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Recreation, Parks & Tourism Resources

WVU student paddling a whitewater raft As a natural resource management-oriented program, the curriculum focuses on social, economic and ecological dimensions of managing natural resources. This program is accredited by the Society of American Foresters and is recognized as a leader in training future managers of recreation resources.

Fast Facts

Nationally Accredited

Our program is accredited by the Society of American Foresters.

Market yourself

You’ll have the opportunity to earn multiple and marketable certifications.

unique Opportunities

WVU is the only campus in the U.S. with both a canopy tour and a high-low challenge course.



  • Park, forest, or natural resource rangers and managers; 
  • Recreation tour operators, outfitters, and guides; 
  • Challenge/ropes course, or canopy tour guides and facilitators; 
  • Recreation programmers at resorts; 
  • State and local tourism agencies

Course Schedule

Freshman Year

Suggested Plan of Study

Fall Spring
WVUE 191 – First Year Seminar
ENGL 102 – Composition, Rhetoric and Research
ENGL 101 – Intro to Composition and Rhetoric
WMAN 150 – Principles of Conservation Ecology
BIOL 101 and 103 – General Biology
PSYC 101 – Introduction to Psychology
RPTR 142 – Introduction to Recreation, Parks and Tourism
WDSC 100 – Forest Resources in U.S. History
FOR 140 – West Virginia’s Natural Resources
RPTR 242 – Environmental and Cultural Interpretation
MATH 126B – College Algebra (4-Day)

For full suggested course schedule, class descriptions and more information on General Education Foundations (GEF) see course catalog.