BS in Recreation Therapy

Units required for Major: 70-71
Total units required for BS: 120

Program Description

The BS in Recreation Therapy focuses on recreation services for individuals who are ill, disabled, elderly, or incarcerated. It can be applied in clinical, transitional, and community based settings. Emphasis is on therapeutic recreation as it applies to children and adults who are physically, mentally, socially, and/or emotionally challenged.


  • Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation Therapy will not be subject to the University’s Foreign Language Graduation Requirement. Students who change major may be subject to the University’s Foreign Language Graduation Requirement.
  • No more than 6 units of RPTA 198 and RPTA 199 in combination may be used to meet program requirements. No more than 3 units of RPTA 198 may be used to meet major requirements.
  • RPTA 21, RPTA 100 and RPTA 122 may not be used to meet program requirements.

Minimum Grade Requirement

Grade of "C-" or better required in all courses applied to the major. 

Additional Graduation Requirement

Majors are required to compile and consistently maintain an assessment portfolio. The portfolio is a cumulative collection of individual assignments designed to demonstrate competency in specific areas such as written communication, oral communication, group interaction, research and analysis, and computer literacy. Each competency may be assessed at more than one level (e.g., beginning, advanced) and adequate opportunities for completion of all required demonstrations of competency are available within the required major coursework.  In individual course-based assignments, learning outcomes, and competencies are assessed based upon specified criteria. Continuing instructor feedback and self-assessment exercises are intended to create a process that improves learning outcomes, as well as facilitates the student's ability to demonstrate those outcomes and competencies both before and after graduation.

It is the responsibility of the student, in consultation with their portfolio advisor, to maintain the portfolio and to insure that all requirements have been successfully completed prior to graduation. The completed portfolio is presented in  RPTA 102 for Recreation Therapy  students.

Program Requirements

Required Lower Division Courses (10 Units)
RPTA 1Orientation to Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration1
RPTA 30Recreation, Parks and Tourism in Contemporary Society3
RPTA 32Leadership and Group Development3
RPTA 42Recreation and Parks: Natural, Cultural, and Heritage Resources3
Required Upper Division Courses (42-43 Units)
RPTA 102Recreation Therapy Professional Practice1
RPTA 105Management in Recreation, Parks and Tourism3
RPTA 106Introduction to Inclusive Recreation and Recreation Therapy3
RPTA 110Research and Evaluation in Recreation, Parks and Tourism3
RPTA 115Recreation Therapy Assessment and Documentation3
RPTA 116Recreation Therapy Principles and Practices and the Recreation Therapy Process3
RPTA 117Recreation Therapy and Contemporary Aspects of Disability3
RPTA 118Recreation Therapy Facilitation Techniques3
RPTA 119Recreation Therapy Management and Advancement of the Profession3
RPTA 136Program and Event Planning in Recreation, Parks and Tourism3
RPTA 195DRecreation Therapy Internship14 - 15
Recreation Therapy Non-RPTA Supportive Coursework (18 Units)
Select 18 units 118
Total Units70-71

General Education Requirements 

Area A: Basic Subjects (9 Units)
A1 - Oral Communication3
A2 - Written Communication3
A3 - Critical Thinking3
Area B: Physical Universe and Its Life Forms (13 Units)
B1 - Physical Science3
B2 - Life Forms3
B3 - Lab (Note: Lab experience to be taken with one of the following: B1, B2 or B5)1
B4 - Math Concepts3
B5 - Additional Course (Any B to reach 12 units) - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area C: Arts and Humanities (12 Units)
C1 - Arts3
C2 - Humanities3
C1/C2 - Area C Course3
C1/C2 - Area C Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area D: The Individual and Society (9 Units)
Area D Course3
Area D Course3
Area D Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area E: Understanding Personal Development
Area E Course0
Area F: Ethnic Studies (3 Units)
Area F Course3
Total Units46