2017-18 Catalog

Publication date June 2017

Recreation Management Major: Outdoor Recreation Emphasis - Bachelor of Science (BS)

The outdoor recreation emphasis is for students who want to work in natural resource-based recreation settings. This program helps students develop skills in outdoor programming and leadership, environmental education, outdoor guiding and adventure, and nature-based recreation management. Students will develop these skills by completing coursework in outdoor education techniques, experiential learning, and nature-based resource management.

Potential careers:

  • Conservation Lobbyist/Advocate
  • Eco-tour Guide
  • Forest/Park Ranger
  • Naturalist/Environmental Educator
  • Outdoor Adventure Educator
  • Outdoor Center Program Director
  • Outdoor Programmer
  • Outdoor Trip Guide (NOLS, Outward Bound, Wilderness Inquiry)
  • Visitor Services
  • Wilderness Instructor

(College of Science and Health)

56 credits (72 total credits including interdisciplinary requirements)

Core requirements
REC 150Foundations of Recreation3
REC 151Introduction to Recreation Management1
REC 301Leadership and Programming in Recreation3
REC 306Environmental Ethics, Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resources3
REC 315Contemplative Leisure3
REC 325Leisure in a Diverse Society3
REC 340Evaluation Methods and Practices3
REC 351Civic Engagement in the Recreation Profession3
REC 390Principles of Management in Recreation3
REC 400Planning for Park and Recreation Facilities3
REC 402Risk Management in Leisure Service Organizations3
REC 449Internship/Professional Preparation1
REC 450Internship12
Total Credits44
Interdisciplinary requirements
ACC 221Accounting Principles I3
ECO 110Microeconomics and Public Policy3
ENG 307Writing for Management, Public Relations and the Professions3
STAT 145Elementary Statistics4
MKT 309Principles of Marketing3
Total Credits16

 Outdoor Recreation Emphasis 

REC 404Budgeting in the Recreation Enterprise3
Three additional courses from the following:9
Outdoor Adventure Leadership
Introduction to Outdoor Education
Recreation Resource Management
Environmental Education
Camp Administration
Total Credits12
Other Requirements
  1. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.50 or greater to enter the program.
  2. Prior to enrollment in REC 449 Internship/Professional Preparation (1 cr.) , majors must complete two 50-hour professional experiences. These are non-class field experiences at recreation management agencies.
  3. Before enrolling in REC 450, all required REC courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better; and the student must have a cumulative UWL GPA of at least 2.50.
  4. In order to graduate, students must have a "C" or better in REC 450.
  5. Students may only complete one emphasis area. Declare the major with emphasis choice in the College of Science and Health Academic Services Office, 205 Graff Main Hall.

All students must complete the general education, college core (waived for recreation management majors), major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR.  

Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1 At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 (senior college) level courses. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement nor do courses from two-year schools.
  5. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  6. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  7. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.

Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the assistant to the dean of their college for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

Note: at least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400 level.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student plan their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3ENG 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3
Gen Ed Arts2STAT 145 (Gen Ed Math)4
Gen Ed Minority Cultures3Gen Ed World Hist3
Gen Ed Health & Well-Being3ECO 110 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3
REC 1503Gen Ed Arts2
REC 1511 
 15 15
Year 2
REC 3013REC 3403
REC 3253Outdoor Emphasis Elective13
ACC 2213Gen Ed Global Studies3
Gen Ed Natural Lab Science4Gen Ed Elective3
Gen Ed Hum-Lit3Gen Ed Logical/Lang Systems3
 16 15
Year 3
Outdoor Emphasis Elective13Outdoor Emphasis Elective13
REC 3063REC 3903
REC 3513MKT 3093
REC 3153University Elective3
ENG 3073Gen Ed Elective3
 15 15
Year 4
REC 4003REC 45016
REC 4023 
REC 4043 
REC 4491 
Gen Ed Elective3 
 13 16
Total Credits: 120

Select three of the following courses to satisfy the Outdoor Recreation Emphasis Elective:

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