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The Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree: 120 units

See Bachelor's Degree Requirements in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 39 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

A suggested Major Academic Plan (MAP) has been prepared to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. You can view MAPs on the Major Academic Plans page or you can request a plan from your major advisor.

Courses in this program may complete more than one graduation requirement.

General Education Pathway Requirements: 48 units

See General Education in the University Catalog and the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education Pathway Requirements and course offerings.

Diversity Course Requirements: 6 units

See Diversity Requirements in the University Catalog. Most courses taken to satisfy these requirements may also apply to General Education .

Upper-Division Writing Requirement:

Writing Across the Curriculum (Executive Memorandum 17-009) is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of four Writing (W) courses, two of which are designated by the major department. See Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning and Writing Requirements in the University Catalog for more details on the four courses.  The first of the major designated Writing (W) courses is listed below.

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
A study of the characteristics and needs of diverse populations, specifically related to the delivery of inclusive leisure services. In-depth discussion of personal and societal attitudes, stereotypes, cultural competencies, legislation, accessibility, and program modification. Learning experiences include volunteer work, guest speakers, and wheelchair experience. This course is applicable to all disciplines dealing with diverse populations. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (008785)

The second major-designated Writing course is the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GW) (Executive Order 665). Students must earn a C- or higher to receive GW credit. The GE Written Communication (A2) requirement must be completed before a student is permitted to register for a GW course.

Grading Requirement:

All courses taken to fulfill major course requirements must be taken for a letter grade except those courses specified by the department as Credit/No Credit grading only.

Application to the Major:

Departmental approval is required before you begin course work for this major. Application to the major can be made at the department office.

Course Requirements for the Major: 58-60 units

Completion of the following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, is required of all candidates for this degree. Additional required courses, depending upon the selected option are outlined following the major core program requirements.

Note: A maximum of 15 units of internship (courses numbered 189, 289, 389, 489, 589) may be applied to a bachelor's degree at CSU, Chico.

Since the Department of Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management uses a mentor-advisor system, it is important for you to request an advisor when you declare Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management as your major. In general, Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management majors are encouraged to take RHPM 200 during the first semester in the department. Depending on the desired option, RHPM 250 (for the Options in Resort and Lodging Management and Event Management) or RHPM 240 (for the Option in Parks and Recreation Management) should also be considered.

Major Core Program: 32 units

6 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
First professional preparation course for majors and minors. Prerequisite to all upper-division required recreation courses for majors and minors. Sociology and social psychology of leisure. History of leisure in Western cultures. Philosophical foundations of leisure studies. Introduction to the principal journals and professional literature. Ethics and foundations of professional practice. Introduction to the principal professional organizations. Career and course of study planning. 3 hours lecture. (008779)
A study of the characteristics and needs of diverse populations, specifically related to the delivery of inclusive leisure services. In-depth discussion of personal and societal attitudes, stereotypes, cultural competencies, legislation, accessibility, and program modification. Learning experiences include volunteer work, guest speakers, and wheelchair experience. This course is applicable to all disciplines dealing with diverse populations. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (008785)
Prerequisites: RHPM 200; RHPM 240, RHPM 250, or RHPM 326W (may be taken concurrently), open to Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management majors and minors only, or faculty permission.
Comprehensive knowledge of managing customer service in recreation, park, hospitality, and tourism operations. Methods for identifying customer service expectations; developing a service culture; setting quality standards; developing policies, procedures, and systems to assure quality customer service; managing personnel for quality customer service; developing techniques service recovery; and measuring customer satisfaction. 3 hours lecture. (015805)
Prerequisites: Completion of GE Written Communication (A2) requirement; RHPM 200, RHPM 240, RHPM 250, or RHPM 326W; senior standing.
Legalities, policies, practices, procedures, principles, and theory related to planning, organizing, staffing, training, motivating, controlling, evaluating, financing, and managing resources in parks, recreation, and hospitality environments. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement course; a grade of C- or higher certifies writing proficiency for majors. This is an approved Writing Course. (008838)
Prerequisites: RHPM 200, RHPM 240, or RHPM 250 (for RHPM majors only); ACCT 201, NFSC 230 (for NFSC majors only); or faculty permission.
Management approaches to budget and finance in recreation, hospitality, and park agencies and businesses; spread sheet skills; budget preparations, forecasting, accounting techniques, pricing, financial analysis, and capital acquisition. Review of revenue sources, and capital funding. 3 hours discussion. (008829)
Prerequisite: Junior standing.
Introduction to the study of law applicable to recreation, hospitality, and parks management. Examines general legal principles; organizational structure; contracts; and contracting for recreation, hospitality, and park settings. Introduces human resources law; liability and litigation; and special topics which apply to hotels, restaurants, events, recreation, and parks providers. 3 hours lecture. (008818)

