Undergraduate Academic Programs
Bachelor of Science in Recreation (BSR), Outdoor Recreation and Resource Management Major
The Outdoor Recreation and Resource Management Program focuses on educating students about outdoor recreation resources and their use. Topics include outdoor recreation, environmental education, interpretive techniques, outdoor adventure education, nature study, recreation resource management, and organized camping.
Students pursue a course of study leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation and Resource Management. The curriculum includes a general education core, specialization courses, electives, 320 hours of field experience, and an internship. Each student meets regularly with a faculty adviser for ongoing academic career planning. In addition to the general education core courses, students take 40 credits in outdoor recreation subjects. The emphases of this curriculum are basic concepts of outdoor resources, the relationships and interactions of people and outdoor resources and how to manage them, and skills and knowledge to pursue specific careers in this field. A number of skill certificates are available to students through various academic courses.
Apply online for undergraduate admission to Indiana University at http://admit.indiana.edu/.
A newly admitted freshman pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Recreation degree with a major in outdoor recreation and resource management will receive an offer of direct freshman admission to the outdoor recreation and resource management program if he or she meets both of the following criteria:
- The applicant must have earned one of the following minimum standardized test scores: A combined critical reading and math score of 1270 on the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) or a composite score of 29 on the ACT (American College Test).
- The applicant must have either graduated in the top 12 percent of his or her high school graduating class or earned a minimum high school GPA of 3.5.
Before entering the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation as an outdoor recreation and resource management major, all other students must meet both of the following criteria:
- The student must successfully complete at least 26 credit hours.
- The student must have a minimum 2.3 cumulative grade point average (GPA) at Indiana University.
Students in the University Division must also declare their intention to major in outdoor recreation and resource management to the University Division Records Office. Undergraduate students who complete the semester before certification of admission to the school with less than a 2.0 GPA for the semester will be admitted on a probationary status.
International transfer applicants to the School of HPER, whose primary language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper- based test, or 213 on the computer-based test, or a 79 on the Internet-based test, is required for direct admission to the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. For students from countries where the TOEFL is not available, other evidence of English proficiency may be considered. All entering international students whose primary language is not English will be required to take the Indiana University English language examination before registering for course work. Appropriate remedial English courses may be prescribed on the basis of test results.
All entering international students whose primary language is not English will be required to take a special examination in English with IU prior to registering. Prepared by IU and designed to test a student’s ability to use English in an academic setting, the exam consists of three parts: an essay on a general topic, a listening comprehension exercise, and a grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension section. There is little that one can do to prepare for this exam other than to continue using written and spoken English at every opportunity.
International students whose primary language is not English must agree to take any English language courses prescribed from the results of this examination. Fees for special part-time English courses are the same as for other courses; however, credits earned do not meet degree requirements. If the results of the proficiency examination indicate that full-time work in English is required, the student will be assigned to the Intensive English Program (IEP).
Students enrolled in IEP do not take academic courses until they achieve adequate English proficiency. If a student has serious doubts about English ability and is not financially prepared to undertake the additional time and expense of an intensive English program here, the student should consider completing English study in the student’s home country. In addition, the student may consider delaying admission to a future session.
This is a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Recreation degree with a major in outdoor recreation and resource management. A minimum of 26 successfully completed credit hours and a minimum 2.3 cumulative grade point average (GPA) are required for admission to this program. Graduation requirements include:
- completion of general education requirements.
- completion of outdoor recreation and resource management major requirements.
- a minimum of 124 successfully completed credit hours which count toward the degree program.
- a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.
- a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA in courses with the following department code-prefixes: HPER-R and HPER-L.
- No Pass/Fail except for free electives.
General Education (20 – 39 credits)
All undergraduate students who matriculate as degree-seeking students at IU Bloomington in or after the summer term of 2011 must complete the IU Bloomington campus-wide general education common ground requirements. Such students must visit the 2011-2012 General Education Bulletin to view these requirements.
Undergraduate students who matriculate as degree-seeking students on the IU Bloomington campus in the summer or fall terms of 2010, or the spring term of 2011, must complete the School of HPER general education requirements which are described below. Unlike the 2011-2112 Bloomington campus-wide general education requirements, the 2010 School of HPER general education requirements do not include a residency requirement, nor do they restrict the use of extended-term, independent study or correspondence courses.
2010 School of HPER General Education Requirements
English Composition (0 to 3 credits required, C- minimum required in the course used to satisfy this requirement)
Complete one of the following options:
- CMCL-C 110 Writing the World (3 cr.)
- ENG-W 131 Elementary Composition 1 (3 cr.)
- ENG-W 170 Introduction to Argumentative Writing: Projects in Reading and Writing (3 cr. - this topic only)
- ENG-W 131 EX Elementary Composition by Examination (0 cr.)
Mathematical Modeling (3 to 4 credits required)
Complete one of the following options:
- MATH-A 118 Finite Mathematics for the Social and Biological Sciences (3 cr.)
- MATH-D 116 AND MATH-D 117 Introduction to Finite Mathematics I-II (4 cr.)
- MATH-M 118 Finite Mathematics (3 cr.)
- MATH-S 118 Honors Finite Mathematics (3 cr.)
- MATH-V 118 Finite Mathematics with Applications: Finite Mathematics for the Social and Biological Sciences (3 cr.)
- MATH-V 118 Finite Mathematics with Applications: Finite and Consumer Mathematics (3 cr.)
- MATH-J 113 Introduction to Calculus with Applications (3 cr.)
- MATH-M 119 Brief Survey of Calculus 1 (3 cr.)
- MATH-M 211 Calculus I (4 cr.)
- MATH-M 213 Accelerated Calculus (4 cr.)
