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.

Learning Objectives

  • Outline business and management concepts and explain the handling of, and management of horses of all ages and physical abilities.
  • Analyze equine behavior using science-based evidence and apply solutions to real-world situations.
  • Show proficiency in the knowledge and application of proper equine management and husbandry, including analysis of contemporary equine nutrition programs.
  • Utilize practical knowledge relating to the safe and efficient management of an equine facility and related natural resources.
  • Develop an equine business plan and marketing strategy.
  • Assess economic factors that impact the equine industry.
  • Demonstrate written and oral communication skills appropriate for the equine industry.
  • Model personal and professional conduct consistent with best practices in the equine industry.
  • Explain equine reproductive principles and apply equine health care skills.



Equine Studies Curriculum

Course NumberCourse NameCreditsCourse NumberCourse NameCredits
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
Freshman Year
CORE1001Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm3ANSC2701Equine Anatomy and Physiology3
BIOL1001Biology I4COREENGLThe New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems3
EQST1601Foundations in Equine Care3MATH2200Statistics
MATH1200College Algebra3MATH2101Applied Business Statistics
Equine Elective
(Recommend EQST1001)
3MGMT1000Introduction to Business Models3
PSYC1001Intro to Psychology3
Semester Total:16Semester Total:15
Sophomore Year
ENGL1003Writing About Literature3ANSC2403Equine Nutrition3
ECON1200Global Economic: Micro and Macro Prespectives3CORE3100Developing Entrepreneurial Mindset3
EQST2801Fundamentals of Farm and Stable Management3EQST2200Equine Industry and the Law3
MGMT2500Small Business Management
2000+Business elective
3MGMT3400Human Resource Management3
MKTG2004Marketing I-
Creating Marketing, Branding, Sales Strategies
3Open Elective 3
Semester Total:15Semester Total:15
Junior Year
ACCT2100Accounting and Finance I-
Concepts and Tools
3ACCT3100Accounting and Finance II-
Financial Decision Making
EQST3701Equine Biomechanics and Conformation3EQST3100Equine Behavior3
MKTG3300Customer Management
3000+Business Elective
3MGMT 4003Developing Business Leadership
4000+ Business Elective
Equine Elective
(EQST3104 Recommended)
3Open Elective3
Humanities/ Fine Arts Elective 3Open Elective3
Semester Total:15Semester Total:15
Senior Year
ANSC3100Animals in Society3ANSC3503Equine Reproduction and Breeding Management3
EQST4201Equine Pathology and Disease3Equine Elective
(EQST4500 Recommended)
EQST4906Externship Module Ia3Humanities/ Fine Arts Elective3
Open Elective3Open Elective3
Open Elecitve3Open Elective3
Semester Total:15Semester Total:15
Total Credits:121

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

Equine Electives

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