College Catalog Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

Natural Resource Recreation and Sports: Physical Education Studies - AS

The Instructional Program

The Physical Education Studies Associate in Science (AS) degree program prepares students for either immediate post-graduation careers in sports- and recreation-related fields or for transfer to baccalaureate programs in physical education. The primary intent is to prepare students for transfer to baccalaureate programs in physical education-related endeavors such as teaching, athletic training, exercise science, sports management, or coaching.

Delhi has a dual-admission articulation agreement with SUNY Cortland which guarantees that students who complete the AS degree in Physical Education Studies at Delhi with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 will be admitted into the Bachelor of Science in Education, Physical Education program at SUNY Cortland. The admissions requirements for this program are shown separately below.

In addition to the AS degree, the Physical Education Studies program affords students the opportunity to gain various certifications, such as American Red Cross certifications in First Aid and CPR, Lifeguard Training, and Water Safety Instruction. Students may also pursue additional certifications relative to other Natural Resource Recreation and Sports program concentrations, such as the New York State Coaching Certificate.

The core courses of the Associate in Science (AS) degree in Physical Education Studies 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.

Minimum Requirements to be Considered for Admission


  • high school graduate with 75 high school GPA or 2500 GED test score
  • Algebra Regents: 73
  • Science Regents: 73

Cortland program:

  • high school graduate with 78 high school GPA or 2500 GED test score
  • Algebra Regents: 75
  • Biology Regents: 75

Transfer Student:

  • Transfer GPA: 2.3


SUNY Curriculum Code: 1485

SUNY General Education Requirements: Students who intend to receive AA, AS, 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.

AAS and AOS 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 = 23 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
PEDC 187 Track and Field 1
PEDC 284 Self-Defense and Martial Arts 1
PEDC 288 Rhythms and Dance 1
PEDC 275 Recreation for Persons with Disabilities (3)
PEDH 128 Backpacking and Camping AND (1) AND
PEDH 129 Snowshoeing and Ski Touring AND (1) AND
PEDH 131 Kayaking and White Water Rafting (1)
PEDH 107 Intermediate Swimming 1
PEDH 126 Lifetime Sports I 1
PEDH 132 New Games and Ropes Courses 1
PEDH 152 Team Sports I (Football/Basketball)  
  OR 1
PEDH 154 Team Sports II (Soccer/Softball)  
PEDH 155 Fitness for Life 1
PEDH 210 Health and Wellness 3
PEDH 220 First Aid: Responding to Emergencies 2
PEDH 245 Child Abuse and SAVE Seminar 1
PRKM 110 Introduction to Recreation and Physical Education 3
PRKM 130 Program Planning and Leadership 3

General Education/Liberal Arts Courses Required = 41 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
BIOL 220 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIOL 225 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
COMM 100 Public Speaking 3
ENGL 100 Freshman Composition 3
ENGL 200 Advanced Composition 3
HUMN ___ Foreign Language Elective from GE9 3
MATH 115 Statistics 3
PSYC 100 Introductory Psychology I 3
  Humanities Elective from GE 7 (LITR or HUMN) 3
  American History Elective from GE 4 3
  Arts Elective from GE 8 (ARTS or HUMN) 3
  Other World Civilizations Elective from GE 6 3
  Western Civilization Elective from GE 5 3

Note: While not required, it is strongly recommended that students consider enrollment for 1 credit hour in either PEDC 291 Practicum in Physical Education/Health I or PEDC 292 Practicum in Physical Education/Health II at some point during their Delhi experience.

Student Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the Physical Education Studies AS program should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the philosophy, history, scope, and significance of leisure profession.
  • Identify the academic and career opportunities available in the leisure services profession, and have a working knowledge of how to access these opportunities.
  • Illustrate application of critical thinking.
  • Understand and apply fundamental concepts, principles, and procedures for the planning, development, and design of recreational programs, resources, areas and facilities.
  • Demonstrate proper safety, judgment, and decision making in regard to potential and actual emergencies.
  • Understand and apply the principles of fitness in terms of cardiovascular endurance, proper weight control, and strength and flexibility through the design of individualized fitness programs.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the development and implementation of a complete lesson plan.
  • Demonstrate a thorough grounding in the theory and application of several specific areas of the physical education discipline, including, but not limited to lifetime and team sports.