Equine Science

Equine Science - AAS

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Equine Science degree is an innovative and balanced approach to learning. This degree combines a broad-based curriculum of equine science classes with practical, hands-on experiences, learning skills necessary to be a professional in the Equine industry. SCC is located in the heart of the equine industry which offers a variety of disciplines and the opportunity to work with some of the most renowned horse professionals in the world. 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.

Program Code

3022 Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Equine Science

Other Degree

5025 Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Equine Science. The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Equine Science is built into this degree. If you complete the AAS you will also receive the CCL.

Course Format

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

How long will it take?

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).


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 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


  • EQS 280 – Internship or EQS 285 Practicum
  • Total Credits: 2-3

Some courses are offered only one semester per year.

MCCCD Program and Award Information
Effective term: 
2019 Fall
Final term: 
2019 Fall
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.
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.

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 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
EQS175Introduction to Equine Therapies2
EQS280may not be selected as a Restricted Elective if it is used to satisfy Required Course credits.
EQS280Equine Science Internship3
EQS283Special Event Internship (1)1-2
(EQS283may be repeated.)
MGT253Owning and Operating a Small Business3
MKT110Marketing and Social Networking3
MKT263Advertising Principles3
PSY250Social Psychology3
SLG101American Sign Language I4
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, 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
  • 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, EQS162VT)
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills to meet the large animal veterinary competencies necessary for the successful completion of National Certification. (EQS162VT)
  • 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)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of lamenesses of the horse and the principles behind rehabilitation and conditioning of the horse post injury. (EQS275)
  • 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)