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

Special Requirements

All full-and part-time Animal Care, Equine Studies, and Veterinary Science students are required to complete a Student Health Record that includes: a physical exam and immunization record. Students must also have a tuberculosis skin test, review and sign a Vet Risk Form, review and sign a Waste Anesthetic Gases Form. Students will also need to review the Rabies Vaccination recommendations and provide proof of completion of vaccine series or waive the vaccine to decline. This information is required in order to participate in animal laboratories, veterinary clinic rotations, and career externships. Please note, if you decline or waive the rabies pre-exposure vaccine series, it will exclude you from experiences that may have an elevated risk of exposure to the rabies virus.
Students must be able to lift 50 pounds and be able to demonstrate the physical capabilities to work closely and safely with animals of all sizes. Students with limitations to movement, sight, or hearing may find it difficult to meet all curriculum requirements. For the health and safety of students and animals, scrubs will be required in all classes with laboratory components.

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