Recreation and Consumer Health Accelerated Degree Program (BS)

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The accelerated pathway to a dual major in Park and Recreation Management and Health & Society enables students expressing interest in recreation and public health to explore more career options in both fields. This accelerated pathway to a dual major is of benefit to students who are interested in the non-profit and public sectors. In particular, those interested in working with organizations that utilize recreation programs to advance population health may find benefit in learning about both fields of study. The accelerated pathway saves students 12 credits when compared to pursuing the Recreation and Health & Society degrees independently.

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare this major.

Program Requirements

Students in the Department of Recreation, Therapeutic Recreation, & Tourism pursue a Bachelor of Science degree, and must complete its requirements.

A grade of "C" or better is required for all REL courses in the major. Transfer courses graded below a "C" will not satisfy major requirements.

All students are required to have a valid CPR/First Aid certificate and are required to complete the New York State Child Abuse Reporter Training in order to graduate from the program.

Students are required to complete the following:

General Education Requirements (31-37 credits)

Major Departmental Requirements (75 credits)

Required Core Courses (60)

  • PBH 302 Foundations of Health Education
  • PBH 303 Environmental Health
  • PBH 306 Contemporary Issues in Health*
  • PBH 317 Introduction to Public Health
  • PBH 235 ZIP Codes, Community, & Health
  • PBH 488 Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology*
  • REL 202 Foundations of Recreation & Leisure*
  • REL 306 Issues of Diversity & Disability in Recreation*
  • REL 307 Practicum
  • REL 308 Recreation Programming & Group Dynamics
  • REL 312 Administration of Recreation & Leisure Services
  • REL 401 Leadership & Professional Development in REL
  • REL 402 Current Trends & Issues in Recreation*
  • PRO 403 Internship
  • REL 406 Leisure and Aging*
  • REL 411 Recreation Legal Environment
  • REL 417 Financial Management & Revenue Generation in REL

*denotes courses that meet both major and general education requirements

Electives (8-14 credits)

Total (120 credits)

Additional Degree Requirements

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

The Department of Recreation, Therapeutic Recreation, and Tourism's curriculums are aligned with four learning outcomes defined by the Council on Accreditation Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT). The four learning outcomes are as follows:

  1. Students graduating from the program shall demonstrate the following entry-level knowledge: a) the nature and scope of the relevant park, recreation, tourism or related professions and their associated industries; b) techniques and processes used by professionals and workers in these industries; and c) the foundation of the profession in history, science and philosophy. (COAPRT 7.01)
  2. Students graduating from the program shall be able to demonstrate the ability to design, implement, and evaluate services that facilitate targeted human experiences and that embrace personal and cultural dimensions of diversity. (COAPRT 7.02)
  3. Students graduating from the program shall be able to demonstrate entry-level knowledge about operations and strategic management/administration in parks, recreation, tourism and/or related professions. (COAPRT 7.03)
  4. Students graduating from the program shall demonstrate, through a comprehensive internship of not less than 400 clock hours and no fewer than 10 weeks, the potential to succeed as professionals at supervisory or higher levels in park, recreation, tourism, or related organizations. (COAPRT 7.04)

The Department of Public Health & Health Education's Consumer Health curriculum is aligned with three Areas of Responsibility for Health Education Specialists as defined by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing. The areas are as follows:

  1. Implement health education/health promotion
  2. Conduct research and evaluation related to health education/health promotion
  3. Serve as a health education resource person