Certificate in Natural Resources Administration

Units required for Certificate: 9

Program Description

The certificate program in Natural Resource Administration prepares students to work in outdoor recreation agencies such as California State Parks, National Parks, National Forests, and other agencies that manage our natural, cultural and heritage resources. Through an informative coursework, students will receive a strong foundation in recreation management related to providing the public with high-quality outdoor recreational opportunities.

Completion of any of the program entitles a student to receive a certificate for that program in addition to the Bachelor of Science diploma.  Certificates are officially recognized by the university and will appear on a student's transcript and may be listed on a student's résumé.  Students must be declared RPTA majors or minors in order to enroll in the certificate programs.  If a student fails to complete the major or minor, the certificate will not be awarded. All units must be taken in Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration. 

Bachelor of Science students: In addition to complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Administration, students may also complete one or more of the certificate programs.  Units in the certificates may overlap with required and supportive courses in the major.

Minor students: With advisor approval, students in the RPTA Minor Program may take courses in the certificate programs to partially fulfill the requirements of the minor (please read all of the minor requirements above).  Students must complete all of the requirements for the minor to receive the certificate.

Minimum Grade Requirement

A grade of "C-" or better is required in all courses applied to the certificate.

Program Requirements

Required Courses (6 Units)
RPTA 42Recreation and Parks: Natural, Cultural, and Heritage Resources3
RPTA 150Ecology Of Resource Areas3
Select one of the following courses
Visitor Management in Recreation Areas
Law Enforcement for Forest and Park Rangers
Environmental Interpretation
Total Units9