May 22, 2024  
2021-22 UMM Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-22 UMM Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Science - Outdoor Recreation and Leadership


Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 120

Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.0

Required Course for fulfilling Capstone Experience and Writing Intensive in Major: REM 442

Required Course for fulfilling Service Learning in Major: REM 327

Residency requirement: Must complete at least 30 credits through UMM, at least 12 of which must be in their major and 9 of these 12 must be upper level (300 level or above). 

The Outdoor Recreaction & Leadership major provides an integrated study of recreation and tourism services that prepares students for careers ranging from game wardens to park interpreters, professional guides, recreation resource managers, camp directors, municipal recreation directors, nature-based tourism providers, fitness center directors, experiential educators, and many more. Students select our program at UMM because they love the hands-on nature of the coursework, the field work, the small class sizes, and placement in internships that gain them quality work experience by the time they graduate.

Our program emphasizes learning and leadership in a wide variety of environmental contexts. Students gain a broad understanding of leisure and recreation in our society while developing strong managerial skills. The curriculum is designed and selected with the expectation that graduates will leave UMM with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills pertinent to all areas within the leisure service industry (as “generalists”, rather than “specialists”). Yet, students have the opportunity to delve more deeply into their personal area of interest through our carefully designed cross-disciplinary minors and certificates, including: Conservation Law, Outdoor Recreation, Wilderness Therapy, and Coaching.

Our program maintains a balance between analytical thinking and practical application as we prepare students for the profession. You will become very involved in campus and community stewardship and programming through many service projects over the course of your studies. These projects, such as the Machias Haunted Forest and the Washington County Special Olympics, allow you to learn through experience while benefiting the local community.

We take great pride in our personal approach to education and our Downeast location. Our location on the coast among coves, rivers, lakes, and forests lends itself to the enjoyment of outdoor recreational experiences and, therefore, to unique experiential learning opportunities, particularly for future recreation professionals. 

Students may also acquire nationally recognized certifications while participating in this program, such as Leave No Trace Trainer, Wilderness First Responder, Red Cross EMR, MASAR, Certified Interpretive Guide, ACE Personal Fitness Trainer, and Rescue Diver.

General Requirements

Outdoor Recreation & Leadership students must complete the University Core required for all baccalaureate programs and must choose MAT 113 or MAT 124 as part of the mathematics requirement. A total of 120 credits and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 are needed to graduate with a B.S. in Outdoor Recreation & Leadership.

Program Requirements - 55-60 credits