May 23, 2024  
2014-2015 General Catalog 

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

Outdoor Recreation in Parks & Tourism

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

General Education Recommendations and Requirements (16 Credits)

University Requirements

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

Experiential Education Requirement - EDGE (1-3 Credits)

Complete One Track:

Original Project Track (3 Credits)

Students create a project of their own design 

Select Project Track (2 Credits)

Students select a project from the designated list 

Degree Requirements

BS Degree  Math or Science minimum requirement (12 credits)

Science (3 Credits)

Other Electives

  • Free Electives (includes completing B.S. requirement) 27-30 credits

Total Credits, B.S. degree: 120


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.

Recommended Minors:

  1. Agriculture Minor  20 credits
  2. Biology Minor  19 credits
  3. Business Management Minor  18 credits
  4. Criminal Justice Minor  21 credits
  5. Geology 20 credits
  6. Interpersonal Communications 21 credits
  7. Hotel, Resort, & Hospitality Management Minor  22 credits
  8. Physical Education - Exercise Science Emphasis Minor  22 credits
  9. Communication - Strategic Communication Emphasis Minor  21 credits