BS in Parks, Recreation and Sport
Degree Program Description
The field of parks, recreation and sport is a multi-billion dollar industry, which encompasses important environmental and social issues such as conservation, community building, human development, health and well-being, and the quality of life. The Parks, Recreation and Sport program provides students with opportunities to develop knowledge and skills for designing, managing, and evaluating various leisure services across a variety of user groups. The undergraduate degree program is comprehensive, yet tailored to meet the needs of students based on current job requirements and professional trends including leadership, communication. problem solving, accounting, and economics. All of our areas of emphasis are accredited with eligibility to sit for the Certified Park and Recreation Professional certification. A wide range of careers in Parks, Recreation and Sport include: outdoor education, park management, park ranger, resource manager, back country guide, visitor relations, recreation supervisors, facility managers, health and fitness, golf course management, park planner, cultural arts, aquatics, account executives, customer relations, game-day operations, compliance, fund raising, sales, and marketing.
Major Program Requirements
Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Parks, Recreation and Sport are required to complete all University general education, University graduation, and degree requirements, including selected foundational courses which fulfill University general education requirements.
Students majoring in Parks, Recreation and Sport may select one of the following emphasis areas:
- Natural Resources Recreation Management
- Recreation Administration
- Sport Management
- Tourism Development
A student may complete the B.S. in Parks, Recreation and Sport without selecting a specific emphasis area by completing an additional 30 credit hours beyond the major requirements (including 21 credit hours of PRST designated courses). A student may also earn a second emphasis by using the emphasis core requirements of one towards professional electives in the other (see emphasis area pages for additional details).
Students in Parks, Recreation and Sport are required to earn a C- or better in all Parks, Recreation and Sport core, internship, and core emphasis area courses.
Students are admissible to transfer into this program with a 2.0 term GPA and 2.0 cumulative GPA. You are directly admissible into the program when you meet the University admissions requirements.
If you are planning to transfer courses (including AP credit) and would like to information on how they apply to a degree program(s), you can email CAFNRadvising@missouri.edu for general recommendations.
|MATH 1050||Quantitative Reasoning||3|
|or MATH 1100||College Algebra|
|STAT 1200||Introductory Statistical Reasoning||3|
|or ABM 2123||Quantitative Applications in Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences|
|or ESC_PS 4170||Introduction to Applied Statistics|
|PSYCH 1000||General Psychology||3|
|RU_SOC 1000||Rural Sociology||3|
|or SOCIOL 1000||Introduction to Sociology|
|AGSC_COM 2220||Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources||3|
|or COMMUN 1200||Public Speaking|
|Parks, Recreation and Sport Core (minimum grade of C- in PRST core)||25|
|PRST 1010||Introduction to Sport, Recreation, and Tourism||3|
|PRST 1011||Academic Planning and Career Orientation in Parks, Recreation, Sport and Tourism||1|
|PRST 2281||Business of Sport and Recreation||3|
|PRST 2750||Methods in Research and Evaluation||3|
|PRST 3210W||Personnel Management and Leadership - Writing Intensive||3|
|PRST 3215||Program and Event Development||4|
|PRST 4100||Ethics and Diversity||3|
|PRST 4150||Contemporary Issues in Sport||3|
|or PRST 4250||Parks, Health and Wellness|
|PRST 4208||Administration and Organizational Behavior||3|
|Internship (minimum grade of C- in internship courses)||13|
|PRST 3189||Pre-Internship and Career Development Seminar||1|
|PRST 4940||Parks, Recreation, Sport and Tourism Internship||12|
|Business and Communication Core||15-16|
|ABM 1041||Applied Microeconomics||3|
|or ECONOM 1014||Principles of Microeconomics|
|or ECONOM 1051H||General Economics - Honors|
|ABM 2183||The Economics of the Food, Fiber and Fuel Supply Chain||3|
|or ABM 3224||New Products Marketing|
|or MRKTNG 3000||Principles of Marketing|
|ACCTCY 2010||Introduction to Accounting||3|
|or ACCTCY 2026||Accounting I|
|or ACCTCY 2036||Accounting I|
|or ACCTCY 2136H||Honors Accounting I|
|AGSC_COM 3240||Communicating on the Web||3|
|or COMMUN 2100||Media Communication in Society|
|or ENGLSH 2030||Professional Writing|
|or THEATR 1400||Acting for Non-Majors|
|Emphasis Area Requirements (minimum grade of C- in emphasis courses)||30|
Accelerated BS in Parks, Recreation and Sport to MS in Natural Resources with Emphasis in Parks, Recreation and Tourism
The accelerated option will allow students to earn a bachelors and masters degree within five years. Eligible students must have completed 90 credit hours toward a BS degree in Parks, Recreation & Sport with a 3.5 GPA or higher Accepted undergraduate students can take 15 hours of graduate level courses that will count toward both the undergraduate and the graduate degrees. Once the student has completed 120 credit hours, the corresponding bachelor’s degree will be conferred and they will become graduate students in the MS program to complete the remaining 18 hours of graduate credit. A minimum of 15 credit hours must be from courses at the 8000 level or above.
