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Recreation, B.S.

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phone: (208) 885-6772
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875 Perimeter Drive MS3080
Moscow, ID 83844-3080 

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Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

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322 E. Front Street
Boise, ID 83702

Healthy Lives, Recreational Opportunities

Discover how to help people of all ages lead active, healthy lifestyles in the only accredited recreation program in Idaho. You will gain hands-on training and experiences in swimming, river guiding, outdoor adventure, wilderness emergencies, program planning and management and much more with the campus’s excellent recreation facilities and Idaho’s mountains.

Fast Facts

  • Only accredited recreation program in Idaho
  • One of only three accredited in the Northwest
  • Outside Magazine ranked the program #29 in 2010 in its top 40 list of universities to embrace adventure
  • Recreation director for cities and communities

  • Director of campus recreation

  • Commercial recreation outfitter and guide

  • Special event coordinator

  • Parks interpreter and guide

  • Tourism operator 

  • Supervisor of sports programs/leagues

  • Aquatics director 

  • Coaching

  • Activity director for cruise ships or resorts

  • Administrator of after-school programs

  • Activity director for a senior center

  • Outdoor educator



Potential salaries are based
upon national averages.
Job Placement Recreation programs are essential to economic and community development, because they enhance the quality and health of individuals. In addition to larger cities, many rural communities have established recreation districts that administer summer recreation and after-school programs, and some have created full-time recreation and park programs. Recreation graduates are in high demand, and traditionally pursue careers as supervisors, managers and directors
Degree Roadmap Students who graduate with a degree with a B.S. in Recreation will complete 128 required credits toward the degree in addition to U-Idaho core requirements.
Degree Prep As a recreation student and professional, you should, first and foremost, lead by example by living an active and healthy lifestyle. The career requires an ability to work with and motivate people of all different activity levels and ages, in both indoor and outdoor settings. You should also build strong interpersonal, planning, organizational and leadership skills.

During your first year in the University of Idaho's Bachelor of Science in Recreation program,you may take:

  • Introduction to Recreation Professions
  • Outdoor Leisure Pursuits
  • Psychology
  • Swimming
  • English Composition
  • River Reading and Whitewater Safety
  • First Aid: Emergency Response
  • Wilderness First Responder
Scholarships Department of Movement Sciences offers scholarships for recreation students.  Also visit the Financial Aid office for more available scholarships.
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Hands-On Learning With Idaho’s scenic backdrop and outstanding outdoor resources, it is among the best settings to earn a degree. Moscow and the surrounding areas have consistently been ranked among the best places to live in the U.S. by media outlets including Outdoor Life, Outside Magazine, ABC News, Mother Earth News and Businessweek. Within an hour of Moscow, you will find rivers for fishing, boating and rafting, wilderness for hiking and camping and mountains for skiing. Outside Magazine also ranked the Recreation program #29 in 2010 in its Top 40 list of universities where you can embrace adventure.