Recreation Management

Recreation Management - AAS

Effective term: 
2018 Spring
Final term: 
Total credits required: 
Program Availability: 
Shared: SCC (primary), MCC

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.

Program notes

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

++ indicates any suffixed courses.

Admission criteria


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 Life 3
REC150ABOutdoor Adventure Skills 3
REC210Leisure Delivery Systems 3
REC230Programming of Recreation Services (3) OR
HRM145Events Management (3) 3
REC250Recreation Leadership 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 Activities 4-8
Students must select four (4) different activities from the following list:
REC155++Any recreational activity courses
PED+++++ Any physical education activity courses
Restricted Electives
AIS113Proposal Writing 3
ARH145History of American Indian Art 3
COM263Elements of Intercultural Communication 3
COM281Communication Activities 1
CPD102ASConflict Resolution 2
CPD103BLDynamics of Leadership (2) OR
LDR101Emerging Leaders I (2) 2
EXS265++Theory of Coaching 3
GBS120Workplace Communication Skills 3
GBS205Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues in Business 3
GCU221Arizona Geography 3
HES100Healthful Living 3
HIS105Arizona History 3
HIS106Southwest History 3
HRM110Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Management 3
PSY230Introduction to Statistics 3
General Education
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.
  1. Use computer software and hardware to perform basic computer operations and applications. (BPC110, CIS105)
  2. Demonstrate effective oral communication skills in public, small group and interpersonal settings. (COM100, COM110)
  3. Apply first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), including use of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED), in appropriate situations. (HES154, REC240)
  4. Explain and demonstrate the basics of supervision in an organizational environment including planning, organizing, staffing, motivating and controlling. (MGT101, MGT126, MGT175)
  5. Describe the conceptual foundations of play, recreation, and leisure through out the human life span. (REC120)
  6. Identify and describe career opportunities in the field of recreation and leisure. (REC120)
  7. Explain the “Leave No Trace” philosophy and practice it on all outdoor adventures. (REC150AB)
  8. Describe the major factors involved in the delivery of leisure services in the private, commercial and independent sectors of a community. (REC210)
  9. Describe ethical principles and professional practices, attitudes and behaviors required of workers in the delivery of leisure and recreation services. (REC210)
  10. Describe and apply various operational strategies for planning, implementing and evaluating a recreational event or program. (HRM145, REC230)
  11. Demonstrate group facilitation and leadership skills necessary for leading groups in various recreational activities, including working with differently-abled individuals. (REC250)
  12. Apply academic studies to a recreation-based service learning project. (REC282AA, REC282AB, REC282AC)
  13. Demonstrate the technical skills necessary to participate safely in recreational activities in a variety of environments. (PED+++++, REC155++)
  14. Explain and utilize effective customer service attitudes and skills in the planning and delivery of recreational services. (MGT101, MGT126, MGT175)