Oct 14, 2019  
2010-2011 Student Catalog 
    
2010-2011 Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Recreation Studies, AS


Contact Information

Degree/Certificate

Associate in Science

HEGIS Code

5506

SUNY Code

2008

Major Code

REC

The Career

Recreation Studies is one of the fastest growing professions that offers opportunities for employment in commercial, public sector, not-for-profit and even military career options. Recreation studies degrees are increasing in  popularity as employment opportunities expand in many diverse fields. Students of recreation studies will learn to research and analyze existing programs and services in an effort to enhance them. They will acquire skills  to motivate participants of fitness, recreational and leisure activities. Our students not only receive a well-rounded liberal arts education, they also develop the professional competencies for entering a thriving job market. Upon transfer, students will be afforded the opportunity to focus on one of the many facets of the recreation industry.

The NCCC Approach

In addition to earning an associate degree, graduates of the Recreation Studies program are positioned to transfer to an upper-level program in general recreation, therapeutic recreation, outdoor recreation, travel and tourism. The program also offers the opportunity for recreation majors to receive certification as a personal trainer through the National Council on Strength and Fitness. Additional business courses are included that will allow the student to develop supportive knowledge, skills and abilities that are necessary for success in this career. Through the advisement process, faculty will work individually with students to assist in course selection based on transfer interest.

Admissions

Students admitted in September and January. Due to the sequencing of courses, it may take more than four semesters of fulltime study (15-17 credits per semester) if a student begins this program in a spring semester.

Articulation Agreements

SUNY College at Brockport
SUNY College at Cortland

Facilities

The Recreation Studies program is housed in the Division of Health & Physical Education. A two and half year renovation of these facilities includes a 2,500 square foot fitness center, Olympic-size pool, two gymnasiums, dance studios, racquetball and squash courts. The NCCC Athletics & Intramural/Recreation Department is comprised of 11 athletic teams and numerous intramural and recreation programs and events. The NCCC Health Education Center offers health improvement opportunities for adolescents and adults in the community. Our technology, aimed at the professional development of our students, is exemplary. Smart technology classrooms, 30 wireless laptops for individual work stations and cutting edge health and wellness assessment tools have proven to enhance learning and comprehensively prepare students for transfer to upper-level institutions.

Program Goals and Objectives

  • To assist students with the successful transfer to related bachelors degree program.
  • To provide an understanding of the various career tracks and professional requirements for a variety of jobs in the field.
  • To develop students’ knowledge about the sociological, philosophical, physiological, historical and psychological aspects of recreation studies.
  • To assist students in meeting ten of ten General Education requirements.
  • To provide an understanding of the operation of computer systems and related pedagogical recreation issues.
  • To develop students’ understanding and acquisition of knowledge, skills, and characteristics which define responsible and successful leaders in the field of recreation.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, the student will:

  • Develop a philosophy about the field of recreation studies.
  • Customize his/her professional education course work to facilitate transfer-articulation to a baccalaureate school of choice.
  • Broaden his/her general education background through course work in humanities, social sciences, mathematics, fine arts and life sciences.
  • Acquire the necessary skills and knowledge in recreation studies courses to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in recreation studies or related field.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of computers and their basic functioning.
  • Communicate effectively with others.

Minimum Degree Requirements (REC)


  1. A total of at least 62 credit hours with a minimum curriculum gradepoint average of 2.0. Academic Foundation courses do not count toward the degree.
  2. Recreation Studies: A minimum of 19 credit hours to include:
    1. REC 200 - Foundations of Recreation 
    2. REC 225 - Programming in Parks, Recreation, Leisure Service 
    3. REC 250 - Leadership 
    4. REC 275 - Recreation Field Placement 
    5. PED — Physical Education electives
      (Choose three from PED 126 , PED 132 , PED 135 , PED 140 ,148, PED 170 , PED 179  or PED 235 )
    6. PED 275 - Lifeguard Training with Advanced First Aid 
    7. HPE 260 - Certified Personal Trainer 
  3. Electives by advisement: A minimum of 15 credit hours to include:
    1. BUS — Business elective or
    2. PSY 210 - Lifespan Developmental Psychology 
       
    3. BUS — Business elective or
    4. PSY 250 - Abnormal Psychology 
       
    5. CIS 100 - Introduction to Computer Applications 
    6. HIS — History elective (American History)
    7. HIS — History elective (Other World Civilization)
  4. Social Sciences: A minimum of 3 credit hours to include:
    1. PSY 110 - Introduction to Psychology 
  5. Mathematics: A minimum of 3 credit hours to include:
    1. MAT 164 - Introduction to Statistics 
  6. Science: A minimum of 4 credit hours to include:
    1. BIO 117 - Human Biology 
  7. Arts & Media: A minimum of 6 credit hours to include:
    1. ART 137 - Ancient to Gothic Art  or
    2. ART 138 - 14th to 19th Century Art  or
    3. MUS 100 - Exploring the Arts 
       
    4. SPE 102 - Public Speaking 
  8. Humanities: A minimum of 12 credit hours to include:
    1. ENG 101 - Writing I 
    2. ENG 102 - Writing II & Introduction to Literature 
    3. Foreign language elective
    4. PHI 149 - Introduction to Philosophy 

Typical Program


First Semester


Total Credit Hours: 15


Second Semester


Total Credit Hours: 15


Total Credit Hours: 16


Total Credit Hours: 16


Scholarship Opportunities


All matriculated students in this curriculum are eligible for scholarships. See scholarship  area of this catalog for specific information and criteria.