Jun 20, 2024  
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Majors and Minors


Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 120

Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.0

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward major: Students must earn a minimum grade of “C-” in all required courses having the SFR designator

Other GPA requirements to graduate: None.

Required Course(s) for fulfilling Capstone Experience: SFR 491 or SFR 492

Contact Information: William H. Livingston, Associate Director for Undergraduate Programs, 201b Nutting Hall, 581-2990, WilliamL@maine.edu

Outdoor recreation is one of the world’s most diverse and fastest -growing industries. It is often intertwined within another worldwide growth industry, tourism.

The Parks, Recreation and Tourism (PRT) program is designed to provide students with training that will qualify them to work in a variety of work settings such as parks and protected natural areas, the public and private business sectors, nonprofit environmental organizations, as well as state and federal natural resource agencies. The PRT program emphasis on the integration of natural, social, and management sciences reflects the interdisciplinary context in which recreation, tourism, natural resource planning, and environmental concerns are addressed.

Students interested in the study of Parks, Recreation and Tourism will find the program ideally situated close to the rocky coasts, mountains, Acadia National Park, Baxter State Park, the Appalachian Trail and Maine tourism developments. Visits to these sites afford students unique and exciting opportunities both during class and leisure to observe and participate in on-going operations relevant to the profession. We frequently have guest lectures from the public sector and commercial recreational enterprises to acquaint students with the diversity of professional management issues and practices.

Our faculty, both full-time and cooperating, are unique in their extensive experience in the field as well as their national and international reputations. A wide array of academic experiences is available to students: field experiences, studies abroad and assisting with recreation-related research enhance our students’ education and employability.

Small class sizes ensure student/professor interaction and a more personal learning experience. A faculty advisor works closely with students to assist in choosing a program of study, provide career counseling, and provide a better understanding of the profession.

Students interested in summer intern and cooperative education opportunities can receive academic credit in addition to the valuable on-the-job training experiences. Numerous and diverse intern opportunities exist in the area allowing students to take classes simultaneously if they wish.

As with all programs in the School of Forest Resources  the PRT curriculum provides students with a solid grounding in natural resource management training.

Bachelor of Science in Parks, Recreation and Tourism

The program emphasizes the integration of natural and social sciences as an interdisciplinary context in which complex recreation, tourism, natural resource management, and environmental concerns must be addressed.

Parks, Recreation and Tourism is part of the School of Forest Resources which has the largest scholarship endowment fund on campus for an academic unit.  These funds are available to help support academic studies in Forest Resources.

Under the New England Regional Student Program, administered through the New England Board of Higher Education, the Bachelor of Science degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism is open to applicants who reside in Massachusetts or Rhode Island for reduced tuition (in-state tuition plus 50 percent).

Required Courses in Suggested Sequence for the B.S. in Parks, Recreation and Tourism

First Year - Second Semester

Second Semester - May Term

Third Year - Second Semester

Fourth Year - First Semester

Fourth Year - Second Semester

  • Credits: 3
  • Credits: 3
  • Credits: 4
  • SFR Elective1 Credits: 3

    Any student who receives a semester GPA of less than 2.0 or receives a Conduct Violation must meet with the Associate Director for Undergraduate Programs, School of Forest Resources, during the first week of the following semester to formulate an agreement on what the student will do to improve his/her record. The agreement may require passing a 1 credit course on academic recovery. The student must also meet with his/her academic advisor to review the course schedule for the coming semester. Failure to meet these expectations may result in the student being dismissed from the program.


1Any SFR 4XX course that is not part of the forestry requirements, or other course with advisor approval.

2WLE 323 is offered in the fall semester; can be switched with elective credit scheduled for fall of senior year.

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Majors and Minors