The Natural Resource Tourism curriculum emphasizes courses in tourism management, marketing and planning, natural resources, business, entrepreneurship, and social science to develop appropriate skills for work in recreation and tourism enterprises. The department works closely with several natural resource-focused Colorado resorts and private tourism enterprises.

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Effective Fall 2022

BUS 150Business Computing Concepts and Applications 3
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1)3C3
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
NRRT 193New to the Major Seminar 1
Political Science Elective – Select one course from the following: 3
American Government and Politics (GT-SS1)3C 
State and Local Government and Politics (GT-SS1)3C 
Current World Problems (GT-SS1)1C 
International Relations (GT-SS1)1C 
Comparative Government and Politics (GT-SS1)1C 
Arts and Humanities3B6
Biological and Physical Sciences3A7
 Total Credits 29
ACT 205Fundamentals of Accounting 3
BUS 205Legal and Ethical Issues in Business 3
NRRT 231Principles-Parks/Protected Area Management 3
NRRT 270Principles of Natural Resource Tourism 3
RRM 101Hospitality Industry 3
SPCM 200Public Speaking 3
STAT 201General Statistics (GT-MA1)1B3
Guided Electives (see list below) 7
 Total Credits 28
MGT 305Fundamentals of Management 3
MKT 305Fundamentals of Marketing 3
NR 320Natural Resources History and Policy 3
NR 377Pre-Internship 1
NRRT 320International Issues-Recreation and Tourism 3
NRRT 376Human Dimensions Research and Analysis 3
Select one course from the following: 3
Public Relations  
Public Communication in Natural Resources  
Advanced Writing23
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion1C3
Historical Perspectives3D3
Guided Electives (see list below) 3
 Total Credits 31
NRRT 330Social Aspects of Natural Resource Management 3
NRRT 372Tourism Promotion 3
NRRT 442Tourism Planning4B,4C3
NRRT 460Tourism Event and Conference Planning 3
NRRT 470Tourism Impacts4A3
NRRT 471Starting and Managing Tourism Enterprise 3
NRRT 487Internship 5
Guided Electives (see list below) 9
 Total Credits 32
 Program Total Credits: 120

Guided Electives List (20 credits)

Code Title AUCC Credits
AGRI 270/IE 270 World Interdependence-Population and Food (GT-SS3) 1C 3
ANTH 100 Introductory Cultural Anthropology (GT-SS3) 3C 3
ANTH 310 Peoples and Cultures of Africa 3
ANTH 329 Cultural Change 3
AREC 340/ECON 340 Introduction-Economics of Natural Resources 3
AREC 346/ECON 346 Economics of Outdoor Recreation 3
E 403 Writing the Environment 3
GR 100 Introduction to Geography (GT-SS2) 3C 3
GR 320 Cultural Geography 3
HIST 100 Western Civilization, Pre-Modern (GT-HI1) 3D 3
HIST 101 Western Civilization, Modern (GT-HI1) 3D 3
L*** XXX (any foreign language course)
LAND 110 Introduction to Landscape Architecture 3B 3
NR 319 Geospatial Applications in Natural Resources 4
NR 322 Intro. to Geographic Information Systems 4
NR 323/GR 323 Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation 3
NR 422 GIS Applications in Natural Resource Management 4
NR 440 Applications in Conservation Planning 3
NRRT 350 Wilderness Leadership 3
NRRT 351 Wilderness Instructors 3
NRRT 431 Integrated Planning for Conservation 3
PHIL 345 Environmental Ethics 3
PSY 100 General Psychology (GT-SS3) 3C 3
PSY 315 Social Psychology 3
PSY 316 Environmental Psychology 3
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology (GT-SS3) 3C 3
SOC 105 Social Problems (GT-SS3) 3C 3
SOC 320 Population-Natural Resources and Environment 3
SOC 341 Sociology of Rural Life 3
SOC 362 Social Change 3
Other advisor approved guided electives course
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
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
NRRT 193New to the Major Seminar   1
Political Science Elective (See concentration requirements tab.)   3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A3
 Total Credits   16
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BUS 150Business Computing Concepts and Applications   3
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1)  3C3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A4
AUCC 1B (Quantitative Reasoning) and CO 150 must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   13
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ACT 205Fundamentals of Accounting   3
NRRT 231Principles-Parks/Protected Area ManagementX  3
NRRT 270Principles of Natural Resource TourismX  3
RRM 101Hospitality IndustryX  3
Guided Elective (See concentration requirements tab.)   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BUS 205Legal and Ethical Issues in Business   3
SPCM 200Public Speaking   3
STAT 201General Statistics (GT-MA1)  1B3
Guided Elective (See concentration requirements tab.)   4
 Total Credits   13
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
MGT 305Fundamentals of Management   3
NR 320Natural Resources History and PolicyX  3
NR 377Pre-Internship   1
NRRT 376Human Dimensions Research and Analysis   3
Advanced Writing  23
Guided Elective (See concentration requirements tab.)   3
ECON 202 must be completed by the end of Semester 5.X   
 Total Credits   16
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
MKT 305Fundamentals of Marketing   3
NRRT 320International Issues-Recreation and Tourism   3
Select one course from the following:   3
Public Relations    
Public Communication in Natural Resources    
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion  1C3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
NRRT 330Social Aspects of Natural Resource Management   3
NRRT 442Tourism Planning  4B,4C3
NRRT 471Starting and Managing Tourism Enterprise   3
Guided Electives (See concentration requirements tab.)   6
 Total Credits   15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
NRRT 372Tourism PromotionX  3
NRRT 460Tourism Event and Conference PlanningX  3
NRRT 470Tourism ImpactsX 4A3
NRRT 487InternshipX  5
Guided Elective (See concentration requirements tab.)X  3
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   17
 Program Total Credits:   120