Ohio University

Ecotourism Certificate

 

Costa Rica
Ecotourism Destinations: Costa Rica

The Ecotourism certificate program is an interdisciplinary program focused on promoting sustainable tourism development through a balance of environmental, economic, and socio-cultural aspects of nature-based tourism. Open to all Ohio University students, the certificate is intended to complement other areas of study at the university and is especially relevant to students majoring in outdoor recreation and education; restaurant, hotel, and tourism; recreation management; global studies; environmental studies; and, entrepreneurship and other business related disciplines.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Tourism is one of the world’s largest industries and encompasses a variety of sectors of the global economy. These include commercial services, such as travel services, transportation services, and personal-cultural-recreation services. The ecotourism certificate program is appropriate for anyone interested in working within the travel and tourism industry generally. It is especially appropriate for those interested in working to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of tourism destinations around the globe through the promotion of principles and practices of sustainable tourism development. Examples of specific career opportunities related to ecotourism include eco-lodge and resort management; parks and protected areas management; environmental planning, policy and advocacy; and ecotourism and adventure travel operations and guide services.

Program Requirements

Required Courses

  • RHT 3410 Principles of Tourism - 3 credits
  • REC 3550 Principles of Ecotourism - 3 credits

Elective Courses

Complete at least one course from each of the following three areas:

Sociocultural Development

  • ANTH 1010 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology - 3 credits
  • GEOG 1310 Globalization and the Developing World - 3 credits
  • POLS 4400 The Politics of Developing Areas - 3 credits
  • POLS 4840 The Politics of Sustainability - 3 credits
  • SOC 4810 Environmental Sociology - 3 credits

Economic Development

  • ECON 3130 Economics of the Environment - 3 credits
  • ECON 3140 Natural Resource Economics - 3 credits
  • ECON 3500 Development Economics - 3 credits
  • MGT 3700 Introduction to Entrepreneurship - 3 credits
  • RHT 4430 Marketing for Hospitality and Tourism - 3 credits

Environmental Sustainability

  • BIOS 2200 - Conservation and Biodiversity - 3 credits
  • GEOG 3430 - Global Issues in Environment - 3 credits
  • PHIL 3350 - Environmental Ethics - 3 credits
  • REC 3400 - Environmental Interpretation - 3 credits
  • REC 3460 - Parks & Protected Areas Management - 3 credits

Capstone Experience

Complete one of the following for at least three credit hours:

  • REC 4560 - Ecotourism Destinations - 3 credits
  • REC 4920 - Practicum in Recreation and Leisure - 3 credits
  • RHT 4920 - Hospitality Practicum - 12 credits