May 21, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 [Archived Catalog]

Outdoor Recreation and Education Major (B.S.P.R.L.S.)

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Major code BS8176

Patton College of Education
Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy
McCracken Hall 202
Athens, OH 45701

Andy Szolosi, contact person

Program Overview

This major is designed to teach students the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to pursue a variety of career opportunities in the field of outdoor recreation and education. The program blends traditional didactic and field-based learning opportunities to create a unique educational experience for students in the major. Students develop foundational knowledge related to the discipline, technical proficiency in various outdoor adventure pursuits, expeditionary and wilderness travel experience, and programming, leadership and teaching ability that can be applied in a wide variety of professional settings. General topic areas in the program include outdoor leadership, environmental interpretation, parks and protected areas management, ecotourism, and adventure programming. Emphasis in the curriculum is placed on understanding and appreciating the interconnection of humans and the broader ecological frameworks in which they live as well as the role of natural environments in sustaining human health and wellbeing. Students can earn a number of professional certifications and certificates through academic coursework in the program.

Admissions Information

Freshmen/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change or Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Upon completion of the degree, students should qualify for direct leadership, supervisory, and administrative positions in a wide variety of professional settings in which outdoor recreation and education is practiced. Some of these settings include municipal, State and federal parks and recreation agencies; youth services organizations and agencies; residential camps; nonprofit civic and religious organizations; collegiate outdoor pursuits programs; ecotourism and adventure travel operations and guide services; and traditional outdoor schools, such as Outward Bound and the National Outdoor Leadership School.


Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

Outdoor Recreation and Education General Requirements

To complete this program, students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Maintain an accumulative grade point average (GPA) of C (2.0) or better in all courses taken at the University, and
  • Complete Required Core Courses and all required courses in the Outdoor Recreation & Education concentration with a grade of C (2.0) or better.

Outdoor Recreation & Education Elective Courses

Complete 15 credit hours from the following courses:

Skill-Based Course Requirements

Complete the following course:

Minor/Certificate Program

Students must complete a minor or certificate program (15 - 24 hours) to complete requirements of the degree. The minor or certificate should be chosen in consultation with the student’s academic advisor. Students may not select the Recreation Management minor to fulfill this requirement.

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