Recreation and Consumer Health Accelerated Degree Program (BS)

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The accelerated pathway to a dual major in Park and Recreation Management and Consumer Health enables students expressing interest in recreation and public health to explore more career options in both fields. This accelerated pathway to a dual major is of benefit to students who are interested in the non-profit and public sectors. In particular, those interested in working with organizations that utilize recreation programs to advance population health may find benefit in learning about both fields of study. The accelerated pathway saves students 12 credits when compared to pursuing the Recreation and Consumer Health degrees independently.

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare this major.

Program Requirements

Students in the Department of Recreation, Therapeutic Recreation, & Tourism pursue a Bachelor of Science degree, and must complete its requirements.

A grade of "C" or better is required for all REL courses in the major. Transfer courses graded below a "C" will not satisfy major requirements.

All students are required to have a valid CPR/First Aid certificate and are required to complete the New York State Child Abuse Reporter Training in order to graduate from the program.

Students are required to complete the following:

General Education Requirements (35 credits)

Major Departmental Requirements (75 credits)

Required Core Courses (60)

  • PBH 302 Foundations of Health Education
  • PBH 303 Environmental Health
  • PBH 306 Contemporary Issues in Health*
  • PBH 317 Introduction to Public Health
  • PBH 416 Consumer Health
  • PBH 488 Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology*
  • REL 202 Foundations of Recreation & Leisure*
  • REL 306 Issues of Diversity & Disability in Recreation*
  • REL 307 Practicum
  • REL 308 Recreation Programming & Group Dynamics
  • REL 312 Administration of Recreation & Leisure Services
  • REL 401 Leadership & Professional Development in REL
  • REL 402 Current Trends & Issues in Recreation*
  • PRO 403 Internship
  • REL 406 Leisure and Aging*
  • REL 411 Recreation Legal Environment
  • REL 417 Financial Management & Revenue Generation in REL

*denotes courses that meet both major and general education requirements

Electives (10 credits)

Total (120 credits)

Additional Degree Requirements

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

The Department of Recreation, Therapeutic Recreation, and Tourism's curriculums are aligned with four learning outcomes defined by the Council on Accreditation Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT). The four learning outcomes are as follows:

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate historical, philosophical, and practical knowledge of the structure and function of public, non-profit, and commercial recreation, tourism, and leisure industries. (COAPRT 7.01)

  2. Students will be able to design, implement, and evaluate specifically targeted recreation, tourism, and/or leisure services which meet participant needs while embracing personal and cultural dimensions of diversity. (COAPRT 7.02)

  3. Students will be able to understand and demonstrate the principles and practices of operation and administration - in both organizational and individual environments - in recreation, tourism, and/or leisure service delivery. (COAPRT 7.03)

  4. Students shall complete a comprehensive internship of not less than 400 clock hours and no fewer than 10 weeks, which allows them to demonstrate the potential to succeed as professionals at supervisory or higher levels in park, recreation, tourism, or related organizations. (COAPRT 7.04)

The Department of Public Health & Health Education's Consumer Health Consumer Health concentration is aligned with three of the eight Areas of Responsibility as defined by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing.

Upon completion of the program, students will demonstrate mastery in the following areas: 

  1. Evaluation & Research 
  2. Advocacy 
  3. Communication