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.
OUT 121 Disc Golf
Thursdays, 4:25-7:25 p.m., March 28-May 9
Weekend meeting & field trips: Sundays, April 14 and April 28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Rain Dates: Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, May 5
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 will 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, East Gym-10. BU Disc Golf Course - $125
OUT 122 Skiing/Snowboarding
Learn and develop sound skills of downhill skiing or snowboarding as a lifetime leisure activity. Skill levels taught include beginners, intermediates, and advanced in skiing. Each participant will select the appropriate level of instruction and be evaluated accordingly. Each class will consist of a specific two-hour lesson in addition to required time in the activity-based training area. An ample amount of practice time to work on skills and explore the many runs will be available. Snow pants and helmets are very highly recommended. Course description, syllabus and online payment information can be found at: http://greekpeak.net/lessons/college-credit-programs
How to dress for a winter course:
$382 with lift ticket & instruction
$469 with lift ticket, equipment rentals & instruction
$511 with lift ticket, equipment rentals, instruction & helmet
Fridays, 2:30-9:45 p.m., January 25–March 1
Section 1: Downhill Skiing
Section 2: Snowboarding
Sundays, 9:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m., January 27-March 3
Section 3: Downhill Skiing
Section 4: Snowboarding
Bus transportation is provided and will depart from the East Gym parking Lot E at the designated class start time. Students may elect to drive their personal car, but fees will not be prorated. Please be on time!
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., March 14-May 9
Fishing Trips: Sundays, April 14, 28 and Saturday, May 4
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/Snowshoeing
Section 1: Tuesdays, 8:30-11:30 a.m., January 29-March
5 Day Trips: Saturday, February 9, Sunday February 24 & Saturday March 2, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Instructor: John Greene
Section 2: Wednesdays, 8:30-11:30 a.m., March 27-May 8
Day Trips: Saturdays, April 13, April 27 & May 4, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Instructor: Kylie Murray
Section 3: Fridays, 1:30-4:30 p.m., March 8-May 10
Day Trips: Sunday, March 31, Saturdays, April 13 & May 4, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Instructor: Erika Kalgren
Section 4: Wednesdays, 8:30-11:30 a.m., March 27-May 8
Day Trips: Saturday, April 6, Sunday, April 14 & Saturday, May 4, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Instructor: Elias Miller
Hiking and snowshoeing are great ways 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 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 245 Introduction to Outdoor Pursuits
Fridays, 1:30-4:30 p.m., January 25-March 1
Wkd meetings: Saturday, February 2 & February 9
Overnight: Friday, February 22-Sunday, February 24
Wilderness First Aid Certification: Saturday, March 30 & Sunday, March 31, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
An introduction to outdoor pursuits will provide students with the fundamentals of land-based winter adventure activities. This is a weekend intensive class. Activities include snowshoeing or hiking, cross-country skiing, navigation, winter camping and wilderness first aid. Primary objective of the course is provide students with the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to conduct physically and environmentally sound outings in addition to developing or increasing their outdoor activity skill level. Topics include group development and leadership, expedition planning, emergency procedures, and wilderness travel technique. Students must have synthetic long underwear tops and bottoms, sturdy hiking boots and synthetic socks.
Must register in person in the Outdoor Pursuits office, EG-10. $325
OUT 250 Bicycling
Wednesdays, 2:20-5:20 p.m., March 27-May 8
Weekend Rides: Sundays April 14, April 28 & May 5, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Instructors: Michael Zuber & Erika Kalgren
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, East Gym-10 $125 with your bike; $195 with bike provided; or the option of a BOP bike purchase is available.
OUT 255 Backcountry Medicine
Fridays, 1:30-4:30 p.m., March 8-May 3
Certification Wkd: Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10, 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
Office and Rental Center Hours
Wednesday – Friday
11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Note: The Office and Rental Center are closed during breaks and over the summer.