The Parks and Protected Area Management concentration has been discontinued and students are no longer being accepted into this program of study.  If you are interested in this area of study, please see the major in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources.

Parks and Protected Area Management graduates develop expertise in inventorying, planning, and managing public lands and waters, and providing quality outdoor recreational experiences to their visitors. The concentration is oriented to employment with government agencies and non-governmental organizations from the federal to local levels, including local open space and natural area programs. The department works closely with federal and Colorado resource management agencies and nonprofit land management organizations. The department works internationally with several Latin American countries as establishment of parks and outdoor recreation programs has become a worldwide trend. The curriculum emphasizes natural resource management and recreation with supporting courses in the social sciences, natural sciences, and communications.

Effective Fall 2015

Freshman
AUCCCredits
Select one group from the following: 4
Group A:
  
Principles of Animal Biology (GT-SC2)3A 
Animal Biology Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A 
Group B:
  
Principles of Plant Biology (GT-SC1)3A 
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1)3C3
Select one course from the following: 3
Exploring Earth: Physical Geology (GT-SC2)3A 
The Blue Planet: Geology of Our Environment (GT-SC2)3A 
Geology of Natural Resources (GT-SC2)3A 
MATH 117College Algebra in Context I (GT-MA1)1B1
MATH 118College Algebra in Context II (GT-MA1)1B1
MATH 124Logarithmic and Exponential Functions (GT-MA1)1B1
PSY 100General Psychology (GT-SS3)3C3
SPCM 200Public Speaking 3
Arts and Humanities3B6
Guided elective1 3
 Total Credits 31
Sophomore
 
FW 104Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (GT-SC2)3A3
LAND 220/LIFE 220Fundamentals of Ecology (GT-SC2)3A3
NRRT 231Principles-Parks/Protected Area Management 3
NRRT 262Principles of Environmental Communication 3
NRRT 270Principles of Natural Resource Tourism 3
STAT 201General Statistics 3
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Guided electives1 5
 Total Credits 26
Summer 
NR 220Natural Resource Ecology and Measurements 5
 Total Credits 5
Junior
 
Select one course from the following: 3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Arts and Humanities (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Social Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Education (GT-CO3)2 
Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)2 
NR 300Biological Diversity 3
NR 320Natural Resources History and Policy3D3
NR 387Internship I 1
NRRT 330Social Aspects of Natural Resource Management4A3
NRRT 376Human Dimensions Research and Analysis 3
Select one course from the following: 3
Agricultural and Food System Ethics  
Environmental Ethics  
Guided electives1 10
 Total Credits 29
Senior
 
Select one course from the following: 3
Environmental Education  
Techniques in Interpretation  
Environmental Communication-Natural Resources  
NR 440Applications in Conservation Planning 3
Select one course from the following: 3
Wilderness Management
Open Space and Natural Area Management
  
Open Space and Natural Area Management  
NRRT 431Protected Areas, Working Lands, Livelihoods4B,4C3
NRRT 441Spatial Analysis of Protected Areas 3
NRRT 487Internship 5
Electives2 9
 Total Credits 29
 Program Total Credits: 120
1

Select from department list of approved courses.

2

Select enough elective credits to bring the program to a minimum of 120 credits, of which at least 42 must be upper-division (300- to 400-level). At least 3 of the elective credits must be upper-division.

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one group from the following:   4
Group A:    
Principles of Animal Biology (GT-SC2)  3A 
Animal Biology Laboratory (GT-SC1)  3A 
Group B:    
Principles of Plant Biology (GT-SC1)  3A 
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
MATH 117College Algebra in Context I (GT-MA1)X 1B1
MATH 118College Algebra in Context II (GT-MA1)X 1B1
MATH 124Logarithmic and Exponential Functions (GT-MA1) X1B1
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Guided Electives   3
 Total Credits   16
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1)  3C3
Select one course from the following:   3
Exploring Earth: Physical Geology (GT-SC2)  3A 
The Blue Planet: Geology of Our Environment (GT-SC2)  3A 
Geology of Natural Resources (GT-SC2)  3A 
PSY 100General Psychology (GT-SS3)  3C3
SPCM 200Public Speaking   3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
CO 150 and AUCC 1B (MATH) must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   15
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
LAND 220/LIFE 220Fundamentals of Ecology (GT-SC2)X 3A3
NRRT 231Principles-Parks/Protected Area ManagementX  3
NRRT 262Principles of Environmental CommunicationX  3
NRRT 270Principles of Natural Resource TourismX  3
Guided Electives   2
 Total Credits   14
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
FW 104Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (GT-SC2)  3A3
STAT 201General StatisticsX  3
Global and Cultural Awareness  3E3
Guided Electives   3
 Total Credits   12
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
NR 220Natural Resource Ecology and MeasurementsX  5
 Total Credits   5
Junior
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
NR 320Natural Resources History and PolicyX 3D3
NR 387Internship IX  1
NRRT 330Social Aspects of Natural Resource ManagementX 4A3
NRRT 376Human Dimensions Research and Analysis   3
Select one course from the following:   3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Arts and Humanities (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Social Sciences (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Education (GT-CO3)  2 
Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)  2 
Guided Elective   2
 Total Credits   15
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
NR 300Biological Diversity   3
Select one course from the following:   3
Agricultural and Food System Ethics    
Environmental Ethics    
Guided Electives   8
 Total Credits   14
Senior
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
NR 440Applications in Conservation PlanningX  3
Select one course from the following:   3
Environmental Education    
Techniques in Interpretation    
Environmental Communication-Natural Resources    
Electives   9
 Total Credits   15
Semester 9CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:X  3
Wilderness Management    
Open Space and Natural Area Management    
NRRT 431Protected Areas, Working Lands, LivelihoodsX 4B,4C3
NRRT 441Spatial Analysis of Protected AreasX  3
NRRT 487InternshipX  5
The benchmark courses for the 9th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   14
 Program Total Credits:   120