Equine Science

The Equine Science program at Scottsdale Community College offers an Associate in Applied Science degree. We are the only comprehensive Equine Science degree program in Arizona. Our innovative and balanced approach to learning combines a broad-based curriculum of equine science classes with practical, hands-on experience. The SCC campus and coursework are located in close proximity to a variety of equine disciplines, providing the opportunity to work with some of the most renowned horse professionals in the world. 

These experiences make SCC the ideal college to deliver the necessary skills to be a professional in the equine industry. From riding to research and everything in between, our AAS degree in Equine Science will prepare you to transfer to a four-year university or to enter this competitive industry with a professional edge.

  • Partnered with five major universities in Equine Science
  • Only comprehensive Equine Science degree in Arizona
  • Exciting career opportunities
  • Industry internships
  • Opportunity to participate with local and internationally acclaimed equestrian events

Program Codes

3022 Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Equine Science
5025 Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Equine Science

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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.

Transfer Options

Currently the AAS in Equine Science transfers to 5 major universities

  • University of Arizona
  • Tarleton State University
  • New Mexico State University
  • Colorado State University
  • William Woods University

Many students complete the AAS in Equine Science and apply to MCC for the Veterinary Technician program, with many credits already completed.

Several courses will also transfer to many universities within animal science degrees.

Career Outlook

According to the 2017 AHC Foundation Economic Impact Study, the $122 billion equine industry is a growing segment of the U.S. economy, employing 1.74 million people. The Economic Impact Study found that care, recreation and business surrounding the 7.2 million horses in the country generated $79 billion in total salaries. They found that the primary economic drivers within the industry are recreation, racing and competition. The AHC felt that adding working horses to that list was important for accuracy. The working horse sector includes; mounted police, carriage operations, equine assisted therapy programs and lesson programs.

The working horse sector supports more than 42,000 direct jobs and adds $1.9 million in direct value to the U.S. economy. Driving an added $2.7 billion in added value to the economy and creates more than 28,000 jobs indirectly.

The recreation sector supports more than162,000 direct jobs and adds $7.5 billion in direct value to the U.S. economy and creates more than110,000 jobs indirectly. Recreation still holds the largest horse population.

The racing sector continues to have the largest economic impact. Supporting 241,000 direct jobs and adding $15.6 billion in direct value to the U.S. economy and creates more than 231,000 jobs indirectly.

The competition sector supports more than 241,000 direct jobs and adds $11.8 billion in direct value to the U.S. economy and creates more than 175,000 jobs indirectly.

Learning Opportunities
  • Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show
  • AQHA Sun Circuit Show
  • Show Events in a variety of disciplines
  • Scottsdale Reproduction Center
  • Service Learning at area farms and therapy centers
  • Internships
  • Full horse necropsy