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Lake Superior State University

Parks and Recreation: Bachelor of Science

Program Description


The bachelor of science degree in parks and recreation combines an associates degree in natural resources technology with additional course work relative to human resource management in the outdoor environment. Many jobs can be found in the public, private and commercial settings.

A one-semester internship is required for this degree.



Degree Requirements


Program Requirements (35 credits)

  • RECS101 Introduction to Recreation 3
  • KINS105 Program Development and Leadership 3
  • RECS262 Outdoor Recreation 3
  • RECS295 Recreation Practicum 1
  • RECS360 Facilitation and Interpretation 3
  • RECS362 Land Management for Recreation Purposes 3
  • RECS365 Expedition Management 3
  • RECS390 Recreation Leader Apprenticeship 1
  • RECS397 Recreation Studies Junior Research Seminar 1
  • RECS435 Research in Recreation and Leisure Sciences 3
  • RECS437 Recreation Studies Senior Research Seminar 1
  • KINS481 Professional Development Seminar 1
  • KINS482 Administration of Recreation Services 3
  • RECS492 Recreation Internship 6*

Cognate Requirements (57 credits)

  • ACTG132 Principles of Accounting 4
  • NRES107 Field Biology: Fish & Wildlife Identification 3
  • BIOL132 General Biology:  Organisms 4
  • NRES203 Fundamentals of Natural Resources 3
  • NRES230 Introduction to Soil Science 4
  • NRES284 Principles Forest Conservation 4
  • NRES286 Principles of Watersheds 3
  • CHEM108 Applied Chemistry 3
  • CHEM109 Applied Chemistry Lab 1
  • EMED188 Wilderness First Responder 2
  • EVRN131 Introduction to GIS and GPS 3
  • EVRN225 Intermediate GIS 3
  • FIRE102 Wildland and Rural Fire Control 3
  • MATH111 College Algebra 3
  • NSCI103 Environmental Science 3
  • NSCI104 Environmental Science Lab 1
  • PSYC101 Introduction to Psychology 4
  • PSYC210 Statistics 3
  • SOWK480 Grantwriting 3

Complete one course from the following two:

  • GEOL121 Physical/Historical Geology I 4
  • NSCI102 Great Lakes Region: Geology & Resources 4


*RECS492 may be completed during the summer of the student’s junior or senior year, in accordance with academic prerequisites.

General Education: All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Requirements.

A minimum of 125 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Requirements.


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