Recreation Resource Management - BS

S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources

About This Degree

Utah State University was the first to offer an academic course on managing outdoor recreation.

Since the first class offered in the 1930s, USU continues to offer a strong degree program that prepares students for careers in public land recreation management.

Recreation resource management involves managing lands to accommodate recreational uses as well as interpreting the natural values of these lands to recreation visitors. Recreation resources play a vital role in maintaining the multiple uses of public lands. USU is located within half a day’s drive of six national parks, putting students in close proximity with field study opportunities at some of the most beautiful and most commonly visited recreation sites in the world.

What You Will Learn

Students wishing to pursue recreation resource management must have good people skills as well as a solid understanding of natural resources. Undergraduates receive a background in biological sciences, including courses in wildlife and fish diversity, plants, and ecology. The curriculum also places a strong focus on the human dimensions of natural resources, including planning and management; environmental interpretation; sociology and psychology of recreation; and environmental economics, history, and law.

Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

With a degree in recreation resource management, students may be qualified for the following careers:

  • Recreation planner with state or federal agencies
  • Park ranger in national forests, national rangelands, state parks, national parks, or wilderness areas
  • Recreation professionals for organizations that promote or manage recreational use of land
  • Environmental interpretation and education
  • Environmental consultant
  • Wildlife researcher
  • Land use planner
  • Public policy maker

Job Outlook



We will build on your goals and experiences while working together to design an individualized semester-by-semester plan. Your personalized plan will help you see a path from where you are now on to graduation. Even if you are unsure of the major you would like to pursue, we can help with resources and ideas.

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Admission Requirements

In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the recreation resource management program has additional requirements:

  • Freshmen: New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission to this major.
  • Transfer Students: Transfer students from other institutions or from other USU majors need a 2.5 total GPA for admission. Special attention will be given to the amount of, and performance in, prerequisite math and science courses.

International students have additional admissions requirements.

Program Requirements

All students complete a special project in order to graduate which might entail undergraduate research, a mentored internship, or a service-learning project.

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