Note: The course(s) used to satisfy the mathematical modeling requirement may NOT also be applied to the natural and mathematical sciences requirement.Natural and Mathematical Sciences (5 to 6 cr.)
Complete either six credits of acceptable natural and mathematical sciences (N&M) courses, or a single, approved, five-credit N&M course with a substantial laboratory component. The course used to satisfy the mathematical modeling requirement may NOT also be used to fulfill this requirement. Visit the list of acceptable natural and mathematical sciences (N&M) courses for choices and more information.
Arts and Humanities (6 credits required)
Complete six credits of acceptable arts and humanities (A&H) courses.
Social and Historical Studies (6 credits required.)
Complete six credits of acceptable social and historical studies (S&H) courses.
World Languages and Cultures (0 to 14 cr., most commonly 6 credits)
There are three options for completion of the world languages and cultures requirement.
- Option one: Complete six credits acceptable world cultures (WC) courses.
- Option two: Complete the language study (LS) option, by achieving proficiency in a foreign language equal to successful completion of the second year, second semester course.
- Option three: Complete an approved international experience (IE), and contact the School of HPER recorder to request a notation of completion of this requirement on the academic advisement report.
Major (87 cr.)
Professional Recreation Requirement (45 cr.)
(A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required in the following courses.)
Complete each of the following courses:
- HPER-R 160 Foundations of Recreation and Leisure (3 cr.) +(S&H)
- HPER-R 266 Recreation Facility Management (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 270 Inclusive Recreation Services (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 272 Recreation Activities and Leadership Methods (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 301 Internship Preparation (1 cr.)
- HPER-R 363 Professional Internship (14 cr.)
- HPER-R 367 Event Planning and Program Development (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 390 Statistical Applications in Leisure Studies (3 cr.) or ECON-E 370 Statistical Analysis for Business and Economics (3 cr.) or MATH-K 310 Statistical Techniques (3 cr.) or PSY-K 310 Statistical Techniques (3 cr.) or SOC-S 371 Statistics for Sociology or SPEA-K 300 Statistical Techniques (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 422 Marketing for Leisure Services (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 441 Legal Aspects of Recreation (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 451 Fiscal Management for Leisure Service Organizations (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 490 Research and Evaluation (3 cr.)
Outdoor Recreation and Resource Management Specialization Requirement (30 cr.)
Complete each of the following courses:
- HPER-R 271 Dynamics of Outdoor Recreation (3 cr.) (minimum grade of C)
- HPER-R 279 Adventure Education (2 cr.)
- HPER-R 280 Natural History and Field Ecology (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 323 Ecosystem Management (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 338 Integrated Resource Management (3 cr.) (minimum grade of C)
- HPER-R 372 Interpretation and Tour Guiding (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 385 Wilderness and Protected Lands (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 402 Senior Seminar (1 cr.)
- HPER-R 423 Visitor Behavior (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 429 Ecotourism: Administration and Management (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 471 Human Resource Management in Leisure Services (3 cr.)
Professional Elective Requirement (12 cr.)
Complete a minimum of 12 credits from the following professional electives:
- HPER-R 231 Careers in Leisure Service (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 283 Recreation-Based GIS (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 322 Scientific Diver Certification (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 325 Investigating and Evaluating Environmental Issues (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 340 Leisure in Modern Society (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 342 Introduction to Therapeutic Outdoor Programs (1 cr.)
- HPER-R 345 Outdoor Experiential Education: Instructional Techniques and Methods (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 350 Sustainable Tourism (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 355 Outdoor Recreation Consortium (2 cr.)
- HPER-R 356 Field Techniques in Environmental Education (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 357 Applied Ecology: Water Communities (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 370 Wilderness First Responder(3 cr.)
- HPER-R 380 Outdoor Experiential Education: Instructional Techniques (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 412 Principles of Therapeutic Outdoor Programs (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 413 Outdoor Adventure Programs: Foundations and Theories (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 418 Strategies and Methods of Interpretation (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 421 Investigation of Underwater Resources (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 424 Shipwreck Parks as Underwater Museums (3 cr.)
- HPER-R 468 Strategic Planning for Recreation, Park and Tourism Organizations (3 cr.)
+ Courses followed by a S&H notation apply toward completion of both the major requirement and the general education, social and historical studies requirement.
Through class practica, projects, internship opportunities, and field experiences, the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies helps students apply what they learn when—and where—they learn it. And Indiana University offers the following recreational management opportunities and living laboratories that give students firsthand experience: C.O.R.E. (Conservation & Outdoor Recreation/Education), Therapeutic Outdoor Programs (TOP), Great Lakes Park Training Institute, and Bradford Woods Outdoor Center. Additional nearby facilities include Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, Brown County State Park, City of Bloomington Parks, the Hoosier National Forest (including Charles C. Deam Wilderness), McCormick's Creek State Park, Monroe County Parks, Monroe Reservoir, and Yellowwood State Forest.
The specialization in outdoor recreation and resource management provides a thorough foundation for careers in an array of settings, including historic sites, municipal parks and recreation departments, nature preserves, nonprofit organizations, outdoor adventure organizations, zoos, and state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service.
Because people are spending more time and money on leisure and fitness services, the job outlook for recreation and park administration graduates is excellent. The U.S. Department of Labor projects that employment of recreation and fitness workers will grow faster than the average through 2010. In 2000, Newsweek predicted that 50 percent of American jobs will be in leisure and tourism by 2050. The Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies prepares a monthly nationwide listing of recreation-related jobs totaling more than 1,500 annually.
Many graduates with this specialization go on to pursue advanced degrees including the Master of Science (M.S.) in Recreation with an option in Park and Recreation Administration, the Director of Recreation (Re.Dir.), and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Leisure Behavior.