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.

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Major Program Requirements

Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Parks, Recreation and Sport are required to complete all University general educationUniversity 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:

A student may complete the B.S. in Parks, Recreation and Sport without selecting a specific emphasis area by completing an additional 27 credit hours beyond the major requirements (including 18 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 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 for general recommendations.

Foundational Courses15
MATH 1050Quantitative Reasoning3
or MATH 1100 College Algebra
STAT 1200Introductory Statistical Reasoning3
or STAT 2500 Introduction to Probability and Statistics I
or ESC_PS 4170 Introduction to Applied Statistics
PSYCH 1000General Psychology3
RU_SOC 1000Rural Sociology3
or SOCIOL 1000 Introduction to Sociology
AGSC_COM 2220Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources3
or COMMUN 1200 Public Speaking
Parks, Recreation and Sport Core (minimum grade of C- in PRST core)26
PRST 1010The American Leisure Experience3
PRST 1011Academic Planning and Career Orientation in Parks, Recreation and Tourism1
PRST 2281Business of Sport and Recreation3
PRST 2750Methods in Research and Evaluation3
PRST 3210WPersonnel Management and Leadership - Writing Intensive3
PRST 3215Program and Event Development4
PRST 4100Ethics and Diversity3
PRST 4150Contemporary Issues in Sport3
or PRST 4250 Parks, Health and Wellness
PRST 4208Administration and Organizational Behavior3
Internship (minimum grade of C- in internship courses)13
PRST 3189Pre-Internship and Career Development Seminar1
PRST 4940Parks, Recreation, Sport and Tourism Internship12
Business and Communication Core15-16
ABM 1041Applied Microeconomics3
or ECONOM 1014 Principles of Microeconomics
or ECONOM 1051H General Economics - Honors
ABM 2183The Agricultural Marketing System3
or ABM 3224 New Products Marketing
or MRKTNG 3000 Principles of Marketing
ACCTCY 2010Introduction to Accounting3
or ACCTCY 2026 Accounting I
or ACCTCY 2036 Accounting I
or ACCTCY 2136H Honors Accounting I
AGSC_COM 3240Communicating on the Web3
or COMMUN 2100 Media Communication in Society
or ENGLSH 2030 Professional Writing
or SOCIOL 2310 Culture and Mass Media
or THEATR 1400 Acting for Non-Majors
H_D_FS 2400Principles of Human Development3-4
or H_D_FS 2400W Principles of Human Development - Writing Intensive
or H_D_FS 2400H Principles of Human Development - Honors
Emphasis Area Requirements (minimum grade of C- in emphasis courses)27

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Semester Plan

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.

First Year
ENGLSH 10003MATH 1050 or 11003
AGSC_COM 2220 or COMMUN 12003ABM 1041 or ECONOM 10143
PRST 10103RU_SOC 1000 or SOCIOL 10003
PRST 10111Humanities & Fine Arts3
Humanities & Fine Arts3Missouri State Law Requirement3
Biological, Physical, or Mathematical Science3 
 16 15
Second Year
PSYCH 10003ACCTCY 2010, 2026, 2036, or 2136H3
STAT 1200, 2500, or ESC_PS 41703PRST 27503
AGSC_COM 3240, COMMUN 2100, ENGLSH 2030, SOCIOL 2310, or THEATR 14003ABM 2183, 3224, or MRKTNG 30003
PRST 22813Professional Elective3
Biological or Physical Science with Lab3-4Emphasis Area Course3
 15-16 15
Third Year
H_D_FS 2400 or 2400W3-4PRST 32154
PRST 41003Emphasis Area Course3
PRST 4150 or 42503Professional Elective3
Emphasis Area Course3General Elective3
Professional Elective3Biological, Physical, or Mathematical Science3
 15-16 16
Fourth Year
PRST 42083PRST 494012
PRST 3210W3 
PRST 31891 
Emphasis Area Course3 
Professional Elective3 
Professional Elective3 
 16 12
Total Credits: 120-122

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to

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Major and Career Exploration

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 are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career 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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