2017-18
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Recreation Instruction (REC)

Athletics

Recreation and Intramural Services
175 Alumni Arena
Amherst, NY 14260-5000
Sharon Sanford
Director of Recreation and Intramural Services

The Learning Environment

*Not a baccalaureate degree program

The Division of Athletics, Recreation Services offers a variety of physical activity classes for academic credit. At present, approximately 100 courses are offered each semester in areas such as dance, yoga, aerobic exercise, fitness and conditioning, swimming and racquet sports. In addition, courses are offered that may lend to a certification in softball/baseball umpiring, lifeguarding and water safety instruction. Physical activity 1 and 2 credited courses are repeatable; no more than 8 credit hours of physical activity course work can count towards total credit hours required for Bachelor's degree conferral.

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REC Courses


  • REC 100LAB Physical Movement and Mind-body Awareness
    Laboratory

    Physical Movement and Mind-body Awareness REC courses were formally ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 101LAB Introduction to Rowing
    Laboratory

    This class is designed to introduce students to the sport of rowing. Instruction will be taught in the basics of sweep rowing. Student will require skills, knowledge and terminology in order to join a rowing club/team and use a rowing machine in any gym. The student will also have knowledge of rowing as an Olympic Sport, rowing's history and boat terminology. REC courses were formally ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • REC 102LAB Introduction to Triathlon
    Laboratory

    Triathlon training is a one credit intensive conditioning program using a cross training approach to achieve a high level of personal fitness. The emphasis will be on skill development in the areas of swimming, biking and running to prepare students for a triathlon event. The course will incorporate a variety of training methods to ensure a smooth and progressive development of individual cardiovascular fitness. REC courses were formally ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • REC 106LEC Volleyball
    Lecture

    Develops basic skills in volleyball: correct methods of passing, setting, spiking, and serving; rules, scoring, and team play. REC courses were formally ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 107LEC Volleyball & Basketball
    Lecture

    REC courses were formally ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 108LEC Basketball
    Lecture

    REC courses were formally ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 109LEC Introduction to Dance
    Lecture

    REC courses were formally ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 110LEC Introduction to Running Fitness
    Lecture

    Various modalities for starting, achieving, and maintaining a running program; conditioning exercises; jogging. REC courses were formally ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • REC 111LEC Beginning Tennis
    Lecture

    Strictly for beginners. Basic skills necessary for participation in game of tennis. REC courses were formally ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • REC 112LEC Intermediate Tennis
    Lecture

    Develops intermediate skills to perform at an intermediate level of play. Competitive experiences. REC courses were formally ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 113LEC Beginning Golf
    Lecture

    Fundamentals of grip, stance, and swing; develops basic understanding of the game. REC courses were formally ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • REC 114LEC Intermediate Volleyball
    Lecture

    Develops control of basic skills, position specialization, and rules interpretations, and develops team skills. REC courses were formally ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 115LEC Beginning Archery
    Lecture

    REC courses were formally ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 116LEC Fitness and Conditioning
    Lecture

    Various modalities for achieving and maintaining personal fitness: weight training, circuit training; cardiovascular development; diet and nutrition. REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • REC 118LEC Beginning Scuba Diving
    Lecture

    REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 119LEC Introduction to Swimming
    Lecture

    For the nonswimmer; basic skills of swimming and the rudiments of safety in and about the water. (ARC certification available.) There is a fee associated with this class. REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 120LEC Adv Beginner Swimming
    Lecture

    There is a fee associated with this class. REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 121LEC Intermediate Swimming
    Lecture

    Elements of good swimming; whole stroke; increased endurance; versatility. (ARC certification available.) There is a fee associated with this class. REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 122LEC Lifeguard Training
    Lecture

    Lifeguard training teaches the student/candidate to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies in aquatic settings. Students also learn CPR and AED skills. Strong swimming skills are a must. There is a fee associated with this class. REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • REC 125LEC Water Safety Instructor
    Lecture

    For swimmers who are Level 5 or better. Gives students knowledge, skills and practical experience in preparation for teaching swimming and water safety classes to children and adults from diverse populations. There is a fee associated with this class. REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 126LEC Basic Swimming Instructor
    Lecture

    REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 127LEC Beginning Skiing
    Lecture

    REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • REC 128LEC Intermediate Skiing
    Lecture

    REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • REC 130LEC Intro to Ice Skating
    Lecture

    REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 131LEC Intermediate Ice Skating
    Lecture

    REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 133LEC Elementary Martial Arts and Self Defense
    Lecture

    Basic skills involved in the sport of martial arts and self defense situations. REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 136LEC R.A.D. Self Defense
    Lecture

    The mission of the R.A.D. Systems is to establish an accessible, constantly improving and internationally respected alliance of dedicated Instructors. These Instructors in turn, will provide educational opportunities for women, children, men and seniors to create a safer future for themselves. In doing this, we challenge society to evolve into an existence where violence is not an acceptable part of daily life.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 139LEC Basketball
    Lecture

    Fundamentals of basketball: basic skills, rules and scoring, class competition. REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 140LEC Squash
    Lecture

    REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 143LEC Beginning Racquetball
    Lecture

    Every phase of the game: singles, cutthroat; develops skills and physical fitness level. REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 145LEC Beginning in Line Skating
    Lecture

    Develops skills for skating, gliding, balance, forward and backward skating, stopping, pivots, and crossovers. REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 146LEC Intermediate in Line Skating
    Lecture

    Reviews basic skills and safety components of in-line skating. Improves performance of basic skills to an increased proficiency level. REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 147LEC Roller Hockey
    Lecture

    REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 150LEC Social Dance 1
    Lecture

    Basic dance patterns and variations of modern ballroom dancing. Students acquire skill in leading, following, and dancing comfortably and smoothly. REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 151LEC Folk and Square Dancing
    Lecture

    Basic steps: slides, polkas, waltzes, schottisches, grapevines, and hops used in dances of many different ethnic groups. REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 152LEC Ballroom Dancing
    Lecture

    REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 153LEC Social Dance 2
    Lecture

    Basic dance patterns and variations of modern ballroom dancing. Students acquire skill in leading, following, and dancing comfortably and smoothly. REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 155LEC Hatha Yoga 1
    Lecture

    Basic Hatha Yoga postures (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama), and relaxation techniques. REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 156LEC Hatha Yoga 2
    Lecture

    For students who have already acquired the basic skills of Hatha Yoga; more advanced postures (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama), and relaxation techniques. REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 157LEC Hatha Yoga 3
    Lecture

    Advanced Hatha Yoga class that includes challenging postures, longer holding times, pranayama (breathing) practices, and relaxation for deeper self awareness REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 160LEC Tai Chi 1
    Lecture

    This course is an introduction to QigongTaiji. Rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine, these art forms utilize various movement exercises/forms or non-movements to enhance well being: physically, emotionally and spiritually. Origins and techniques will be discussed and practiced. REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 163LAB ATH 163- Power Yoga
    Laboratory

    The emphasis of the class will be on asanas (poses) and vinyasa (flow) for increased flexibility, improved health, relaxation, and reduced stress in daily living. Class participants will also be exposed to the language and concepts of Yoga. A typical class will include breathing techniques and asana practice, which focus on balancing and inverted poses REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses)

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • REC 165LEC Beginning Badminton
    Lecture

    Fundamentals of badminton: basic skills, rules and scoring, singles and doubles play, class competition. REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 166LEC Intermediate Badminton
    Lecture

    Advanced techniques of play and skills. Emphasizes strategy and play. REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 168LEC Backpacking 1
    Lecture

    Introductory course; develops skills of beginning backpacking and hiking. Focuses on team-building skills and group dynamics. Includes required weekend backpacking trip. REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 170LEC Canoeing
    Lecture

    Basic skills instruction for flat-water and moving-water canoeing. Includes instruction on safety maneuvers, rescue, and trip planning. Focuses on team-building skills and group dynamics. Final includes all-day and/or weekend trip. REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 171LEC Soccer
    Lecture

    Fundamentals of soccer: basic skills, rules and scoring, class competition. REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 172LEC Backpacking 2
    Lecture

    REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 173LEC Aerobic Dance
    Lecture

    Aerobic activities and exercises that emphasize flexibility, coordination, and cardiovascular endurance. REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 174LEC Aerobic Exercise
    Lecture

    REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • REC 175LEC Swimming Fitness
    Lecture

    Designed to increase physical wellness through cardiovascular activities both in and out of the pool. There is a fee associated with this class. REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 176LEC Outdoor Recreation/Adventure Sports
    Lecture

    This class is designed to introduce students to the great world of outdoor recreation and adventure activities. The skills and knowledge gained in this class are meant to make a student comfortable and proficient in outdoor activities you may participate in throughout life. The class will initially meet in the classroom to discuss required gear, clothing and safety issues. There will be both evening and weekend outings. Activities that will be offered include but not limited to: winter hiking, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, tubing, downhill skiing, sledding, quinzee hut building, igloo building, ice skating and recreational tracking. REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • REC 180LEC Introduction to Ballet
    Lecture

    In this beginner level dance class, students will learn positions and steps of basic ballet technique. Class time will focus on body alignment and effective methods for gaining strength and flexibility necessary for proper ballet deportment. REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses). ?REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).?

