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College Catalog Fall 2012 - Spring 2013

Natural Resource Recreation and Sports: Adventure Recreation - AAS

The Instructional Program

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.

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 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.

Adventure Recreation

The first degree of its kind in the SUNY system, the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Adventure Recreation offers students the opportunity to enter a dynamic and ever-expanding field. This concentration is designed to incorporate all of the programming skills necessary to develop and operate a challenging and inviting adventure program. From a weekend backpacking excursion to a high-ropes course, students experience a plethora of adventure activities firsthand. From these experiences they develop a working encyclopedia of the tools necessary for success in the field.

Transfer Options

SUNY ESF/Syracuse Connection

Students interested in either of the two Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) advisement options below must discuss this with their academic advisor upon acceptance to the college.

The ESF articulation program is designed for those students who ultimately desire a Bachelor of Science degree in the environmental sciences and/or forestry. After the first two years of study at SUNY Delhi, students may transfer to a four-year college or university to major in any one of a number of programs. Delhi has a special cooperative transfer program with The College of ESF at Syracuse. Graduates of Delhi's ESF advisement option receive an A.A.S. in Individual Studies and generally gain admission with full junior-class status to ESF, as well as other four-year colleges.

Delhi also offers a one-plus-one concentration for students who desire an A.A.S. degree in Forest Technology through ESF's School of Forest Technology at Wanakena. Students receive a liberal arts background with an emphasis in mathematics and science during the first year of study at Delhi. The second year is spent at ESF's Wanakena Campus, located on the western edge of the Adirondack Mountains. Courses at Wanakena are almost totally technical in nature, and 50 percent of students' studies are devoted to field exercises.

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must:



SUNY Curriculum Code: 1563

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.

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.

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Total Credit Hours = 64

Major Courses Required - 38 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
PEDC 220 Wilderness First Responder 3
PRKM 100 Orientation to Recreation and Physical Education  1
PRKM 110 Introduction to Recreation and Physical Education 3
PRKM 128 Backpacking and Camping  1
PRKM 129 Snowshoeing and Ski Touring 1
PRKM 130 Program Planning and Leadership 3
PRKM 131 Kayaking and White Water Rafting 1
PRKM 132 New Games and Ropes Courses 1
PRKM 145 Adventure Recreation Programming and Leadership 3
PRKM 200 Design and Development of Park and Recreation Facilities  3
PRKM 210 Outdoor Education and Camping  4
PRKM 220 Park and Recreation Administration  3
PRKM 230 Park and Recreation Internship I 3
PRKM 251 Rock Climbing   
  OR 1
PRKM 252 Winter Camping   
PRKM 285 NRSS Senior Experience I  1
PRKM 286 NRSS Senior Experience II 3
TRVL 170 Tourism 3

 General Education/Liberal Arts Courses Required - 23 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
BIOL ___ Biological Laboratory Science Elective  4
COMM 100 Public Speaking 3
ENGL ___ Freshman Composition or Advanced Composition1 3
MATH ___ Mathematics2 3-4
  Humanities or Social Science Elective  3
  Laboratory Science Elective  4
  Social Science Elective 3

Restricted Electives - 3 credit hours


1 English is by placement according to competency.

2 Mathematics is by placement according to competency.

Student Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the Adventure Recreation A.A.S. program should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the philosophy, history, scope, and significance of leisure profession.
  2. Identify the academic and career opportunities available in the leisure services profession, and have a working knowledge of how to access these opportunities.
  3. Illustrate application of critical thinking.
  4. Understand and apply fundamental concepts, principles, and procedures for the planning, development, and design of recreational programs, resources, areas, and facilities.
  5. Demonstrate proper safety, judgment, and decision making in regard to potential and actual emergencies.
  6. Demonstrate a fundamental ability to understand and practice specific outdoor living skills that are necessary to individual and group sustainability in a remote settings.
  7. Illustrate knowledge, skills and abilities to design, implement, prepare, and evaluate sustainable outdoor expedition trips for individuals and groups.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to know and implement theories and practices of teaching, processing, and transference with regards to adventure activities.

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Last Updated: 3/18/13