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Nature-Based Tourism Management

Turn your passion for the outdoors into a rewarding career in the fast-growing recreation and tourism sector.

Develop the skills and knowledge to identify, develop, critically assess, and sustainably manage human leisure activities such as ecotourism, adventure recreation, and wilderness travel that are happening in diverse and contested landscapes where nature and culture are both valued.

Degree
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Campus
Prince George
Credits
120 credits,  4 Years,
Part-time available
Experiential Learning
Co-op,  Field School,  Study Abroad
Honours Option
Yes
Intakes
Jan,  May,  Sep

Program Details

This program appeals to those who are enthusiastic about the outdoors and want to ensure it will be used in a sustainable manner for future generations to enjoy. 

You will examine the provision of nature-based tourism and outdoor recreation, with an emphasis on sustainability issues, social and environmental justice, and an entrepreneurial perspective.

Raise your critical consciousness and explore best practices regarding ecotourism, adventure tourism, and Indigenous tourism in B.C., Canada, and around the world.

 

Program Website Academic Calendar

Career Paths

  • Business owner, guide outfitter
  • Tourism manager
  • Outdoor educator
  • Recreation or camp director
  • Economic development officer
  • Park warden
This degree provides a strong foundation for further studies at the master's and PhD level in Education, Natural Resources and Environmental Studies, and Health Sciences.

Why at UNBC

  • Focus on interdisciplinary applications of tourism, recreation, and sustainability
  • Participate in practicums offered by the program, and in partnership with National Outdoor Leadership School
  • Engage with both natural and cultural history and resources
  • Take part in experiential learning in the heart of British Columbia’s amazing landscapes
  • Choose from four areas of specialization: marketing and entrepreneurship, outdoor education and leadership, Indigenous/cultural tourism, or environment and society
  • Gain outdoor activity and leadership skills

Credit Courses

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Admission Requirements

View the full list of Approved Academic Grade 12 Courses

More high school admission requirements (including out-of-province, International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement)

Transfer Requirements

  • Have attempted at least 15 credit hours of post-secondary transferrable coursework from a recognized institution
  • Be in good academic standing at the transfer institution
  • Have a 2.0 GPA from the most recent 30 credits prior to transfer
  • For the purposes of verifying any outstanding first-year prerequisites, high school transcripts may be requested

Detailed transfer requirements

High School Requirements (applicable for B.C. and Yukon)

Overall average of 65% minimum in the following:

  • English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12
  • Approved Academic Grade 12 Course
  • Approved Academic Grade 12 Course
  • Approved Academic Grade 12 Course
  • Additional Grade 12 Course (Elective or Academic)

International Student Requirements

Transfer Requirements

  • Have attempted at least 15 credit hours of post-secondary transferrable coursework from a recognized institution
  • Be in good academic standing at the transfer institution
  • Have a 2.0 GPA from the most recent 30 credits prior to transfer
  • For the purposes of verifying any outstanding first-year prerequisites, high school transcripts may be requested

Detailed transfer requirements

Tuition and Fees

Approximate Costs per Academic Year

(30 credit hours, 10 courses)

  Domestic International
Tuition* $5,530 $22,020
Student Fees* $990 $1,680
Books* $1,600 $1,600

* Tuition, fees and books are subject to change and vary among programs.

Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

View the hundreds of available scholarships, bursaries, and awards.

  • 1 in 4 students receive a UNBC financial award.
  • $3,500,000 in financial awards given each year.
Awards and Financial Aid

We Are Here to Help

This is your personal guide through every step of the admissions process. We are here for one reason: to support you. We help every part of the admissions process make sense. Just ask us.

Email: futurestudents@unbc.ca
Phone: 250-960-6306

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