Technologies in RPT

RA 73S. Leadership in RPT

RA 77S. Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Programming

RA 80. Lifelong Learning in the Natural Environment

RA 101. Leisure and Human Behavior

RA 125. Diversity and Inclusive Practices in RPT

RA 128. Legal and Financial Aspects of RPT

RA 179. Supervision and Administration in RPT

RA 180. Professional Placement in RPT

*27 units total

  • RA 131
  • RA 133
  • RA 1135 or MKGT 100s
  • RA 139
  • RA 145
  • RA 146
  • REC 82
  • REC 87

*11 units total 

Contact Us

Jason Whiting, Ph.D.
Option Coordinator and Associate Professor