Nature-Based Tourism Management (BA Program)

Kathy Lewis, Professor and Chair
Philip Mullins, Associate Professor
John Shultis, Associate Professor
Pam Wright, Associate Professor
Farhad Moghimehfar, Assistant Professor
Pat Maher, Adjunct Professor
Ian Picketts, Adjunct Professor

Website: www.unbc.ca/outdoor-recreation-tourism-management

Tourism has become the largest industry and employer in the world.  One of the most important and fastest growing sectors in tourism is nature-based tourism, which comprises attractions, activities and experiences involving interaction with natural and cultural resources (e.g., ecotourism, adventure tourism, indigenous tourism).  This degree examines the various components of the nature-based tourism system, giving emphasis to the entrepreneurial perspectives and sustainability issues in the industry.  Reflecting the interdisciplinarity of the field, and related career directions, students select from the following Areas of Specialization: marketing and entrepreneurship, outdoor education and leadership, indigenous/cultural tourism, or environment and society.

Major in Nature-Based Tourism Management

Students must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours through (a) the common degree requirements, (b) the requirements of an Area of Specialization and (c) elective credit hours in any subject.

Common Degree Requirements:

Lower Division Requirement
100 Level

Introductory Ecology

Introduction to Canadian Business

Microeconomics

Introduction to Planning

Environments and People: The Geography of Natural Hazards

Human Geographies of Global Change

The Aboriginal Peoples of Canada

Introduction to Environmental Citizenship

Field Skills

Foundations of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism

*Note:  Applications for exemption from NREM 100-3 must be made within the first year of study in any Natural Resource Management major.

200 Level

Introduction to Marketing

Statistics for the Social and Management Sciences

Basic Statistics

Sustainable Recreation and Tourism

Ecotourism and Adventure Tourism

Outdoor Skills and Leadership

Upper Division Requirement

300 Level

Entrepreneurship

First Nations Environmental Philosophy and Knowledge

First Nations' Approaches to Resource Management

An Introduction to Environmental History

Recreation and Tourism Impacts

Indigenous Tourism and Recreation

Research Methods and Analysis

Outdoor, Environmental and Experiential Education

Field School

400 Level

Issues and Trends in Recreation and Tourism                                                             

Nine credit hours from*:

Protected Areas Planning and Management

Conservation Area Design and Management

International Dimensions in Recreation and Tourism

Recreation, Tourism and Communities

The Psychology of Recreation and Tourism

Critical Approaches to Outdoor Recreation Activities

Polar Tourism and Recreation

Field School II

Internship

Special Topics

Independent Study

Environmental Ethics, Leave No Trace and Leadership

Group Leadership Techniques

Wilderness Skills Practicum

Risk Management, Assessment and Decision Making

*Note: Up to 6 credit hours of NOLS prefixed courses can count towards this category. Any additional NOLS credit hours can be used as elective credit.
**Note: Students should note that some senior-level ORTM classes are offered in alternating years.

Area of Specialization

Students must choose one of the following Areas of Specialization. Courses used to fulfill common degree requirements above may not be used to satisfy an Area of Specialization requirement.
  1. Marketing and Entrepreneurship
  2. Outdoor Education and Leadership
  3. Indigenous Cultural Tourism
  4. Environment and Society
Marketing and Entrepreneurship

Financial Accounting

Services Marketing

Two of:

Marketing Communication

Behavioural Marketing

Internet Marketing

International Marketing

Marketing Strategy

Two of:

Organization Behaviour

Introduction to Business Law

Introduction to International Business

Marketing Research

Environmental Economics and Environmental Policy

Social Geography of Northern Communities

Outdoor Education and Leadership

Introduction to Education

Education Theory and Practice

Introduction to Environmental Citizenship

The Psychology of Recreation and Tourism

Critical Approaches to Outdoor Recreation Activities

One of:

Landscapes, Place and Culture

Ethnobotany

Field School

Human Ecology

Global Environmental Change: Science and Policy

Topics in Environmental History

Field Applications in Resource Management

Indigenous/Cultural Tourism

The Aboriginal Peoples of Canada

Global History of Indigenous People

Introduction to Traditional Environmental Knowledge

One of:

Contemporary Challenges Facing Aboriginal Communities

First Nations Community and Environmental Planning

Two of:

Ethnobotany

Advanced First Nations Community and Environmental Planning

Cultural Geography

First Nations and Indigenous Geography

Aboriginal People in Canada

Peoples and Cultures of the Circumpolar World

Community Development

One of:

International Dimensions in Recreation and Tourism

Recreation, Tourism and Communities

Polar Tourism and Recreation

Environment and Society

Introduction to Environmental Citizenship

Environment and Society

First Nations Community and Environmental Planning

One of:

Introduction to GIS for the Social Sciences

Cartography and Geomatics

Geographic Information Systems

One of:

Mediation, Negotiation and Public Participation

Natural Resources, Environmental Issues and Public Engagement

Society, Policy and Administration

Two of:

Sustainable Communities: Structure and Sociology

Human Ecology

Gender and Environment

Political Ecology

Landscapes, Place and Culture

Geographies of Environmental Justice

Social Geography of Northern Communities

Topics in Environmental History

Course Prerequisites

Students should review all proposed course selections in advance to make sure course prerequisites are taken where needed.

Electives

Electives at any level in any subject sufficient to ensure completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours.

BA Honours – Nature-Based Tourism Management

The Honours Program in Nature-Based Tourism Management offers students a higher level of education and substantial research experience for proceeding to postgraduate studies.

To enter the Honours Program, students must have completed 60 credit hours and obtained a minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.33.  Attaining the minimum requirement will not guarantee entry into the Honours Program, which is at the discretion of the Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management Program.  Maintenance of a Cumulative GPA of 3.33 is required to remain in the Honours Program.

Honours students must complete the degree requirements for the BA in the Nature-Based Tourism Management.  In addition, each student must also complete an additional 6 credit hours in the form of an undergraduate thesis (NRES 430-6) under the supervision of a faculty member. 
Note: Students are responsible to find their own undergraduate thesis research supervisor. Faculty members are under no obligation to supervise Honours students.

Major in Natural Resource Management: Outdoor Recreation and Conservation

See Calendar entry under Natural Resources Management

Minor in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management

The minor in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management is designed to afford students an opportunity to gain foundational knowledge in tourism and recreation while pursuing another major. The minor requires students to take a total of 18 credit hours.  The minor has three required courses basic to the field of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management (9 credit hours) and a set of elective courses (minimum of 9 credit hours). A maximum of two courses (6 credit hours) used to fulfill program requirements for a major (or another minor) may also be used to fulfill requirements for this minor.

Required Courses

Foundations of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism

Recreation and Tourism Impacts

One of:

Sustainable Recreation and Tourism

Ecotourism and Adventure Tourism

Outdoor Skills and Leadership

Elective Courses

Nine credit hours from the following list with a minimum of 6 credit hours at the 400 level:

Protected Area Planning and Management

Indigenous Tourism and Recreation

Outdoor, Environmental, and Experiential Education

International Dimensions in Recreation and Tourism

Recreation, Tourism and Communities

The Psychology of Recreation and Tourism

Critical Approaches to Outdoor Recreation Activities

Issues and Trends in Recreation and Tourism

Polar Tourism and Recreation

A maximum of two courses (6 credit hours) used to fulfill program requirements for a major (or another minor) may also be used to fulfill requirements for this minor.