Sport and Recreation Management, B.S. Curriculum

General Program Description

Sport and Recreation Management majors find employment in municipal recreation, campus recreation, college athletic administration, armed forces recreation, private clubs, non-profit organizations, professional sport organizations, and private/commercial recreation enterprises. To see a sample of some of the organizations our alums are now working at, click here.


Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Sport and Recreation Management (SRM)

The Bachelor of Science with a major in sport and recreation management requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including 48 s.h. of required course work for the major. It includes sport and recreation management courses and supporting course work from other departments. All students must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Program.

B.S Sport and Recreation Management (SRM) Major:

Program II: Total Required Hours: 48 (27 Foundation, 9 Field Experience, 12 Concentration)

Foundation - Complete 27 total hours

  • SRM:1060 Contemporary Issues in Sports, 3 s.h.
  • SRM:3157 Managerial Operations in Sport and Recreation, 3 s.h.
  • SRM:3175 Sales in Sport, 3 s.h.
  • SRM:3178 Communications and Public Relations in Sport, 3 s.h.

      Students must complete 30 total s.h. prior to taking the following foundation courses:

  • SRM:3151 Liability in Sport and Recreation, 3 s.h.
  • SRM:3152 Design and Management of Sport and Recreation Facilities, 3 s.h.
  • SRM:3153 Sport Business Practices, 3 s.h.
  • SRM:3158 Sport and Recreation Promotion, 3 s. h.
  • SRM:3172 Finance in Sport & Recreation, 3 s.h.

Field Experience - Complete 9 s.h. of Guided or Independent Experience

  • SRM:4196 Interscholastic Athletic Administration Field Experience 1-9 SH
  • SRM:4197 Sport and Recreation Field Experience 3SH
  • SRM:4199 Independent Sport and Recreation Field Experience 1-9 SH.

Guided field experience sections (SRM:4197) are led by faculty who set learning objectives and outcomes with partner organizations. Courses have regular meeting times and faculty oversee and evaluate student engagement, participation and completion.

Independent experience is student initiated with an approved sport or recreation affiliated organization. In consultation with the faculty and organization, the student sets their learning objectives for the duration of the experience. Faculty communicates with both the student and site supervisor to evaluate student engagement, participation and completion of learning objectives. Both guided and independent field experience credit is based on 45 hours of field experience for each semester hour earned

Learn more about guided and independent field experience here.

Concentration Area - Complete 12 s.h. in one of eight areas.

  • Business Studies
  • Coaching and Sport Instruction
  • Communications Public Relations / Journalism
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Event Management
  • Interscholastic Athletic/Activity Administration
  • Recreation Management 
  • Sport and Diversity
  • Student-Designed

The complete list of courses, including catalog numbers is available here: 

Sport and Recreation Management [Program II] Curriculum Sheet - Program II was available for declaration beginning Spring 2015 going forward.
Sport and Recreation Management [Program I] Curriculum Sheet - Specifically for students who declared the major prior to Spring 2015.

Requirements for the Sport and Recreation Management Minor

The minor requires a minimum of 15 s.h. in coursework (listed below) with at least 12 s.h. from courses numbered SRM:3000 and above. Students must maintain a 2.00 cumulative GPA in the minor. Course work in the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass. 

  • SRM:1060 Contemporary Issues in Sport
  • SRM:1085 Introduction to Travel and Tourism
  • SRM:2065 The Experience Economy
  • SRM:3147 Sport Event Management
  • SRM:3148 Interscholastic Activities and Athletics Administration
  • SRM:3149 Coaching Theory, Body Structure, and Human Development *
  • SRM:3151 Liability in Recreation and Sport
  • SRM:3152 Design and Management of Sport and Recreation Facilities
  • SRM:3153 Sport Business Practices
  • SRM:3154 Foundations of Event Management
  • SRM:3155 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries for Coaches *
  • SRM:3157 Managerial Operations in Sport and Recreation
  • SRM:3158 Sport and Recreation Promotion
  • SRM:3172 Finance in Sport and Recreation
  • SRM:3175 Sales in Sport
  • SRM:3176 Sport Analytics for Coaches, Managers, and Other Decision Makers
  • SRM: 3178 Communications and Public Relations in Sport
  • SRM:3300 Writing for Sport and Recreation Managers
  • SRM:3700 Ethics in Sport
  • SRM:3800 Sport Law for Interscholastic Athletic Directors
  • SRM:4197 Sport and Recreation Field Experience - repeatable but different sections
  • SRM:4198 NCAA Rules Compliance and Enforcement

* Completion of both courses allows students to apply for State of Iowa coaching authorization.


Sport and Recreation Management students build their curricular studies to match their career aspirations with the assistance of a full-time advisor dedicated to students in the SRM major. For specific curriculum related questions, email Ian Ely-Cate.

Field Experience Information

Internship Information