Jul 21, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2019-20 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2019-20 [Archived Catalog]

Ecotourism Certificate Program

Certificate code CTECTO

Patton College of Education 
Recreation and Sport Pedagogy 
McCracken Hall
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.4656
Fax: 740.593.0284

Danny Twilley, certificate director/contact person,

Program Overview

The certificate program in ecotourism is a multidisciplinary 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.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Major/Minor/Certificate Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

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.


Required Courses

Elective Courses

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

Capstone Experience

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