Department of Parks, Recreation & Hospitality Administration

Recreation & Park Administration Program

Natural Resource Emphasis

The Natural Resource Emphasis prepares students to manage large parks, resource areas and visitor facilities. Planning and management of land and water resources within private and public park and natural resource management organizations to provide outdoor recreation opportunities for constituents are emphasized.


The matrix below is a sample plan for all coursework required for this program.

1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
2See Departmental Advisor or select from the following list:
BIOL 1014 Introduction to Biological Science, BIOL 1114 Principles of Biology, BIOL 2124 Principles of Zoology, BIOL 2134 Principles of Botany, or any 3000 or 4000 level BIOL course
FW 2003 Elements of Fish and Wildlife Management, or any 3000 or 4000 level FW course
GEOL 1014 Physical Geology or GEOL 3153 Environmental Geology, AGEG 3203 Soil, Water and Forest Conservation
AGPS 1024 Principles of Plant Science, AGPS 1033 Introduction to Forestry or AGPS 3244 Plant Pathology, AGSS 2014 Soils
FW/GEOG 2833 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
3Choose from the following RP courses: RP 1993 Basic Forest Firefighting  RP 3993 Wildland Fire Practices in Natural Resource Management, RP 4043 Field Seminar in Interpretive Methods, RP 4991 Special Problems and Topics, RP 4992 Special Problems and Topics, or RP 4993 Special Problems and Topics.
4Internship must be completed in last semester after all coursework has been completed.