Equine Science - AAS

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Equine Science degree is an innovative and balanced approach to learning, designed to prepare students for various careers in the equine industry. The program combines a broad-based curriculum of equine science classes with practical hands-on experiences. Students have the opportunity to work with renowned horse professionals while learning the skills and knowledge it takes to be a professional in the equine industry. The degree in Equine Science is also designed to prepare students to transfer to a four-year institution. The degree requires the successful completion of General Education courses including but not limited to English, Math, Humanities, and Science. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Equine Science is also available.

Details

Major Code: 
3022
Award: 
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Total credits required: 
66-72
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program.
EQS162VT is required for Veterinary Technician students currently enrolled in Mesa Community College (MCC) Veterinary Technology Program or students currently enrolled in Scottsdale Community College (SCC) Equine Science Program on track with Mesa Community College (MCC) Veterinary Technology Program upon graduation from SCC.

Students interested in transferring to an Arizona public university can satisfy the relevant Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC-A) and transfer requirements by completing the following courses:

An additional course with the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] general studies designation 3
An additional course with the Natural Science [SQ OR SG] designation 4
An additional course with the Social Behavioral [SB] designation 3
Complete MAT14+ or MAT15+ or higher 3-5 to satisfy the Mathematic General Education requirement

Students pursuing the Veterinary Technology program should complete MAT12+.

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Description

Learning the skills and knowledge it takes to be a professional in the equine industry, the degree in Equine Science will prepare you to transfer to a four-year university or enter this competitive industry with a professional edge. The degree also requires the successful completion of 25 credits in General Education courses including but not limited to English, Math, Humanities, and Science.

Course Format

Classes are offered in a variety of formats: in-person, day, evening, full-time and part-time.  

Program Length

It takes a minimum of 2 years as a full-time student including summer school. This estimate does not include developmental education courses (courses under 100 level).

Cost

The estimated cost of the AAS program is $5,550 - $5,695 for Maricopa County residents. Course Fees average between $180 - $200 *(see below for details)

Textbooks

Textbooks for Equine Science classes average $220 - $250 total for the entire program.

** Please note, many books are used in more than one course to reduce costs. General Education courses may have textbooks that cost more.

Program Curriculum

Semester 1

  • EQS 105 - Principles of Equine Science
  • EQS 162 - Equine and Stable Management I
  • EQS 130 – Equine Business and Law
  • ENG 101 – First Year Composition
  • COM 100, 110 or 225 – Oral Communication
  • Total credits: 12-15

Semester 2

  • EQS 140 -  Equine Behavior
  • EQS 264 – Equine and Stable Management II
  • EQS 283 – Special Events
  • EQs 250 – Equine Evaluation
  • ENG 102 -  First-Year Composition
  • MAT 112 or higher
  • Total Credits: 16-18

Semester 3

  • Humanities Selection 1 course
  • EQS 120 – Equine Anatomy & Physiology
  • EQS 225 – Health & Disease
  • EQS 175 – Equine Therapies
  • Natural Science course with lab
  • Total Credits: 17

Semester 4

  • EQS 200 – Equine Nutrition
  • EQS 220 – Equine Reproduction
  • PSY 101 – Introduction to Psychology
  • EQS 283 – Special Events
  • Restricted Elective 1 course
  • BPC 110 or CIS 105 – Computer Usage and Applications
  • Total Credits: 15-16

Summer

  • EQS 280 – Internship or EQS 285 Practicum

  • Total Credits: 2-3

Some courses are offered only one semester per year.

