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Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management Degree – Bachelor of Science (BS)

You can’t imagine staring at a plastic screen your entire career. In fact, you dream of a job where you can blaze trails outdoors and share your spirit of adventure with others.

The world needs more people who don’t want to be fenced in and want to show the rest of us what busting out looks like. Get ready to up rope and seek your future as an Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management major.

What is Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management?

The University of Wyoming Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management degree program is an interdisciplinary major that combines the study of business, recreation, culture, the environment, natural resources and tourism to prepare you for the fast-growing outdoor recreation and tourism sector.

Yes, you’ll log time in class learning from professors and outdoor industry experts, but you’ll also get to stretch your mind and legs in the great outdoors—studying the vast living laboratory that is the Cowboy State and potentially locations around the world.

Through in-depth coursework and hiking-boots-on-the-ground experiences, you will be prepared for leadership roles at ski areas, with outdoor adventure programs, outdoor and interpretive educational settings and hospitality and tourism enterprises.

Quick Facts

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


  • Business and Hospitality Management
  • Management of Recreation Resources
  • Cultural and International Tourism
  • Outdoor Recreation Leadership
  • Creative Studies in Recreation and Tourism

Resident Tuition: $134/credit hour

Non-resident Tuition: $537/credit hour

Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

The outdoor recreation sector in Wyoming is responsible for 50,000 direct jobs and $1.6 billion in wages and salaries*

*Source: Outdoor Industry Association

Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management Bachelor’s Degree Program Highlights

Your Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management program is an interdisciplinary degree program that will expose you to best practices in tourism and outdoor recreation and ways to harness your adventurous spirit entrepreneurially, as well as help you acquire a deep understanding of what it means to care for our environment and honor our diverse cultural legacies.

Here are some things which set the University of Wyoming Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management program apart:

Five Concentrations. Customize your degree with a 21-credit-hour concentration in Business and Hospitality Management, Outdoor Recreation Leadership, Management of Recreation Resources and Cultural and International Tourism. You can also design your own program by choosing the concentration in Creative Studies in Recreation and Tourism.

Internships. Take part in a required 400-hour professional internship, gaining résumé-building experience. Possible internship opportunities include employers such as Wyoming State Parks, members of the Wyoming Outfitters and Guides Association, Jackson Lake Lodge, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Wilderness Adventures, National Outdoor Leadership School, Buffalo Bill Center of the West and others.

Professional Semester. Spend one entire semester in cohort-based outdoor recreation and tourism management classes and complete a real-world, team capstone project such as a marketing plan or business assessment for an outdoor-related business, a tourism initiative for a small town or a business plan for a start-up.

What Can You Do With an Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management Bachelor’s Degree?

The outdoor recreation and tourism management program at the University of Wyoming allows you to listen to that inner voice goading you to spend a gap year on the river and make a career of it.

We’re not just talking out of our hats. The state of Wyoming is an outdoor recreation and tourism mecca that generates billions of dollars in revenue every year. This growing industry is hungry for bold leaders and creative thinkers who can manage that growth wisely while also opening the state’s doors to newcomers eager to experience the arching plains and soaring mountains in our state.

Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management Careers

The University of Wyoming outdoor recreation and tourism management degree program has been designed to lead to careers in the following areas:

  • Guest and hospitality services
  • Tourism management
  • Outdoor recreation enterprise
  • Environmental education
  • Outfitting and guiding services
  • Outdoor adventure enterprise
  • Resort or ranch management
  • Recreation planning for governments
  • Tour operation
  • Museum Management
  • Interpretation

Amazing Stories from ORTM Majors

"I’m most looking forward to learning the necessary skills to do this career more effectively. I’m excited to learn how to make sure people have the best experience."

-Jaxon King, B.S. in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management ’22, wants a career as a Wyoming-based hunting and fishing guide.

Sample Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management Courses

These are just a few of the courses you might take as an Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management major at the University of Wyoming:

  • Foundations of Recreation and Tourism
  • Natural and Cultural Resources of the West
  • Foundations of Customer Service and Hospitality
  • Business Strategies for Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management

View the full Bachelor of Science in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management degree program curriculum. (PDF)

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