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Program Snapshot
Academic CredentialAssociate in Arts (AA)
Total Credit Hours60
Average Time to Complete2 yrs.
Academic PathwayBusiness, Industry, Technology, Manufacturing
AdvisorCarl Kleinschmidt
Coordinator, Aquatics & Wellness

Senior Administrative AssistantJoshua Nichols
850.769.1551 ext. 3831

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Recreation, AA

Would You Like to Help Others Enhance Their Quality of Life?

With a degree in recreation, you will help others find the best way to relax and slow down in today's fast-paced society. You will create programs, events and experiences to help serve and impact individual people and communities. While many of us are looking for opportunities to relax, have fun and meet others, you will be the one organizing, creating and implementing these opportunities. 

This program will prepare you for a career in leisure services. Universities and four-year colleges offer a variety of leisure services programs including resort and commercial recreation, corporate and industrial recreation, fitness management, municipal and county recreation, therapeutic recreation, and teacher certification. Gulf Coast State College is committed to helping you build a solid foundation so that you'll be prepared when you transfer to a four-year institution. 

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Recreation Program Course Requirements

ENC1101, English I
ENC1102, English II
Visual and Performing Arts
Select Two:
MAC1105, College Algebra 
MAC2311, Calculus with Analytical Geometry I 
MGF1106, Mathematics for Liberal Arts 
MGF1107, Survey of Mathematics 
STA2023, Statistics 
Physical Science
Biological Science
SYG2000, Principles of Sociology
DEP2004, Developmental Psychology
CGS1570, Microcomputer Applications
MAR2011, Marketing
ENC2210, Technical Writing

What can you do with a Recreation Degree?

In this field, people find careers as:

Seasonal Recreation Assistant
Assistant Recreation Manager
Day Camp Counselor
Sports Camp Counselor

Gulf Coast alumni of this program have continued their education at:

Florida International University
University of Florida
University of Miami
Gulf Coast State College does not discriminate against any person in its programs, activities, policies or procedures on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, marital status, religion, age, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. All questions or inquiries regarding compliance with laws relating to non-discrimination and all complaints regarding sexual misconduct or discrimination, may be directed to Lee Wood, Executive Director, Human Resources/Title II/504/Title IX Coordinator and Employment Equity Officer, Gulf Coast State College, 5230 W. US Highway 98, Panama City, FL 32401.