Overview

If you are inspired by the outdoors (rain, sleet, snow or sun), outdoor recreation is for you! If you study in outdoor recreation, you’ll be prepared to teach and guide activities in parks, camps, and other outdoor settings. We combine traditional classroom learning with field-based experiential learning. Much of the outdoor recreation program is field-based experiential learning with classes such as outdoor leadership, group facilitation, and wilderness first responder.

These courses combined with courses in rock climbing, paddling, and backpacking will be both physically & intellectually demanding. These classes challenge you to balance technical skills with interpersonal development, and theoretical as well as historical concepts of outdoor recreation & education. Our majors spend a semester working with our Mountain Challenge program as well as completing a summer internship.

Course Offerings

The Major in Outdoor Recreation consists of a minimum of 53 hours that includes the following courses:

PHR 102: Historical, Philosophical, and Sociological Foundations of Physical Education, Recreation, and Sports (3 hrs.)
PHR 235: Group Facilitation (3 hrs.)
PHR 315: Wilderness Emergency Response (3 hrs.)
PHR 321: Physical Education and Recreation for Special Populations (3 hrs.)
PHR 335: Outdoor Recreation Leadership (3 hrs.)
PHR 337: Internship in Physical Education of Outdoor Recreation (7-15 hrs.) (9 hours required)
PHR 343: Practicum (2-6 hrs.) (3 hours required)
PHR 347: Professional Seminar (1 hr.)

 

PHR 351-352: Senior Study (6 hrs.)
PSY 101: Introductory Psychology (3 hrs.)
BUS 201: Principles of Management (3 hrs.)
BIO 311: Natural History of the Sothern Appalachians (4 hrs.)
Six activity courses (Five must be outdoor related)


One of the following courses:
ENV 101: Introduction to Environmental Issues (3 hrs.)
ENV 316: Population (3 hrs.)
ENV 345: Environmental Politics (3 hrs.)

Students majoring in outdoor recreation are encouraged to complete coursework for a minor such as business, psychology or sociology.

 The Minor in Outdoor Recreation consists of 16 credit hours. Required courses include:

PHR 107: Paddling I (1 hr.)
PHR 172: Camping and Outdoor Education (1 hr.)
PHR 174: Orienteering [Map & Compass] (1 hr.)
PHR 235: Group Facilitation (3 hrs.)
PHR 321: Physical Education and Recreation for Special Populations (3 hrs.)
PHR 335: Outdoor Recreation Leadership (3 hrs.)
BIO 311: Natural History of the Sothern Appalachians (4 hrs.)

The minor also requires the completion of the Red Cross certification in Standard First Aid and Community CPR. The Minor in Outdoor Recreation is not open to physical education majors.