Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services (BS)

Resource Management

Program Requirements

Prerequisites to the Major

Students must earn a "C" or better in RPLS 272 prior to admission to the major. In special circumstances, the department may grant admission to students who have not first completed RPLS 272. However, all RPLS majors must complete RPLS 272 as a requirement for graduation.

A foundation course that introduces the student to the profession of leisure services. Emphasis is placed on recreation in the student's life, the development of the profession, the community leisure service system and careers in recreation, parks and leisure services.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-09

Major Common Core

Through interactive classroom assignments, students develop expertise in planning, leading and evaluating a recreational experience. Foundations of leadership, group dynamics and motivation are also included.

Prerequisites: none

This course will explore research design with emphasis related to the areas of recreation, parks, and leisure sciences. Basic overview of research methodologies commonly utilized in leisure sciences and approaches to RPLS research will be explored through review of original research. Students will be required to produce and revise scientific writing with specific focus on presenting material to audiences in the RPLS field. Team-based problem centered research questions will be developed and investigated using methodology with current RPLS-related issues.

Prerequisites: RPLS 272, RPLS 376, or with instructor permission. Upper division prerequisites can be taken concurrently with instructor permission.

This course introduces students to basic management and planning techniques for a wide variety of in-door and out-door recreation facilities.

Prerequisites: RPLS 272 or with instructor permission.

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge, skills, and tools to effectively implement technology in recreation. Students will have the opportunity to explore practical applications of technological in recreation. The objective of this class is to introduce the student to the variety of ways computers and other technologies are used in everyday recreation management.

Prerequisites: RPLS 272 or with instructor permission.

The emphasis of this course is on the program planning process-from creating the idea through evaluation of the program-and how it fits into the agency profile. Various formats such as leisure learning, tournaments, trips and outings, and special events are highlighted for a variety of leisure service agencies.

Prerequisites: RPLS 272, RPLS 277, or with instructor permission.

This course investigates basic economic principles behind managing finances and budgets in recreation, sport and tourism settings. Particular attention will be applied to revenue generation, specifically via grant writing, and creating and managing budgets. Upper division prerequisites can be taken concurrently with instructor permission.

Prerequisites: RPLS 272, RPLS 373, or with instructor permission. Upper division prerequisites can be taken concurrently with instructor permission.

This course investigates legislative and budgetary processes utilized in the public, non-profit, and private sectors of the leisure services profession. Upper division prerequisites can be taken concurrently with instructor permission.

Prerequisites: RPLS 272, RPLS 376, or with instructor permission. Upper division prerequisites can be taken concurrently with instructor permission.

This course explores the philosophical and theoretical foundations that intersect and connect our multifaceted discipline of recreation, parks and leisure services. Specifically, the relationships between nature, conservation, wilderness, social equity, disability, commodification of leisure, and recreation experiences will be explored from the vantage point of a variety of influential scholars. Students will critically analyze the material and discuss potential implications for the profession. Upper division prerequisites can be taken concurrently with instructor permission.

Prerequisites: RPLS 272, RPLS 274, RPLS 277, RPLS 282, RPLS 341W, or with instructor permission. Upper division prerequisites can be taken concurrently with instructor permission.

The Practicum, which is one full semester of professional work experience, is completed at the end of the student's course work and requires 560 hours of service at a Department approved agency where the student works full-time for 14 weeks. Written permission is required from the student's advisor, one semester in advance. All required RPLS courses must be completed with a C or better grade.

Prerequisites: All required RPLS courses completed with a 'C' or better.

Major Restricted Electives

In consultation with your advisor, choose twelve (12) credits from the courses listed below.

This course exposes the parks and recreation major to basic outdoor skills. The camping movement in America is discussed as well as progressional planning strategies for outdoor recreation.

Prerequisites: RPLS 272, RPLS 277 or with instructor permission.

Students will be introduced to various methods and skills used to design and deliver interpretive programs and materials to various audiences. Students will also apply the philosophies, concepts, theories and practical skills necessary for implementing effective interpretive programs.

Prerequisites: RPLS 272. RPLS 282. or with instructor permission.

This course is a survey of commercial recreation and tourism that examines the basic types of commercial recreation and tourism providers, some basic trends in commercial recreation and the social, economic and environmental impacts of commercial recreation and tourism.

