Jul 15, 2024  
2023-2024 University of Wyoming Catalog 
2023-2024 University of Wyoming Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Outdoor Recreation & Tourism Management, Outdoor Recreation Leadership Concentration, B.S.

A B.S. in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management (ORTM) emphasizes stewardship and conservation of natural resources, tourism and outdoor recreation theories and best practices, and entrepreneurial and business management strategies.

University Studies Program

This degree requires that The University Studies Program 2015  requirements are met before graduation. Some of the courses required for this major fulfill USP requirements, but not all. Students should check their degree evaluations and consult with their assigned academic advisor to discuss their specific course plan.

Program Overview

Students choose one of five different concentrations.

Students earning a degree in ORTM will be expected to demonstrate learning in six key areas:

  1. Leadership
    1. competency in leading and building diverse, collaborative teams;
    2. application and evaluation of ethical, resourceful leadership principles to challenges and solutions within the ORTM industry.
  2. Professional Practice
    1. ability to apply and critically evaluate practical, creative, ethical, and theoretical frameworks in diverse and complex professional circumstances.
  3. Communication
    1. ability to manage dynamic relationships and demonstrate best practices in communication.
  4. Nimble and Creative Thinking
    1. ability to strategically design, implement, and evaluate sustainable and emergent services, experiences, and opportunities.
  5. Trans-disciplinarity
    1. synthesis and application of ecological and human communities, with the capacity to provide wise stewardship and conservation of natural resources;
    2. tourism and outdoor recreation theories and best practices;
    3. entrepreneurial and business management strategies.
  6. Place-based and Global Understanding
    1. skills to implement solutions appropriate for local environments that demonstrate fluency in global contexts and diverse cultures.

To fulfill the requirements, students must complete the following, earning 76+ credit hours in specified categories:

20+ Credit Hours in ORTM Foundations Courses:

Business Fundamentals:

(Complete One Course from Each Area):

Environment & Natural Resources:

People & Culture:

13+ Credit Hours in Synthesis & Applied Experience:

Applied Experience (One Credit Minimum):

*students must complete a 400-hour internship experience prior to enrolling in ORTM 4970 

19+ Credit-Hour Concentration:

Business Ethics:

Wilderness First Responder and CPR Certifications:

  • ENR 3900 - Wilderness Medicine Credits: 1-3


  • provide proof of certification to advisor

*certifications must be current at time of graduation.

Natural History:

6+ Credit Hours of Haub School Requirements Courses:

  • U.S. Diversity (choose one course)
  • Global Awareness (choose one course)

Additional Requirements:

Students complete additional credit hours in consultation with advisor if needed to meet minimum 120 credits, including 42 upper division credits, to earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming.

Additionally, students must:

  • earn a C or better in all courses fulfilling program requirements - in­cluding Haub School U.S. Diversity and Global Awareness courses, and degree, major, and/or minor courses;

  • earn 12 credits unique to each program when enrolled in multiple Haub School programs;

  • meet University of Wyoming requirements for earning a bachelor’s degree, including, but not limited to, completion of University Studies Program and maintaining minimum 2.0 GPA for good academic standing and graduation.