Degree Requirements

To earn a degree in Parks, Tourism, and Recreation Management at the College of Forestry and Conservation, you must complete general degree requirements and may choose one of tracks listed below.

A total of 120 credits are required to graduate from the University of Montana. 39 credits must be upper-division (300-level or higher). A total of 36 traditional letter-graded semester credits are required in the College of Forestry and Conservation, of which a minimum of 20 credits must be taken in an approved major within the college.

PTRM majors are required to fulfill 400 hours of approved work experience.

Degree requirements listed in the UM catalog

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Students may choose to follow one of the tracks listed below. 

Optional Degree Tracks

Recreation Resource Management Track Recommended Elective Choices

A track for students interested in managing natural resources for recreation

100 level: PTRM 150 Current issues in PTRM; NRSM 121S Nature Montana; GPHY121S Human Geog; CHMY121N Chem
200 level: *FORS250 GIS; *FORS240 Tree Bio; *FORS 241 Dendrology; NRSM265 Ecological Restoration; *FORS230 Fire Management
300 level: NRSM379 Collaboration; *FORS347 Silviculture; *FORS331 Wildland Fuels; NRSM335 Env. Entomology; FORS333 Fire Ecology;
400 level: NRSM475 Envir.& Devlp; NRSM 489E Consv. Ethics; GPHY433 Cultural; COMM421 Comm of Nonprofit

* Denotes courses that meet the Civil Service Forestry Series requirements. To qualify for civil service, 24 credits hours in management of renewable resources, forest biology and forest resource measurements and inventory are required. Any combination of these courses can be taken.

View requirements for this degree track in the UM catalog 

Nature-Based Tourism Recommended Elective Choices

A track for students interested in tourism and the commercial side of recreation

100 level: PTRM 150 Current issues in PTRM; NRSM 121S Nature Montana; ANTY101H Intro; GPHY 111N Phys Geog; BIOE 172N Ecology; PHIL112E Intro Ethics Environ; GPHY 111N Phys Geog; GEO101N Intro Phys Geol; a 101 language course
200 level: GPHY214 Mt. Environs; GEO211 Earth history; ECNS 202S Macroeconomics; a 201 language course (same language as 101)
300 level: NRSM379 Collaboration; COMM230S Org. Comm; COMM321 Public Relations; BMKT325 Marketing; BMKT337 Consumer Beh;
FORS 320 Forest Econ; FORS302 Mensuration; FORS 351 Photo & Remote Sensing
400 level: NRSM475 Envir.& Devlp; NRSM 489E Consv. Ethics; GPHY411N Biogeog; GPHY433 Cultural

View requirements for this degree track in the UM catalog 

Outdoor Recreation Services Recommended Elective Choices

A track for students interested in providing recreational services in the outdoors

100 level: PTRM 150 Current issues in PTRM; NRSM 121S Nature Montana; ENST230H Nature & Society; GPHY121S Human Geog; NASX180 Event plan; COMM110 Interpersonal
200 level: ENST225 Comm & Env; ENST230H Nature & Society; HHP233 Health Issues; COMM 230 Organizational Comm
300 level: NRSM379 Collaboration; SOCI346 Rural Soc; SOCI342 Urban Soc; SOCI350 Community; SW300 Human Behavior & Social Env; SOCI308 Sociology of Education
400 level: PSCI466 Nonprofit; PSCI467 Adv. Nonprofit; PSCI460 Human Res. Mgmt.; BMGT401 Event Mgmt; COMM421 Comm of Nonprofit

View requirements for this degree track in the UM catalog