Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Parks & Tourism

The Department will no longer be offering a specific degree in RPT however, students are encouraged to consider the Tourism, Events and Recreation Management degree (TERM) as an updated alternative. The TERM degree provides coursework focused on specializations in Tourism, Event Management and Recreation Management; greater detail about each program may be found here. Students who are currently enrolled in the RPT program will be able to graduate with this degree.

The Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Parks & Tourism (BS-REC) program prepares students to develop, manage and deliver leisure services to a variety of populations in diverse settings and to become decision makers in private and public organizations while providing a foundation for students to pursue graduate studies.

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Parks and Tourism, you must successfully complete 120 hours of prescribed course work. Professional core courses, related option courses and specialization electives are taken during your last two years of work. A posting of the full list of recreation courses and brief description are listed in the undergraduate catalog for the University of Florida. An overview of the required courses for the professional core is listed below.


Professional Core Courses:

  • LEI 3140 – Philosophy and History of Recreation (3)
  • LEI 3320 – Leadership in Recreation (2)
  • LEI 3400 – Recreation Program Design (2)
  • LEI 3500 – Administration of Leisure Services (3)
  • LEI 3705 – Leisure Services for People with Disabilities (3)
  • LEI 3921 – Field Experience in Leisure Services (sem. Prior to intern) (3)
  • LEI 4540 – Management & Supervision of Leisure Facilities (3)
  • LEI 4800 – Legal Aspects of RPT (3)
  • LEI 4570 – Revenue Resources Management (3)
  • LEI 4880 – Evaluation of Leisure Services (3)
  • LEI 4940 – Internship in Leisure Services (15)

Academic Learning Compact for Recreation, Parks and Tourism


Depending on their academic interests, career goals and academic capabilities, BS-REC students select one of the following specializations:


For more information:

*Contact the academic advising office for an approved list of cognate coursework, or email the department undergraduate adviser.