Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Park & Resource Management, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Liberal Studies

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Communication: 
    • Students will engage in oral communication
    • Students will produce professional written communication
    • Students will develop graphical and technological communication materials
    • Students will respond to feedback
  • Foundations in Natural Resource Management:
    • Students will identify flora, fauna, and habitat
    • Students will assess cultural resources
    • Students will practice interpretation
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving:
    • Students will apply an understanding of cultural resource management
    • Students will develop sustainable solutions to global problems
    • Students will evaluate a strategic management plan
  • Professional Leadership and Administration:
    • ​Students will provide visitor services to the public
    • Students will identify administrative tasks relevant to PRM
    • Students will lead group projects
    • Students will exhibit professional behavior
  • Career Development and Field Experiences:
    • Students will create a professional resume
    • Students will demonstrate awareness of job opportunities in the field
    • Students will participate in research
    • Students will participate in experiential learning
    • Students will develop an awareness of the spectrum of job opportunities in the field

Related Links

Park and Resource Management, BS Program Page

Parks and Conservation Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher


Liberal Studies Requirements45-46
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements57

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Liberal Studies Requirements

See Liberal Studies Guide for Goal and Enrichment choices

Goal Course Requirements
Basic Requirements
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
COMM 200Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice3
The Arts
Global Community
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
Science, Technology & Math
Challenges of the Modern Age
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select one course from three of the following Enrichment Areas:9
Total Hours45-46

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major Requirements

  • 29 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 29 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Park & Recreation Core
PCRM 110Foundations of Parks and Recreation 13
PCRM 111Introduction to Park and Resource Management 13
PCRM 214Parks and Recreation Planning 13
PCRM 304Search and Rescue/Wilderness Medicine 13
PCRM 315Recreation Resource Planning and Analysis 13
PCRM 347Interpretive Methods and Programming3
PCRM 348Natural History of Ecosystems I 13
PCRM 349Natural History of Ecosystems II 13
PCRM 351Parks & Conservation Practicum 13
PCRM 377Cultural Resources Management 13
PCRM 415Challenges and Trends in Parks and Conservation 13
PCRM 475Park and Resource Management 13
PCRM 477Wildlife & Wildlands Field Methods and Management 13
Leadership Course3
Select one of the following:
Outdoor Leadership
Administrative Strategies for Resource Managers
Group Facilitation and Leadership
Required Courses Outside of Major Department
GES 115Introduction to Geospatial Technologies3
Required Internship
PCRM 450Internship 112
Total Hours57

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

This program is effective as of Fall 2020.
Revised 10.06.20
UCC 09.15.20