Prerequisites: RPLS 272, RPLS 277, RPLS 282 or with instructor permission.

Students will learn about and gain experience with assessment as it is practiced in therapeutic recreation settings. The course focuses on the basics of assessment, the four most frequently utilized information gathering techniques, and commonly used assessment instruments.

Prerequisites: RPLS 272, RPLS 274 or with instructor permission.

This course details the Therapeutic Recreation process: assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation in relation to individual treatment programs in Therapeutic Recreation Service. Emphasis is on interpreting assessment data, writing measurable goals and objectives, implementing an actual program and documenting program results in terms currently used in human service settings.

Prerequisites: RPLS 272, RPLS 274, or with instructor permission.

This course is designed to teach a wide variety of interventions and facilitation techniques used in therapeutic recreation programs to give the student knowledge, practice and ability in the implementation of leisure and recreation programs for persons with special needs.

Prerequisites: RPLS 272, RPLS 274, or with instructor permission.

This course introduces students to special event planning, development, budgeting, promotion and evaluation. The use, recruitment, evaluation and recognition of volunteers as well as fund raising strategies are discussed and employed. Upper division prerequisites can be taken concurrently with instructor permission.

Prerequisites: RPLS 272, RPLS 373, or with instructor permission. Upper division prerequisites can be taken concurrently with instructor permission.

This course examines major topics of social science research aimed at learning the preferences, attitudes, behaviors, experiences and benefits of visitors to outdoor recreation areas.

Prerequisites: RPLS 272, RPLS 282, or with instructor permission.

This course introduces students to some basic natural resource and visitor management techniques in outdoor recreation settings. Topics such as interpretation and environmental education, visitor management and ecosystem management are among those discussed.

Prerequisites: RPLS 272, RPLS 282, or with instructor permission.

Traces the history of the parks movement in the United States, selected legislation establishing parks and the enactment of funding legislation. The importance of public participation, planning and political strategies are stressed. Upper division prerequisites can be taken concurrently with instructor permission.

Prerequisites: RPLS 272 RPLS 282 RPLS 341W, or with instructor permission. Upper division prerequisites can be taken concurrently with instructor permission.

This course is designed to develop the student's ability to function as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team and practice critical thinking, writing and oral skills related to treatment decisions, ethical issues, professional issues, and health care delivery systems.

Prerequisites: RPLS 272, RPLS 274, or with instructor permission.

Emphasis Common Core

This course is designed to be an overview of Therapeutic Recreation Services in a variety of human service settings with emphasis on the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of leisure and recreation programs performed by therapeutic recreation specialists serving persons with physical, mental, emotional or social limitations.

Prerequisites: none

Diverse Cultures: Purple

A broad survey course that is concerned with game and non-game wildlife species. Habitat is stressed throughout the course as a necessity for maintaining a species. Funding of wildlife programs and changing attitudes of the public are concerns throughout this course.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-10

Traces the history of public lands in the United States, their acquisition and disposal. Congressional charges to executive agencies managing national lands and state and local government responsibilities for managing nonfederal public lands. Attention is given to international oceanic resources and how the international community will manage these resources.

Prerequisites: RPLS 272, RPLS 282, or with instructor permission.

Degree Plan

First Year

Fall - 16 Credits

A foundation course that introduces the student to the profession of leisure services. Emphasis is placed on recreation in the student's life, the development of the profession, the community leisure service system and careers in recreation, parks and leisure services.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-09

General Education Course * 3 credits

General Education Course * 3 credits

General Education Course * 3 credits

General Education Course * 4 credits

Spring - 16 Credits

A broad survey course that is concerned with game and non-game wildlife species. Habitat is stressed throughout the course as a necessity for maintaining a species. Funding of wildlife programs and changing attitudes of the public are concerns throughout this course.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-10

General Education Course * 3 credits

General Education Course * 3 credits

General Education Course * 3 credits

General Education Course * 4 credits

Second Year

Fall - 16 Credits

This course is designed to be an overview of Therapeutic Recreation Services in a variety of human service settings with emphasis on the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of leisure and recreation programs performed by therapeutic recreation specialists serving persons with physical, mental, emotional or social limitations.

