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Recreation, Parks and Tourism Resources

The Recreation Parks and Tourism Resources Program is a recognized international leader in training future managers of recreation resources like parks, public forests, resorts, adventure education programs and recreation businesses. This is a natural resource management-oriented curriculum focused on the social, economic and ecological dimensions of managing natural resources. Outdoor recreation courses provide insight into planning and managing natural resources for recreation users, tourists and visitors.

Career Profile

Graduates from the Recreation, Parks and Tourism Resources program are typically employed by city, state and national parks, tourism and natural resources agencies, and a wide range of nonprofit and business organizations.

Sample Course Schedules

Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.

Freshman Year

ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric BIOL 101 General Biology BIOL 103 General Biology Laboratory RPTR 140 Adventure West Virginia FOR 140 West Virginia's Natural Resources

Senior Year

FOR 310 Elements of Silviculture ENVP 460 Environmental Impact Assessment AGEE 421 Agricultural and Natural Resource Communications RPTR 450 Social Research Methods in NRM

By the Numbers

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English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accredited by the Society of American Foresters, the Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources program at WVU is one of only six programs in the country to earn such approval.

Alumni Profiles

Forrest Schwartz

Forrest Schwartz earned two degrees in recreation, parks and tourism resources from WVU and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at Penn State University. Prior to enrolling in graduate school, he worked as program manager for WVU’s award-winning Adventure WV Program and leads students on educational adventures.

Amber Hines

Amber Hines is the director of student recruitment and retention at the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design. She attended WVU (B.S., 2000) and worked six years as a WVU admissions counselor. She completed a master’s degree in educational leadership at WVU in 2009. She says, “My favorite professors were John and Beth Erickson in the Recreation, Parks and Tourism Resources Program. They were great mentors as well as friends!” Her advice to prospective students is simple: visit campus! “Many students have told me that they chose WVU because when they came to visit it it felt like ‘home’!”

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