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A tourist’s rented RV drives through Grand Teton National Park in 2016. The University of Wyoming will begin offering a new degree in recreation and outdoor management.

The University of Wyoming will offer a new outdoor recreation and tourism management degree this fall, the school’s board of trustees voted last month.

The program will be an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree from the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources and the College of Business, according to a university press release. The program will necessitate phasing in 11 new courses over the next two years, including two this fall.

The university hopes 50 students will enroll in the program next year and reach 150 by year four, according to the release.

“This degree will give students the skills, knowledge and experience needed to find meaningful employment and become leaders in the outdoor recreation and tourism economic sectors,” Dan McCoy, the new degree program’s coordinator, said in a statement. He added such a degree may keep those graduates living and working in Wyoming.

Students will take a mix of classes in the program’s curriculum. The courses will include “business fundamentals, recreation and tourism, environment and natural resources, and social science.”

They will then choose an area of concentration among five options: “business and hospitality management; management of recreation resources; cultural and international tourism; outdoor recreation leadership; and creative studies in recreation and tourism.”

The program hopes to better prepare students to work in the state’s tourism industry, the second-largest in Wyoming.

The new addition to the university’s stable of degree programs has the support of the tourism industry, according to the university, as well as Gov. Matt Mead and his Outdoor Recreation Task Force.

The university previously offered a degree in dude ranching, plus training in cuisine, animal production, geology, zoology and more in the 1930s and 1940s.

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Education and Health Reporter

Seth Klamann joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 and covers education and health. A 2015 graduate of the University of Missouri and proud Kansas City native, Seth worked for newspapers in Milwaukee and Omaha before coming to Casper.

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