Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies

BS in Recreation and Leisure Studies

Minimum number of credits needed for the degree: 121. Students entering the degree program will select one of two available concentrations: Therapeutic Recreation or Community Recreation. Upon completion of the degree requirements, the student may seek employment as a recreation therapist, recreation staff in a variety of municipal or nonprofit environments, activity coordinator, or recreation generalist. Students who complete internships under the supervision of a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist will be eligible to sit for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification examination.

In addition to the University Core Curriculum requirements, the four-year program in recreation and leisure studies consists of the following courses leading to the B.S. degree, which are to be taken by students in both concentrations. The curriculum is subject to change as a result of faculty evaluation.

Required Recreation Core Courses (27 cr) Credits
REC 110 Foundations of Recreation and Leisure Studies 3
REC 216 Emergency Response 3
REC 219 Lifetime Physical Fitness and Wellness 3
REC 241 Recreation Leadership 3
REC 353 Implications of Disabling Conditions for Therapeutic Recreation 3
REC 495 Internship 12
   
Electives (9 cr)  
REC 223 Nature Based Tourism 3
REC 314 Wellness Education and Counseling 3
RHF XXX Two 1.5-credit health fitness courses 3
   
Required foundation courses (10.5 cr)  
BIO 111 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIO 112 Practical Human Anatomy and Physiology I 1.5
HRD/SBS 200 Multicultural Human Development 3
PSY 101 General Psychology I 3
   
Total credits (with Core) 121

Students with degrees in Recreation and Leisure Studies are employed as activity coordinators, therapeutic recreation specialists, recreation generalists and much more. Students who complete Internships under the supervision of a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist will be eligible to sit for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation certification examination.