Health Science and Recreation Department

BS - Recreation, Concentration in Recreation Therapy

Recreation therapy is a systematic process of treatment services that utilize recreation and other activity-based interventions to address the assessed needs of individuals with illnesses and/or disabling conditions, as a means to improve psychological and physical health, recovery, and well-being. Graduates of recreation therapy work in a wide range of health services settings (i.e. veterans administration, mental health, addictions, physical medicine, rehabilitation, prison/corrections, pediatrics, municipal park and recreation, hospice, skilled nursing, adventure/therapeutic camps, and private practice).

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Transfer Degrees (ADT) pathway roadmaps can be found here.

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements44
Core Lower Division General Education27
Of the 39 units required by the university, 12 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Upper Division General Education9
Of the 9 units required by the university, 0 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015. Essentials of U.S. HistoryD2+US13
POLS 015. Essentials of U.S. & California GovernmentD3+US233
Chicana and Chicano Studies6
CCS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
CCS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Preparation for the Major16
RECL 100W. Writing WorkshopZ3
HS 015. Human Life SpanD13
PSYC 001. Introduction to PsychologyD13
PSYC 110. Adult Psychopathology3
Complete one course from:
BIOL 065. Human AnatomyB2+B34
BIOL 065O. Human AnatomyB2B34
Requirements of the Major54
Core Courses32
RECL 090. Foundations of Recreation Parks & Tourism3
RECL 110. Leisure, Life and Contemporary Society3
RECL 112. Foundations of Recreation Therapy3
RECL 132. Recreation Program Planning3
RECL 135. Planning and Managing Rec Areas & Facil3
RECL 136. Principles of Recreation and Park Admin3
RECL 160. Evaluation and Research in Recreation3
RECL 170A. Pre-Intern Workshop1
RECL 170C. Internship in Recreation Therapy10
Recreation Therapy Concentration22
RECL 140A. Spec Interventions in RT:Aquatic Therapy1
RECL 140B. Spec Inter in RT: Behavior Interventions1
RECL 140C. Spec Inter in RT: Adventure Tx1
RECL 148. Biofeedback Principles and Practices3
RECL 169. Practicum in Recreation Therapy1
RECL 187. Leisure Education in Recreation Therapy3
RECL 193. RT Interventions for People with Physical Conditions3
RECL 197. Recreation Therapy in Mental Health3
RECL 198. Rec Therapy Assessment and Documentation3
RECL 199. Advanced Practices in Recreation Therapy3
University Electives6
Additional courses selected in consultation with major advisor

Total Units:120