Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Slippery Rock University

Park & Resource Management, Bachelor of Science (BS)

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

Summary*

Rock Studies Requirements42
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements57
Electives21

* 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.

Rock Studies Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139University Seminar 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
MATH 117Quantitative Reasoning3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Subtotal15
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
SCI 101Science of Life3
Physical Science Inquiry
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Subtotal15
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours42

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 Outdoor 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
Subtotal39
Leadership Course
Select one of the following:3
Outdoor Leadership
Administrative Strategies for Resource Managers
Group Facilitation and Leadership
Required Courses Outside of Major Department
GES 115Introduction to Geospatial Technologies3
Subtotal6
Required Internship
PCRM 450Internship 112
Total Hours57

Co-curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. International study programs (short-term)
  2. Student-faculty research
  3. Service-learning classes
  4. Internships
  5. Volunteering
  6. Job Shadowing

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

PARK & RESOURCE MANAGEMENT - BS (6374)
This program is effective as of Fall 2020.
Revised 10.06.20
UCC 09.15.20 

Recommended Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallHours
PCRM 110 Foundations of Parks and Outdoor Recreation 3
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
INDS 101 FYRST Seminar 1
SUBJ 139University Seminar 1 3
Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
 Hours13
Spring
PCRM 111 Introduction to Park and Resource Management 3
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
MATH 117 Quantitative Reasoning 3
SCI 101 Science of Life 3
Humanities Inquiry 3
 Hours15
Second Year
Fall
PCRM 210 Resources for Outdoor Programming 3
PCRM 342 Group Facilitation and Leadership 3
GES 115 Introduction to Geospatial Technologies 3
SCI 101 Science of Life 3
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice  
Ethics and Civil Discourse  
Civil Discourse and Democracy  
Declare a Thematic Thread 2  
 Hours15
Spring
PCRM 214 Parks and Recreation Planning 3
PCRM 348 Natural History of Ecosystems I 3
PCRM Leadership Class: 3
Administrative Strategies for Resource Managers  
Outdoor Leadership  
Group Facilitation and Leadership  
Social Science Inquiry 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
 Hours15
Third Year
Fall
PCRM 315 Recreation Resource Planning and Analysis 3
Professional Elective: 3
Administrative Strategies for Resource Managers  
Outdoor Leadership  
Group Facilitation and Leadership  
PCRM 349 Natural History of Ecosystems II 3
PCRM 377 Cultural Resources Management 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
 Hours15
Spring
PCRM 415 Challenges and Trends in Parks and Conservation 3
PCRM 304 Search and Rescue/Wilderness Medicine 3
PCRM 477 Wildlife & Wildlands Field Methods and Management 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
PCRM Elective/Minor/Certificate 3
 Hours18
Summer
PCRM 351 Parks & Conservation Practicum 3
 Hours3
Fourth Year
Fall
PCRM 475 Park and Resource Management 3
PCRM 347 Interpretive Methods and Programming 3
PCRM Elective/Minor/Certificate 3
PCRM Elective/Minor/Certificate 3
PCRM Elective/Minor/Certificate 3
 Hours15
Summer
PCRM 450 Internship 12
 Hours12
 Total Hours**121

PARK & RESOURCE MANAGEMENT - BS (6374)
Revised: 02.03.2021

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year.