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College Catalog Fall 2013 - Spring 2014
Natural Resource Recreation and Sports: Park and Outdoor 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.

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.

Park and Outdoor Recreation

Designed to meet a variety of venues, the Park and Outdoor Recreation concentration prepares students for many different positions because of its flexible design. Through selected electives, students can focus their studies on work environments such as state, local, and national park systems; municipal recreation; quasi-public recreation; or commercial recreation. Regardless of the direction, students can take advantage of post-graduation employment opportunities in the field or continue on with their education. As with all of the concentrations in the NRRS program, practical experience is stressed.

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.


Minimum Requirements to be Considered for Admission



SUNY Curriculum Code: 1564

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 = 63

Major Courses Required = 31-32 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
LARC 120 Landscape Graphics  2
PEDC 220 Wilderness First Responder 3
PEDH 220 First Aid: Responding to Emergencies  2
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 210 Outdoor Education and Camping  4
PRKM 220 Park and Recreation Administration  3
PRKM 230 Park and Recreation Internship I 3
PRKM 255 Park and Recreation Maintenance Management 3
PRKM 280 Service Learning in Parks and Recreation 3
PRKM ___ Adventure Recreation Activity Elective 1

 General Education/Liberal Arts Courses Required = 26-27 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
BIOL 110 Environmental Issues and Sustainability 
BIOL 140 Field Biology  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
  Social Science Elective

Restricted Electives by Advisement = 6 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 Park and Outdoor 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 the ability to develop, deliver, and evaluate an outdoor education program.
  7. Demonstrate skill proficiency in various maintenance tasks, including tool and equipment use, relative to the upkeep of various park and recreation facilities.
  8. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of those requirements necessary for the management and sustainable use and maintenance of parks, recreation, and sports areas.


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Last Updated: 5/3/13