Course descriptions

 PRM 101: Wilderness Welcome (1). This course seeks to bring incoming freshmen together through engaging in collective wilderness pursuits and experiential education so as to foster a strong incoming cohort and ensure student retention. Fall (pre-semester)

PRM 102: Swift Water Rescue (2). This class is designed to develop swift water rescue skills, equipment use, and safety practices associated with moving water. Basic river skills are a prerequisite to participate in this course. Emphasis of the class is on identifying water hazards and on RESCUE itself, both of oneself and others. Letter grade only. Spring

PRM 103: Introduction to Rock Climbing (1). This course is an introduction to basic rock climbing skills, techniques, and safety. Letter grade only. Fall, Spring

PRM 200 Professional Development (1). Professional development through professional conference attendance. Pass/fail only. May be repeated for up to 3 credits.

PRM 203 Introduction to Whitewater Rafting (1). This course is experientially based, and will provide opportunities for skill, technique, and leadership development in whitewater rafting. Emphasis will be placed on technical skill development and environmental ethics related to water based recreation activities. Emphasis is on skill development. Spring

PRM 205 Happiness (AHI Liberal Study) (3). This course will investigate the contemporary concepts of “happiness,” from a multi-disciplinary approach. The course will focus on applying happiness and mindfulness concepts to individual outcomes. Letter grade only. All Semesters

PRM 210 Introduction to Kayaking (1).  This course will introduce students to basic kayaking skills and techniques for water sports. 6 hours lecture; 30 hours application total. . Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 2 credits. Fall, Spring 

PRM 211 Leave No Trace (1). Technical skills, appropriate curricula, and practices for minimum impact camping and exploration of wilderness ethics. Fall, Spring

PRM 212 Basic Safety Systems (1). Technical skills related to setting protection for ascending and descending in vertical rock environments. Focus is on knots, anchors, belay escapes, and ascending/descending techniques. Fall, Spring

PRM 214 Challenge Course Facilitator (2). This course provides the theory and experiential learning required to facilitate the processes used in adventure-based programs to enhance challenge, growth, and discovery. Course may lead to Challenge Course Facilitator certificate. Fall, Spring

PRM 216 Wilderness First Responder (3). 80 hour national curriculum which leads to a 2-year certification as a Wilderness First responder. Specific skills and techniques for outdoor emergencies in backcountry and remote settings. 40 hours lecture and 40 hours skill application. Letter grade only. Spring

PRM 218 Outdoor Survival Skills (1). Technical skills, appropriate curricula, and practices in outdoor survival. Fall, Spring

PRM 220 Introduction to Parks and Recreation (3). History, philosophy, scope, and value of park and recreation services; their organization and relationship to other social institutions. Letter grade only.  Fall, Spring, Summer

PRM 225 Avalanche Safety Level I (2). A student that successfully completes this course should be able to: identify avalanche terrain; identify basic grain types, weak layers and strong layers; perform field tests to determine snow pack stability/instability; recognize weather and terrain factors contributing to instability; perform rescue through fast and efficient transceiver use; and apply safe-travel techniques.

PRM 252 Recreation Leadership and Supervision (3). Principles and techniques for effective leadership in the organization and operation of recreational activities. Fieldwork required. Letter grade only. Fall, Spring

PRM 275 Program Planning (3). Introduces recreation program development. Course fee required.  Fall, Spring

PRM 280 Camp Counseling (3). Purposes, standards, and trends in camping: counseling skills, problems of group outdoor living, program planning and general camp management. Fee required. Spring

PRM 300 Ecotourism (CU Liberal Study & Global Diversity) (3). Course will introduce students to the history, concepts, principles, marketing, planning and management of ecotourism activities and development. Winter & Summer

PRM 308 Practicum in Parks and Recreation Management (3). Practical application of classroom principles in a professional setting. 240 hours required. Letter grade only. Fall (distance students only) & Summer (all students)

PRM 310 Park Protection I (4). Detailed instruction in fundamentals of park law enforcement. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab. Instructor consent required. Course fee required. Letter grade only.  Fall, Spring

PRM 311 Park Protection II (4). Provides additional instruction in the fundamentals of park law enforcement. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab. Course fee required. Letter grade only. Fall, Spring

PRM 325 Special Event Planning (3). The course introduces the students to special event planning processes and techniques. Emphasis is on creating, organizing, identifying sponsors, marketing and implementing large community events. Spring (campus students) & odd numbered years (distance students only)

PRM 326 Inclusive Recreation (3). Methods and techniques that promote the inclusion of people with disabilities into recreation programs and facilities. Fall, Spring & Summer. 

