Recreation Management - AAS

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Recreation Management is designed to prepare students for entry level positions in the recreation field and provides the first half of a four-year undergraduate program of study in Recreation Management and/or Leadership. The program focuses on the positive application of play, recreation, and leisure across the life span. Along with required general education courses, the program includes foundational and practical experience in the programming and delivery of recreational services and the development of communication, group facilitation, management, leadership and technical skills.


Major Code: 
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Total credits required: 
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.
Students can achieve the AGEC-A by completing a second Natural Science course.
Note that if student completes an SG to satisfy the AAS Natural Science Requirement, an SQ must be completed to earn the AGEC-A.

Admission criteria


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The Recreation Management program prepares students for entry-level employment opportunities in several areas including the following:

  • Government entities and programs, such as the federal government, national parks, military entities, state parks/fairs, fish and game, county and municipal functions, city parks and recreation programs.
  • Commercial/for profit sector, such as amusement parks, sporting stadiums/facilities, resorts activities, cruise activities, golf courses and resorts management, recreational outfitters, etc.
  • Non-profit/volunteerism sector, such as YMCA, Boys and Girls clubs, Habitat for Humanity, nonprofit management, and summer camps.
  • Therapeutic/Adaptive, such as Special Olympics, hospital positions, equestrian centers, etc.
  • Collegiate programs, such as intramural programs, recreational facilities, sports clubs, and athletics.
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
BPC110Computer Usage and Applications (3) OR
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3)3
HES154First Aid/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (3) OR
REC240Wilderness First Responder (3)3
MGT101Techniques of Supervision (3) OR
MGT251Human Relations in Business (3)3
REC120Leisure and the Quality of Life3
REC150ABOutdoor Adventure Skills3
REC210Leisure Delivery Systems3
REC250Recreation Leadership3
REC230Programming of Recreation Services (3) OR
HRM145Events Management (3)3
REC282AAVolunteerism for Recreation: A Service Learning Experience (1) OR
REC282ABVolunteerism for Recreation: A Service Learning Experience (2) OR
REC282ACVolunteerism for Recreation: A Service Learning Experience (3)1-3
Physical/Recreational Activities4-8
Student must choose four (4) different Physical/Recreational Activities courses; students cannot count beginning and intermediate classes on the same activity as two different activities.
REC155++Any recreational activity course(s) not used to satisfy other credits in Required course area (1-8)
PED+++++Any physical education activity course(s) (1-8)
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
AJS101Introduction to Criminal Justice3
ARH100Introduction to Art3
COM263Elements of Intercultural Communication3
DAH101Introduction to Dance Through History3
ENH206Nature and Environmental Literature3
EXS265++Any EXS Theory of Coaching course3
GBS205Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues in Business3
GCU221Arizona Geography3
HES100Healthful Living3
HIS105Arizona History3
HIS106Southwest History3
HRM110Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Management3
EDU/HUM/STO292The Art of Storytelling3
PAD10021st Century Public Policy and Service3
PSY230Introduction to Statistics3
SSH111Sustainable Cities3
SWU171Introduction to Social Welfare3
Free Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Students must choose 0-4 additional credits of general elective courses.
Recommend the following for students desiring to complete the AGEC-A and/or to transfer:
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences area.4
Note that if student completes an SG to satisfy the AAS Natural Science Requirement, an SQ must be completed to earn the AGEC-A.
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-27
General Education CoreCredits: 12-17
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM225Public Speaking3
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
Any approved general education course in the Critical Reading area or equivalent as indicated by assessment.
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area.
Recommended for students transferring to a university:
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3)3-5
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area.
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Social-Behavioral Sciences area.
Recommended for students intending to transfer to ASU:
AJS101Introduction to Criminal Justice (3) OR
AJS225Criminology (3) OR
AJS270Community Relations (3) OR
PAD200Public Affairs Economics (3) OR
SWU171Introduction to Social Welfare (3)3
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.
  • Facilitate recreation using the conceptual foundations of play, recreation, and leisure throughout the human lifespan. (REC120, REC230, REC250, REC282AA, REC282AB, REC282AC)
  • Compare and contrast the major factors involved in the delivery of leisure services in government, commercial, and nonprofit sectors. (REC120, REC210)
  • Incorporate principles of experiential learning in the design and application of recreation services. (REC150AB, REC155++, REC230, REC240, REC282AA, REC282AB, REC282AC, HES154, PED+++++)
  • Apply safety guidelines and procedures associated with recreational services. (REC150AB, REC155++, REC230, REC240, REC282AA, REC282AB, REC282AC, HES154, PED+++++)
  • Analyze career opportunities in the field of recreation and leisure. (REC120, REC210, REC282AA, REC282AB, REC282AC, [MA])
  • Demonstrate the basics of supervision including planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and evaluating. (REC230, REC250, BPC110, CIS105, [MA])
  • Apply various operational strategies for planning, implementing and evaluating a recreational event or program. (HRM145, REC210, REC230, REC250, BPC110, CIS105, [MA])
  • Lead and facilitate diverse groups using the theoretical frameworks, skills and attributes characteristic of recreation management. (REC150AB, REC250, REC282AA, REC282AB, REC282AC, COM225, [FYC])
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills in diverse public and interpersonal settings. (REC120, REC210, REC250, REC282AA, REC282AB, REC282AC, BPC110, CIS105, COM225, MGT101, MGT251, [FYC])
  • Utilize effective customer service in the planning and delivery of recreational services. (REC210, REC282AA, REC282AB, REC282AC, MGT101, MGT251, COM225, [FYC])
  • Apply ethical and legal principles, protocols, and practice in the delivery of leisure and recreation services. (REC150AB, REC240, REC282AA, REC282AB, REC282AC, HES154)
  • Critically assess problems and make sound decisions using the theoretical foundation and analytical tools associated with recreation. (REC150AB, REC155++, REC230, REC240, REC250, REC282AA, REC282AB, REC282AC, HES154, PED+++++, [MA])
  • Demonstrate the technical skills necessary for the safe participation in recreational activities in a variety of environments. (REC120, REC150AB, REC155++, REC230, REC240, REC250, REC282AA, REC282AB, REC282AC, HES154, PED+++++)
  • Develop, manage, and evaluate budgets related to recreational programs. (REC210, REC230, REC250, REC282AA, REC282AB, REC282AC, BPC110, CIS105, [MA])

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.