Recreation and Leisure Studies

Minor in Nature Tourism

The nature tourism minor is jointly offered by the Recreation and Leisure Studies program and the Department of Environmental Science in the College of Science, Technology, and Health. The minor combines coursework to provide students with an introductory knowledge of ecotourism, outdoor recreation leadership, and nature interpretation. Safe and responsible use of outdoor environments is a prime focus of the minor. Enrollment in the nature tourism minor can increase student understanding and enjoyment of nature while enhancing future employment opportunities in ecotourism and adventure recreation businesses, wilderness equipment outfitters, or organizations that focus on environmental education.

The minor is open to undergraduate students* and requires the completion of 19 to 20 credit hours of coursework.

Students seeking the minor in nature tourism must complete the following courses:

Required Courses (16 credits)Credits
     ESP 110/REC 233 Nature Based Tourism3
     ESP 101, 102 Fundamentals of Environmental Science with Lab4
     REC 233 Outdoor Recreation3
     ESP 203 Environmental Communication3
     REC 218 Wilderness Emergency Response3
Elective Courses (3-4 credits) 
     ESP 101 102 Fundamentals of Environmental Science with Lab4
     ESP 150 Environmental Science Field Immersion3
     REC 367 Adventure Based Counseling3
Not all classes are offered every semester. Some courses may have prerequisites. 

*Recreation and leisure studies majors can only substitute REC 218 Wilderness Emergency Response for CON 216 Emergency Response if they are enrolled in the nature tourism minor and have completed either ESP 110 or ESP 101K and 102K. In addition, recreation and leisure studies majors may not take REC 234 Outdoor Recreation Leadership as a REC general elective. This course may be taken in addition to the requirements of their degree.

Nature-based Tourism at USM

Enrollment in the Nature Tourism Minor can increase your understanding and enjoyment of nature while enhancing future employment opportunities in ecotourism and adventure recreation businesses, wilderness equipment outfitters, or organizations that focus on environmental education.

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