PRM 331 Outdoor Leadership Certification I (3). The first of two courses required to train outdoor leaders who may then be certified through the Wilderness Education Association. Outdoor leadership theories, techniques, and outdoor pursuit administration. Includes six days of fieldwork. Fall &Spring

PRM 331L Outdoor Leadership Certification 1 River Lab (1). This lab course is the river side of outdoor leadership, part of the PRM Outdoor Education and Leadership emphasis. Students further develop their personal leadership styles in an outdoor setting, as well as provide a wider depth of experiences in the outdoor leadership realm. Pass-fail only. Spring

PRM 346W Outdoor Recreation (3). Overview of wildland recreation management principles, practices, and current issues. Prerequisite: junior or senior status. Fall, Spring & Summer. 

PRM 350 Cultural Recreation (CU Liberal Study) (3). This course will introduce information about cultural differences, values, and expectations of human development, leadership, and organization, and cultural awareness in programming sports, language and aging in the United States. Letter grade only. Fall, Spring, Summer

PRM 352 Experiential Process in Outdoor Recreation (3). Description of experiential processes, design for experiential recreational activities, process assessment, and field practices. Spring

PRM 360 Interpretation for Parks and Recreation (3). Theory, techniques, and applications of oral and written interpretation for parks and recreation management. Fall, Spring

PRM 383 Community and Commercial Recreation (3). Overview of recreation service delivery systems in the local public and private sectors with emphasis on intersectoral differences. Course fee required. Fall & Spring

PRM 401 Natural Resources Protection (3). This course introduces Federal regulations which provide protection of America’s natural resources.  Evolution and applicability of environmental laws regulating consumptive and non-consumptive uses of plants, wildlife and fish are discussed. Course fee required. Fall, Spring

PRM 402 Exploring the Wilderness Within (1). This course explores concepts and applied methodologies of eco-depth-psychology. Course fee required. Fall, Spring (OEL block students only for Spring)

PRM 408 Internship In Parks and RecreationManagement (12). A directed, full-time, professional work experience in a qualified parks and recreation management agency. This course is taken during the last semester before graduation. Fee required. All semesters

PRM 411 Leave-No-Trace Master Educator Certification (3). This course is to meet all established national curriculum standards for LNT Master Educator Certification. Students will learn to teach minimum impact outdoor ethics and upon successful completion, be able to lead Leave-No-Trace Trainer courses and Awareness Workshops. The course will include a required four night backpacking trip in a wilderness setting. Course fee required. Fall & Spring (OEL block students only for Spring)

PRM 423 Recreation Facility and Area Planning (3). Planning, design, and operation of recreation facilities and adjoining areas. On-site visits Supplement classroom principles. Fall

PRM 426 Parks and Recreation Administration and Finance (3). Theories, concepts, and practices of administration as they relate to the delivery of leisure services. Fall & Spring 

PRM 431 Outdoor Leadership Certification II (3). The second of a two-course series to train outdoor leaders who may then be certified through the Wilderness Education Association. Advanced outdoor pursuit planning and administration. Includes fourteen days of fieldwork. Spring

PRM 432 Introduction to Multi-day River Expedition Leadership (3). Introduce the theories and techniques used in conducting a safe and professional multiple day river expedition on rivers typical of the Western U.S. The course is also structured to expand the PRM students’ knowledge in outdoor leadership through a river context. Spring

PRM 447 Research and Evaluation in Parks and Recreation Management (3)Empirical research methods used in recreation and leisure service programs. Focuses on choosing and applying selective research methods and software packages; design, collecting, analyzing, and evaluating data; interpreting research literature. Prerequisite: STA 270. Course fee required. Spring & Summer

PRM 452 Outdoor Recreation Program Administration (3). Course will focus on management issues and techniques of outdoor programs. Spring

PRM 497 Independent Study (variable credit). Individualized approach to selected topics by guided reading and critical evaluation. Department consent required. Pass-fail only. May be repeated for credit. Fall, Spring, Summer

PRM 498C Senior Seminar (3). A capstone course integrates coursework through focus on contemporary issues and problems. Prerequisite: Senior status. May be repeated for up to 6 credits. Course fee required. Fall, Spring

PRM 531 Recreation Ecology and Physical Impact Analysis (3). Explores the topic of recreation ecology of the southwest with a focus on physical impact analysis for managing recreation areas. Includes 3 weekends of work and 5 days of application. Letter grade only. Course fee required. Requires instructor consent.

PRM 608 Fieldwork Experience (1-12). Supervised field experience in an appropriate agency, organization, or situation. Department consent required. Pass-fail only. May be repeated for up to 12 unites of credit.

PRM 697 Independent Study (1-3). Individualized directed study on topic. Department consent required. No more than 3 hours may be included on the master’s program in education. Letter or pass-fail. May be repeated for credit.