Department of Physical Education & Human Performance

Outdoor Recreation Degree

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Outdoor Recreation in Parks and Tourism (ORPT) is an interdisciplinary degree program offered by the Department of Physical Education within the College of Education. The interdisciplinary nature of the program includes course work from Agriculture Science, Biology, Communications, Geology, and Hotel and Hospitality Management.

The degree program in ORPT is intended to provide students with training that qualifies them to work in a variety of work settings including recreation management agencies, outdoor and experiential education organizations, outdoor tourism companies, and outdoor recreation service and instruction programs. Employment opportunities typically exist with local, state and national agencies, protected natural areas, outdoor leadership and service programs, commercial recreation enterprises, and wilderness adventure/therapy organizations. Combined with the broad educational background provided by SUU’s Baccalaureate Core, this program will give students a wide range of opportunities upon graduation including solid preparation for graduate studies at Utah System of Higher Education’s Research I institutions in fields such as recreation resource management, parks and recreation, tourism; or related areas of graduate study

Southern Utah University is located at the western edge of the Colorado Plateau in Southwest Utah. The university is within ½ day’s drive of at least 11 national parks, national monuments and recreational areas including, Zion National Park, Arches, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, and the Grand Canyon. Few universities in the country can boast such close contact to such a magnificent landscape. ENJOY THE JOURNEY!

All ORPT students need to meet with Jake Manning (435-586-7831) to plan your program based on your goals for the future.

Course Number and Title Credit Pre-Requisite & Instructions
Core Courses 34 cr.
ORPT 3000/3005 Foundations of Outdoor Recreation & Lab 4
ORPT 3040 Leadership in Outdoor Recreation 3 ORPT 3000
ORPT 3050 Risk Management & Safety for Outdoor Rec. 3
ORPT 4740 Organization & Administration for ORPT 3 ORPT 3000
ORPT 4890 Outdoor Recreation Tourism Internship 9
ORPT 4900 ORPT Senior Seminar 3 ORPT Senior
NR 1010 Introduction to Natural Resources 3
BIOL 2000 Natural History 3
PE 1542 Wilderness 1st Responder (3) or WFR Certificate
HRHM 3000 OR Introduction to Hospitality Management 3
HRHM 3010 Tourism Management
Elective: Choose 4 credits 4 cr.
ORPT 1050 Technical Canyoneering 1
ORPT 1055 Advanced Canyoneering 1 ORPT 1050 or inst. approval
ORPT 2000 Outdoor Skills Seminar 1-3
PE 1350 Scuba Diving 1
PE 1355 Advanced Scuba 1 PE 1350
PE 1527 Introduction to Climbing 1
PE 1528 Climbing II 1 PE 1527 or instructor approval
PE 1610 Skiing/Snowboarding (Beginning) 1
PE 1611 Skiing/Snowboarding (Advanced) 1
PE 1625 Nordic Skiing 1
AGSC 1750 Horsemanship I 1
AGSC 2760 Horsemanship II 1 AGSC 1750
General Education Required & Recommended Courses
American Institutions POLS 1100 American National Government
HIST 1700 American Civilization
3 All Recommended
Interdisciplinary EDUC 2000 Exploring Educ. in Society
PE 1098 Wellness Dynamics
3 All Recommended
Humanities COMM 1010 Intro. to Communications
COMM 2110 Interpersonal Communication
HIST 1110 Western Civilization II
3 All Recommended
Social & Behavioral ANTH 1010 Cultural Anthropology
CJ 1010 Introduction of Criminal Justice
COMM 2150 Intercultural Communication
SOC 1010 Introduction to Sociology
3 All Recommended
Life Sciences BIOL 1610/1615 Gen. Biology & Lab
BIOL 2050 Southern Utah Flora
4 -Natural ResourceEmp -Recommended
Physical Sciences GEO 1050/1055 Geology of Nat'l Park/Lab GEO 2210/2215 Geology of S. Utah/Lab 4 4 cr. of GEO req. for majors/minors
In addition to completing the core and elective courses, students must complete one emphasis area: (Listed below)
Outdoor Recreation Tourism Emphasis 18 cr.
ORPT 4020 Interpretation (Required) 3 BIO 2000
HRHM 4601 Strategic Guest Services (Required) 3 ORPT 4740 & Major/Minor
Choose 3 credits of Business Skills
ACCT 2010 Accounting Principles 3
MGMT 2220 Small Business Management 3
MGMT 3210 Entrepreneurship 3 Junior standing
Choose 6 credits of Hospitality
HRHM 3020 Hospitality Safety & Sanitation Management 3
HRHM 3300 Facilities Management 3 HRHM 3000
HRHM 3400 Hotel Operations 3 HRHM 3000
HRHM 4300 Resort Recreation Management 3 HRHM 3000
HRHM 4700 Special Topics in Hospitality Management 3
Choose 3 credits of Supportive Knowledge
PSY 3500 Environmental Psychology 3 PSY 1010
NR 3000 Natural Resource Management 3
ORPT 4030 Interdisciplinary Outdoor Education 3
BIO 2050 Southern Utah Flora 3
Outdoor Recreation Tourism Emphasis Total 56 cr.
Outdoor Education Emphasis 18 cr.
ORPT 4030 Interdisciplinary Outdoor Education 3
PSY 3500 OR Environmental Psychology 3 PSY 1010
SOC 4620 Environmental Sociology 3 SOC 1010 or 1020
Choose 3 credits of Science
BIO 2050 Southern Utah Flora 3
NR 3000 OR Natural Resource Management 3
Upper Division Biology Course
Choose 3 credits of Teaching Skill Development
ORPT 4020 Interpretation 3 BIOL 2000
PSY 3820 Human Relations in Group Dynamics 3 PSY 1010 & Inst. Permission
ORPT 4860 ORPT Skills Practicum 3
Choose 3 credits of Business or Communication Skills
MGMT 3210 Entrepreneurship 3 Junior Standing
MGMT 2220 Small Business Management 3
ACCT 2010 Accounting Principles 3
COMM 2120 Team Work, Decision Making & Leadership 3
Outdoor Education Emphasis Total 56 cr.
Natural Resource Recreation Emphasis 25 cr.
GEOG 2900 GPS Theory, Techniques & Methods 2 Instructor Permission
BIOL 1620/1625 General Biology II & Lab 4 BIO 1610/1615
BIOL 3030/3035 Ecology & Lab 4

