Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Major in Recreation Studies (Recreational Therapy Concentration)

Minimum required: 120 semester credit hours

General Requirements

  1. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.

  2. Students entering Texas State with fewer than 16 hours completed after high school graduation will be required to take US 1100. All others will be exempt from taking this course but will be required to earn an additional free elective, if needed, to reach the 120 minimum total hour requirement for the awarding of a degree.
  3. Students should be aware that some REC courses may only be offered once a year, during a Fall or Spring semester.
  4. Graduates are eligible to sit for examinations for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) and the Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP).
  5. No minor is required in this degree plan because the Therapeutic Recreation courses that are necessary for the NCTRC and CPRP certifications serve to broaden the study of the Recreation Administration major.

Course Requirements

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010 [TCCN ENGL 1301])3ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010 [TCCN ENGL 1302])3
Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0303Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0303
MATH 1315 (Mathematics Component Code 020 [TCCN MATH 1314])43REC 23303
REC 1310 (TCCN PHED 1336)3COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091 [TCCN SPCH 1311])3
PSY 1300 (Social and Behavioral Sciences Component Code 080)3PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy, and Culture Component Code 040 [TCCN PHIL 1301 or 2306])3
US 11001 
 16 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
American History Component Code 0603American History Component Code 0603
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2306])3POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2305])3
REC 13703REC 23703
REC 23353PSY 33003
ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094) [TCCN ENGL 2322, 2323, 2332, 2333, 2327 or 2328]3ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050 [TCCN HUMA 1315])3
 HIM 23603
 15 18
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
PSY 33153REC 33713
REC 33703REC 33513
REC 23363NCTRC Eligibility Course3
REC 33253Select 1 of the following:3
Select 1 of the following:3 
 BIO 2430 (TCCN BIOL 2404)4
NCTRC Eligibility Course3 
 18 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
REC 43503REC 46816
REC 43803 
REC 43703 
REC 43713 
NCTRC Eligibility Course3 
 16 6
Total Hours: 120

 While not recommended, previously completed courses in some areas can be substituted for the following degree requirements:


 All other coursework must be completed prior to students enrolling in the required internship, REC 4681.   Students should be aware that this internship must be completed during a Fall or Spring semester - it cannot be completed in a Summer semester.


 Students must earn grades of "C" or better in each TR sequence course (REC 1370, REC 2370, REC 3370, REC 3371, REC 4370, REC 4371), as well as in REC 4380 as partial fulfillment of requirements to gain Departmental Approval to enroll in REC 4681.


Any course approved for 020 General Education Core Curriculum can satisfy the MATH 1315 requirement

NCTRC Eligibility Courses

ESS 3320Biomechanics3
ESS 3329Motor Learning3
PSY 3312Adolescent Psychology3
PSY 3313Psychology of Adulthood and Aging3
PSY 3350Cognitive Behavioral Therapies3
PSY 3361Health Psychology3
SOCI 1310Introduction to Sociology3
SOCI 3338Family Problems3
SOCI 3343Criminology3
SOCI 3347Juvenile Delinquency3
SOCI 3383Aging and Society3
SOCI 3384The Sociology of Death and Dying3
SPED 2360Survey of Exceptionalities3
SPED 3338Educating Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders3
SPED 4344Educating Students with Mild Disabilities3
SPED 4381Educating Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities3