Undergraduate Academic Programs


Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Human Ecology


Students wanting to declare this minor may do so in one of two ways:

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 schedule an appointment with an SPH-B academic advisor.

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This undergraduate minor program is intended for students in degree programs outside the Parks, Recreation, and the Outdoors major. This minor requires:

  • successful completion of 15 credit hours prescribed below.
  • a minimum cumulative minor GPA of 2.0.
  • a minimum grade of C- is required in each course used in this minor.

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-R220 Foundations of Parks, Recreation, and the Outdoors (3 cr.)
  • SPH-O 244 Natural History and Field Ecology (3 cr.) (P:SPH-O210) or SPH-O 279 Outdoor Adventure Education (3 cr.) 

Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Human Ecology Elective Courses (9 cr.):
Complete three of the following courses:

  • SPH-O 305 Introduction to "Outdoor" Leadership (3 cr.)
  • SPH-O310 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 341 Field Techniques in Environmental Education (3 cr.)
  • SPH-O 360 Human Health and Natural Environments (3 cr.)
  • SPH-O 413 Applications in Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Human Ecology (3 cr.) only by instructor permission.
  • SPH-W305 Introduction to Outdoor Leadership (3 cr.)
  • SPH-W331 Wilderness First Responder (3 cr.)

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