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Outdoor Recreation in Parks and Tourism Bachelor's Degree Program

Prepare for an exciting career working in and protecting nature

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The Southern Utah University Outdoor Recreation in Parks and Tourism bachelor’s program is unlike any program of its kind in the world. No other campus offers what you get from the SUU campus in beautiful Cedar City, Utah. Here, you are within half a day’s drive of 11 national parks, national monuments, and recreation areas, and within 100 miles of Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Grand Canyon National Park, and the Pine View Mountains. This means you are never far from incredible wilderness experiences where you can practice the skills that are at the core of your Outdoor Recreation bachelor’s degree program.

As an Outdoor Recreation major, you will choose between three emphases for your degree: Public Lands Leadership and Management, Outdoor Education, or Outdoor Recreation Tourism. No matter which emphasis you choose, every course you take will include project-based learning that allows you experience what it will be like to pursue a career in your chosen field.

Every student in the Outdoor Recreation program completes either an internship or a practicum. Many of these positions lead directly to jobs, and the program has an excellent track record for helping students begin careers in Outdoor Recreation.

The average class size of 28 students means you get to work closely with your professors who become valued mentors as you decide on your specific career direction. By the time you graduate, you will have gained incredible wilderness skills along with a deep respect for our beautiful but fragile environment and be fully prepared to begin your career in Outdoor Recreation.

Why Choose SUU for Outdoor Recreation Studies?

  • SUU’s Outdoor Engagement Center is equipped with all the resources you need to master skills you’ll need in the wilderness. Many students complete their required Edge Project through the Outdoor Engagement Center.
  • Professors in the Outdoor Recreation in Parks and Tourism degree program include instructors who are experts in ecology, minimizing human impact on nature, and hands-on adventure skills such as rock-climbing, ice-climbing, mountain-biking, canyoneering, caving, and other such endeavors.

  • The SUU Outdoor Recreation program will equip you to help fill the void that will be created in the next 10 years as a record number of land management agency personnel retire. There are not nearly enough qualified replacements.

Career and Salary Potential for Outdoor Recreation Graduates

Graduates holding an Outdoor Recreation major may find employment in a variety of different positions. Some of the most popular include:

  • Tour guides and escorts
  • Forest Service (BLM)
  • Parks and Recreation program management
  • Equine Therapists

Campus Opportunities for Outdoor Recreation Majors

Trip Adventurers

Outdoor Recreation Courses You May Take

  • Recreation Ecology – Explore the impact of recreation activities on the environment and its resources.

  • Foundations in Outdoor Recreation – Examine the ethics, history, economic importance, skills, trends, and other aspects of outdoor recreation.

  • Leadership in Outdoor Recreation  – Develop the leadership skills needed for outdoor recreation decision making. Learn about essential skills for back-country living.

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