Academic Programs Catalog

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Department of Community Sustainability

Undergraduate Programs
Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism

The Department of Community Sustainability offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism. By combining a body of specialized professional knowledge with the study of natural, social, management and behavioral sciences, the program provides an opportunity for students to obtain a broad, interdisciplinary education which emphasizes a professional area of knowledge integrated with the tenets of sustainability. The Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism major is designed to prepare students for professional positions related to the management and enjoyment of the outdoors. Such positions include management of public parks, forests and protected areas, non-profit lands and facilities such as camps and commercial enterprises that provide goods and services to outdoor enthusiasts. Meeting people’s outdoor leisure needs, enhancing the quality of life, and providing sustainable economic and social development are hallmarks of the Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism major.

Students in the Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism major will acquire an understanding of natural resource recreation and tourism that integrates sustainability and effectively links theory with practice while engaging the community. This includes the concepts of leisure, tourism, recreation and sustainability, as well as operation of recreation delivery systems, policy, administration, management, planning and evaluation.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism major is met by completing Community Sustainability 325, 330 or 433. That course is referenced in item 3. below.

    The completion of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources mathematics requirement may also satisfy the University mathematics requirement.
  2. The requirements of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources for the Bachelor of Science degree.

    Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
                   
    a. All of the following courses (12 to 15 credits):  
      CSUS 200 Introduction to Sustainability 3
      CSUS 300 Theoretical Foundations of Sustainability 3
      CSUS 301 Citizen Engagement for Sustainability 3
      CSUS 493 Professional Internship 3 to 6
    b. One of the following courses (3 credits):  
      CSUS 325 Study and Practice of Communication for Sustainability (W) 3
      CSUS 330 Organizational Management for Community Sustainability (W) 3
      CSUS 433 Grant Writing and Fund Development (W) 3
      Community Sustainability 330 may not be used to fulfill both 3. b. and 3. c.  
    c. Five of the following courses (15 or 16 credits):  
      CSUS 273 Introduction to Travel and Tourism 3
      CSUS 276 Sustaining Our National Parks and Recreation Lands 3
      CSUS 330 Organizational Management for Community Sustainability (W) 3
      CSUS 473 Social Entrepreneurship for Community Sustainability 3
      CSUS 474 Advanced Topics in Tourism Management 3
      CSUS 476 Natural Resource Recreation Management 4
      Community Sustainability 330 may not be used to fulfill both 3. b. and 3. c.  
    d. One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
      FW 419 Applications of Geographic Information Systems to Natural Resources 4
      GEO 221 Introduction to Geographic Information 3
    e. Five of the following courses (14 or 15 credits):  
      ACC 230 Survey of Accounting Concepts 3
      CSS 210 Fundamentals of Soil Science 3
      CSUS 310 History of Environmental Thought and Sustainability 3
      CSUS 354 Water Resources Management 3
      CSUS 429 Program Planning and Evaluation 3
      CSUS 431 Interpretation and Visitor Information Systems 3
      CSUS 445 Community-Based Environmental and Sustainability Education 3
      CSUS 464 Environmental and Natural Resource Policy in Michigan 3
      CSUS 465 Environmental and Law and Policy 3
      EEP 255 Ecological Economics 3
      FOR 412 Wildland Fire   2
      GBL 323 Introduction to Business Law 3
      HB 100 Introduction to Hospitality Business 2
      HB 237 Management of Lodging Systems 3
      HB 267 Management of Food and Beverage Systems 3
      MKT 327 Introduction to Marketing 3