Recreation Resources, Tourism, and Environmental Education

The Recreation Resources, Tourism, and Environmental Education track is designed for students focusing on the use and management of natural resources for recreation and tourism. Graduate students in this track may specialize in areas such recreational land management, resource-based tourism, planning for recreation and tourism, and the human dimensions of natural resource uses. Additionally, students may focus on environmental education and leadership for effective communication with diverse publics about natural resources.

View a list of faculty who work with students in this track.

Sample Coursework

The NRSM program does not prescribe specific coursework to its students, beyond our orientation course (NR 8101) and a one-credit seminar (NR 8107). Each student, working with their advisor and exam committee, develops a program of coursework that meets the needs of their specific research project and, ultimately, their career goals. See below for a list of courses that are representative of coursework taken by students within this track. When developing a well-rounded degree plan, most students also consider coursework listed under other NRSM tracks (see other Area of Study webpages for examples of coursework within those tracks), or within other departments at the university. 

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Course Subjects A through F

  • AGRO 5121 | Applied Experimental Design | Every Spring | 4 cr
  • APEC 4311 | Tourism Development: Principles, Processes, Policies | Every Spring | 3 cr
  • APEC 5031 | Methods of Economic Data Analysis | Every Fall | 3 cr
  • APEC 5032 | Economic Data Analysis for Managerial and Policy Decisions | Every Spring | 3 cr
  • APEC 8211 | Econometric Analysis I | Every Fall | 4 cr
  • APEC 8212 | Econometric Analysis II | Every Spring | 4 cr
  • CI 5537 | Principles of Environmental Education | Every Fall | 3 cr
  • CI 5747 | Global and Environmental Education: Content and Practice | Every Spring | 3 cr
  • CI 8149 | Qualitative Research: Coding, Analysis, Interpretation, and Writing | Periodic in Fall | 3 cr
  • DES 8103 | Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research | Every Spring | 3 cr
  • EEB 5053 | Ecology: Theories and Concepts | Fall Odd Years | 4 cr
  • EPSY 5221 | Principles of Educational and Psychological Measurement | Every Fall | 3 cr
  • EPSY 5243 | Principles and Methods of Evaluation | Every Fall, Spring, and Summer | 3 cr
  • EPSY 5244 | Survey Design, Sampling, and Implementation | Every Fall | 3 cr
  • EPSY 5247 | Qualitative Methods in Educational Psychology | Every Fall | 3 cr
  • EPSY 5261 | Introductory Statistical Methods | Every Fall, Spring, and Summer | 3 cr
  • EPSY 5262 | Intermediate Statistical Methods | Every Fall and Spring | 3 cr
  • EPSY 8251 | Statistical Methods in Education I | Every Fall, Spring, and Summer | 3 cr
  • EPSY 8266 | Statistical Analysis Using Structural Equation Methods | Periodic in Spring | 3 cr
  • ESPM 5202 | Environmental Conflict Management, Leadership, and Planning | Every Spring | 3 cr
  • ESPM 5211 | Survey, Measurement, and Modeling for Environmental Analysis | Every Spring | 3 cr
  • ESPM 5242 | Methods for Environmental and Natural Resource Policy Analysis | Fall Even Years | 3 cr
  • ESPM 5245 | Sustainable Land Use Planning and Policy | Every Fall | 3 cr
  • ESPM 5251 | Natural Resources in Sustainable International Development | Every Fall | 3 cr
  • ESPM 5603 | Environmental Life Cycle Analysis | Every Fall | 3 cr
  • ESPM 5811 | Environmental Interpretation | Every Spring | 3 cr

Course Subjects G through S

  • GIS 5555 | Basic Spatial Analysis | Every Fall | 3 cr
  • LS 5950 | Special Topics | Every Fall, Spring, and Summer | 1 - 4 cr
  • NR 5021 | Statistics for Agricultural and Natural Resource Professionals | Every Fall | 4 cr
  • OLPD 5061 | Ethnographic Research Methods | Periodic Fall, Spring, and Summer | 3 cr
  • OLPD 5501 | Principles and Methods of Evaluation | Every Fall, Spring, and Summer | 3 cr
  • OLPD 5502 | Comparative Evaluation Theory for Practice | Every Fall and Summer | 3 cr
  • OLPD 5528 | Focus Group Interviewing Research Methods | Every Fall | 1 - 3 cr
  • OLPD 5611 | Facilitation and Meeting Skills | Every Fall, Spring, and Summer | 1 cr 
  • PA 4101 | Nonprofit Management and Governance | Every Fall and Spring | 3 cr
  • PA 5002 | Introduction to Policy Analysis | Every Fall and Spring | 1.5 cr
  • PA 5011 | Management of Organizations | Every Fall and Spring | 3 cr
  • PA 5031 | Statistics for Public Affairs | Every Fall | 4 cr
  • PA 5035 | Survey Research and Data Collection | Every Spring | 1.5 cr
  • PA 5041 | Qualitative Methods for Policy Analysts | Every Fall | 4 cr
  • PA 5111 | Financing Public and Nonprofit Organizations | Every Spring | 3 cr
  • PA 5501 | Theories and Policies of Development | Every Fall | 3 cr
  • PA 5920 | Skills Workshop | Every Fall and Spring | .5 - 4 cr
  • POL 8126 | Qualitative Methods | Fall in Even Years, Spring in Odd Years | 3 cr
  • PSY 5202 | Attitudes and Social Behavior | Periodic in Spring | 3 cr
  • PSY 5960 | Topics in Psychology | Periodic in Fall, Spring, & Summer | 1 - 4 cr
  • PUBH 7250 | Designing and Conducting Focus Group Interviews | Every Spring and Summer | 1 cr
  • PUBH 7407 | Analysis of Categorical Data | Every Spring | 3 cr
  • SOC 5811 | Social Statistics for Graduate Students | Every Fall | 4 cr
  • SOC 8701 | Sociological Theory | Every Fall | 4 cr
  • SOC 8801 | Sociological Research Methods | Periodic in Fall and Spring | 4 cr
  • SOC 8811 | Advanced Social Statistics | Every Fall and Spring | 4 cr
  • STAT 5021 | Statistical Analysis | Every Fall and Spring | 4 cr
  • STAT 5201 | Sampling Methodology in Finite Populations | Every Spring | 3 cr
  • STAT 5302 | Applied Regression Analysis | Every Fall, Spring, and Summer | 4 cr
  • STAT 5303 | Designing Experiments | Every Fall, Spring, and Summer | 4 cr
  • STAT 5401 | Applied Multivariate Methods | Periodic in Fall | 4 cr
  • STAT 5421 | Analysis of Categorical Data | Every Fall and Spring | 3 cr
  • STAT 5601 | Nonparametric Methods | Every Fall and Spring | 3 cr
  • STAT 8051 | Advanced Regression Techniques: Linear, Nonlinear and Nonparametric Methods | Every Fall | 3 cr
  • STAT 8052 | Applied Statistical Methods 2: Design of Experiments and Mixed-Effects Modeling | Every Spring | 3 cr
  • STAT 8053 | Applied Statistical Methods 3: Multivariate Analysis and Advanced Regression | Every Fall | 3 cr
  • STAT 8054 | Statistical Methods 4: Advanced Statistical Computing | Every Spring | 3 cr