BIO 1610/1615; 1620/1625 MATH 1040

NR 3000 Natural Resource Management 3
ORPT 4020 Interpretation 3 BIO 2000
ORPT 4600 Policy and Plan in Natural Resource Rec. 3
PSY 3500 OR Environmental Psychology 3 PSY 1010
GEOG 3400 Environmental Geography 3
BIO or AGSC An approved biology or agriculture course 3
Natural Resource Recreation Emphasis Total 63 cr.

Major Course of Study

  • General Education
  • Core Course Requirements
  • Knowledge Areas requirements – (Must take: GEO 2210, GEO 2215, ENGL 1010 ENGL 2010, HSS 1200 or PE 1098)
  • University Requirement: BS Degree - Math or Science minimum requirements (12 hours)

Core Courses: 47 Hours

Course Number & Title Credits Pre-requisite
ORPT 1000 Intro to Outdoor Recreation Tourism and Tourism
ORPT 1005 ORPT Intro Practicum Lab (co-requisite for ORPT 1000)
3.0
1.0
ORPT 3050 Risk Management and Safety for Outdoor Recreation 3.0
ORPT 4020 Natural Resource Interpretation and Experiential Education 3.0
ORPT 4890 Outdoor Recreation Tourism Internship 9.0
PE 1542 Wilderness 1st Responder 3.0
PE 4740 Organization and Administration of Activity Based Programs 3.0
NR 1010 Intro to Natural Resources 3.0
NR 3000 Natural Resources Management 3.0
BIOL 2000 Natural History 3.0
GEO 1050 Geology of National Parks 3.0
GEO 1055 Geology of National Parks Lab 1.0
HRHM 3000 Introduction to Hospitality Management 3.0
HRHM 3600 Guest Service 3.0
HRHM 4300 Resort Recreation Management 3.0 HRHM 3000
Electives (Choose 2 of the 4 courses - 6 hours) Credits Pre-requisite
ORPT 1010 Outdoor Skills – Land 1 3.0
ORPT 1020 Outdoor Skills – Land 2 3.0
ORPT 1040 Outdoor Skills – Water 3.0
ORPT 1060 Outdoor Skills – Snow 3.0
Recommended Electives Credits Pre-requisite
AGSC 1750 Horsemanship I 1.0
AGSC 2760 Horsemanship II 2.0
ART 1050 Photography 3.0
BIOL 2050 Southern Utah Flora 3.0
BIOL 3030 Ecology/Lab 3035 4.0 BIOL 1610/1615: BIOL 1620/1625; MATH 1040
BIOL 4650 Conservation Biology 3.0
COMM 2300 Intro to Public Relations 3.0
CJ 1010 Intro to Criminal Justice 3.0
GEOG 2900 GPS Theory, Techniques & Methods 2.0
GEOG 3220 Weather and Climate/Lab 3230 4.0
GEOG 3400 Environmental Geography 3.0
GEO 1110 Physical Geology/Lab 1115 4.0
MGMT 2220 Small Business Management 3.0
ENVS 4130 Recreation Policy and Planning* 3.0
ENVS 4500 Wildland Recreation Behavior* 3.0
Total credits, B.S. Degree 120

*Delivery of these 2 On-line courses is being negotiated with Utah State University.

Recommended Minors:

  • Agriculture: 20
  • Biology: 19
  • Business Management: 18
  • Criminal Justice: 21
  • Geology: 20
  • Interpersonal Communications: 21
  • Hotel, Resort & Hospitality Management: 22
  • Physical Education: 22
  • Public Relations: 21