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.
- 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 (69 total credits including interdisciplinary requirements)
|REC 150||Leisure, Quality of Life, and Well Being||3|
|REC 301||Leadership and Programming in Recreation||3|
|REC 306||Environmental Ethics, Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resources||3|
|REC 315||Engaged Leisure 1||3|
|REC 316||Engaged Leisure Experiences Lab 1||1|
|REC 325||Leisure in a Diverse Society||3|
|REC 340||Evaluation Methods and Practices||3|
|REC 351||Civic Engagement in the Recreation Profession||3|
|REC 390||Principles of Management in Recreation||3|
|REC 400||Planning for Park and Recreation Facilities||3|
|REC 402||Risk Management in Leisure Service Organizations||3|
|REC 449||Internship/Professional Preparation 2||1|
|ECO 110||Microeconomics and Public Policy||3|
|ENG 307||Writing for Management, Public Relations and the Professions||3|
|MKT 309||Principles of Marketing||3|
|STAT 145||Elementary Statistics||4|
Outdoor recreation emphasis
|REC 404||Budgeting in the Recreation Enterprise||3|
|Three additional courses from the following:||9|
|Introduction to Outdoor Leadership|
|Introduction to Outdoor Education|
|Recreation Resource Management|
- Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.00 or greater to enter the program.
- 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.
- 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.
- In order to graduate, students must have a "C" or better in REC 450.
Students may only complete one emphasis area. Declare the major with emphasis choice in the College of Science and Health Academic Services Office, 105 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:
- Fulfill the general education requirements.
- Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
- 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.)
- Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1, 2
- At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 level courses. Transfer courses earned at the 300/400 level apply to this requirement. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement.
- Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1, 2 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
- A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
- 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.
The grade point average recorded at the time the degree is awarded will not be affected by future enrollment.
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 college academic services director in their college/school for assistance with course and schedule planning.
At least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400-level. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.
Note: New students and transfer students with less than 30 credits are required to take FYS 100 First-Year Seminar (3 cr.) during one of their first two semesters at UWL.
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.
This major is exempt from the CSH College Core requirement.
|CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)||3||ENG 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)||3|
|Gen Ed Arts||2-3||STAT 145 (Gen Ed Math)||4|
|Gen Ed Minority Cultures||3||ECO 110 (Gen Ed Self & Society)||3|
|REC 150 (Gen Ed Health & Well-Being)||3||FYS 100 (Gen Ed First-Year Seminar)||3|
|Gen Ed World History||3||Gen Ed Arts||2-3|
|REC 301||3||ENG 307||3|
|REC 325||3||Outdoor Emphasis Elective1||3|
|Gen Ed Natural Lab Science||4||Gen Ed Global Studies||3|
|Gen Ed Humanistic Studies||3||Gen Ed Logical/Lang Systems||3|
|University Elective||3||University Elective||3|
|REC 306||3||Outdoor Emphasis Elective1||3|
& REC 316 (to be taken concurrently)
|4||Outdoor Emphasis Elective1||3|
|REC 340||3||REC 351||3|
|REC 390||3||MKT 309||3|
|University Elective||3||University Elective||3|
|REC 400||3||REC 450||12|
|Total Credits: 120|
Select three of the following courses to satisfy the Outdoor Recreation Emphasis Elective: