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Outdoor Recreation & Tourism Management

Bachelor of Science

The BS in Outdoor Recreation & Tourism Management (ORTM) is designed for students who want to 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:students hiking

  • 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




Recreation and tourism theory and practice, natural and cultural resources, customer service and hospitality, and statistics.


core topics


Business fundamentals, recreation and tourism, environment and natural resources, and people and culture.


professional semester


Cohort-based, project-driven classroom and off-campus experience with coursework in business strategies, human dimensions, and recreation venue operations./haub/academics/haub-school-stories/haub-school-stories.html




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







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.

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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



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



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



Alumni Highlight


Alejandro Jimenez Vazquez

Alejandro Jimenez Vazquez, Outdoor Recreation & Tourism Management (ORTM) with a concentration in Cultural & International Tourism, '23. Originally from Jackson, WY, and recipient of the Haub School Outstanding Graduate Award. Alejandro is now a Park Ranger in Denali National Park, where he focuses on outdoor youth education and community engagement for the surrounding areas of Denali as well as other communities within the state.

Read the full interview with Alejandro Jimenez Vazquez

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University of Wyoming
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804 E Fremont St
Laramie, WY 82072

Phone: (307) 766-5080
Fax: (307) 766-5099

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