May 09, 2021  
2017-2018 General Catalog 

Outdoor Recreation in Parks and Tourism - Natural Resource Recreation Emphasis, B.S.

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The Bachelor of Science Degree in Outdoor Recreation in Parks and Tourism (ORPT) is an interdisciplinary degree program offered by the Department of Kinesiology and Outdoor Recreation within the College of Education and Human Performance. The interdisciplinary nature of the program includes course work from Agriculture Science, Biology, Communication, Geology, and Hotel, Resort, and Hospitality Management.

The degree program in ORPT is intended to provide students with training that qualifies them to work in a variety of work settings including outdoor recreation management agencies, outdoor and experiential education organizations, outdoor tourism companies, and outdoor recreation service and instruction programs. Employment opportunities typically exist with local, state, and national agencies; protected natural areas; outdoor leadership and service programs; commercial recreation enterprises; and wilderness adventure/therapy organizations. Combined with the broad educational background provided by SUU’s Baccalaureate Core, this program will give students a wide range of opportunities upon graduation including solid preparation for graduate studies at Utah System of Higher Education’s Research I institutions in fields such as recreation resource management, parks and recreation, tourism, or related areas of graduate study.

Recommended Minors

The ORPT program recommends students consider completing the following minors to complement their program of study:


Students may gain credit through the National Outdoor Leadership School for the following courses: ORPT 2000 ORPT 3040 ORPT 4860 , and ORPT 1542 . Signature of ORPT coordinator required.

General Education Core

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  • Core Course Requirements 12-13 credits
  • Knowledge Area Requirements: 20-22 credits

General Education Recommendations and Requirements

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree Requirement (12 Credits*)

B.S. Degree - Math or Science minimum requirement (12 credits)

* Note: Most or all of the B.S. requirements may be met by fulfilling the General Education Core and Knowledge Areas. Because of this, these credits are typically not counted in the degree total at the bottom of page. Transfer students not majoring in a math or science field may need additional math/science courses to reach the minimum 12 credits. Consult a Student Success Advisor for details.

Experiential Education University Requirement - EDGE Program (3 Credits)

NOTE: As of 7/12/2019, students pursuing this bachelor’s degree are no longer required to complete the EDGE courses for graduation.

See Experiential Education .

Choose one of the following: (3 Credits)

Choose one of the following: (3 Credits)

Other Electives

  • Free Electives (includes completing B.S. requirement) 9-12 credits

Total Credits, B.S. degree: 120

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