Delhi Logo
College Catalog Fall 2012 - Spring 2013

Natural Resource Recreation and Sports: Recreation and
Sports Management - 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 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.

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must:



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.

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 = 33 credit hours

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 
PRKM 110 Introduction to Recreation and Physical Education 
PRKM 130 Program Planning and Leadership
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

General Education/Liberal Arts Courses Required = 22 credit hours

Course No. Course                                                                    Cr. Hrs.
BIOL ___ Biological Laboratory Science Elective  4
COMM 100 Public Speaking 3
ENGL 100 Freshman Composition or Advanced Composition 1
ECON ___ Introductory Macroeconomics or Introductory Macroeconomics 3
MATH 115 Statistics 3
  Humanities or Social Science Elective 3
  Social Science Elective 

Business Courses Required = 9 credit hours

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


1 English is by placement according to competency.

2 Mathematics is by placement according to competency.


Student Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the Recreation and Sports Management 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 thorough grounding in the managerial theory and practice of recreation and sports organizations.
  7. Obtain knowledge and skills needed to receive the New York State Coaching Certification.

Call us Toll-free:

Or write to us at:
SUNY Delhi
454 Delhi Drive
Delhi, NY 13753

Last Updated: 3/18/13