B.S. in Recreation Resource Management (RRM)

Advisor: Laurie Holst

B.S. in Recreation Resource Management (RRM)The United States devotes more of its public lands to recreation use than any other country, so it’s natural that those who manage these areas are concerned with the planning, management, and overall sustainability of these unique recreation resources. For over 30 years, the OSU Recreation Resource Management (RRM) program has been preparing students to meet the challenges of providing quality recreation opportunities to visitors. If you care about the ecological integrity of our natural resources and you want to ensure that you and future generations will be able to enjoy them, the RRM program is for you!

The core curriculum provides the opportunity for students to study recreation behavior, recreation planning and management, communication, wilderness management, resource economics, resource ecology and conservation, and resource analysis and policy. In addition, there are 16 different options or minors to help you narrow your focus. If you’re thinking about starting your own whitewater rafting business, for example, then perhaps a minor in business administration is for you. Or, if your interest runs to anthropology and history, you may want to choose the cultural resources management option. If you want to give others new understanding and insights into the natural world, you might select an environmental resource interpretation option. Our sociology option helps students understand group dynamics and behavior. We also have a popular law enforcement option.

Many laboratory courses take you out to the College of Forestry’s Research Forests. Field school is an added experiential dimension. In recent years, students have traveled to Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah, Glacier National Park in Montana, the Gila Wilderness Area in New Mexico, and to Spain to work directly with managers solving real on-the-ground problems. Students can also apply for national and international exchange programs for travel and learning opportunities in such counties as New Zealand, Germany and Spain.

RRM graduates find employment as managers and planners for federal land managing agencies such as the US Forest Service, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, or as recreation consultants, as recreation guides for river rafting and sea kayaking companies, or as rangers, naturalists, resource planners, environmental educators, wilderness managers, wildland law enforcement officers, ecotourism planners, or nature-based tourism specialists.

Come join us in the exciting task of managing some of the best real estate in America!

2011-12 Recreation Resource Management Handbook


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