Equine Science, BS Curriculum

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Graduates of UMC's equine science program understand and are able to meet the daily care, nutrition, health care, and exercise/training needs of horses in their care. They have the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in equine or equine-related employment and have the business and management experience necessary to operate an equine or related business. The program balances the practical skills students need to work with and care for horses and the theory required to build a successful career. The focus is on the business and management aspects of the horse industry, thus providing a broad-based education which appeals to employers. Options also exist for students who wish to pursue graduate school or pre-veterinary studies.

Program outcomes: graduates will


Program Delivery

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Admission Requirements

For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.


General Requirements

All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the graduation requirements.


Program Requirements

Students must complete 40 upper division credits.

Equine Science Program Requirements
Required courses - 49 credits
ANSC 1004 - Introduction to Animal Science (4.0 cr)
ANSC 2104 - Feeds and Feeding (4.0 cr)
ANSC 3023 - Animal Breeding (3.0 cr)
ANSC 3104 - Applied Animal Nutrition (4.0 cr)
ANSC 3203 - Animal Anatomy and Physiology (4.0 cr)
ANSC 3304 - Reproduction, AI, and Lactation (4.0 cr)
ANSC 3503 - Animal Health and Disease (3.0 cr)
BIOL 3022 - Principles of Genetics (3.0 cr)
EQSC 1002 - Equine Careers and Husbandry Practices (1.0 cr)
EQSC 1202 - Equine Evaluation (2.0 cr)
EQSC 2102 - Horse Production (4.0 cr)
EQSC 3403 - Equine Exercise Physiology (3.0 cr)
EQSC 4102 - Equine Management (3.0 cr)
GBUS 3107 - Legal Environment in Business (3.0 cr)
GNAG 3899 - Pre-Internship Seminar (0.5 cr)
GNAG 3900 - Internship (0.5-3.0 cr)
GNAG 3901 - Post Internship Seminar (0.5 cr)
GNAG 4652 - Senior Seminar (1.0 cr)

 

Liberal Education Requirements
A minimum of 40 liberal education credits required. Students must complete the 10 goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum with the following specific liberal education courses required:
BIOL 1009 - General Biology [BIOL SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (4.0 cr)
COMP 1011 - Composition I [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
COMP 1013 - Composition II [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
ECON 2101 - Microeconomics [HI/BEH/SSC] (3.0 cr)
MATH 1150 - Elementary Statistics [MATH THINK] (3.0 cr)
SPCH 1101 - Public Speaking [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)

 

Technology Requirement
Students must take 3 credits of any CA courses.
CA 1xxx

 

Agriculture Electives
Students must take 2 credits of agriculture electives, selected in consultation with their adviser.

 

Open Electives
Students must take enough open electives credits to meet the 120-124 credit graduation requirement.

 

Program Sub-plans

Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans. (Note for the Twin Cities and Morris campuses: The honors sub-plan does not meet this requirement. Honors students are required to complete one sub-plan plus the honors sub-plan. Please see an adviser if no honors sub-plan is listed for the program.)

Pre-Veterinary MedicinePre-Veterinary Medicine

The pre-veterinary medicine emphasis meets the course entry requirements for admission to the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine; however, similar entry requirements among colleges of veterinary medicine coupled with sufficient flexibility within the curriculum allow graduates to meet the admission requirements for many other institutions. Students who graduate are well prepared to pursue their career goal of becoming a veterinarian. Students are exposed to traditional classroom instruction as well as hands-on/experiential learning in the laboratory.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine Requirements
Required courses - 35 credits
BIOL 2012 - General Zoology (4.0 cr)
BIOL 2032 - General Microbiology (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1061 - Chemical Principles I [PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1062 - Chemical Principles II (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1065 - Chemical Principles I Laboratory [PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (1.0 cr)
CHEM 1066 - Chemical Principles II Laboratory (1.0 cr)
CHEM 2301 - Organic Chemistry I (3.0 cr)
CHEM 2310 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (2.0 cr)
CHEM 3021 - Biochemistry (3.0 cr)
PHYS 1101 - Introductory College Physics I [PHYS SCI] (4.0 cr)
PHYS 1102 - Introductory College Physics II [PHYS SCI] (4.0 cr)
Choose one of the following:
MATH 1031 - College Algebra [MATH THINK] (3.0 cr)
or MATH 1142 - Survey of Calculus [MATH THINK] (3.0 cr)

