Equine Studies

The Bachelor of Science in Equine Studies allows students to focus on horse health, behavior, care, and management, and to develop marketable skills for a successful career in the highly diverse equine industry. Students may mix and match electives for a specialization in riding instruction or a specialization in horsemanship and equine care. This degree is going to provide a foundation for students seeking a graduate degree in such areas as equine nutrition, equine reproduction, or equine sports medicine. Equine Studies students learn in the classroom and at the College’s Equestrian Center, located on a beautiful 40-acre site in Paxton, Massachusetts.

 

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Equine Studies Notes:

Students encouraged to complete 200 hours of externship experience during summer months.

Equine Studies


Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm CORE1001 3
Biology I BIOL1001 4
Foundation in Equine Care EQST1601 3
College Algebra MATH1200 3
Equine Elective (Recommend EQST1001) Elective 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Equine Anatomy and Physiology ANSC2701 3
The New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems COREENGL 3
Applied Business Statistics OR Statistics MATH2101 OR MATH2200 3
Introduction to Business Models MGMT1000 3
Introduction to Psychology PSYC1001 3

Credits Total: 31

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Writing About Literature ENGL1003 3
Global Economic: Micro and Macro Perspectives ECON1200 3
Fundamentals of Farm and Stable Management (Odd Years) EQST2801 3
Small Business Management OR Business Elective 2000+ MGMT2500 OR Business Elective 3
Marketing I- Creating Marketing, Branding Sales Strategies MKTG2004 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Equine Nutrition ANSC2403 3
Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset CORE3100 3
Equine Industry and the Law (Even Years) EQST2200 3
Human Resource Management OR Business Elective 3000+ MGMT3400 OR Business Elective 3
Open Elective Elective 3

Credits Total: 30

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Accounting and Finance I- Concepts and Tools ACCT2100 3
Equine Biomechanics and Conformation EQST3701 3
Customer Marketing OR Business Elective 3000+ MKTG3300 OR Elective 3
Equine Elective Elective 3
Humanities/ Fine Arts Elective Elective 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Accounting and Finance II- Financial Decision Making ACCT3100 3
Equine Behavior EQST3100 3
Developing Business Leadership OR Business Elective 4000+ MGMT4003 OR Business Elective 3
Open Elective Elective 3
Open Elective Elective 3

Credits Total: 30

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Animals in Society ANSC3100 3
Equine Pathology and Disease EQST4201 3
Externship Module Ia EQST4906 3
Equine Studies Capstone EQST4901 3
Open Elective Elective 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Equine Reproduction and Breeding Management ANSC3503 3
Equine Elective (EQST4500 Recommended) Elective 3
Humanities/ Fine Arts Elective Elective 3
Open Elective Elective 3
Open Elective Elective 3

Credits Total: 30

Equine Studies Electives

Students may choose to take any five (5) approved Equine electives in order to complete the degree.


Course NameNumberCredits
Animal Nutrition ANSC2401 3
Animal Breeding ANSC2501 3
The Human and Animal Bond ANSC3301 3
Foundations in Riding I EQST1001 3
Foundations in Riding II EQST1002 3
Principles of Riding Instruction I EQST2001 3
Principles of Riding Instruction II EQST2002 3
Introduction to Equine Assisted Activities EQST2100 3
Special Topics in the Equine Industry EQST3104 3
Equestrian Events Management EQST3105 3
Basic Training Methods (Fall) EQST3200 3
Training Under Saddle (Spring) EQST4200 4
Equine Facilities Management EQST4500 3
Equine Studies Externship Module Ib EQST4908 3
Disaster Preparedness for Animals VTSC3300 3