Recreation and Parks Management

Degree Awarded

  • Associate of Arts

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the four-year program, students are prepared for a wide variety of professional recreation and parks responsibilities with local, state and federal government agencies, land managing agencies, private and commercial recreational organizations, and agencies serving special populations.

Admissions Requirements

Entering freshmen are admitted directly into the major.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

GEF Elective Requirements (6)3
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3
College Algebra 5-Day
College Algebra 4-Day
College Algebra 3-Day
STAT 211Elementary Statistical Inference (GEF 8)3
BIOL 101
BIOL 103
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory (GEF 2)
CHEM 111Survey of Chemistry4
or GEOL 110
GEOL 111
Environmental Geoscience
and Environmental Geoscience Laboratory
CSAD 270Effective Public Speaking (GEF 8)3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology (GEF 4)3
SOCA 101Introduction to Sociology3
or SOCA 105 Introduction to Anthropology
AGEE 110Microcomputer Applications in Agricultural Education3
FMAN 212Forest Ecology3
FOR 101Careers in Natural Resources Management 1 (eq. WVUe 191)1
FOR 140West Virginia's Natural Resources (GEF 8)3
FOR 203Careers in Natural Resources Management 21
FOR 205Dendrology3
PLSC 206Principles of Plant Science4
ARE 220Introductory Environmental and Resource Economics (or any BUSA course)3
WMAN 150Principles of Conservation Ecology (GEF 7)3
WDSC 100Forest Resources in United States History (GEF 5)3
Total Hours60

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
BIOL 101
BIOL 103 (GEF 2)
4WMAN 150 (GEF 7)3
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3CSAD 270 (GEF 8)3
 AGEE 1103
 SOCA 101 or 1053
WDSC 100 (GEF 5)3 
FOR 101 (eq. WVUe 191)1 
 14 15
Second Year
CHEM 111 or GEOL 110 and GEOL 1114ARE 220 (or any BUSA course)3
FOR 140 (GEF 8)3PSYC 101 (GEF 4)3
FOR 2031FMAN 2123
FOR 2053STAT 2113
PLSC 2064GEF 63
 15 16
Total credit hours: 60

Major Learning Goals

recreation and parks management

  1. Demonstrate entry-level knowledge about operations and strategic management/planning/policy related to parks, recreation, natural resources and/or related professions.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the roles, significance, and benefits of leisure and recreation to societies in the past, present, and future.
  3. Describe and apply comprehensive natural resource management principles and strategies (from both ecological and social sciences) by analyzing natural resource recreation and tourism management problems and policy.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of how the scientific method can be applied strategically to improve the management and planning of recreation areas and organizations.
  5. Demonstrate the use of a wide range of effective communication skills to enhance the management and planning of recreation programs, areas and organizations.



  • Dr. Heidi B. Samuels - Ed. D.
    West Virginia University

Associate professor

  • Jeff Jones - MS in Forestry
    West Virginia University