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Environmental Studies, Department of

Minor - Recreation and Nature

This multidisciplinary minor covers topics including conceptual foundations of play, recreation and leisure; understanding structures and processes of living systems; managing outdoor recreation behavior; human activity impacts on living systems; and design and implementation of interpretive programs. Students will learn how to balance recreation needs with protecting and enhancing the natural environment. This is an ideal minor for students who are passionate about promoting and protecting outdoor recreational spaces and nature.

University Graduation Requirements

To be awarded a minor, at least 12 units of coursework must be completely distinct and separate from the coursework in the major (University Policy S16-4).


Course Requirements

Requirements of the Minor20
Core Courses20
ENVS 010. Life on a Changing PlanetB23
RECL 090. Foundations of Recreation Parks & Tourism3
Complete two courses from:
ENVS 144. California Wetland Controversies4
ENVS 161. California Wildlands4
ENVS 173. Forest Ecology and Conservation4
ENVS 187. Environmental Restoration4
ENVS 189. Coastal Field Studies4
ENVS 191. Advanced Environmental Restoration4
Complete two courses from:
RECL 136. Principles of Recreation and Park Admin3
RECL 144. Natural and Cultural Resource Interpretation in Recreation and Parks3
RECL 155. Outdoor Recreation Systems3
RECL 157. Sustainable Recreation & Ecotourism3

Total Units:20