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 2019 – OUT Credit Course Descriptions

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.

OUT 121: Disc Golf
Wednesdays, 4:45 – 7:30 p.m., Aug. 28 – Oct. 30
Weekend dates: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 6 and 20
Rain dates: October 26 or 27
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, 10:50 a.m.-1:20 p.m.
Section 2: Mondays, 1:40-4 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.
Section 7: Wednesdays, 9:40 a.m.-1 p.m.
Section 8: Wednesdays, 1:10-3:40 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 and trot, proper grooming and tacking-up techniques, parts of the horse, and tack and basic feeding needs are also covered.

Goal is to practice safe and sure horsemanship for intellectual, physical, social and emotional wellness awareness. Additional fee includes instruction, facility usage and equipment -- everything but personal attire.

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 entrance nearest Couper Admin. Bldg. 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.

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. Call the stable at (607) 724-1003 with any questions. Unity Wind Stables - $410

OUT 131 English Horsemanship II

Section 1: Monday, 4:30-7 p.m.
Section 2: Thursday, 2:20-4:50 p.m.
Section 3: Sundays, 5-7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Cailin Elliott

Call the Unity Stables, (607) 724-1003 for permission to register.

For students who have passed English Horsemanship I or who have had prior 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.

Horsemanship II is a continuation of Course I and emphasizes more advanced control of the horse. A $410 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 money order. Transportation to and from the stable is available. Meet in front of Fine Arts building at the entrance nearest Couper Admin. Bldg. 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 and boots or shoes that tie and have small heels.

OUT 176 Fly Fishing

Thursdays, 8:30-11:30 a.m., September 5-October 10
Fishing Trips: Sundays, Spetember 22, October 6 & 13
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, 8:30-11:30 a.m., September 11-October 23
Day Trips: Saturday, September 21, Sunday October 6 & 20, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Instructor: John Greene

Section 2: Thursdays, 1:15-4:15 p.m., September 5-October 10
Day Trips: Sunday, September 15, Saturday, October 12 & Sunday, October 20, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Instructor: Kylie Murray

Section 3: Fridays, 1:30-4:30 p.m., September 6-October 11 
Day Trips: Sunday, September 15, October 6 & 13, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Instructor: Mack Conan

Section 4: Saturdays, 1:15-4:15 p.m., September 7-October 26
Day Trips: Saturday, September 21, October 12 & 26, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Instructor: Birdie High

Section 5: Fridays, 1:30-4:30 p.m., October 18-November 22
Day Trips: Saturday, October 26, November 9, Sunday, November 17, 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, East Gym-10. Regional trails - $175

OUT 180 Outdoor Living Skills

Fridays, 2:30-5:30 p.m., September 6-October 18
Day Trip: Sunday, September 15
Overnight: Friday, October 4-Saturday, October 5
Rain Date: Friday, October 18-Saturday, October 19
Instructor: Erika Kalgren

Join us for hands-on learning and camaraderie in a supportive experiential atmosphere. Learn the necessary skills to actively pursue many outdoor leisure-time activities with confidence.

Designed for students with little or no camping experience, this course will emphasize decision-making, basic survival techniques, development of the survival mindset and teaches such introductory skills as fire building, stove operation, tarp/shelter set-ups, nutrition, knots, map and compass use as well as environmental awareness. Students must have synthetic long underwear tops and bottoms, sturdy hiking boots and synthetic socks.

Additional course fee includes transportation, camping equipment and permits. Must register in person in the Outdoor Pursuits office, East Gym-10. Regional trails - $250 OUT 255 Backcountry Medicine

OUT 255 Backcountry Medicine

Section 1: Fridays, 1:30-4:30 p.m., September 6-October 11
Certification Wkd: Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wkd Field Sessions: Two mandatory weekend dates TBA

Section 2: Fridays, 1:30-4:30 p.m., October 18-November 20
Certification Wkd: Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20, 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.