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Equine Science AAS

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Course work in the Equine Science Degree focuses on the physiological and behavioral science aspects of the horse and related industry professions. The curriculum also prepares students for further academic study and transfer of credits toward a bachelor degree in an equine or Ag. related degrees. Coursework may also be applied to any of the other certificates offered as well as the Equine Business Mgt. AAS Degree. Some of the careers available to graduates include Vet Technician, Breeding Farm/General Farm Mgt., Training/Riding Instructor, College Professor/Instructor, Extension Horse Specialist, and Ag. Agent, and Equine Pharmaceuticals, Equine Nutritionist and related Industry Retail/Sales.

Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science Degree, students will be able to:

  • Discuss various diseases and ailments in a horse
  • Perform basic medical care of horses
  • Identify lameness that afflict horses
  • Summarize the functional components of a bit and explain the action of different bit types in the horse's mouth
  • Explain the anatomy and physiology of the horses' digestive system.
  • Recommend nutritional consideration and feeding practices to meet the needs of individual horses.

Students pursing this degree typically incur tuition and fee costs of $7,080. Books and supplies constitute approximately an additional $2,235 across the entire degree. Financing for this program may be available through scholarships, loans, and institutional financing plans.

This degree is completed primarily face-to-face, however some of the core curriculum requirements may be completed online or at other NCTC campuses. The program is designed to take two years to complete and is comprised of the following suggested pathway or course of study.

Degree Requirements

First Semester
ENGL XXXX COMMUNICATIONS CORE 3 credit hours
OR
SPCH XXXX COMMUNICATIONS CORE 3 credit hours
AGEQ 1319 HORSEMANSHIP I 3 credit hours
OR
AGEQ 1300 ENGLISH EQUITATION I 3 credit hours
OR
AGEQ 1370 LOCAL NEEDS - PRINCIPLES OF RANCH HORSE RIDING I 3 credit hours
AGEQ 1411 EQUINE SCIENCE I (HORSE PRODUCTION AND MANAGEMENT) 4 credit hours
AGEQ 1205 EQUINE ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT 2 credit hours
AGRI 1309 COMPUTERS IN AGRICULTURE 3 credit hours
Total Credit Hours: 15
Second Semester
AGEQ 1315 HORSE EVALUATION I 3 credit hours
AGAH 1372 AGRICULTURAL SPANISH 3 credit hours
OR
AGRI 2317 INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS 3 credit hours
OR
AGMG 2301 LIVESTOCK BUSINESS MANAGEMENT 3 credit hours
AGEQ 2339 HORSEMANSHIP II 3 credit hours
OR
AGEQ 2359 ENGLISH EQUITATION II 3 credit hours
OR
AGEQ 1371 LOCAL NEEDS - PRINCIPLES OF RANCH HORSE RIDING II 3 credit hours
CORE SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES 3 credit hours
CORE LANGUAGE,PHILOSOPHY AND CULTURE, OR CREATIVE ARTS ELECTIVE 3 credit hours
AGEQ 2311 EQUINE SCIENCE II (ADVANCED HORSE PRODUCTION AND MANAGEMENT) 3 credit hours
Total Credit Hours: 18
Third Semester
AGRI 2303 AGRICULTURAL CONSTRUCTION I 3 credit hours
OR
AGRI 2301 AGRICULTURAL POWER UNITS 3 credit hours
MATHXXXX CORE COLLEGE MATH 3 credit hours
AGEQ 1401 EQUINE BEHAVIOR AND TRAINING I 4 credit hours
CORE LIFE AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES 4 credit hours
Total Credit Hours: 14
Fourth Semester
AGRI 1419 INTRODUCTORY ANIMAL SCIENCE 4 credit hours
AGEQ 1350 EQUINE REPRODUCTION 3 credit hours
AGEQ 2310 EQUINE BUSINESS MANAGEMENT 3 credit hours
AGEQ 2386 INTERNSHIP - EQUINE SCIENCE 3 credit hours
Total Credit Hours: 13
  1. Choose one from: ENGL1301 or SPCH1315 or SPCH1321
  2. Equestrian I Requirement: AGEQ1319, or AGEQ1300 or AGEQ1370
  3. Choose one from AGAH1372 or AGRI2317 or AGMG2301
  4. Equestrian II Requirement: AGEQ2339 or AGEQ2359 or AGEQ1371
  5. Choose one course from the Core Curriculum Social & Behavioral Sciences
  6. Choose one from AGRI2301 or AGRI2303
  7. Choose one course from the Core Curriculum in Mathematics
  8. Choose one course from the Core Curriculum in Life and Physical Sciences
  9. Choose one course from the Core Curriculum for either Language, Philosophy and Culture OR Creative Arts

Total Credit Hours: 60

Capstone Requirement: AGEQ 2386 Internship - Equestrian/Equine Studies is the capstone requirement and may not be substituted. It should be taken the last semester before graduation.