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 181LEC Introduction to Jazz Dance
    Lecture

    Introduction to modern dance is a beginner level dance class where students will lean and execute the fundamentals of modern dance. Students will participate in movement exercises and phrases designed to increase knowledge of modern dance. REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 182LEC Introduction to Modern Dance
    Lecture

    Introduction to Modern Dance REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 185LEC Crosscountry Skiing
    Lecture

    REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • REC 190LLB Introduction to Wellness
    Lecture

    Introduces the importance and holistic natures of the six dimensions of personal wellness and fitness. The opportunity for students to assess their current wellness and health status will be offered during lab. REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • REC 191LLB Group Fitness Instructor Training
    Lecture

    This course is designed to give students the knowledge and understanding necessary to prepare for the ACE Group Fitness Instructor Certification exam and become effective group fitness instructors. Through this course a student will learn basic human anatomy and exercise physiology specific to group fitness instruction, principles of class preparation, class formatting, group exercise program design, how to teach group exercise classes, emergency procedures in a group fitness setting, and the business of group fitness. This class will also teach and train students through a 7-week group fitness shadowing and practicum.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • REC 195LEC CPR-AHA Core Instructor Training
    Lecture

    This course is designed to develop skills and teaching strategies so that the participant can properly serve as the instructor of a CPR provider course. The American Heart Association's mission is to reduce disability and death from heart disease and stroke. This course will teach new students how to instruct CPR classes for the healthcare provider, layperson and how to teach CPR with first aid to the community. The course gives the experienced CPR provider the opportunity to learn how to teach and evaluate CPR skills. The course outline will entail what and how to teach; it is not designed to teach basic CPR skills as CPR certification is a prerequisite for the course. Upon successful completion of this course the participant will receive the AHA CPR Instructor certification. The focus of the class is developing the art of teaching effectively. Instructors are the key to disseminating the "art and science" of CPR, in the philosophy and skills of these life saving techniques. REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • REC 201LEC Organization and Administration of Recreational Sports
    Lecture

    The study of skills in programming and administration necessary for the development and organization of programs in recreational sports: instructional sports, intramural sports, extramural sports, informal sports, adventure pursuits, fitness, sport clubs, aquatics and facilities. REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • REC 207LEC Beging Contemporary Dance
    Lecture

    REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 220LLB Principles of Athletic Training
    Lecture

    Practical application of specialized athletic training techniques; basic life support; injury recognition, fundamentals of adhesive taping, strapping, and bracing applications. REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 221LEC First Aid and Personal Safety
    Lecture

    Theory and practice of first aid for the injured. Students will receive national certification in first aid, CPR, and AED use upon completion of the class. REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 223LEC Adv First Aid Emerg Care
    Lecture

    REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 301TUT Athletic Train Pract 3
    Tutorial

    REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • REC 401TUT Athletic Train Pract 4
    Tutorial

    REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 495TUT Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
    Tutorial

    REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1 - 12
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 496TUT Recreation Internship
    Tutorial

    The purpose of the Recreation Internship is to offer the student a practical application experience, thus bridging the gap between the academic setting and career goals and aspirations. The student intern will be given the opportunity to learn about the foundation of the department and program areas. The student will have the opportunity to assess his/her skills in an active, learning environment in order to test current knowledge and to develop new skills within his/her area of interest. The student will be provided a working atmosphere that encourages personal and professional growth in order to assist in accomplishing his/her internship goals. REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1 - 12
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • REC 499TUT Independent Study
    Tutorial

    REC courses were formerly ATH (Athletics courses).

    Credits: 1 - 12
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Athletics

Recreation and Intramural Services
175 Alumni Arena
Amherst, NY 14260-5000
Sharon Sanford
Director of Recreation and Intramural Services
Published: November 16, 2017 08:33:11 AM