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Outdoor Recreation [OREC] (Major)

The outdoor recreation major in the Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department allows students to focus on different aspects of the outdoor recreation/education field. Outdoor leadership, natural resource recreation management, camp management and environmental and cultural interpretation are designated concentrations in this major. This major, as well as the concentration in Natural Resource Recreation Management, is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT).

Career Potential

  • Outdoor leader in a variety of agencies from Outward Bound, to campus outdoor programs, to camps
  • Camp director
  • State or national park manager
  • Outdoor educator or interpretation specialist with nature centers, parks and other environmental agencies

A. Professional Core Courses: 30 credit hours
  • REC 271 - Foundations of Recreation (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 280 - Programming in Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 293 - Diversity and Inclusive Recreation Services (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 370 - Outdoor Education Practicum (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 380 - Leadership in Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 402 - Management of Recreation Resources (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 407 - Evaluation and Research (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 445 - Administration of Recreation (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 446 - Legal Aspects of Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 470 - Senior Seminar (3 cr. hr.)
B. Outdoor Recreation: 12-13 credit hours
Natural Environment Area

Three credit hours from the following:

  • BIO 307 - Field Natural History (3 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 310 - Field Biology (3 cr. hr.)
Ecology Area

Three or four credit hours from the following:

  • BIO 412 - General Ecology (4 cr. hr.) or
  • CHE 125 - Chemistry and the Environment (3 cr. hr.) or
  • GLY 160 - Environmental Geology (3 cr. hr.) or
  • GRY 110 - Physical Geography (3 cr. hr.)
Environmental Attitudes and Literacy Area

Three credit hours from the following:

  • EST 100 - Introduction to Environmental Studies (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 310 - Wilderness and American Culture (3 cr. hr.)
  • Students in the natural resource recreation management concentration must take REC 310.

Environmental Teaching Area

Three credit hours from the following:

  • REC 462 - Environmental and Outdoor Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 469 - Environmental and Cultural Interpretation (3 cr. hr.)
    S
    tudents in the natural resource recreation management concentration must take REC 469.
C. Required Concentration: 12-13 credit hours

Choose one of the following concentrations:

1. Outdoor Leadership Concentration: 12 credit hours [LEAD]
  • REC 379 - Outdoor Recreation Activities (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 460 - Camp and Outdoor Program Administration (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 474 - Outdoor Pursuits Education and Leadership (3 cr. hr.)
Outdoor recreation activity courses, by advisement (3 cr. hr.)

See sample list below.

  • PED 157 - Orienteering Activities for Educators (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 181 - Adventure Activities (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 232 - Scuba Level I (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 281 - Adventure Activities II (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 300 - Lifeguard Training (1 cr. hr.)
  • PED 332 - Scuba Level II (1 cr. hr.)
  • REC 101 - Recreation Activities (variable credit)
    (can include caving, mountain biking, team-building, etc.)
  • REC 102 - Backpacking (1 cr. hr.)
  • REC 103 - Canoeing (1 cr. hr.)
  • REC 104 - Kayaking (1 cr. hr.)
  • REC 105 - Windsurfing (1 cr. hr.)
  • REC 106 - Rock Climbing (1 cr. hr.)
  • REC 107 - Snowshoeing (1 cr. hr.)
  • REC 108 - Cross-Country Skiing (1 cr. hr.)
  • REC 109 - Winter Camping (1 cr. hr.)
  • REC 110 - Bike Touring (1 cr. hr.)
  • REC 111 - Snowboarding (1 cr. hr.)
  • REC 112 - Downhill Skiing (1 cr. hr.)
  • REC 211 - Adaptive Skiing and Snowboarding (1 cr. hr.)
  • REC 212 - Ski and Ride Instructor Preparation Course (1 cr. hr.)
2. Natural Resource Recreation Management Concentration: 12 credit hours [NRRM]
  • GRY 324 - Introduction to Cartography and Geographic Information Systems (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 441 - Site and Facilities Planning (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 449 - Natural Resource Recreation Policy and Management (3 cr. hr.)
Three credit hours from the following:
  • A policy course approved by advisement or
  • ECO 335 - Resource and Environmental Economics (3 cr. hr.) or
  • POL 242 - Environmental Policy (3 cr. hr.) or
  • POL 308 - Environmental Law (3 cr. hr.)
3. Camp Management Concentration: 12 credit hours [CAMP]
  • REC 360 - Camp Counseling and Outdoor Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 409 - Human Resource Management in Leisure Services (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 460 - Camp and Outdoor Program Administration (3 cr. hr.)
Three credit hours from the following:
  • REC 344 - Commercial and Entrepreneurial Recreation (3 cr. hr.) or
  • REC 425 - Leisure Education (3 cr. hr.) or
  • REC 441 - Site and Facilities Planning (3 cr. hr.)
4. Environmental and Cultural Interpretation Concentration: 12-13 credit hours [ENV]
  • REC 460 - Camp and Outdoor Program Administration (3 cr. hr.)
Select one from the following:
  • EDU 462 - Environmental and Outdoor Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 469 - Environmental and Cultural Interpretation (3 cr. hr.)
    Whichever is not taken in OREC Core
Select one from the following:
  • EST 100 - Introduction to Environmental Studies (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 310 - Wilderness and American Culture (3 cr. hr.)
    Whichever is not taken in OREC Core
Elective in interpretation, by advisement (3-4 cr. hr.)

