Credit Classes

Credit Classes (OUT)

Our courses are designed to introduce the learner to new environments and adventure activities. This means most of our classes involve some extended weekend meeting times. Any mandatory meeting times, as well as specific first day of class information will be listed in the course description on BU Brain.

No University transportation is provided for OUT classes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

All courses require instructor permission so that students have the best understanding of the time, personal commitment involved 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. Outdoor activities and the lifestyle that accompanies them are not for everyone.

Spring 2021

Registration during COVID-19 and through Advanced Registration for Fall 2021:

  • READ the course description on BU Brain and note the mandatory weekend field trip dates and any special notes regarding preparedness.
  • 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 permission and the petition to add an OUT course. Outdoor Pursuits staff will respond with a secure online payment link.
    Once payment is confirmed, student names will be submitted for registration. 

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

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 trips to other disc golf courses 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 and carrying bag. Transportation is not provided to local weekend destinations.

Email the Outdoor Pursuits office at outdoors@binghamton.edu for the petition to register and to make the non-refundable deposit payment.

OUT 130: English Horsemanship I

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 of $475 is payable to Unity Stables and is due the first day of class by check, cash or credit card.

Unity Stables is located at 3805 Mill Street in Binghamton, NY 13903. Transportation is not provided.

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.

Call or text the instructor at (607) 760-9124 with any questions. 

OUT 131: English Horsemanship II

This course is for students who have passed English Horsemanship I or who have had prior riding experience. 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 of $475 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 13903. Transportation is not provided.

OUT 176: Fly Fishing

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 are also provided.

Students are responsible for obtaining a New York state fishing license.

This course requires three mandatory weekend day trips to put skills to practical use. No University transportation is provided for OUT classes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Email the Outdoor Pursuits office at outdoors@binghamton.edu for the petition to register and to make the non-refundable deposit payment. 

OUT 177: Hiking

Hiking is a great way to stay fit, reduce stress and experience the natural environment in all seasons. 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 ethics, 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 requires three mandatory weekend day trips to put skills to practical use. No University transportation is provided for OUT classes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Email the Outdoor Pursuits office at outdoors@binghamton.edu for the petition to register and to make the non-refundable deposit payment.

OUT 255: Backcountry Medicine

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. Special emphasis will be placed on leadership issues, accident prevention, group awareness and the dynamics of the environment. This course requires mandatory weekend meeting times.

Students will receive a 16-hour certification in wilderness first aid from a professional wilderness medicine association upon successful completion of the course.  

Email the Outdoor Pursuits office at outdoors@binghamton.edu for the petition to register and to make the non-refundable deposit payment.

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Outdoor Pursuits
(607) 777-6414
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