Undergraduate Academic Programs


Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Human Ecology


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 director for this minor is Dr. James Farmer, jafarmer [at] indiana [dot] edu.


This undergraduate minor program is intended for students in degree programs outside the Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Human Ecology major, who wish to add this 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.

Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Human Ecology Core Courses (6 cr.):
Complete each of the following courses:

  • SPH-O 210 Introduction to Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Human Ecology (3 cr.)
  • SPH-O 279 Outdoor Adventure Education (3 cr.) or SPH-O 244 Natural History and Field Ecology (3 cr.)

Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Human Ecology Elective Courses (9 cr.):
Complete 9 credits from the following list of courses or consult your advisor for other choices:
(A minimum of 6 credits in these electives must be in courses at the 300/400 level.)

  • SPH-O 244 Natural History and Field Ecology (3 cr.)
  • SPH-O 279 Outdoor Adventure Education (3 cr.)
  • SPH-O 305 Integrated Resource Management (3 cr.)
  • SPH-O 313 Wilderness and Protected Lands (3 cr.)
  • SPH-O 322 Therapeutic Outdoor Instructional Techniques (3 cr.)
  • SPH-O 324 Outdoor Experiential Education: Instructional Techniques (3 cr.)
  • SPH-O 340 Interpretation and Tour Guiding (3 cr.)
  • SPH-O 341 Field Techniques in Environmental Education (3 cr.)
  • SPH-O 342 Applied Ecology: Water Communities (3 cr.)
  • SPH-O 343 Sustainable Agriculture (3 cr.)
  • SPH-O 360 (Formerly SPH-O 410) Human Health and Natural Environments (3 cr.)
  • SPH-O 412 Ecotourism: Administration and Management (3 cr.)
  • SPH-O 413 Applications in Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Human Ecology (3 cr.)
  • SPH-O 420 Principles of Therapeutic Outdoor Programs (3 cr.)
  • SPH-O 430 Outdoor Adventure Programming: Foundations and Theories (3 cr.)
  • SPH-R 220 Foundations of Public, Nonprofit, and Community Recreation (3 cr.)
  • SPH-R 395 Practicum in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies (3 cr.)
  • Other outdoor recreation, parks, and human ecology electives may be substituted for electives listed above with the permission of the minor advisor

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