Credit Classes

Credit Classes (OUT)

Our courses are designed to introduce the learner to new environments and adventure activities. This means most of our credit classes involve some weekend meeting times and/or overnight experiences. Any mandatory meeting times, as well as the first day of class, will be listed in the class description in BU Brain. All courses require instructor permission so that students have the best understanding of the time, personal commitment and fitness level needed.

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. 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 2020

REGISTRATION during the COVID–19 closure and through summer 2020 orientation:

  • Please READ the course description on BU Brain for weekend field trip dates.
  • Check your schedule for conflicts including work schedules, religious, family, academic or social commitments. There is a $50 NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT for all OUT courses. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILTY to clear your schedule of conflicts.
  • Email outdoors@binghamton.edu for the petition to add a course.
  • Outdoor Pursuits will respond with a secure online payment link.
  • Once payment is confirmed, names will be submitted for registration.

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.

OUT 121: Disc Golf
Wednesdays, 4:45 – 7:30 p.m., Sep. 2 – Oct. 28
Weekend dates: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4 and 18
Rain dates: October 17 and 24
Instructor: Tucker Middleton

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.

Registration: You must register in person in the Outdoor Pursuits office, located on the lower level of the Rec Center at the East Gym (EG-10).

Course fee: $125

OUT 130 English Horsemanship I

  • Section 1: Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:25 a.m. - 2:05 p.m., Aug. 26 - Oct. 19. (No class Monday, Sep. 7 or 28)
  • Section 2: Wednesdays and Fridays, 2:30 - 5:15 p.m., Aug. 26 - Oct. 16. (No class Friday, Oct. 9)
  • Section 3: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:05 a.m. - 12:50 p.m., Aug. 27 - Oct. 15. (No class Thursday, Oct. 8)
  • Section 4: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:15 p.m. - 4 p.m., Aug. 27 - Oct. 15. (No class Thursday, Oct. 8)
  • Section 5: Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:25 a.m. - 2:05 p.m., Oct. 21 - Dec. 9. (No class Wednesday, Nov. 25)
  • Section 6: Wednesdays and Fridays, 2:30 - 5:15 p.m., Oct. 21 - Dec. 11. (No class Friday, Nov. 27)
  • Section 7: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:05 a.m. - 12:50 p.m., Oct. 20 - Dec. 10. (No class Thursday, Nov. 26)
  • Section 8: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:15 p.m. - 4 p.m., Oct. 20 - Dec. 10. (No class Thursday, Nov. 26)

Instructor: Cailin Elliott

Call or text the Instructor with any questions: (607) 760–9124.

Improve your fitness and well-being through horsemanship. This is a course for students with no riding experience and a genuine interest in the horse-human relationship.Emphasis will be placed on the transfer of these principles toward a healthier daily outlook. Techniques of elementary equine control at the walk and trot, proper grooming and tacking-up techniques, parts of the horse, and tack and basic feeding needs lay important ground work. Mindfulness, stress reduction techniques, and healthy–as–a–horse nutritional metaphor applied to wellness concepts enable students
to engage in safe and sure horsemanship for intellectual, physical, social and emotional wellness awareness. The course uses an immersive, experiential pedagogy in field situations as well as readings, discussions, quizzes, guest speakers and journal-keeping.


This course is held in a barn. If you are 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 environment for you.

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. Appropriate attire is expected for the first day of class: long pants, shirt with sleeves, and boots or shoes
that tie and have a 1.5” heel.

Stable address is 3805 Mill St. Binghamton, NY 13903. Transportation is not provided.
Call or text the instructor at (607) 760-9124 with any questions.

Unity Stables — $475

OUT 131 English Horsemanship II

  • Section 1: Monday, 4:30 - 7 p.m. (No class Monday, Sep. 7 or 28)
  • Section 2: Sundays, 5 - 7:30 p.m. (No class Sunday, Sep. 6 or 27, Nov. 29)

Instructor: Cailin Elliott

Call or text the instructor for permission to register (607) 760–9124.

For students who have passed English Horsemanship I or who have had prior riding experience. Weight is determining factor for participation and safety. You must be in good physical condition. Horsemanship II is a continuation of Horsemanship I and
emphasizes more advanced control of the horse. Fee includes instruction, use of the horses, equipment and facility –– 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. Appropriate attire is expected for the first day of class:
long pants and boots or shoes that tie and have 1.5” heels.

Stable address is 3805 Mill St. Binghamton, NY 13903. Transportation is not provided.

Unity Stables — $475

OUT 176 Fly Fishing

Thursdays, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Sep. 3 - Oct. 22
Fishing Trips: Sunday, Sep. 20, Saturdays, Oct. 3 and 17
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. Optional rod and reel package is available for purchase. 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, East Gym-10.

Regional waters - $250

OUT 177 Hiking

  • Section 1: Wednesdays, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m., Sep. 2 – Oct. 14
    Day Trips: Saturdays, Sep. 19, Oct. 3 and Sunday, Oct. 18. 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Instructor: John Greene
  • Section 2: Fridays, 2:30 – 5:30 p.m., Sep. 4 – Oct. 23
    Day Trips: Saturdays, Sep. 19, Sunday, Sunday Oct. 4 and Saturday, Oct. 17. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    • Instructor: Kylie Murray
  • Section 3: Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m., Oct. 21 - Dec. 9
    Day Trips: Saturdays, Nov. 7 and 21, Sunday, Dec. 6. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    • Instructor: John Greene
  • Section 4: Sundays, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m., Oct. 18 - Dec. 6
    Day Trips: Sunday, Oct. 25, Nov. 8 and 22. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    • Instructor: Elias Miller

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, East Gym-10. Regional trails - $175

 OUT 255 Backcountry Medicine

  • Section 1: Fridays, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m., Sep. 4 - Oct. 23
    Certification Wkd: Saturday, Sep. 12 and Sunday, Sep. 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Wkd Field Sessions: Two mandatory weekend dates TBA
  • Section 2: Fridays, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m., Oct. 23 - Dec. 11
    Certification Wkd: Saturday, Oct. 24 and Sunday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Wkd Field Sessions: Two mandatory weekend dates TBA
    Instructor: Kevin Hastings

This wilderness first aid course combines the theoretical with the experiential. The course is designed to teach skills and knowledge for safe and successful emergency care and rescue when definitive medical care is more than an hour away.

Students will receive a 16-hour certification in wilderness first aid from a professional wilderness medicine association upon successful completion of the course. Special emphasis will be placed on leadership issues, accident prevention, group awareness and the dynamics of the environment.

This course includes several mandatory weekend meeting times.

Must register in person in the Outdoor Pursuits office, East Gym-10. $325

Contact Us

Outdoor Pursuits
607-777-6414
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Office and Rental Center Hours
Wednesday – Friday
11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
GE-10

Note: The Office and Rental Center are closed during breaks and over the summer.