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Recreation, Parks and tourism resources

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            As a natural resource management-oriented program, the curriculum focuses on social, economic and ecological dimensions of managing natural resources. This program is accredited by the Society of American Foresters and is recognized as a leader in training future managers of recreation resources.

Course Schedule

Freshman Year

Suggested Plan of Study

Fall Spring
WVUE 191 – First Year Seminar
ENGL 102 – Composition, Rhetoric and Research
ENGL 101 – Intro to Composition and Rhetoric
WMAN 150 – Principles of Conservation Ecology
BIOL 101 and 103 – General Biology
PSYC 101 – Introduction to Psychology
RPTR 142 – Introduction to Recreation, Parks and Tourism
WDSC 100 – Forest Resources in U.S. History
FOR 140 – West Virginia’s Natural Resources
RPTR 242 – Environmental and Cultural Interpretation
MATH 126B – College Algebra (4-Day)

For full suggested course schedule, class descriptions and more information on General Education Foundations (GEF) see course catalog.

The professional preparation program in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources is grounded in the required RPTR core courses and capped with a 400-hour Professional Internship experience (RPTR 491), usually completed during the summer following the junior year.

RPTR Internship Manual

RPTR Program Mission, Goals, Objectives and Student Success Information

Featured Students

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Roslyn Gannis

She always knew she wanted to be a park ranger. After graduating from the recreation, parks and tourism resources program, Gannis is finally realizing her dream.

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