BS in Parks, Recreation and Sport with Emphasis in Natural Resource Recreation Management

Emphasis Area Description

The public’s desire for quality of life, the pursuit of happiness and for well organized leisure activities drives a $600 billion marketplace supporting parks and recreation, more than $152 billion in sport management, and a $1.3 trillion investment in tourism. Students interested in Parks Recreation and Sport are individuals who are active, involved in sports and the great outdoors, and enjoy travel. The BS in Parks, Recreation & Sport with an emphasis in Natural Resource Recreation Management focuses on the combination of natural and social sciences, and the management of people and natural resources in parks, forests, refuges, and reservoirs. Areas of study include outdoor recreation, methods of interpretation, and land management. Professionals in natural resource recreation management hold integral roles in operations, visitor management, protection and administration of our federal, state, and local outdoor recreation resources.  Outdoor and natural resource recreation managers are employed by local, state, and federal agencies such as state and federal park systems. Responsibilities include managing natural and cultural resources, providing information and education, park operations, planning and design, and outdoor programming.  Possible careers include ranger, education/outreach, naturalist, outdoor skills specialist, landscape maintenance, program supervisor, and grants/contract administrator.

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Emphasis Area Requirements

Students must complete all university, college, and degree requirements, including university general education, in addition to the requirements below:

NAT_R 1070Ecology and Renewable Resource Management3
PRST 3230Introduction to Parks and Outdoor Recreation Services3
PRST 3231Principles of Interpretive Outdoor Recreation3
PRST 4340Advanced Recreation Land Management3
Professional Electives related to emphasis15
Total Credits27

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Semester Plan

First Year
ENGLSH 1000 or MATH 11003MATH 1100 or ENGLSH 10003
COMMUN 1200 or AG_ED_LD 22203ECONOM 1014 or ABM 10413
PRST 10103SOCIOL 1000 or RU_SOC 10003
PRST 10111Humanities & Fine Arts3
Humanities & Fine Arts3Missouri State Law Requirement3
Biological, Physical, or Mathematical Science3 
 16 15
Second Year
PSYCH 10003ACCTCY 2010, 2026, or 20363
STAT 1200, 2500, or ESC_PS 41703MRKTNG 3000, ABM 2183, or ABM 3224W3
PRST 21113PRST 27503
Communication ElectiveCOMMUN 2100, SOCIOL 2310, THEATR 1400, ENGLSH 2030, SCI_AG_J 32403Professional Elective3
Biological or Physical Science with Lab3-4NAT_R 10703
 15-16 15
Third Year
H_D_FS 2400 or 2400W3-4PRST 32153
Professional Elective3PRST 32313
PRST 32303Professional Elective3
PRS Diversity Course3General Elective3
Parks, Health and Wellness Course3General Elective3
 15-16 15
Fourth Year
PRST 42083PRST 494012
PRST 3210W3 
PRST 43403 
PRST 31891 
Professional Elective3 
Professional Elective3 
 16 12
Total Credits: 119-121

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Degree Audit

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Major and Career Explration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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