Recreation Management

Recreation Management - AAS

MCCCD Program and Award Information
Effective term: 
2018 Spring
Final term: 
2019 Summer
Total credits required: 
CIP Code: 
Course sequence
Suggested Course Plan Sequenced by Semester: SC

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.

Award notes

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Admission criteria


Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
BPC110Computer Usage and Applications (3) OR
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3)3
COM100Introduction to Human Communications (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3)3
HES154First Aid/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (3) OR
REC240Wilderness First Responder (3)3
MGT101Techniques of Supervision (3) OR
MGT126Customer Service Skills and Strategies (3) OR
MGT175Business Organization and Management(3)3
REC120Leisure and the Quality of Life3
REC150ABOutdoor Adventure Skills3
REC210Leisure Delivery Systems3
REC230Programming of Recreation Services (3) OR
HRM145Events Management (3)3
REC250Recreation Leadership3
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
Students must select four (4) different activities from the following list:
REC155++Any recreational activity courses
PED+++++Any physical education activity courses
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
AIS113Proposal Writing3
ARH145History of American Indian Art3
COM263Elements of Intercultural Communication3
COM281Communication Activities1
CPD102ASConflict Resolution2
CPD103BLDynamics of Leadership (2) OR
LDR101Emerging Leaders I (2)2
EXS265++Theory of Coaching3
GBS120Workplace Communication Skills3
GBS205Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues in Business3
GCU221Arizona Geography3
HES100Healthful Living3
HIS105Arizona History3
HIS106Southwest History3
HRM110Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Management3
PSY230Introduction to Statistics3
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-24
General Education CoreCredits: 12-14
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
Any approved general education course from the First-Year Composition area
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0
Met by COM100 or COM110 in the Required Courses area
Critical ReadingCredits: 3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
equivalent as indicated by assessment.
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area.
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.
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.
  • Use computer software and hardware to perform basic computer operations and applications. (BPC110, CIS105)
  • Demonstrate effective oral communication skills in public, small group and interpersonal settings. (COM100, COM110)
  • Apply first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), including use of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED), in appropriate situations. (HES154, REC240)
  • Explain and demonstrate the basics of supervision in an organizational environment including planning, organizing, staffing, motivating and controlling. (MGT101, MGT126, MGT175)
  • Describe the conceptual foundations of play, recreation, and leisure through out the human life span. (REC120)
  • Identify and describe career opportunities in the field of recreation and leisure. (REC120)
  • Explain the “Leave No Trace” philosophy and practice it on all outdoor adventures. (REC150AB)
  • Describe the major factors involved in the delivery of leisure services in the private, commercial and independent sectors of a community. (REC210)
  • Describe ethical principles and professional practices, attitudes and behaviors required of workers in the delivery of leisure and recreation services. (REC210)
  • Describe and apply various operational strategies for planning, implementing and evaluating a recreational event or program. (HRM145, REC230)
  • Demonstrate group facilitation and leadership skills necessary for leading groups in various recreational activities, including working with differently-abled individuals. (REC250)
  • Apply academic studies to a recreation-based service learning project. (REC282AA, REC282AB, REC282AC)
  • Demonstrate the technical skills necessary to participate safely in recreational activities in a variety of environments. (PED+++++, REC155++)
  • Explain and utilize effective customer service attitudes and skills in the planning and delivery of recreational services. (MGT101, MGT126, MGT175)