Recreation B.S. (Emphasis in Tourism and Community Leisure Services)

Degree Requirements: 124 Credit Hours

See Core Curriculum for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.

Credit Hours
General Requirements (Core Areas A - E)42
Additional Requirements4
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major18
All Recreation students must take RECR   1530 and RECR   2530
Introduction to Recreation
Leadership and Programming in Leisure Services
Select 12 credit hours of departmental approved Area F electives. 1
Major Requirements21
Financial and Legal Dimensions of Recreation
Managing Recreation Organizations
Marketing Recreation Services
Tourism and Community Leisure Services Emphasis18
Tourism Management
Resort & Commercial Recreation Operations
Conference and Event Planning
Professional Development in Recreation
Directed Upper Division Recreation Electives - Choose any two 3000 or higher level RECR courses
Guided Major Electives15
Select 15 credit hours of departmental approved Guided Major Electives or minor coursework. 1
Free Electives6
Select 6 credit hours of electives in any subject.
Total Credit Hours124

Program Admission Criteria

  • 2.0 GPA for Outdoor Recreation,  Recreational Therapy, and Tourism and Community Leisure Services
  • 2.0 GPA to enroll in Internship
  • Students must complete all Area A1 and Area A2 requirements and Introduction to Recreation (RECR   1530) prior to admission to the program.

Honors in Recreation

  • Be admitted to the Honors College
  • Successfully complete at least three credits of HONS   4610 over three semesters
  • Successfully complete and present an Honors Thesis or Capstone Project
  • Be in good standing in the Honors College at the time of graduation

Other Program Requirements

  • A minimum grade of “C” is required for each RECR or non-RECR course taken in Area F, Major Requirements, Areas of Emphasis, and Guided Major Electives.

Accelerated Bachelors to Masters (MPA-ABM) with Recreation B.S.

Degree Requirements: 39 Credit Hours

The MPA-ABM with Recreation B.S. is designed to allow students to enter the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program after completing 90 credit hours.  Students admitted into the MPA-ABM program may take up to 12 graduate credit hours within the undergraduate Recreation degree program that will count toward the MPA.  There must be a minimum of 150 unique credit hours between the two programs.

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission

Students may be accepted into the MPA-ABM program if all of the criteria are met:

  1. Student must have earned a minimum of 90 credit hours and have completed an application for admission to the MPA-ABM program.
  2. Student must be a declared major in the Recreation B.S. degree program, with an emphasis in Outdoor Recreation or Tourism and Community Leisure Services.
  3. Student must have a minimum GPA of 3.25.
  4. Student must meet all of the other criteria for Regular Admission into the MPA program.  Provisional Admission will not be allowed.

Program of Study

Students in the MPA-ABM should take the following courses as “Guided Major Electives,” preferably during their senior year:

Credit Hours
PBAD   7130Ethics for Public Service Organizations 3
PBAD   7230Budgeting in Public Service Organizations 3
PBAD   7530Research Methods For Public Service Organizations 3
PBAD   7631Foundations of Public Administration 3
Total Credit Hours12

Students may declare a Minor in Public Administration and fulfill the minor requirements by completing an additional PBAD/NMLI course in the minor program.  The MPA-ABM courses substitute for courses in the minor program as follows:  PBAD 7130 for PBAD 4232, PBAD 7230 for PBAD 3431, PBAD 7530 for PBAD 4235, and PBAD 7631 for PBAD 2231.


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