Credit Classes

Most of our credit classes involve some weekend meeting times and/or overnight experiences. Our courses are designed to introduce the learner to new environments and adventure activities. Courses that require extended time in the field or that are designed for those with more skill or a higher level of physical conditioning are noted. All courses require instructor permission so that students have the best understanding of the time, personal commitment involved and fitness level needed. Weight and ability to keep pace is also a determining factor for participation and safety. Outdoor activities and the lifestyle that accompanies them are not for everyone.

NOTE: Fees and drop/add deadlines associated with mini courses are subjected to earlier deadlines than those of full semester courses. University fees cannot be refunded after the first day of classes.

Fall 2016 CLASSES

OUT 121 Disc Golf

  • Wednesdays, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m., Sept. 7 - Oct. 19
  • Weekend meeting and field trip: Sun., Sept. 11, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 9, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Instructor: Troy Widden

Disc golf is an inclusive physical activity that challenges the mind as well as the body. This class is presented out of doors as a sustainable and healthy alternative exercise routine. Instruction covers both the physical and mental aspects of the sport while emphasizing stress release, connection with others and the natural environment. The topics of technique, strategies, rules, and etiquette lay a foundation. The benefits of walking, positive social interactions, and environmental consciousness are central themes. Weekend workshops and a trip to another disc golf course present students with opportunities to test skills in varying settings and broaden the depth of the experience for continued participation. Come to class prepared to be outside for the entire class session: rain coat, warm layers, shoes that can get muddy, and gloves. Fee includes discs, carrying bag and transportation for weekend trips.

Must register in person in the Outdoor Pursuits office, EG-10.

BU Disc Golf Course - $125

OUT 130 English Horsemanship I

  • Section 1: Mondays, 2 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Section 2: Mondays, 4:30 - 7 p.m.
  • Section 3: Tuesdays, 12:10 - 2:40 p.m.
  • Section 4: Tuesdays, 2:50 - 5:20 p.m.
  • Section 5: Fridays, 10:50 a.m. - 1:20 p.m.
  • Section 6: Fridays, 1:30 - 4 p.m.
  • Instructor: Cailin Elliott
  • Call the Unity Stables, (607) 724-1003 with any questions.

For students with no riding experience. Weight is determining factor for participation and safety. Please note that to ensure horse and rider safety, we enforce a rider weight limit of 220 pounds. You must be in good physical condition to participate in the riding portion of the Horsemanship I course. The staff at Unity Stables teaches the basic aspects of horsemanship including the ability to catch, halter, lead, and move a horse around, as well as safely moving in close proximity, to a horse on the ground. Elementary control at the walk, trot and canter, proper grooming and tacking-up techniques, parts of the horse, and tack and basic feeding needs are also covered. Goal is to make riding a safe and enjoyable experience. Additional fee includes instruction, facility usage and equipment -- everything but personal attire. Riding helmets are also provided. Fee is payable to Unity Stables and is due the first day of class by check, cash or credit card. Transportation to and from the stable is available. Meet in front of Fine Arts building at the time course is scheduled to begin. Students may also elect to drive their personal car, but fees will not be prorated. Appropriate attire is expected for the first day of class: long pants, shirt with sleeves, and boots -- or shoes that tie and have heels. No hiking shoes or oversized shoes.

PLEASE NOTE: This course is held in a barn. You will get dirty. If you are at all squeamish about or allergic to animal smells, hair, manure, or dust or have any adverse fears, asthma or issues with cats, dogs or horses then this is not a course for you.

Unity Stables - $410

OUT 176 Fly Fishing

  • Thursdays, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m., Sept. 8 - Oct. 20
  • Fishing Trips: Sundays, Sept. 25 and Oct. 16; Saturday, Oct. 8
  • Instructor: Gary Romanic

Explore the exciting lifelong pursuit of fly fishing. Learn proper casting technique, field and stream safety, basic fly tying and entomology as it relates to fishing. Students will acquire an understanding of fly fishing equipment, be able to tie key knots and fly patterns, as well as effectively present flies when fishing on flat and moving water. A local expert shares his years of experience to make this one of the richest classes ever. Fee includes the use of rods, reels, and waders. Fly tying materials and transportation are also provided. Students are responsible for obtaining a New York state fishing license. This course includes three mandatory weekend day trips to put skills to practical use.

