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's degree in an equine or Agriculture related degrees.  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.

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

First semester courses and credits required to earn the Equine Science Associate of Applied Sciences Degree
RUBRIC NUMBER COURSE TITLE SEMESTER
CREDIT HOURS
AGEQ 1411 EQUINE SCIENCE 4
AGEQ 1305 EQUINE ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT 3
AGRI 2330 OR
AGRI 1325
WILDLIFE CONSERVATION & MANAGEMENT OR
MARKETING OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS
3
AGRI 1315 FARM AND RANCH SHOP SKILLS I 3
AGEQ 1319 OR
AGEQ 1370
WESTERN HORSEMANSHIP I OR
PRINCIPLES OF RANCH RIDING I (TEAM)
3
Total credit hours for this semester
TOTAL HOURS 16

Second Semester

Second semester courses and credits required to earn the Equine Science Associate of Applied Sciences Degree
RUBRIC NUMBER COURSE TITLE SEMESTER
CREDIT HOURS
AGEQ 1350 EQUINE REPRODUCTION 3
AGEQ 2310 EQUINE BUSINESS MANAGEMENT 3
AGEQ 2311 EQUINE SCIENCE II 3
AGEQ 2339 WESTERN HORSEMANSHIP II 3
OR
AGEQ 1371  PRINCIPLES OF RANCH HORSE II (TEAM) 3
AGEQ 1315 HORSE EVALUATION I 3
Total credit hours for this semester
TOTAL HOURS 15

Third Semester

Third semester courses and credits required to earn the Equine Science Associate of Applied Sciences Degree
RUBRIC NUMBER COURSE TITLE SEMESTER
CREDIT HOURS
AGEQ 2373 OR
AGRI 1419
INTRODUCTION VETERINARY TECH OR
INTRO ANIMAL SCIENCE
3
AGEQ 2371 OR
AGEQ 2315 OR
AGEQ 1401 OR
AGMG 2301
ADVANCED RANCH RIDING OR
HORSE EVALUATION II (TEAM OPTION ONLY) OR
EQUINE BEHAVIOR AND TRAINING I OR
LIVESTOCK BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
3-4
EDUC 1300 LEARNING FRAMEWORKS 3
ENGL 1301 OR
ENGL 1302 OR
ENGL 2311
COMPOSITION I OR
COMPOSITION II OR
TECHNICAL & BUSINESS WRITING
3
BIOL 1411 OR
BIOL 1413 OR
BIOL 2406
GENERAL BOTANY OR
GENERAL ZOOLOGY OR
ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY
4
Total credit hours for this semester
TOTAL HOURS 16-17

Fourth Semester

Fourth semester courses and credits required to earn the Equine Science Associate of Applied Sciences Degree
RUBRIC NUMBER COURSE TITLE SEMESTER
CREDIT HOURS
CORE SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES 3
SPCH 1315 OR
SPCH 1321
PUBLIC SPEAKING OR
BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION
3
AGEQ 2372 OR
AGEQ 1322 OR
AGEQ 2401 OR
AGRI 1407 OR
AGAH 1343 OR
AGCR 1307 OR
AGCR 2313
ADVANCED REINING OR
FUNDAMENTALS OF RIDING INSTRUCTION OR
EQUINE BEHAVIOR AND TRAINING II OR
AGRONOMY OR
ANIMAL HEALTH OR
RANGE MANAGEMENT OR
SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION
3-4
AGEQ 2386 INTERNSHIP EQUESTRIAN/EQUINE STUDIES 3
AGRI 1131 AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY 1
Total credit hours for this semester
TOTAL HOURS 13-14

Degree Total Hours:  60-61

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.