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Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management (ORTM)

Bachelor of Science

Connect people to the outdoors in one of the West’s fastest-growing industries. You’ll gain understanding of business, people and culture, environment and natural resources, recreation, and tourism in the classroom and outside.

A BS in ORTM from the Haub School emphasizes:

  • Stewardship and conservation of natural resources
  • Tourism and outdoor recreation theories and best practices
  • Entrepreneurial and business management strategies
  • Creating outstanding visitor experiences
  • Broad understanding of cultural and natural resources



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Courses you’ll
get to take:

ORTM foundational courses (16 credits)

  • Recreation and tourism theory and practice
  • Natural and cultural resources of the west
  • Customer service and hospitality

Core courses from across campus (28 credits)

  • Business
  • Recreation
  • Tourism
  • Environment and natural resources
  • People and culture

Professional semester (18 credits)

  • Cohort-based, project-driven experience
  • Classroom and off-campus elements

Concentration (choose one. Approx. 21 credit hours each)

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

Download the course plan

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Jobs you could get
with an ORTM major:

Your options are incredibly diverse with options in private business, non-profit and public service sectors. Develop or grow an outdoor recreation or tourism business; lead programs for educational or conservation non-profit organizations; or serve the public in government agencies.

Get jobs like:

  • Managing outdoor recreation and tourism businesses at resorts, guest ranches, ski-areas
  • Leading outdoor and adventure programs, outfitter and guide operations, and university outdoor programs
  • Educating in outdoor, environmental and interpretative programs and youth camps
  • Overseeing hospitality and guest services, tour operations, and lodging enterprises.

At places like:
Jackson Hole Mountain Resorts, Vail Resorts, Paradise Guest Ranch, NOLS, Outward Bound, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Teton Science Schools, Wildlife Safari's, National Park Service, State Parks, municipal parks and recreation.

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Background Information

Assessment results (pdf)


UW to Launch Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management Degree in Fall 2018...
March 23, 2018 — A new degree program aimed at expanding and diversifying Wyoming’s economy, retaining enterprising graduates in the state and recruiting highly qualified students to the University of Wyoming will launch in fall 2018, following action by the UW Board of Trustees.

Coordinator Hired for Program in Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism at UW...
August 23, 2017 — Dan McCoy has accepted a position as coordinator of a proposed Bachelor of Science degree program in natural resources recreation and tourism at the University of Wyoming.

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Phone: (307) 766-5080

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