Undergraduate Academic Programs




Undergraduate students in all schools except the College of Arts and Sciences may earn this minor in addition to the baccalaureate degree. A student who decides to pursue this minor should visit the records office of his or her degree-granting school/unit to have this minor officially added as an academic objective. Students are responsible for checking with their degree-granting schools/units to determine whether or not this minor may be officially recorded on their transcripts.

Students considering this minor may seek advising from the academic advisors for the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies, Janet Donley, jdonley [at] indiana [dot] edu; and Barbara Grinder, bgrinder [at] indiana [dot] edu.

Ordinarily minors may be discussed and approved during drop-in advising hours. For drop-in advising hours and instructions for making an appointment, if desired, see the SPH Academic Advising website: http://www.publichealth.indiana.edu/current-students/advising/advisors.shtml.

The faculty directors for this minor are Dr. James Farmer jafarmer [at] indiana [dot] edu; and Dr. Joseph Chen joechen [at] indiana [dot] edu.


This undergraduate minor program is intended for students in degree programs who wish to add an ecotourism specialty to their studies. This minor requires:

  • successful completion of 15 credit hours prescribed below.
  • a minimum cumulative minor GPA of 2.0.

Note: No course in this minor may be taken under the Pass/Fail Option.

Required Ecotourism Courses (9 cr.):
Complete each of the following courses:

  • SPH-O 210 Introduction to Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Human Ecology (3 cr.)
  • SPH-O 412 Ecotourism: Administration and Management (3 cr.)
  • SPH-T 301 Sustainable Tourism (3 cr.)

Ecotourism Electives (6 cr.):
Complete two courses from the following list (6 cr.):

  • SPH-O 244 Natural History and Field Ecology (3 cr.)
  • SPH-O 279 Outdoor Adventure Education (3 cr.)
  • SPH-O 310 Ecosystem Management (3 cr.)
  • SPH-O 313 Wilderness and Protected Lands (3 cr.)
  • SPH-O 324 Outdoor Experiential Education: Instructional Techniques (3 cr.)
  • SPH-O 340 Interpretation and Tour Guiding (3 cr.)
  • SPH-O 342 Applied Ecology: Water Communities (3 cr.)
  • SPH-O 430 Outdoor Adventure Programming: Foundations and Theories (3 cr.)
  • SPH-O 414 Legal Aspects of Recreation (3 cr.)
  • SPH-R 425 Strategic Planning for Recreation, Park, and Tourism Organizations (3 cr.)
  • SPH-T 201 Tourism and Commercial Recreation (3 cr.)

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