See sample list below:

  • ANT 305 - Archaeology of Eastern United States (3 cr. hr.)
  • ANT 460 - Introduction to Museum Studies (3 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 315 - Marine Biology (4 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 405 - Conservation Biology (3 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 411 - Ornithology (3 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 427 - Scientific Photography (2 cr. hr.)
  • EDU 374 - Teaching Elementary School Science (3 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 371 - Meteorology (4 cr. hr.)
  • INT 201 - Adirondack Studies (3 cr. hr.)
  • INT 270 - Exploring Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 150 - Astronomy (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 242 - Environmental Policy (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 425 - Leisure Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • SOC 340 - Environmental Sociology (3 cr. hr.)
D. Internship: 12 credit hours
Students may not enroll in additional course work while enrolled in the internship.
  • REC 475 - Internship in Recreation and Leisure Services (12 cr. hr.) (specific to Outdoor Recreation)
E. Other: 15-16 credit hours
  • Activity Requirement: at least two different recreation activities (2-6 cr. hr.)
  • Liberal Arts and Free Electives (3-8 cr. hr.), which could include HLH 120 or REC 375 to meet first aid requirement
  • First Aid Requirement: (0-3 cr. hr.), certification in American Red Cross Responding to Emergencies or higher. Acceptable certifications can be found in the advisement manual. OREC majors are advised to select REC 375 or equivalent, which is the standard in the field.
  • HLH 120 - Responding to Emergencies (2 cr. hr.) or
  • REC 375 - Wilderness First Responder (3 cr. hr.) to meet the first aid requirement
  • CAP 100 - Introduction to Computer Applications (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 210 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr. hr.)
Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 121
Example of B.S. in Outdoor Recreation over four years
First Year
Fall total credit hours: 16-17
  • GE 1 course
  • GE 3 course
  • GE 5 course
  • CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 102 - Writing Studies in the Community I (4 cr. hr.)
  • REC 271 - Foundations of Recreation (3 cr. hr.)
  • COR 101 - The Cortland Experience: A First Year Seminar (1 cr. hr.)
Spring total credit hours: 16-17
  • GE 4 course
  • GE 6 course
  • Activity requirement (1 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 160 - Environmental Geology (3 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)
  • CAP 100 - Introduction to Computer Applications (3 cr. hr.)
Second Year
Fall total credit hours: 16
  • GE 7 course
  • GE 9 course
  • GE 13 course
  • REC 280 - Programming in Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 380 - Leadership in Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services (3 cr. hr.)
Spring total credit total: 18
  • GE 8 course
  • Elective
  • REC 310 - Wilderness and American Culture (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 210 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 370 - Outdoor Education Practicum (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 293 - Diversity and Inclusive Recreation Services (3 cr. hr.)

Third Year

Fall total credit hours: 15
  • BIO 307 - Field Natural History (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 375 - Wilderness First Responder (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 402 - Management of Recreation Resources (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 469 - Environmental and Cultural Interpretation (3 cr. hr.)
  • POL 242 - Environmental Policy (3 cr. hr.)
Spring total credit hours: 15
  • Elective
  • GRY 324 - Introduction to Cartography and Geographic Information Systems (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 407 - Evaluation and Research (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 446 - Legal Aspects of Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 449 - Natural Resource Recreation Policy and Management (3 cr. hr.)
Fourth Year
Fall total credit hours: 16
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Activity requirement(1 cr. hr.)
  • REC 445 - Administration of Recreation (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 470 - Senior Seminar (3 cr. hr.)
  • REC 441 - Site and Facilities Planning (3 cr. hr.)
Spring total credit hours: 12

Students may not enroll in additional course work while enrolled in the internship.

  • REC 475 - Internship in Recreation and Leisure Services (12 cr. hr.)