Internship Program

3 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: Junior standing and faculty permission.
Preparation for internship field assignment in ensuing semester: resume and job inquiry letter writing, community and agency traditions, mores, environments and expectations, interview methods, problem-solving, human relations, attitudes, communication skills, positive learning and contributing. Leads to and requires securing of an internship to complete course requirements. 1 hour lecture. (008849)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
Corequisite: RHPM 589 or RHPM 589M.
Pre-assignment preparation for internship experience and post-assignment analysis of the 14 weeks of full-time experience in a recreation, parks, hospitality, therapeutic, or special group operation, business, or agency. 1 hour seminar. (008864)
Prerequisites: Junior standing, RHPM 200; RHPM 584; RHPM 240, RHPM 250, or RHPM 326W; cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher; or faculty permission.
Supervised, full-time 14 weeks of practical work or leadership experience, including application of curricular knowledge and skills, study of agency applications and resources, and public and/or private service offerings. Internship field placement must be approved by faculty advisor. 36 hours supervision. Credit/no credit grading. (008866)

OR (the following course may be substituted for the above)

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: RHPM 200; RHPM 584; RHPM 240, RHPM 250, or RHPM 326W; junior standing; cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher; or faculty permission.
Supervised, full-time 14 weeks of practical work or leadership experience, including application of curricular knowledge and skills, study of agency applications and resources and public and/or private service offerings. Internship field placement must be approved by faculty advisor. 36 hours supervision. Credit/no credit grading. (008867)

Major Option Course Requirements: 26-28 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required dependent upon the option chosen. Students must select one of the following options for completion of the major course requirements.  Use the links below to jump to your chosen option.



The Option in Parks and Recreation Management: 28 units

4 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Resources and needs for outdoor recreation experiences. Study of historic, social, political, economic, and environmental factors influencing natural resources recreation at federal, state, and local levels. Survey of conflicts in natural resource land use. Field trips may be required. 3 hours lecture. (008782)
Prerequisite: RHPM 200 (may be taken concurrently) or faculty permission.
Overview of maintenance planning and implementation from a systems perspective. Topics include strategies to enhance guest experiences, reduce depreciative behaviors, and maintain facilities and settings. 3 hours lecture. (008804)
Prerequisite: Junior standing.
Theoretical and applied concepts and techniques of citizen involvement in policy and management decisions for both public and private sectors of recreation resource management. Discussion of legal mandates, agency/organization credibility, applied methods for obtaining citizen input, and case studies. Attendance at public meetings may be required. 3 hours lecture. (008839)
Prerequisites: RHPM 323, RHPM 448 or RHPM 470.
Experiential course offering students hands-on experience with aspects of planning and implementation of an event, including design, marketing, staffing, operations, risk management, and evaluation. 3 hours laboratory. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 3.0 units. (021262)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisite: RHPM 200 or faculty permission.
Introduction to event management fundamentals and overview of the event industry. Topics include strategic planning, logistics, operations, financial management, risk management, and sustainability in event operations. 3 hours lecture. (008801)
This course is also offered as EDCI 448.
Experiential-oriented survey of methods and materials for teaching environmental concepts in schools, communities, nature centers, camps, and parks. Exposure to history, theory, philosophy, and goals of environmental education programs. 3 hours lecture. (002778)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: RHPM 200, RHPM 240, or RHPM 250; junior standing; or faculty permission.
Introduction to marketing concepts; application of promotion in recreation, hospitality, and parks through the development of promotional materials for programs, organizations, and events. Creation of program, organization, and business promotional strategies, including message design, promotion creation, and evaluation. 3 hours lecture. (008832)
Prerequisites: Junior standing.
Theory and application of environmental interpretation services to visitors in natural and cultural resource settings. Communication of environmental information to general public via media presentations, conducted trips, exhibits, nature trails, publications, and visitor centers. 3 hours lecture. (008840)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisite: RHPM 240 or faculty permission.
Managing the interactions between natural resources and users to ensure sustainable outdoor recreation. Carrying capacity, limits of acceptable change, competition, and complementarity among recreation uses and between recreation uses and other resource uses. Methods for monitoring recreational impacts, and approaches to managing resource quality and recreational opportunities. Field trips may be required. 3 hours discussion. (008843)
Prerequisites: RHPM 420 (may be taken concurrently).
Management of private and commercial recreation programs, areas, and facilities. Considers planning, organizing, financing, staffing, operation, evaluation, facility use, and operational effectiveness and efficiency. Explores a broad range of private and commercial operations. 3 hours lecture. (008830)

