Office: 102 Patterson Hall
Parks and Recreation
The Department of Parks, Conservation and Recreational Therapy offers degree programs leading to the Bachelor of Science in Parks and Resource Management and a Bachelor of Science in Recreational Therapy.
The Department cooperates closely with a number of government and private agencies and organizations in an effort to provide quality academic and practical experiences. Cooperative agreements with a variety of parks, recreation, environment, and health-related agencies provide ample opportunities for students to acquire a sound base in the practical application of theory , knowledge, and skills provided in the classroom.
Graduates of the programs are currently employed in positions within the park and recreation fields. Many are serving as recreation therapists, park managers and superintendents, national and state park rangers, outdoor recreation planners, environmental educators, nature and history interpreters, and other similar positions.
The mission of the Park Resource Management program is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to function as park and resource management professionals for a variety of federal, state, local, and private agencies and organizations. The broad-based program approach provides study in natural history and ecology, natural systems management, cultural resource management, and contemporary issues in parks, recreation, and resource management. Coursework focused on administrative, interpretive, and sustainable planning aspects of park and recreation is also featured.
The mission of the Therapeutic Recreation program is to offer a quality undergraduate curriculum that prepares students for current entry-level practice in a variety of health and human service settings. The emphasis is on therapeutic recreation as a means to restore, remediate and/or rehabilitate individuals with a diversity of disorders/disabilities. The program integrates coursework, practical experiences, and professional activities as a foundation for the development of competent professionals.
All park and recreation majors must qualify for department advanced standing prior to enrollment in PREE450, Internship.
Jennifer Carben, Colleen Cooke, Shawn Davis, Deborah Hutchins, Christopher Leininger, John Lisco, Rebecca Thomas