Parks and Protected Area Management (Minor)

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Do you want to work outdoors? No matter your chosen discipline, you will find this program a useful and beneficial enhancement of your education.

As the Southwest continues to develop and urbanize, the demands and pressures on public lands and natural resources continue to grow, and the interplay between society and natural resources is key to understanding modernity and continues to be at the center of policy issues and quality of life debates in the West.

The minor program in parks and protected area management introduces students to the role of parks and protected areas, with a focus on the unique issues faced by managers of urban-proximate natural areas.

The minor allows students enrolled in other undergraduate programs at ASU to broaden their educational experiences; students from such various disciplines as business, education, nursing, public affairs, social work and many others might find this program a beneficial supplement to their existing program.

Students interested in this parks and protected area management minor may also be interested in therapeutic recreation, available through the parks and recreation management program.

At A Glance

Parks and Protected Area Management (Minor)

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

Completion of a parks and protected area management minor in the School of Community Resources and Development requires the following:
Required Core Courses -- 12 credit hours
Elective Course (choose one) -- 3 credit hours
1. 15 hours of graded classroom course work (no internship, no independent study)
2. 12 hours of course work at the upper-division level, from the approved list
3. minimum grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) required for all courses in the minor
4. no double counting of courses for a major and the minor
5. should be a junior to take 400-level courses
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment requirements

GPA Requirement: 2.00

Incompatible Majors: BS in parks and recreation management (all concentrations); BS in recreation therapy

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult their academic advisor to declare the minor and to ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information.