About this Program

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.

Program Highlights

  • 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

  • Students take classes from park and recreation professionals working full-time in the field.

  • Courses provide community-engaged learning opportunities with local agencies.

  • The degree culminates in an internship experience with a park and/or recreation organization before graduation.

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Bachelor of Science
Delivery Modes


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What are the requirements to apply for Park & Recreation Management at ODU?
Students entering the Bachelor of Science program in Park & Recreation Management should meet the minimum university admission requirements Undergraduate Admission.


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Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Active Duty Military Rate
Cost Per-Credit $250
Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $393
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $407
Cost Per-Credit $1,073

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