 

Pre-Veterinary Medicine Electives
Take 3 or more credits(s) from the following:
EQSC 1000 - Light Horse Driving (2.0 cr)
EQSC 1100 - Western Equitation (3.0 cr)
EQSC 1200 - Hunt Seat & Dressage Equitation (3.0 cr)
EQSC 1300 - Saddle Seat Equitation (3.0 cr)
EQSC 3441 - Topics in Advanced Western Equitation (3.0 cr)
EQSC 3443 - Topics in Advanced Equitation Over Fences (3.0 cr)

 

Equine ScienceEquine Science

This emphasis leads graduates to equine careers, including management, training/showing, riding instruction, breeding/reproduction, feed production/sales, sales of equestrian equipment or pharmaceutical/health care products, and veterinary technician. Students receive classroom instruction and hands-on experiential learning. Focus is on the business/management aspect of the horse industry. Curriculum includes computer, communications training and sales training. Coursework includes riding instruction, nutrition, breeding, reproduction, horse production, evaluation, feeds, health/disease, management, training/showing, and facilities. Students can take courses specific to their interest.

 

Equine Science Requirements
Required courses - 23 credits
AGEC 3540 - Farm Business Management (3.0 cr)
AGEC 4740 - Grain and Livestock Marketing (3.0 cr)
CHEM 1401 - Elementary Bioorganic Chemistry [PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (4.0 cr)
EQSC 3305 - Equine Reproductive Techniques (3.0 cr)
EQSC 3413 - Horse Training and Showing (3.0 cr)
MATH 1031 - College Algebra [MATH THINK] (3.0 cr)
Choose one of the following:
CHEM 1001 - Introductory Chemistry [PHYS SCI] (4.0 cr)
or CHEM 1061 - Chemical Principles I [PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1065 - Chemical Principles I Laboratory [PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (1.0 cr)
 
Equine Science Electives
Take 7 or more credits(s) from the following:
EQSC 1000 - Light Horse Driving (2.0 cr
EQSC 1100 - Western Equitation (3.0 cr)
EQSC 1200 - Hunt Seat & Dressage Equitation (3.0 cr)
EQSC 1300 - Saddle Seat Equitation (3.0 cr)
EQSC 2001 - Concepts in Dressage Equitation (3.0 cr)
EQSC 3441 - Topics in Advanced Western Equitation (3.0 cr)
EQSC 3443 - Topics in Advanced Equitation Over Fences (3.0 cr)

 

 

 


Equine Science Minor Curriculum

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The minor in equine science introduces students to the pertinent areas of management and production of the equine industry. Students learn core concepts of the equine industry, including training in reproduction, exercise physiology, nutrition, management of equine facilities, and rider instructor training.


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Minor Requirements

Equine Science Minor Requirements
Required courses - 25 to 27 credits
ANSC 2104 - Feeds and Feeding (4.0 cr)
ANSC 3203 - Animal Anatomy and Physiology (4.0 cr)
ANSC 3503 - Animal Health and Disease (3.0 cr)
EQSC 1202 - Equine Evaluation (2.0 cr)
EQSC 2102 - Horse Production (4.0 cr)
EQSC 4102 - Equine Management (3.0 cr)
Choose one of the following:
EQSC 1000 - Light Horse Driving (2.0 cr)
or EQSC 1100 - Western Equitation (3.0 cr)
or EQSC 1200 - Hunt Seat & Dressage Equitation (3.0 cr)
or EQSC 1300 - Saddle Seat Equitation (3.0 cr)
Choose one of the following:
ANSC 3304 - Reproduction, AI, and Lactation (4.0 cr)
or EQSC 3305 - Equine Reproductive Techniques (3.0 cr)
or EQSC 3403 - Equine Exercise Physiology (3.0 cr)