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Equine Science

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Equine Science 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. An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Equine Science is also available.

Details

Details iconImportant information you’ll need when applying for admission:
Field of Interest
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Type
Certificate
Academic Plan
Equine Science (CER)
Academic Plan Code
5025
Total Credits Required
44-45
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Implement safety protocols in the health, care, management, and handling of individual or groups of horses at various life stages according to industry standards.
  2. Apply equine related business, facilities, and event management best practices within the industry.
  3. Utilize emerging technologies for management, marketing, research, and communication.
  4. Apply scientific knowledge, including health and disease, nutrition, reproduction, and anatomy and physiology, to critically evaluate the various components of equine management.
  5. Identify legal issues and safety standards within the equine industry.
  6. Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with diverse populations on equine related subjects.
  7. Apply anatomical evaluation techniques to successfully manage serviceability of the equine based on form and function.
  8. Identify preventive protocols and rehabilitative modalities for continued equine health and performance.
  9. Practice industry accepted professional standards and ethical behavior as a steward for equine welfare.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary

$74,490

First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers

$49,120

News Analysts, Reporters, and Journalists

$48,780

Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products

$75,160

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

$48,490

Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials

$37,440

There are additional career opportunities associated with this certificate that do not have occupational data available for Arizona at this time. These occupations are listed below:
  • Animal Breeders
  • Animal Scientists
  • Farm and Home Management Advisors
* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EQS105 Principles of Equine Science Critical course Gateway course 3
EQS162 Equine and Stable Management I Critical course Gateway course 2
RE Restricted Electives 3
BPC110 or
CIS105
Computer Usage and Applications or Survey of Computer Information Systems CS 3
EQS130 Equine Business and Law 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EQS140 Equine Behavior 3
EQS120 Equine Anatomy and Physiology 4
EQS283 Special Event Internship 1
EQS264 Equine and Stable Management II 4
EQS225 Equine Health And Disease Management 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EQS200 Principles of Equine Nutrition 3
EQS220 Equine Reproduction 3
EQS250 Equine Evaluation 3
EQS280 or
EQS285
Equine Science Internship or Equine Science Practicum 2–3
EQS275 Equine Lameness 4

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EQS105 Principles of Equine Science Critical course Gateway course 3
EQS162 Equine and Stable Management I Critical course Gateway course 2

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EQS264 Equine and Stable Management II 4
EQS280 or
EQS285
Equine Science Internship or Equine Science Practicum 2–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BPC110 or
CIS105
Computer Usage and Applications or Survey of Computer Information Systems CS 3
EQS120 Equine Anatomy and Physiology 4

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EQS140 Equine Behavior 3
EQS283 Special Event Internship 1

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EQS130 Equine Business and Law 3
EQS250 Equine Evaluation 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
RE Restricted Electives 3
EQS225 Equine Health And Disease Management 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EQS200 Principles of Equine Nutrition 3
EQS275 Equine Lameness 4

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EQS220 Equine Reproduction 3
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Equine Science (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=136445).

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site 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.

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog YearEffective Dates
2019-20205/28/2019 – 5/25/2020