Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies

Minor in Nature Tourism

The minor in nature tourism is jointly offered by the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies and the Department of Environmental Science and Policy. 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 minimum number of credits required for the minor in nature tourism: 19

Required courses: (16 credits) 
     ESP 101, 102 Fundamentals of Environmental Science with Laboratory
     ESP 200 Environmental Planning
     REC 218 Emergency Medical Response with Focus on Wilderness Application*
     REC 223 Introduction to Nature Tourism
     REC 233 Outdoor Recreation

Elective courses: (3 credits)
     ESP 150 Environmental Science Field Immersion Session
     REC 367 Adventure Based Counseling

Not all classes are offered every semester. Some courses may have prerequisites.

*Recreation and leisure studies majors can substitute REC 218 Emergency Medical Response with Focus on Wilderness Application for REC 216 Emergency Response only if they are enrolled in the nature tourism minor and have completed either REC 223 Introduction to Nature Tourism or ESP 101, 102 Fundamentals of Environmental Science with Laboratory.