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College Catalog Fall 2011 - Spring 2012
Natural Resource Recreation and Sports: Recreation and
Sports Management - AAS

The Field

The Natural Resource Recreation and Sports (NRRS) curriculum provides students the opportunity to obtain a general background in leisure studies while focusing their studies on one of six concentrations: Recreation and Sports Management, Adventure Recreation, Park and Outdoor Recreation, Physical Education Studies, Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) 2+2 transfer program, or Forest Technology 1+1 transfer program.  The program is designed to prepare students for post-graduation careers, while at the same time offer flexibility for students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities.

The Instructional Program

Students who successfully complete the program receive either an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) or, in the case of Physical Education Studies, an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree, with the exception of the Forest Technology concentration. For those students wishing to continue on for a bachelor degree, the NRRS program has developed tremendous rapport with many four-year colleges and universities, both in and out of New York State.

The core courses of the NRRS program emphasize theoretical and practical application of park, recreation, leisure, physical education, and natural-resource management. Small class sizes allow for considerable individual contact between instructors and students. This one-on-one, hands-on atmosphere is the cornerstone of the program.

The NRRS program faculty view student advisement as one of their most important responsibilities. Students can fully develop the coursework necessary for their concentration while at the same time addressing individual interests and needs through consultation with their faculty advisor.

Career Options

Each of the program concentrations offers students a number of opportunities. In addition to the theoretical background associated with each of the concentrations, students in the NRRS program gain a tremendous amount of practical experience that is applicable to numerous leisure-oriented jobs. Graduates of the program find opportunities as park managers, recreation leaders, aquatics specialists, campground managers, sports specialists, outdoor adventure guides, park rangers, fitness or sport center directors, social directors, activity directors in therapeutic and resort settings, outdoor educators, recreation therapy aides, conservation officers, and many more. Program concentrations are also designed to assist students in obtaining various certifications relative to the field, including NYS guiding license, kayaking instructor, wilderness first aid, and adventure-program facilitator, among others.

Recreation and Sports Management

The Recreation and Sports Management concentration is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in sports, recreation, and physical education outside of teaching. In close consultation with their advisor, students are offered the opportunity to tailor their program of study to suit their career aspirations. Whether this aspiration is coaching, working in the front office of a professional team, or facility management, the Recreation and Sports Management concentration allows students the flexibility to engage in a broad range of course work related to each of these endeavors. Students who successfully complete this concentration receive an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree and also fulfill the academic requirements necessary to obtain a New York State Coaching Certificate.

Curriculum

SUNY Curriculum Code: 1565

SUNY General Education Requirements: Students who intend to receive A.A., A.S., or baccalaureate degrees must satisfy SUNY and campus General Education (GE) requirements to graduate. Students should be aware that GE requirements may vary by academic program. Consult with your academic advisor. For general information, see the "General Education" section of this catalog.

A.A.S. and A.O.S. degree students may not be required to fulfill General Education (GE) requirements; however, any student who may wish to transfer should complete as many GE courses as possible. Consult with your academic advisor.

Core Concentration Courses:

Course No.

Course                                                                   

Cr. Hrs.

 PEDH 220

 First Aid: Responding to Emergencies 

2

 PEDH 245

Child Abuse Identification and Reporting Seminar 

1

 PEDH 260

Philosophy, Principles, and Organization of Athletics in Education

3

 PEDH 265

Sports Management Operations

3

 PEDH 270

Health Science Applied to Coaching

3

 PEDH 2__

Theory and Techniques of Coaching Elective

2

 PEDH ___

Sports Officiating Elective 

2

 PEDH ___

Team Sports Elective

1

 PRKM 100

Orientation to Recreation and Physical Education 

 1 

 PRKM 110

Introduction to Recreation and Physical Education 

 3 

 PRKM 130

Program Planning and Leadership

 3 

 PRKM 200

Design and Development of Park and Recreation Facilities 

3

 PRKM 220

Park and Recreation Management

3

 PRKM 230

Park and Recreation Internship I 

3

 

Total

33

Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses:

Course No.

Course                                                                   

Cr. Hrs.

BIOL ___

Biological Laboratory Science Elective 

4

COMM 100

Public Speaking

3

ENGL 100

Freshman Composition or Advanced Composition 1

 3 

ECON ___

Introductory Macroeconomics or Introductory Macroeconomics

3

MATH 115

Statistics

4

____ ___

Humanities or Social Science Elective

3

____ ___

Social Science Elective 

 3 

 

Total

23

Business Courses:

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
BUSI _____ Business Electives 6
CITA 110 Introduction to Software Applications 3
  Total 9

Degree Requirement: 65 credit hours

Notes

1 English is by placement according to competency.

2 Mathematics is by placement according to competency.

Technical Standards:  In addition to academic requirements, all applicants must also be able to meet the minimum Technical Standards for the program, with or without reasonable accommodation.

 

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must:

 

Student Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the Recreation and Sports Management A.A.S. program should be able to:

  1. Discuss the academic and career opportunities available in the field of park and outdoor recreation, and have a working knowledge of how to utilize these opportunities.
  2. Discuss the philosophy, history, scope, and significance of the park and outdoor recreation movement.
  3. Select the appropriate sport, game, or outdoor activity for various situations in a park and/or recreational setting.
  4. Plan and supervise recreation programs for governmental, non-profit, and commercial agencies.
  5. Understand and apply fundamental concepts, principles, and procedures for the planning, development, and design of recreational resources, areas, and facilities.
  6. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of park and recreation administration.
  7. Understand the relationships between organisms and their physical and biological environments, and the structure and function of ecosystems, communities, and populations.
  8. Demonstrate a thorough grounding in the theory and application of at least one specific area of the physical education discipline, such as: cross-country skiing, swimming, golf, tennis, fitness for life, team sports, volleyball, weight training, or badminton.
  9. Demonstrate practical experience in the field of parks and outdoor recreation management.
  10. Develop and lead a recreation activity.
  11. Recognize and respond to emergencies by making appropriate decisions regarding first-aid care.

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