Program Contacts

Jay Clements
Director - Equine Science
Office: AP-229
Phone: (480) 423-6231
Cell: (520) 235-6870
Email: jay.clements@scottsdalecc.edu

Program Notes: Set up an appointment with the Equine Science Director by emailing jay.clements@scottsdalecc.edu or call (480) 423‑6231, (520) 235‑6870.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:41-42
BPC110Computer Usage and Applications (3) OR
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3)3
 
EQS105Principles of Equine Science3
EQS120Equine Anatomy and Physiology4
EQS130Equine Business and Law3
EQS140Equine Behavior3
 
EQS162Equine and Stable Management I (2) OR
EQS162VTEquine Management for the Veterinary Technician (2)2
 
EQS200Principles of Equine Nutrition3
EQS220Equine Reproduction3
EQS225Equine Health and Disease Management3
EQS250Equine Evaluation3
EQS264Equine and Stable Management II4
EQS275Equine Lameness4
 
EQS280Equine Science Internship (3) OR
EQS285Equine Science Practicum (2)2-3
 
EQS283Special Event Internship1
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:3
EQS175Introduction to Equine Therapies3
EQS283Special Event Internship1
MGT253Owning and Operating a Small Business3
MKT110Marketing and Social Networking3
MKT263Advertising Principles3
SLG+++++Any SLG American Sign Language course4
SPA+++++Any SPA Spanish language course3
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-27
 
General Education CoreCredits: 12-17
 
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM225Public Speaking is recommended to meet industry standards.
 
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment0-3
 
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area.3-5
 
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
 
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts and Design area.3
 
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3
 
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.4
Competencies
  • Implement safety protocols in the health, care, management, and handling of individual or groups of horses at various life stages according to industry standards. (EQS105, EQS120, EQS130, EQS140, EQS162, EQS162VT, EQS175, EQS200, EQS220, EQS225, EQS250, EQS264, EQS275, EQS280, EQS283, EQS285)
  • Apply equine related business, facilities, and event management best practices within the industry. (EQS130, EQS162, EQS162VT, EQS175, EQS200, EQS220, EQS225, EQS264, EQS275, EQS280, EQS283, EQS285, MGT253, MKT263, PSY101)
  • Utilize emerging technologies for management, marketing, research, and communication. (BPC110, CIS105, EQS105, EQS120, EQS130, EQS140, EQS162, EQS162VT, EQS200, EQS220, EQS225, EQS264, EQS275, EQS280, EQS283, EQS285, MGT253, MKT110, MKT263, (CRE), PSY101, SLG+++++, SPA+++++, (COM), [FYC], [MA])
  • Apply scientific knowledge, including health and disease, nutrition, reproduction, and anatomy and physiology, to critically evaluate the various components of equine management. (BPC110, CIS105, EQS120, EQS140, EQS162, EQS162VT, EQS175, EQS200, EQS220, EQS225, EQS250, EQS264, EQS275, EQS280, EQS283, EQS285, (CRE), PSY101, [MA], [SG], [SQ])
  • Identify legal issues and safety standards within the equine industry. (BPC110, CIS105, EQS105, EQS130, EQS140, EQS162, EQS162VT, EQS175, EQS200, EQS220, EQS225, EQS250, EQS264, EQS275, EQS280, EQS283, EQS285, MGT253, MKT110)
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with diverse populations on equine related subjects. (BPC110, CIS105, EQS105, EQS120, EQS130, EQS140, EQS162, EQS162VT, EQS175, EQS200, EQS220, EQS225, EQS250, EQS264, EQS275, EQS280, EQS283, EQS285, MGT253, MKT110, SLG+++++, SPA+++++, (COM), (CRE101), [FYC], [HU], [MA], PSY101)
  • Apply anatomical evaluation techniques to successfully manage serviceability of the equine based on form and function. (EQS105, EQS120, EQS162, EQS162VT, EQS175, EQS200, EQS220, EQS225, EQS250, EQS264, EQS275, EQS280, EQS283, EQS285)
  • Identify preventive protocols and rehabilitative modalities for continued equine health and performance. (EQS120, EQS162, EQS162VT, EQS175, EQS200, EQS220, EQS225, EQS250, EQS264, EQS275, EQS280, EQS283, EQS285)
  • Practice industry accepted professional standards and ethical behavior as a steward for equine welfare. (EQS105, EQS120, EQS130, EQS140, EQS162, EQS162VT, EQS175, EQS200, EQS220, EQS225, EQS250, EQS264, EQS275, EQS280, EQS283, EQS285, MGT253, MKT110, (COM), (CRE), PSY101, [FYC])

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.