2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 26, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Conservation Planning and Park Management (B.S.) - Park Administration and Management Specialization

Location(s): Brookings Main Campus

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Jennifer Zavaleta Cheek, Assistant Professor
Department of Natural Resource Management
Edgar S. McFadden Biostress Laboratory, Room 138

Program Information

Conservation Planning and Park Management is an interdisciplinary science that trains students to develop conservation strategies at landscape scales. The specialization in Park Administration and Management prepares student for careers in park management, particularly Federal and state government managed facilities. The courses outlined in this specialization are designed to enhance the human management focus needed for this career track.

Course Delivery Format

Conservation Planning and Park Management coursework is delivered on-campus in lecture, discussion, and laboratory settings, and off-campus in numerous field-based settings.

Student Learning Outcomes

Conservation Planning and Park Management graduates will:

  • Demonstrate understanding of ecological and environmental principles required for management of natural resources for multiple-uses, including (but not limited to) wildlife habitat, water management, ecosystems services, recreation, and livestock production.
  • Describe how natural resource management fits into the context of society and how societal factors (e.g., economics, policy, laws, regulations, attitudes, behaviors, norms) influence natural resource management.
  • Lead and work with others as appropriate to successfully manage natural resources.
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of natural resource field & lab techniques as well as contemporary technology.
  • Analyze and critically evaluate data and other information.
  • Effectively communicate (both written and orally) with both scientific and non-scientific audiences.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the professional and ethical responsibility that is necessary for a natural resource manager.

Requirements for Conservation Planning and Park Management Major - Park Administration and Management Specialization: 120 Credits

Bachelor of Science

Major Requirements

Select from the following

Select three courses from the following list. Credits: 9


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 120

Summary of Program Requirements

Bachelor of Science

System General Education Requirements* 32 Credit Hours
Major Requirements 70 Credit Hours
Electives** 18 Credit Hours

*System General Education Requirements for students pursuing a baccalaureate degree shall include a minimum of 30 credit hours. Some general education coursework may be counted for Major Requirements and Supporting Coursework.
**Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Academic Advising Guide Sheet

The goal of the academic advising guide sheets and sample plans of study is to promote undergraduate student success by guiding all students to timely completion of an undergraduate degree. Students are not limited to the course sequence provided for their academic program. Instead, the sample plan of study is one possible path to completing your degree and is meant to be used as a guide for planning purposes in consultation with an academic advisor. The plans also help students prepare for meetings with their academic advisor and track their progress in their selected academic program.