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Animal Science

Associate Degree

A.S. in Equine Science

Equine Science is the study of the principles behind the biology, function, and management of the horse. This program prepares students to develop the skills and knowledge that will help them gain a strong and competitive position in the equine industry.

Catalog Date: August 1, 2022

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ANSC 300 Introduction to Animal Science 3
ANSC 301 Introduction to Equine Science 3
ANSC 302 Equine Reproduction 2
ANSC 303 Equine Business Management 3
ANSC 304 Livestock Feeding and Nutrition 3
ANSC 305 Equine Health 3
ANSC 306 Basic Equine Handling 1
ANSC 307 Farrier Science 3
AGB 310 Agriculture Computer Applications 3
AGB 320 Agriculture Accounting (3) 3
AGB 330 Agriculture Sales and Communication (3) 3
   or AGB 331 Agriculture Marketing (3)
ANSC 498 Work Experience in Animal Science 0.5 -4
Total Units: 30.5 - 34

The Equine Science Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See CRC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the processes involved and outline major events in the evolution and domestication of the horse.
  • Formulate a disease and parasite prevention program for equine.
  • Describe career opportunities and requirements for successful employment in the equine industry.
  • Relate basic genetic principles to techniques in breeding selection and mating programs.
  • Identify anatomy and describe physiology of the male and female equine reproductive tract.
  • List and explain the correct use of specialized insemination tools.
  • Develop and maintain bookkeeping and record systems.
  • Develop a ranch plan for an equine facility, incorporating legal requirements and regulations.
  • Identify parts of the equine gastrointestinal system and describe the function of each.
  • Implement a sound feeding program based on the type and amount of work performed.
  • Assess the function and importance of each nutrient as it pertains to equine nutrition.
  • Demonstrate basic handling of the horse including catching, haltering, leading and tying.

Career Information

Many Equine Science graduates aim for a future in horse farm management at breeding facilities, lesson barns, and race and show training stables. Students may also qualify for employment as technologists, consultants, show and race facility managers and staff, high school and community or junior college riding and equine science instructors, government agents, journalists, and sales or service representatives for companies promoting horse feed, health, and care products. Other career opportunities are available through breed associations, humane organizations, agriculture extension services, recreational services, horse publications, and more. Many of these options require more than two years of college study. Classes beyond the associate degree may be required for career options or to fully prepare students for transfer to a university program.