Students will still need to complete their 12 credit hour capstone internship as part of the 105 undergraduate credits; the internship cannot be used to fulfill the MS thesis or project requirement.
Total credits required for graduation must be at least 138 total credit hours:
- Total undergraduate credit hours: 105
- Total dual enrollment credit hours: 15
- Total graduate credit hours: 18
|First Year (as Provisional Graduate Student)||15|
|ESC_PS 7170||Introduction to Applied Statistics||3|
|PRST 7208||Administration of Leisure Services||3|
|PRST 7100||Ethics and Diversity||3|
|Choose two courses from the following list||6|
|PRST 7250||Parks, Health and Wellness||3|
|PRST 7260||Sustainable Tourism||3|
|PRST 7333||Park and Sport Facility Operations||3|
|PRST 7340||Advanced Recreation Land Management||3|
|PRST 7357||Domestic and International Tourism: Resources, Market, and Impacts||3|
|PRST 7150||Contemporary Issues in Sport||3|
|Second Year (as Graduate Student)||18|
|PRST 8400||Constructs of Leisure||3|
|PRST 8430||Research Methods in Parks, Recreation and Tourism||3|
|PRST 8089||Research Project||6|
|or PRST 8090||Thesis Research in Parks, Recreation, Sport and Tourism|
All MS students are required to complete an original research thesis or professional project. The thesis topic and general methods are approved by the student’s graduate committee. The completed thesis is then defended in an oral exam administered by that committee. The final oral exam also may address discipline-specific knowledge.
Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester. A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.
|ENGLSH 1000||3||MATH 1050 or 1100||3|
|AGSC_COM 2220 or COMMUN 1200||3||RU_SOC 1000 or SOCIOL 1000||3|
|PRST 1010||3||Missouri State Law Requirement||3|
|PRST 1011||1||Emphasis Area Course||3|
|Humanities & Fine Arts||3||PRST 2281||3|
|Biological, Physical, or Mathematical Science||3|
|PSYCH 1000||3||PRST 3215||4|
|STAT 1200, ABM 2123, or ESC_PS 4170||3||ABM 1041 or ECONOM 1014||3|
|AGSC_COM 3240, COMMUN 2100, ENGLSH 2030, or THEATR 1400||3||General Elective||3|
|PRST 2750||3||Biological, Physical, or Mathematical Science with Lab||3-4|
|PRST 3210W||3||Emphasis Area Course||3|
|PRST 4150 or 4250||3||ABM 2183, 3224, or MRKTNG 3000||3|
|ACCTCY 2010, 2026, or 2036||3||Professional Elective||3|
|Emphasis Area Course||3||Emphasis Area Course||3|
|Professional Elective||3||Professional Elective||3|
|Biological, Physical, or Mathematical Science||3||General Elective||3|
|PRST 4100||3||PRST 4940||12|
|Emphasis Area Course||3|
|Total Credits: 120-121|
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