Today's multi-billion dollar horse industry is diverse, sophisticated, and high tech, requiring individuals who are knowledgeable and skilled to work in this multi-faceted field. To help meet industry needs, the Equine Science Department at Scottsdale Community College has developed a personalized and practical approach to equine career planning. The objectives of the program are three fold: to provide students with basic skills necessary to compete for jobs in the horse industry, to provide the community with horse industry, to provide the community horse-oriented continuing education courses, and to offer a curriculum that articulates with four year Equine Science programs at major colleges and universities. There is something for everyone interested in horses at Scottsdale Community College!
The two year associate degree program is based on a broad technical study of all phases of equine management and featured business practices coupled with general education courses necessary for a well rounded education. Upon completion of the two year program, students may elect to work in the horse industry or earn a baccalaureate degree in Equine science from a four year college or university.
Equine Advisory Committee
A select and diversified group of equine industry and academic specialists meet each year at SCC to discuss noteworthy topics which affect the direction of emphasis in the Equine Science Program. Focused discussions help committee members plan a viable curriculum to meet the needs of the equine science student.
Personal advising is available through the college Advisement Center and the Equine Science Department. On-campus visitations and areas of specific concern are handled jointly by the EQS Department and specialized on-campus security.
A Certificate of Completion in Equine Science is also offered for individuals who wish to complete all of the equine courses but do not wish to take the general education courses. Additionally, non majors, such as community horse enthusiasts, may enroll in individual equine courses as their interests dictate. The total curriculum is a generous mix of lecture format, hands on courses, field trips, and work related internship experiences taught by professionals who are actively involved in equine activities.