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The Bachelor of Science degree in Park, Recreation, and Tourism Studies with a concentration in Park and Recreation Management prepares students for careers as professionals working in city/county, state and federal agencies, YMCAs, outdoor leadership schools such as Outward Bound and NOLS, camps, environmental centers, college outdoor programs, and other non-profit organizations. Students graduating from the park and recreation management concentration will meet the requirements to take the national certification exam administered by the National Recreation and Park Association's (NRPA) Certification Board. After passing the national exam, students will become a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) and be able to work in a variety of service agencies.
Multiple PRTS courses in the park and recreation management concentration require service-learning experiences. Examples include: Family Diabetes Camp, ODU Triathlon, ODU Triathlon Camp, and Trail Ambassador training on the Elizabeth River Trail
Coursework prepares students to certify as Wilderness First Aid providers, Climbing Wall Belayers, and Park and Recreation Professionals
Students have the opportunity to pursue research with a faculty member as an independent study such as summer camp evaluations, visitor use management in national parks, and the impact first-year outdoor orientation programs
This introductory course addresses all of the essential topics that professionals within park and recreation management must know, including: program planning and evaluation, decision making, facility management, human resources, marketing, budgeting and financial planning, and policy making.
This course will cover organization and administration of camp programs and facilities including history, trends, staffing, client needs, finance, marketing, accreditation, research and legal issues. Primary emphasis will be on organized camp programs and their impact on youth and society. Prerequisites: junior standing or permission of instructor.
This course is designed to increase knowledge, skills, techniques, policies and procedures related to outdoor recreation. Students are required to participate in outdoor recreation experiences through the Outdoor Adventure Program and on their own. Additional weekends and fees will be required for professional certifications (e.g., Professional Climbers Instructors' Association). Prerequisites: junior standing or permission of the instructor.
Students entering the Bachelor of Science program in Park & Recreation Management should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)
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