B.S. in Equine Studies

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


Program Overview
Midway College is located in the epicenter of the equine industry. From boarding and breeding operations, sales and racing, equine association headquarters, therapy centers, animal health and pharmaceutical companies, and renowned veterinary practices, our campus is perfectly situated to allow students the chance to put their education into practice. As a part of our holistic approach to equestrian studies and equine training, our campus is a working horse farm providing true access to hands-on learning with our large equine herd of varying breeds and disciplines.

The Equine Studies program at Midway College prepares students with the essential skills they need to enter the broad equine industry or prepare for graduate school. The degrees offered are an Associate of Science or Bachelor of Science in Equine Studies. Equine science degree students have opportunities throughout the program to work with a variety of breeds and to perform tasks of varying levels in assisting with managing our farm and herd. Students learn basic horse handling techniques as well as barn and farm management principles and practices. Through academic preparation in theories and methods of equine characteristics and needs, students acquire the basis on which to make decisions affecting horse care. Areas of concentration within the major include management, horse rehabilitation or horse science. Students interested in equine careers can also choose a business or sport management minor as enhancements to their major.

Learning Outcomes
1. Students will demonstrate the ability to implement and assess safe, ethical, and sustainable equine management practices. Courses: 109, 111, 214, 251, and 411.

2. Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively and to utilize emerging technologies related to the global equine industry. Courses: 165, 214, 314, 495

3. Students will demonstrate awareness of the human-horse bond and of diversity in the competitive and the non-competitive equine industries. Courses: 165, 318, 495

4. Students will be able to identify and evaluate equine anatomy and physiology and relate form to function and feeding strategy. Courses: 215-216, 251, 327

Available through: WC

  Semester Hours
General Education Requirements 40
Equine Studies Major Requirements* 37-40
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 and Physiology EQS 215 3
Equine Anatomy and Physiology Lab EQS 216 1
Feeds, Feeding and Forages EQS 251 3
Writing in Equine Studies EQS 314 3
Equine Behavior EQS 318 3
Internship EQS 395 3-6
Animal Ethics, Welfare, Rights, and Law EQS 411 3
Capstone EQS 492 3
Senior Seminar EQS 495 1

Plus one area of concentration or minor from among the following

Concentration in Sport Horse Management Requirements* 20
Equine Farm Operations Management I EQS 209 4
Equine Farm Operations Management II EQS 211 4
Equine Reproductive Management EQS 307 3
Pasture Management EQS 327 3
Equine Management EQS 337 3
Equine Facility Design EQS 412 3
Concentration in Horse Rehabilitation Requirements* 21
Equine Rehabilitation I EQS 226 3
Equine Rehabilitation II EQS 326 3
Integrative Performance Clinical EQS 335 3
Exercise Physiology EQS 356 3
Equine Rehabilitation III EQS 426 3
Eastern Medicine EQS 430 3
Nutrition and Pharmacology EQS 435 3
Concentration in Science Requirements* 21
Complete 21 hours of the following courses. Students who intend to pursue graduate studies in veterinary or animal sciences should complete the science courses required by the graduate school they intend to attend from the offerings listed below:
Microbiology and Lab BIO 225/BIO 226


General Chemistry I and Lab CHM 170/CHM 171 5
General Chemistry II and Lab CHM 175/CHM 176 5
Organic Chemistry I CHM 330 4
Organic Chemistry Lab I CHM 331 1
Organic Chemistry II CHM 335 4
Organic Chemistry Lab II CHM 336 1
Biochemistry CHM 420 3
Biochemistry Lab CHM 421 1
Calculus 1 and Trigonometry MTH 220 5
Physics I PSC 240 4
Physics Lab I PSC 241 1
Comparative Anatomy and Physiology EQS 325 3
Animal Nutrition EQS 351 3
Business Minor Requirements* 18
Principles of Accounting I ACC 210 3
Introduction to Economics ECO 225 3
Principles of Management BUS 230 3
Principles of Marketing BUS 255 3
Choose any two courses from the following:  
Principles of Accounting II ACC 215 3
Managerial Finance BUS 321 3
Business Law BUS 341 3
Global Business BUS 390 3
Introduction to Management Information Systems CIS 330 3


Sport Management Minor Requirements* 21
Introduction to Sport Management SPM 110 3
Sociocultural Dimensions of Sport SPM 200 3
Communication in Sport SPM 300 3
Financial Applications in Sport SPM 315 3
Legal Issues in Sport SPM 320 3
Management and Leadership in Sport SPM 325 3
Managing Sports Events SPM 400 3
Total 120