9 units selected from:

Any RHPM courses.

The Option in Resort and Lodging Management: 27 units

6 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Overview of the industry and its core businesses, including hotels and resorts, restaurants, clubs, theme parks, events, and cruise lines. Review of current issues and trends affecting various segments of the hospitality industry. 3 hours lecture. (008783)
Prerequisite: RHPM 250 or faculty permission.
Organization, administration, and management of food service in the Food Service/Hospitality industry. 3 hours lecture. (008805)
Prerequisite: RHPM 250 or faculty permission.
Exploration of the internal operations of hotels and resorts, including the responsibilities and administration of hotel front office operations, night audit, housekeeping, etc. Topics also include service delivery, pricing, and inventory management in resort and lodging businesses. Some field trips may be required in this course. 3 hours lecture. (008806)
Prerequisites: RHPM 200, RHPM 240, or RHPM 250; junior standing; or faculty permission.
Introduction to marketing concepts; application of promotion in recreation, hospitality, and parks through the development of promotional materials for programs, organizations, and events. Creation of program, organization, and business promotional strategies, including message design, promotion creation, and evaluation. 3 hours lecture. (008832)
Prerequisite: RHPM 250 or faculty permission.
Overview of meetings and conferences and their major components. Topics include site selection, meeting design, financial management, marketing, operations, meeting technology, contracting and risk management, and sustainability with conferences and meetings. 3 hours lecture. (008810)
Prerequisites: RHPM 350, RHPM 354 or faculty permission.
This is a capstone course which considers strategic management approaches to hospitality operations. This course draws on concepts in hospitality operations, such as lodging planning and design, event management, marketing, finance, security/risk management, problem solving in resort/lodging management, and management trends. Various case studies in hospitality are evaluated and discussed. Some field trips may be required. 3 hours lecture. (008853)

9 units selected from:

Any RHPM courses.

The Option in Recreation Therapy: 26 units

The Recreation Therapy Option is designed to prepare students to work as allied health professionals with people who have special needs in clinical, residential, and community-based agencies. Students studying in this option will meet the standards developed by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) and the California Board of Recreation and Park Certification (CBRPC). Successfully completing this curriculum will provide students with knowledge competencies necessary to qualify for both the National and State Therapeutic Recreation Certification Exams.

