Equine Science

Equine Science - AAS

MCCCD Program and Award Information
Effective term: 
2018 Fall
Final term: 
2019 Summer
Total credits required: 
CIP Code: 

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Equine Science program is designed to offer a broad-based educational background for students who wish to enter the horse industry job market or transfer to a four-year college or university. An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Equine Science will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the outlined program. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Equine Science is also offered.

Award notes

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

Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleCredits
RDG091College Preparatory Reading (3) OR
equivalent as indicated by placement test0-3
MAT081Basic Arithmetic (4) OR
MAT082Basic Arithmetic (3) OR
MAT083Basic Arithmetic Expanded (5) OR
equivalent as indicated by placement test0-5
ENG091Preparatory Academic Writing III (3) OR
equivalent as indicated by placement test0-3
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
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 I2
EQS200Principles of Equine Nutrition3
EQS220Equine Reproduction3
EQS225Equine Health and Disease Management3
EQS250Equine Evaluation3
EQS264Equine and Stable Management II4
EQS280Equine Science Internship (3) OR
EQS285Equine Science Practicum (2)2-3
EQS283Special Event Internship1
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
EQS280may not be selected as a Restricted Elective if it is used to satisfy Required Courses credits.
EQS175Introduction to Equine Therapies2
EQS280Equine Science Internship3
EQS283Special Event Internship (1)1-2
(EQS283may be repeated.)
MGT251Human Relations in Business3
MKT101Introduction to Public Relations3
MKT263Advertising Principles3
PSY250Social Psychology3
SPA115Beginning Spanish Conversation I3
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
Any approved general education course from the Oral Communication area3
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 and Fine Arts area.3
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.4
  • Explore personal and business computer operations and apply to equine-related business practices. (BPC110, CIS105)
  • Identify principles related to equine selection, basic conformation, form to function, soundness and shoeing, feed management, behavior, restraint, managed health concepts, and equipment selection and usage. (EQS105)
  • Describe the structure and function of each system of the equine and how they relate to the horse's ability to perform work. (EQS120)
  • Identify business and legal practices used in horse management operations including types of records, record keeping systems, accounting principles, taxes, personnel management, debt collection, developing contracts and preparing a business plan. (EQS130)
  • Identify and describe major insurance and liability issues related to the equine industry. (EQS130)
  • Describe how an equine's behavior can be modified using the horse's natural behavior patterns. (EQS140)
  • Apply knowledge and skills to work experience in daily management and handling of working horses. (EQS162)
  • Identify and describe the basic principles of equine digestion, feed utilization, and feeding practices. (EQS200)
  • Describe the feeding and care of the equine in various stages of production, growth and performance. (EQS200)
  • Identify and describe various equine breeding methods and procedures including artificial insemination and emerging technologies. (EQS220)
  • Identify and describe appropriate procedures for the care and management of broodmares, breeding stallions and foals. (EQS220)
  • Describe preventive medicine and managerial practices used in keeping the equine athlete, broodmare, and family horse in good health and free from disease. (EQS225)
  • Evaluate the structure of the horse, and identify conformation problems and unsoundness which relate to the horse's form to function and ability to perform. (EQS250)
  • Apply practical skills and knowledge related to equine management components in such areas as taking vital signs, using forms of restraint, understanding safety issues around horses, first aid, leg wraps, dental care and aging by teeth. (EQS264)
  • Apply knowledge and skills to work experience in any type of horse facility or equine related business. (EQS280, EQS285)
  • Identify the major components associated with special event management. (EQS283)