A.A. in Equine Studies

Degree Guide Key:
Traditional Day ProgramsWC
Evening & Weekend ProgramsSCD
Online ProgramsON
Graduate ProgramsGRAD


The Associate of Arts equestrian studies program is a two-year degree that emphasizes equine and business management. This program provides students the fundamentals needed to step into an entry-level position in the equine industry. As the Associate degree is progressive into the four-year degree options, students can choose to continue toward a baccalaureate degree or enter the workforce. Students will gain experience handling a variety of horses and study horse science, introductory record keeping and business management.

Students with an A.A. degree in Equine Studies will:

• Demonstrate safety and practical horse experience to gain employment in the equine industry working with horses in a variety of equine careers.

• Critically analyze trends regarding the horse industry that are important for horse care, farm operations, management, marketing and legal issues.

• Complete assessment of skills required for equine program graduates entering the racing and nonracing performance horse industries.

Available through: WC

  Semester Hours
General Education Requirements 25
Equine Studies Major Requirements 25
Introduction to Equine Studies (EQS 165) 3
Equine Farm Operations I (EQS 109)  4
Equine Farm Operations II (EQS 111) 4
Equine Healthcare Management (EQS 214) 3
Equine Anatomy & Physiology (EQS 215) 3
Equine Anatomy & Physiology Lab (EQS 216) 1
Feeds, Feeding & Forages (EQS 251)  3
Electives (EQS or other) 4