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

Satisfactory completion of 120 credits is required: a minimum of 108 credits in course work and a 12-credit internship with a cumulative GPA of 2.0. Professional preparation includes course work in a professional core, professional option requirements and electives, and an internship. Students must also complete university general educationuniversity graduation requirements, degree and major emphasis area requirements, including selected foundational courses which may fulfill some University general education requirements.

Students transferring into Parks, Recreation and Sport from other MU degree programs or from other institutions must have a 2.0 GPA (past term and cumulative) for all work attempted.

Foundational Courses30-31
COMMUN 1200Public Speaking3
or AG_ED_LD 2220 Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
MATH 1100College Algebra3
or MATH 1050 Quantitative Reasoning
Communication Elective: COMMUN 2100, SOCIOL 2310, THEATR 1400, ENGLSH 2030, SCI_AG_J 32403
STAT 1200Introductory Statistical Reasoning3
or STAT 2500 Introduction to Probability and Statistics I
or ESC_PS 4170 Introduction to Applied Statistics
ACCTCY 2010Introduction to Accounting3
or ACCTCY 2026 Accounting I
or ACCTCY 2036 Accounting I
or ACCTCY 2136H Honors Accounting I
ECONOM 1014Principles of Microeconomics3
or ABM 1041 Applied Microeconomics
or ECONOM 1051H General Economics - Honors
MRKTNG 3000Principles of Marketing3
or ABM 2183 The Agricultural Marketing System
or ABM 3224 New Products Marketing
PSYCH 1000General Psychology3
SOCIOL 1000Introduction to Sociology3
or RU_SOC 1000 Rural Sociology
H_D_FS 2400WPrinciples of Human Development - Writing Intensive3-4
or H_D_FS 2400 Principles of Human Development
or H_D_FS 2400HW Principles of Human Development - Honors/Writing Intensive
or H_D_FS 2400H Principles of Human Development - Honors
Professional Core (required for all options, minimum grade of C- in 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 4208Administration and Organizational Behavior3
PRST 4100Ethics and Diversity3
PRST 4250Parks, Health and Wellness Or PRST 4150 Current Issues in Sport
Professional Emphasis Requirements (minimum grade of C- in emphasis courses) 12
Students completing the degree without a designated emphasis area will take 12 credits of PRST courses to fulfill the professional emphasis requirements
Internship (minimum grade of C- in internship courses)13
PRST 3189Pre-Internship and Career Development Seminar1
PRST 4940Parks, Recreation, Sport and Tourism Internship12
Professional Option Electives15
Advisor-approved courses specific to the student's selected academic option. At least 6 credits must be from PRST curriculum. These professional electives can be used towards a second professional emphasis.
General Education Courses 21-22
General Electives2-3

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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 11003
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, 2036, or 2136H3
STAT 1200, 2500, or ESC_PS 41703MRKTNG 3000, ABM 2183, or ABM 32243
PRST 22813PRST 27503
Communication Elective3Professional Elective3
Biological or Physical Science with Lab3-4Emphasis-Area Course3
 15-16 15
Third Year
H_D_FS 2400 or 2400W3-4PRST 32154
PRS Professional Elective3Emphasis-Area Course3
Emphasis-Area Course3Professional Elective3
PRST 41003General Elective3
PRST 4150 (or Parks, Health and Wellness Course)3General Elective3
 15-16 16
Fourth Year
PRST 42083PRST 494012
PRST 3210W3 
PRST 31891 
Emphasis-Area Course3 
PRS 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 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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