Must register in person in the Outdoor Pursuits office, EG-10.

Regional waters - $200

OUT 177 Hiking

  • Section 1: Mondays, 1:10 - 4:10 p.m., Sept. 12 - Oct. 24
  • Day Trips: Saturdays, Oct. 8 and Oct. 15; Sunday, Oct. 23, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Instructor: John Greene
  • Section 2: Tuesdays, 1:15 - 4:15 p.m., Sept.6 - Oct. 25
  • Day Trips: Sundays, Sept. 25 and Oct. 9; Saturday, Oct. 22, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Instructor: John Greene
  • Section 3: Tuesdays, 4:25 - 7:15 p.m., Sept. 6 - Oct. 25
  • Day Trips: Sundays, Sept. 18 and Oct. 9; Saturday, Oct. 22, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Instructor: Natalie Hughes
  • Section 4: Mondays, 1:10 - 4:10 p.m., Oct. 31 - Dec. 5
  • Day Trips: Sundays, Nov. 13 and Nov. 20; Saturday, Dec. 3, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Instructor: John Greene

Hiking is a great way to stay fit, reduce stress and experience the natural environment. This course uses an integrated presentation of wellness topics and physical activity to introduce the learner to the basic skills and techniques of day hiking. Class sessions are utilized to hike the trails of our campus and local county parks. Lecture topics will include backcountry nutrition, basic survival techniques and preparedness, wilderness ethic, wellness and environmental awareness. Expect to be outside every class session while changing the way you perceive exercise. Sturdy hiking boots or shoes are highly recommended. A synthetic underwear top and rain jacket are required. This course includes three mandatory weekend day trips to put skills to practical use.

Must register in person in the Outdoor Pursuits office, EG-10.

Regional trails - $175

OUT 178 Backpacking

  • Fridays, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m., Oct. 14 - Dec. 2
  • Day Hike: Sunday, Oct. 15, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
  • Trips: Friday, Oct. 28 - Sunday, Oct. 30
  • Friday, Nov. 11 - Sunday, Nov. 13
  • Instructor: Suzy Lee

This is an experiential course that immerses the student in the basic skills and techniques of backpacking throughout temperate environments. The focus of instruction will be on the development of low-impact travel skills and environmental awareness, equipment operation and care, nutrition, hygiene, cooking skills, backcountry safety and positive group dynamics. Expect to carry a 30-pound pack, learn basic outdoor living skills and share in the adventure! This course includes several mandatory weekend trips to put skills to practical use. Students must have synthetic long underwear tops and bottoms, sturdy hiking boots and synthetic socks. Additional course fee includes transportation, leadership, camping equipment and permits.

Must register in person in the Outdoor Pursuits office, EG-10.

Regional trails - $225

OUT 250 Bicycling

  • Mondays, 2:20 - 5:20 p.m., Sept. 12 - Oct. 24
  • Weekend Rides: Sunday, Sept. 18 and Oct. 9; Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Instructor: Michael Zuber

This course is designed to introduce the rider to a diversity of recreational riding opportunities with special emphasis on mountain biking. Students will learn the basics of bicycle repair and maintenance. Riding techniques and skills (e.g. braking, signaling, gearing, weight transfer, single track riding) will start on campus and progress to trips throughout the area. This course uses an integrated presentation of wellness topics and physical activity to introduce the rider to the topics of conditioning, nutrition, training, safety and environmental impact. This course includes three mandatory mountain bike day rides. Bicycles are provided by Outdoor Pursuits for a fee.

Must register in person in the Outdoor Pursuits office, EG-10

$125 with your bike; $195 with bike provided; or $450 with a BOP bike purchase.

For more information please contact Birdie High at 777-4982 or

Last Updated: 9/13/16