Recreation and Tourism Management

B.S., Tourism, Hospitality, and Recreation Management

Requirements for Bachelor of Science Degree 

Grade Requirements for Core Classes 

Undergraduate Majors in Recreation and Tourism Management are required to earn a grade of “C” or better in each of the Core classes for the units to be counted as progress toward a Degree.

Each class can be repeated once to improve the grade. Subsequent retakes must be appealed to the Department of Recreation and Tourism faculty. First Aid and CPR certification (non-online) are required at time of graduation.

Professional Preparation Opportunities 

Professional learning experiences are offered to students throughout the Program. Experiential education and community service learning opportunities are included in course work. Students are provided the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of leisure organizations..


All students enroll in a capstone 600-hour (6 units) senior internship. To ensure the highest quality internship experience possible, the Department requires all students to have completed all 200- and 300- level courses prior to enrollment in the internship program. However it is strongly encouraged that the senior internship experience be taken as the culminating learning opportunity toward the B.S. Degree. See your academic advisor for further requirements.

Students consult with faculty in their Option regarding policies and procedures governing practical experience. Multiple professional certifications are both possible and encouraged through judicious selection of field placements and elective course work.

Recreation Management (60 units)

The Department is committed to providing a generalist framework from which students may seek one or more professional certifications. See advisor for specific career preparation patterns. Electives are selected in consultation with and approved by the Departmental academic advisor.

1. Lower Division Core (9 units) 

RTM 202/L Planning Programs and Events for the Recreational Experience and Lab (2/1)

RTM 204 Foundations of Recreation Therapy and Special Populations (3)

RTM 278 Recreation and Leisure in Contemporary Society (3)

2. Upper Division Core (27 units) 

RTM 300 Recreation and Community Development (3)

RTM 302 Dynamics of Leadership in Recreation and Human Services (3)

RTM 303 Promotion of the Recreation Experience (3)

RTM 304 Entrepreneurial Ventures in Recreation and Human Services (3)

RTM 402 Models of Play, Recreation and Leisure (3)

RTM 403 Evaluation Research in Recreation and Human Services (3)

RTM 490 Challenges in Leisure Services Seminar (3)

RTM 494ABC Senior Internship (6)

3. Electives (mimimum of 15 units) 

RTM 251 Recreation and the Natural Environment (3)

RTM 280 Organizing Campus Recreation and Sport (3)

RTM 294CS/L Recreation Service Learning Theory and Practicum (1/2)

RTM 305 Dynamics of Early Childhood Play (3)

RTM 310/L Adventure Recreation and Human Relations and Lab (2/1)

RTM 314 Leisure Aspects of the Hospitality Industry (3)

RTM 330 Women, Leisure and Ethnicity in the U.S. (3)

RTM 351 Practices of Outdoor and Environmental Education (3)

RTM 352 Play and Human Potential (3)

RTM 353/L Literature of the Wilderness Experience (2/1)

RTM 375A Recreation Therapy Programming and Adaptive Techniques (3)

RTM 375B Recreation Therapy Leadership and Programming (3)

RTM 405 Play and the Exceptional Child (3)

RTM 406/L Enhancing Childhood Creativity (2/1)

RTM 415 Leisure and Aging (3)

RTM 444 Non-Profit Organizations and Fund- Development in Leisure and Human Services (3)

RTM 452/L Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Lab (3/2)

RTM 475 Recreation Therapy Process Management (3)

RTM 480 Recreational Tourism (3)

Choose up to 2 units from the following: 

RTM 151A Backpacking (2)

RTM 151B Rock Climbing and Mountaineering (2)

RTM 151C Winter Mountaineering (2)

RTM 151D Flat-Water Boating (2)

RTM 151E Whitewater Boating (2)

RTM 151F Survival (2)

RTM 151G Challenge/Ropes Courses (2)

RTM 151H Caving (2)

RTM 265 Water Skiing and Wakeboarding (1)

RTM 267/L Sailing (1/1)

Choose up to 3 units from the following: 

RTM 398A Supervised Individual Project (1)

RTM 498A Field Assignment and Reports (1)

RTM 498B Field Assignment and Reports (2)

RTM 499A-C Independent Study (1-3)

Up to 6 elective units may be selected in career-related courses outside the Department subject to the approval of the Departmental advisor.

Total Units in the Major 60

General Education (Maximum Overlap 12 Units) 48

Additional Units 15-27

Total Units Required for the B.A. Degree: 120