Prerequisites: none

Diverse Cultures: Purple

Through interactive classroom assignments, students develop expertise in planning, leading and evaluating a recreational experience. Foundations of leadership, group dynamics and motivation are also included.

Prerequisites: none

General Education Course * 3 credits

General Education Course * 3 credits

General Education Course * 4 credits

Spring - 14 Credits

This course will explore research design with emphasis related to the areas of recreation, parks, and leisure sciences. Basic overview of research methodologies commonly utilized in leisure sciences and approaches to RPLS research will be explored through review of original research. Students will be required to produce and revise scientific writing with specific focus on presenting material to audiences in the RPLS field. Team-based problem centered research questions will be developed and investigated using methodology with current RPLS-related issues.

Prerequisites: RPLS 272, RPLS 376, or with instructor permission. Upper division prerequisites can be taken concurrently with instructor permission.

The emphasis of this course is on the program planning process-from creating the idea through evaluation of the program-and how it fits into the agency profile. Various formats such as leisure learning, tournaments, trips and outings, and special events are highlighted for a variety of leisure service agencies.

Prerequisites: RPLS 272, RPLS 277, or with instructor permission.

Elective Course in Major * 3 credits

General Education Course * 3 credits

General Elective Course * 2 credits

Third Year

Fall - 17 Credits

The course will be an introduction to the analysis of spatial data using the concept of a geographic information system (GIS). Content of the course will be, to a great extent, based on the NCGIA core curriculum with assignments tailored to the data and software available within the department such as ArcGIS.

Prerequisites: none

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge, skills, and tools to effectively implement technology in recreation. Students will have the opportunity to explore practical applications of technological in recreation. The objective of this class is to introduce the student to the variety of ways computers and other technologies are used in everyday recreation management.

Prerequisites: RPLS 272 or with instructor permission.

Elective Course in Major * 3 credits

General Elective Course * 4 credits

General Elective Course * 3 credits

Spring - 16 Credits

Traces the history of public lands in the United States, their acquisition and disposal. Congressional charges to executive agencies managing national lands and state and local government responsibilities for managing nonfederal public lands. Attention is given to international oceanic resources and how the international community will manage these resources.

Prerequisites: RPLS 272, RPLS 282, or with instructor permission.

Elective Course in Major * 3 credits

Elective Course in Major * 3 credits

General Elective Course * 4 credits

General Elective Course * 3 credits

Fourth Year

Fall - 17 Credits

This course investigates basic economic principles behind managing finances and budgets in recreation, sport and tourism settings. Particular attention will be applied to revenue generation, specifically via grant writing, and creating and managing budgets. Upper division prerequisites can be taken concurrently with instructor permission.

Prerequisites: RPLS 272, RPLS 373, or with instructor permission. Upper division prerequisites can be taken concurrently with instructor permission.

This course investigates legislative and budgetary processes utilized in the public, non-profit, and private sectors of the leisure services profession. Upper division prerequisites can be taken concurrently with instructor permission.

Prerequisites: RPLS 272, RPLS 376, or with instructor permission. Upper division prerequisites can be taken concurrently with instructor permission.

This course explores the philosophical and theoretical foundations that intersect and connect our multifaceted discipline of recreation, parks and leisure services. Specifically, the relationships between nature, conservation, wilderness, social equity, disability, commodification of leisure, and recreation experiences will be explored from the vantage point of a variety of influential scholars. Students will critically analyze the material and discuss potential implications for the profession. Upper division prerequisites can be taken concurrently with instructor permission.

Prerequisites: RPLS 272, RPLS 274, RPLS 277, RPLS 282, RPLS 341W, or with instructor permission. Upper division prerequisites can be taken concurrently with instructor permission.

General Elective Course * 3 credits

General Elective Course * 3 credits

General Elective Course * 2 credits

Spring - 9 Credits

The Practicum, which is one full semester of professional work experience, is completed at the end of the student's course work and requires 560 hours of service at a Department approved agency where the student works full-time for 14 weeks. Written permission is required from the student's advisor, one semester in advance. All required RPLS courses must be completed with a C or better grade.

Prerequisites: All required RPLS courses completed with a 'C' or better.