Parks and Protected Area Management

As the Southwest continues to develop and urbanize, the demands and pressures on public lands and natural resources continues to grow. The interplay between society and natural resources is key to understanding modernity and continues to be at the center of policy issues and quality of life debates in the West. The concentration in parks and protected area management introduces students to the role of parks and protected areas, with a focus on the unique issues faced by urban-proximate natural area managers. The concentration allows students to broaden their educational experiences. Students with such concentrations as business, education, public relations, and many others might find this program a beneficial supplement to their existing program.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours which includes 12 upper division hours for this concentration.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.00.
  • Students must be a junior in order to take 400 level courses.
  • PRM 370 is only offered in fall sessions.
  • PRM 470 is only offered in spring sessions.

Core 12 Hours Required

PRM 120 Leisure and the Quality of Life, SB (3)

PRM 370 Natural Resource Recreation Planning and Management (3) (Prerequisite: Must have completed 45 or more earned hours) (offered in fall session only)

PRM 380 Wilderness and Parks in America, SB & H (3)

TDM 480 Nature Based Tourism (3) (Prerequisites: PRM 120 or TDM 205 or 60 minimum hours)

TDM 494 Special Topics (see an advisor in the School of Community Resources and Development for the list of approved topics)

Electives 6 Upper Division Hours
Select elective courses from the following:

CRD 301 Sustainable Communities (3) (Pre/Co-requisite: NLM 160 or PRM 120 (with C or better if completed); Credit is allowed for only CRD, NLM, PRM or TDM 301)

PRM 340 Outdoor Survival (3)

PRM 470 Environmental Education and Interpretation (3) (Minimum 60 hours) (offered in spring session only)

TDM 448 Heritage and Cultural Tourism (3) (Prerequisites: TDM 205 with C or better; Credit is allowed for only TDM 448 or CRD 598 Heritage and Cultural Tourism)

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.






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