REC-BS - Recreation Education


Official Name of Program

Recreation Education

Plan Code


Department(s) Sponsoring Program



Degree Designation

BS - Bachelor of Science



NYSED Program Code

02593 - REC-BS

CIP Code


The program in Recreation Education leads to the B.S. degree and is designed to prepare students for entry into the parks, recreation, and leisure services profession. Recreation and leisure services are provided in a variety of settings serving people of all ages in carefully planned and organized recreation programs. Students may concentrate in therapeutic recreation, recreation management, or exercise and sport.

Students in the therapeutic recreation concentration are employed in health and human service settings, such as hospitals, nursing homes, adult day care, youth agencies, drug treatment centers, and homeless shelters; they work with people with a variety of disabilities and health conditions.

Students in the recreation management concentration are employed in public park and recreation agencies, not-for-profit organizations, community recreation centers, camps, and sports associations.

Students in the exercise and sport concentration can work as programmers, fitness trainers, group exercise leaders or coaches, in sports and fitness programs in a variety of settings. Students are prepared to obtain various fitness certifications from several national organizations. such as personal training and group fitness instruction through the American Council on Exercise (ACE).

Fieldwork and internship experiences are important components of the major, which give students the opportunity to apply theory to practice in an actual work setting under the supervision of a qualified professional.

Students in this major who have met the academic requirements, upon graduation, and complete at least 1 year of full-time experience in the field are eligible to sit for the national certifying examination for the Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP), administered by the National Recreation and Park Association.

Departmental Grading Policy
Students must earn a C- or above in all Departmental courses required for the major and the minor. A D grade is acceptable in only one of the following: BIO 181, PSY 166, PSY 234 and HIN 268 for therapeutic recreation majors. If a student earned a D in more than one of those courses, the student may choose which course to repeat. D grades in those courses transferred in from another institution as part of a completed degree program are acceptable.