Recreation B.S. (Emphasis in Recreational Therapy)

Degree Requirements: 124 Credit Hours

See Core Curriculum for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.

Credit Hours
General Requirements (Core Areas A - E)42
Additional Requirements4
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major18
All Recreation students must take RECR   1530 and RECR   2530
Introduction to Recreation
Leadership and Programming in Leisure Services
Select 12 credit hours from list of adviser approved Area F electives (see Other Program Requirements)
Major Requirements27
Planning Recreation Areas and Facilities
Financial and Legal Dimensions of Recreation
Managing Recreation Organizations
Marketing Recreation Services
Professional Development in Recreation
Recreational Therapy Emphasis16
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Program Planning in Recreational Therapy
Assessment in Recreational Therapy
Intervention Techniques in Recreational Therapy
Professional Advancement in Recreational Therapy
Guided Major Electives11
Suggested Minors or areas of interest include: Anthropology, Biology, Business, Child and Family Development, Coaching, Health Education and Promotion, Criminal Justice, Geography, Geographic Information Science, History, Hospitality Management, Journalism, Marketing, Management, Public Relations, Psychology, Sociology, Sport Management
Foreign Language Requirement or “Significant International Content” course
Select one Foreign Language Requirement or “Significant International Content” course3
Select 3 credit hours of Electives3
Total Credit Hours124

Program Admission Criteria

  • 2.0 GPA for Outdoor Recreation,  Recreational Therapy, and Tourism and Community Leisure Services
  • 2.0 GPA to enroll in Internship
  • Students must have completed all of Area A1 and Area A2 requirements and Introduction to Recreation (RECR 1530) prior to admission to the program.

Honors in Recreation

  • Be admitted to the University Honors Program
  • Successfully complete at least three credits of HONS 4610 over three semesters
  • Successfully complete and present an Honors Thesis or Capstone Project
  • Be in good standing in the University Honors Program at the time of graduation

Other Program Requirements

  • A minimum grade of “C” is required for each RECR or non-RECR course taken in Area F, Major Requirements, Areas of Emphasis, and Guided Major Electives.
  • Recreational Therapy students MUST take RECR 2131 and CHFD 2137 in Area F.


Contact the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Student Services Center for information regarding admission and advisement.