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Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management (ORTM)

Bachelor of Science


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Courses you’ll
get to take:


Foundations: 16 credits
Recreation and tourism theory and practice, natural and cultural resources, customer service and hospitality, and statistics. 

Core Topics: 28+ credits
Business fundamentals, recreation and tourism, environment and natural resources, and people and culture.

Professional Semester: 13 credits
Cohort-based, project-driven classroom and off-campus experience with coursework in business strategies, human dimensions, and recreation venue operations.                                                       
Concentration: 18+ credits 
As an area of focus, students will choose a concentration. 


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

Download the ORTM course plan  

Student Spotlight

A photo of highlighted student: Emma Dixon.

“Through this degree I hope to gain the knowledge and skills that will allow me to share my passion for wild places and conservation through education and outreach.”

Degree BS Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management, BS Environmental Systems Science ‘22

Minor Honors Program

Hometown Lawrence, Kansas

Field and International Experiences Thinking Like a Mountain, Undergraduate Research in India

Co-Curriculars Wyoming Research Scholars, ENR Club, Wyoming Governor’s Hospitality and Tourism Conference - Haub School Representative

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 

Jobs icon Careers:

Our economy and our world are changing rapidly. Many of the jobs, career paths, and professional opportunities you could take after you graduate might not even exist yet! The Haub School will prepare you to be a nimble, creative, and critical thinker, building the skills, knowledge, and tools you can apply to wherever you want to forge a path in the future.

BS Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management 

Career opportunities exist in business and hospitality management like restaurant, lodging, and guest services, in recreation leadership like outfitting, guiding, and adventure-based tourism organizations, with non-profits that specialize in environmental education, outdoor leadership programs, and cultural resource management, and with government agencies that manage recreation resources.

You could:

  • manage tourism-based services at guest ranches, outfitter and guide operations, and ski resorts
  • develop or grow an outdoor recreation or tourism business
  • instruct in outdoor, environmental, and interpretative programs
  • oversee hospitality and guest services, tour operations, and lodging enterprises

Jobs: Recreation Planner, Adventure Coordinator, Resort Manager, Tour Guide, Nature Guide, Environmental Educator, Trip Leader, Park Ranger, Outfitter, Fly Fishing Guide, Interpreter, Event Coordinator, Recreation Guide, Outdoor Programs Supervisor, Marketing Coordinator, Tourism Coordinator, Hospitality Manager

Employers: Jackson Hole Mountain Resorts, Outdoor Alliance, Paradise Guest Ranch, NOLS, Outward Bound, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Teton Science Schools, Wildlife Safaris, National Park Service, State Parks, Wyoming Office of Tourism, Vail Resorts, Trout Unlimited, REI

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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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