B.S. in Recreation with Recreation Therapy Concentration

B.S. in Recreation with Recreation Therapy Concentration



Fall 2024

Application Open

October, 2023

Course Duration

4 years

Degree conferred



The Recreation Therapy Concentration is designed to prepare students to work as allied health professionals with people who have special needs in clinical, residential, and community-based agencies. This option is specifically designed to meet the standards developed by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) and the California Board of Recreation and Park Certification for Recreation Therapy. Successfully completing this curriculum will provide students with the knowledge and competencies necessary to qualify for both the National and State Therapeutic Recreation Certification Exams.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a B.S. in Recreation Management with a Recreation Therapy Concentration will be able to:

  1. Explain stages of human development, principles of behavioral change, and models for delivery of recreation therapy programs and services.
  2. Identify effective leadership and teamwork strategies, standards of practice, assessment techniques and documentation requirements in recreation therapy.
  3. Articulate clearly in both written and oral formats the ethical, philosophical, historical, and administrative foundations of the recreation therapy profession.
  4. Identify techniques that contribute to a culture of dignity and respect in the recreation therapy profession, based on principles of access, inclusion, and independence.
Career Possibilities

Career Possibilities

  • Correctional Facilities
  • Health and Wellness Centers
  • Hospitals
  • Mental Health Facilities
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Therapeutic Recreation Therapy
  • Recovery Treatment Center
  • Rehabilitation Camps
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Senior Services
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Wilderness Rehabilitation Treatment Center
  • Youth Development

The Recreation degree prepares students for leadership positions in public recreation and leisure services agencies. Such work enhances the quality of life for millions of people each day across the nation. Specializations available in the degree include the Sustainability Concentration, Youth Development Programming Concentration, and a Recreation Therapy Concentration that prepares students to sit for the state RT licensing exam.

Program Roadmaps

These program roadmaps represent recommended pathways through the program. Please see an advisor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs.

Degree Requirements Unit-Outline

  • A baccalaureate of science degree requires a total of 120 units:
    • The major requirements consists of 60-74 units;
    • General Education (GE) & Graduation Requirements (GR) consists of 57 units;
    • Free Electives may consist of 0-3 units (actual number of free elective units may depend on GE/GR units). 

Note: It may be possible to double-count units within the graduation requirements or that a course may satisfy both a graduation requirement and a major requirement. Students should contact their program and AACE advisors for information.

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To contact advisors email: hrtkin.advisors@csueastbay.edu

"CSUEB's recreation therapy program was a unique experience for me. The majority of classes offered included both in-class and online options so that students could have the time to gain real world experience in the field. The faculty and staff were always very helpful with any questions we may have and prepared us diligently for our future, such as providing networking opportunities with other professionals at conferences. I would highly recommend this program for aspiring recreation therapists who wish to be able to gain work experience in the field alongside their education."

-Priscilla Ng, Recreation Therapy Student

“This program has helped me discover my passion for helping those in need. The professors and classmates inspire me to reach new heights to provide my clients with the best therapeutic tools.” 

-Maura Polk, Recreation Therapy Student

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