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Equine Science and Management involves the study and application of science and business concepts to the horse industry. Equine Science and Management majors select either the equine science option, for students who have a primary interest in horse production; or the equine management option, for students interested in the business aspect of the horse industry. 

In the Equine Sciences and Management program, you will experience a curriculum that emphasizes basic science and business concepts and that application to equine production and management.  In addition, you can explore unique internship opportunities that help prepare for careers in equine industry - as well as become an active participant.  All students are required to take 25 credits in the major which provides a strong background in equine science, management, and business.  You may then select courses in one of four emphasis areas:

  • Equine Science
  • Business
  • Community Leadership and Development
  • Forages/Pastures

Students in equine science and management considering a career in veterinary medicine or graduate research can meet those goals in the degree program as well.  Interested students need to consult with an advisor to ensure all specific academic requirements are met.

Click the most recent major sheet below for a complete list of required coursework. 


This is an interdisciplinary degree that draws from faculty expertise in Animal Sciences, Agricultural Economics, Plant and Soil Sciences, Community and Leadership Development, Hospitality Management, and other areas. Our faculty teach courses in the area of their expertise and incorporate the results of their research into their coursework. In this way students are exposed to the most recent information in a specific subject.

Potential Career Pathways

  • Veterinarian*
    2016 Median Salary: $88,770 per year
    Job Outlook: 9% (faster than average growth)

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics 

*Post-graduate work required

Pre-Professional Tracks

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environment has specialized advising services for students planning to attend professional school (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Law, etc.).  

In addition to helping students fulfill foundational coursework, the college's pre-professional advisor also helps student secure relevant experience such as internships, volunteer opportunities, and job shadowing positions. 

For more information on the college's pre-professional advising, click here.  

Student Groups Associated with this Program

Our college supports dozens of organizations to help students apply their learning outside the classroom and gain valuable work and leadership experience.  To learn more about the organizations listed below, click here.

  • Dressage and Eventing Team 
    compete and support each other at local shows and events, including students interested in each discipline of riding

  • Equestrian Team
    comprised of beginners to experienced riders, experience competitions regionally in hunt seat, and western divisions

  • Horse Racing Club
    From farm tours to track trips, experience the many aspects of the horse racing industry.

  • Polo Team 
    a competitive team affiliated with the United States Polo Association, welcoming males and females

  • R.E.A.D. Club 
    be educated in various fields, opening doors of opportunity for those looking to become involved in research
  • Rodeo Team
    have the chance to participate and compete in activities covering every aspect of rodeo industry

  • Saddle Seat Team
    work as a team to learn, practice and prepare in the saddle seat and equitation disciplines

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