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Campus: West Virginia University / Morgantown
College/School: Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design
Areas of Emphasis: Adventure Recreation, Park and Outdoor Recreation, Sustainable Tourism
Pathways: Agriculture and Natural Sciences, Business and Communications

We’re passionate about the power of outdoor experiences to transform peoples’ lives — and communities — for the better. If you love the outdoors and working with people, RPTR is a great choice.

Academics

Fall
  • ENGL 101 Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric Exclamation Point
    3
  • BIOL 101 General Biology Exclamation Point
    3
  • BIOL 103 General Biology Laboratory Exclamation Point
    1
  • RPTR 142 Introduction to Recreation, Parks and Tourism Exclamation Point
    2
  • FOR 140 West Virginia's Natural Resources
    3
  • MATH 126B College Algebra 4-Day Exclamation Point
    3
  • WVUE 191 First Year Seminar
    1
16
Spring
  • WMAN 150 Principles of Conservation Ecology Exclamation Point
    3
  • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology Exclamation Point
    3
  • WDSC 100 Forest Resources in United States History
    3
  • RPTR 242 Environmental and Cultural Interpretation Exclamation Point
    3
  • ENGL 102 Composition, Rhetoric, and Research Exclamation Point
    3
15
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Download the Guide application
  • Participate in Adventure WV's Sophomore Outdoor Adventure Re-orientation (SOAR) program
  • Take the Focus 2 Assessment
  • Complete the Campus Read
  • Attend New Student Orientation

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your first year you should:

  • Take a hike, bike or go rock climbing at Coopers Rock State Forest
  • Attend an alcohol-free event
  • Sign up for a Living-Learning Community
  • International students: Participate in international social events
  • Attend a football game

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your first year you should:

  • Ask your RA questions about succeeding at the University
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in student organizations
  • Participate in an alternative spring break
  • Participate in the Friends of International Students Program
  • Make a friend from another country

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your first year you should:

  • Complete AlcoholEdu Part 1
  • Use the WELLWVU HeartMath Lab
  • Make a healthy smoothie with the Student Wellness Ambassador Team
  • Complete AlcoholEdu Part 2
  • Join an intramural team

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your first year you should:

  • Attend a resume writing class
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Get a job on campus at the residence hall desk or a dining hall
  • Take a writing or communications class
  • Attend a career fair

Academics

Fall
  • Select one of the following courses:
    4
    BIOL 105 Environmental Biology or
    CHEM 111 Survey of Chemistry or
    GEOL 110 Environmental Geoscience
  • FOR 205 Dendrology Exclamation Point
    3
  • RPTR 239 Sustainable Tourism Development
    3
  • FOR 340 Natural Resource Entrepreneurship
    3
13
Spring
  • CSAD 270 Effective Public Speaking Exclamation Point
    3
  • FOR 240 Introduction to Computing in Natural Resources
    3
  • STAT 211 Elementary Statistical Inference Exclamation Point
    3
  • RPTR Emphasis Course
    3
  • RPTR 145 Recreation Services for Special Populations
    3
15
Summer
  • RPTR 148 Wilderness First Responder
    3
3
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Attend dinner presentations at the Faculty Dinner Series
  • Attend a SORTS (Students On the Road To Success) seminar
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying
  • Join The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM staff to learn how to publish a newspaper, write articles, create radio shows, and report news and sports
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your second year you should:

  • Attend a Sophomore/Junior Year Experience trip or event
  • Attend a professional performance at the CAC
  • Attend a sporting event that you have never seen before
  • Attend Fall Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend a football game

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your second year you should:

  • Complete a financial management skill development opportunity in student organizations
  • Participate in an Adventure WV international adventure
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in student organizations
  • Participate in an alternative spring break
  • Attend a multicultural, international or diversity program

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your second year you should:

  • Make a healthy smoothie with the Student Wellness Ambassador Team
  • Become a level 1 Bystander Trainer
  • Exercise daily
  • Take a fitness class at the Rec Center
  • Make your own decisions about drinking and do the WELLWVU CHOICES toolkit program

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your second year you should:

  • Sign up for an internship interview
  • Service learning (complete 30 hours per semester and one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Attend a career fair
  • Become a student-leader in at least one organization
  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)

Academics

Fall
  • FMAN 212 Forest Ecology Exclamation Point
    3
  • RPTR 335 Management in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Organizations
    3
  • RPTR 433 Recreation Resource Management Exclamation Point
    3
  • RPTR Emphasis Course
    3
  • GIS Class
    3
15
Spring
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • RPTR 485 Professional Development Seminar
    1
  • Focused Elective
    3
  • RPTR Emphasis Course
    3
  • RPTR 450 Social Research Methods in Natural Resource Management
    3
13
Summer
  • RPTR 491 Professional Field Experience
    1-18
1
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Get a Success Coach from Student Life Office of Student Success or in your college
  • Join The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM staff to learn how to publish a newspaper, write articles, create radio shows, and report news and sports
  • Engage in undergraduate research
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying
  • Become a tutor or mentor in your major

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your third year you should:

  • Attend a student or faculty performance at the Creative Arts Center
  • Attend WVUp All Night
  • Visit the West Virginia and Regional History Center in the Downtown Library
  • Attend Fall Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend an Outdoor Rec Center weekend trip

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your third year you should:

  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Participate in a fraternity and sorority accreditation program
  • Take Enhancing Well-being Coaching Class
  • Complete a financial management skill development opportunity in student organizations
  • Attend the Festival of Ideas

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your third year you should:

  • Participate in liveWELL programs
  • Take a class on healthy cooking
  • Use your resources: learn about all your health-related needs at well.wvu.edu
  • Visit the Student Rec Center
  • Stay healthy: Ask an Expert via well.wvu.edu

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your third year you should:

  • Sign up for an internship interview
  • Attend a career fair
  • Join a club sport team
  • Internship (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Become a leader in your club sport team

Academics

Fall
  • FOR 310 Elements of Silviculture Exclamation Point
    3
  • FOR 421 Renewable Resources Policy and Governance
    3
  • FOR 438 Human Dimensions Natural Resource Management
    3
  • Focused Elective
    3
12
Spring
  • RPTR Emphasis Course
    3
  • AGEE 421 Agricultural and Natural Resource Communications
    3
  • Focused Elective
    3
  • Focused Elective
    3
12
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Sign up for graduation
  • Join The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM staff to learn how to publish a newspaper, write articles, create radio shows, and report news and sports
  • Check all of your degree requirements
  • Attend the Graduation One-Stop Shop
  • Get a Success Coach from Student Life Office of Student Success or in your college

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your fourth year you should:

  • Take a picture in front of Woodburn Hall with your graduation attire
  • Attend a professional performance at the CAC
  • Attend WVUp All Night
  • Register with the WVU Alumni Association
  • Attend a football game

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your fourth year you should:

  • Complete a financial management skill development opportunity in student organizations
  • Reach out and volunteer in the Morgantown community
  • Create a culture of well-being with a WELLWVU academic internship
  • Explore mentorship opportunities in Greek Life
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in Greek Life

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your fourth year you should:

  • Complete a WELLGO calendar (wellgo.wvu.edu)
  • Visit campus farmers market
  • Join an intramural team
  • Stay active with moveWELL, the Student Rec Center and Outdoor Rec Center
  • Use exercise for mental well-being in Movement for Mental Health

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your fourth year you should:

  • Sign up for an interview
  • Attend a career fair
  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)
  • Become a student-leader in at least one organization
  • Participate in a practice job interview session

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