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Equine Science (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:

  1. Discuss various diseases and ailments in a horse
  2. Perform basic medical care of horses
  3. Identify lameness that afflict horses
  4. Summarize the functional components of a bit and explain the action of different bit types in the horse’s mouth
  5. Explain the anatomy and physiology of the horses’ digestive system.
  6. 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 XXXXCOMMUNICATIONS CORE

3 credit hours

OR

SPCH XXXXCOMMUNICATIONS CORE

3 credit hours

AGEQ 1319HORSEMANSHIP I

3 credit hours

OR

AGEQ 1300ENGLISH EQUITATION I

3 credit hours

OR

AGEQ 1370LOCAL NEEDS - PRINCIPLES OF RANCH HORSE RIDING I

3 credit hours

AGEQ 1411EQUINE SCIENCE I (HORSE PRODUCTION AND MANAGEMENT)

4 credit hours

AGEQ 1205EQUINE ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT

2 credit hours

AGRI 1309COMPUTERS IN AGRICULTURE

3 credit hours

Total Credit Hours:15

    Second Semester

    AGEQ 1315HORSE EVALUATION I

    3 credit hours

    AGAH 1372AGRICULTURAL SPANISH

    3 credit hours

    OR

    AGRI 2317INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS

    3 credit hours

    OR

    AGMG 2301LIVESTOCK BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

    3 credit hours

    AGEQ 2339HORSEMANSHIP II

    3 credit hours

    OR

    AGEQ 2359ENGLISH EQUITATION II

    3 credit hours

    OR

    AGEQ 1371LOCAL NEEDS - PRINCIPLES OF RANCH HORSE RIDING II

    3 credit hours

    SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

    3 credit hours

    LANGUAGE,PHILOSOPHY AND CULTURE, OR CREATIVE ARTS ELECTIVE

    3 credit hours

    AGEQ 2311EQUINE SCIENCE II (ADVANCED HORSE PRODUCTION AND MANAGEMENT)

    3 credit hours

    Total Credit Hours:18

    Third Semester

    AGRI 2303AGRICULTURAL CONSTRUCTION I

    3 credit hours

    OR

    AGRI 2301AGRICULTURAL POWER UNITS

    3 credit hours

    CORE COLLEGE MATH

    3 credit hours

    AGEQ 1401EQUINE BEHAVIOR AND TRAINING I

    4 credit hours

    LIFE AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES

    4 credit hours

    Total Credit Hours:14

    Fourth Semester

    AGRI 1419INTRODUCTORY ANIMAL SCIENCE

    4 credit hours

    AGEQ 1350EQUINE REPRODUCTION

    3 credit hours

    AGEQ 2310EQUINE BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

    3 credit hours

    AGEQ 2386INTERNSHIP - 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.