BS in Parks, Recreation and Sport with Emphasis in Natural Resource Recreation Management
Degree Program Description
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.
Major Program Requirements
In addition to completing major program requirements, students must complete the following additional emphasis area requirements:
Natural Resource Recreation Management Emphasis Area Coursework
|Emphasis Area Requirements (minimum grade of C-)|
|NAT_R 1070||Ecology and Renewable Resource Management||3|
|or NAT_R 2160||Issues in Natural Resources and the Environment|
|PRST 3230||Outdoor Recreation Policy||3|
|PRST 3231||Interpretation of Natural and Cultural Resources||3|
|or NAT_R 4024||Foundations of Environmental Education|
|PRST 4260||Sustainable Tourism||3|
|or NAT_R 4353||Natural Resource Policy/Administration|
|PRST 4340||Recreation Land Management||3|
|Advisor approved courses specific to the student's selected emphasis. At least 6 credits must have a PRST designator. These professional electives can be used towards a second emphasis.|
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||SOCIOL 1000||3|
|PRST 1010||3||PRST 2281||3|
|PRST 1011||1||PRST 2750||3|
|NAT_R 1070 or 2160||3||Missouri State Law Requirement||3|
|Humanities & Fine Arts||3|
|PSYCH 1000||3||ABM 1041||3|
|STAT 1200, ABM 2123, or ESC_PS 4170||3||PRST 3231 or NAT_R 4024||3|
|PRST 3210W||3||General Elective||3|
|AGSC_COM 3240, COMMUN 2100, ENGLSH 2030, or THEATR 1400||3||Biological, Physical, or Mathematical Science with Lab||3-4|
|General Elective||3||Professional Elective||3|
|ACCTCY 2010, 2026, or 2036||3||ABM 3224, 3224W, MRKTNG 3000, or ABM 2223||3|
|PRST 3215||4||PRST 4100||3|
|PRST 3230||3||PRST 4250||3|
|Biological, Physical, or Mathematical Science||3||PRST 4340||3|
|Professional Elective||3||General Elective||3|
|PRST 4208||3||PRST 4940||12|
|PRST 4260 or NAT_R 4353||3|
|Total Credits: 120-121|
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