8 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Study of the structure of the human body, to include muscles, bones, heart, brain, ear, eye, and other systems, as well as a short look at development of the fetus. Lab work entails dissection of the cat and study of the human skeleton. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (001110)
Basic functioning of the organ systems of the human body, including the brain and nervous system; vision and hearing; heart and circulation; blood and immunity; respiration, digestion and metabolism; muscles; excretory, endocrine, and reproductive systems. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. (001114)
Introduction to the study of psychopathology (or psychology disorders) with an emphasis on diagnostic criteria, assessment and testing, and treatment models. 3 hours lecture. (007939)
Prerequisite: RHPM 200 (may be taken concurrently) or faculty permission.
Methods and skills to effectively provide recreation services for older adult in a variety of settings; current issues and problems involved in providing leisure and recreation services for older adults; examination of the value of recreation activities in the lives of older adults with regard to relatives and friends as well as oneself; resources for providing leisure programs and pre-retirement planning. Requires out-of-class activity with senior programs. Helpful to all disciplines working with older adult service management. 3 hours lecture. (004440)
Prerequisite: RHPM 326W.
An in-depth exploration of special populations, including individuals with disabilities and diseases. Content focuses on etiology, prognosis, symptomatic conditions, and recreation therapy prescription. Medical terminology and pharmacology as it relates to recreation therapy are discussed. Appropriate for allied health professionals. 3 hours lecture. (008854)
Prerequisite: RHPM 326W or faculty permission.
Application of knowledge and skills in planning, implementing, and evaluating recreation programs for diverse populations. Course topics include volunteer management, marketing, public relations, funding, risk management, evaluation, and problem-solving. Requires out-of-class activity. Applicable to all human service fields. 3 hours lecture. (008835)
Prerequisite: RHPM 326W or faculty permission.
Study and application of facilitation techniques in recreation therapy using methods that are critical to rehabilitation in health and human services settings. Students get hands-on experience with leisure counseling techniques, to include assessment and evaluation, and develop the ability to use recreation activities as therapeutic intervention. 3 hours lecture. (008856)
Using a systems framework and selected human behavior theories across the lifespan, the biological, social, psychological, and cultural influences on individuals, families, and groups are investigated. Particular emphasis is given to ethnic and cultural diversity and promoting student self-reflection across generations and cultural competence. 3 hours lecture. (021644)

The Option in Event Management: 28 units

6 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Overview of the industry and its core businesses, including hotels and resorts, restaurants, clubs, theme parks, events, and cruise lines. Review of current issues and trends affecting various segments of the hospitality industry. 3 hours lecture. (008783)
Prerequisite: RHPM 200 or faculty permission.
Introduction to event management fundamentals and overview of the event industry. Topics include strategic planning, logistics, operations, financial management, risk management, and sustainability in event operations. 3 hours lecture. (008801)
Prerequisite: RHPM 250 or faculty permission.
Organization, administration, and management of food service in the Food Service/Hospitality industry. 3 hours lecture. (008805)
Prerequisite: RHPM 250 or faculty permission.
Exploration of the internal operations of hotels and resorts, including the responsibilities and administration of hotel front office operations, night audit, housekeeping, etc. Topics also include service delivery, pricing, and inventory management in resort and lodging businesses. Some field trips may be required in this course. 3 hours lecture. (008806)
Prerequisites: RHPM 200, RHPM 240, or RHPM 250; junior standing; or faculty permission.
Introduction to marketing concepts; application of promotion in recreation, hospitality, and parks through the development of promotional materials for programs, organizations, and events. Creation of program, organization, and business promotional strategies, including message design, promotion creation, and evaluation. 3 hours lecture. (008832)
Prerequisites: RHPM 323, RHPM 448 or RHPM 470.
Experiential course offering students hands-on experience with aspects of planning and implementation of an event, including design, marketing, staffing, operations, risk management, and evaluation. 3 hours laboratory. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 3.0 units. (021262)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisite: RHPM 326W or faculty permission.
Application of knowledge and skills in planning, implementing, and evaluating recreation programs for diverse populations. Course topics include volunteer management, marketing, public relations, funding, risk management, evaluation, and problem-solving. Requires out-of-class activity. Applicable to all human service fields. 3 hours lecture. (008835)
Prerequisite: RHPM 250 or faculty permission.
Overview of meetings and conferences and their major components. Topics include site selection, meeting design, financial management, marketing, operations, meeting technology, contracting and risk management, and sustainability with conferences and meetings. 3 hours lecture. (008810)

9 units selected from:

Any RHPM courses.

Electives Requirement:

To complete the total units required for the bachelor's degree, select additional elective courses from the total University offerings. You should consult with an advisor regarding the selection of courses which will provide breadth to your University experience and possibly apply to a supportive second major or minor.

Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory for all majors in this degree program. Consult your undergraduate advisor for specific information.

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