Equine Studies Major: Equine Science Option (B.S.)

https://colsa.unh.edu/agriculture-nutrition-food-systems/program/bs/equine-studies-major-equine-science-option

This option is designed for:

  • Students interested in a career in the scientific or technical fields within the equine industry, including nutrition, rehabilitation, reproduction, and research.
  • Students interested in pursuing graduate studies, including veterinary school.

This option combines equine classes with a more intensive science curriculum, which includes animal behavioir, reproduction, and nutrition.

In addition to the standard core courses for all Equine Studies majors, students in Equine Management take courses in anatomy and physiology, chemistry, nutrition, reproduction, and statistics.  Students then select 20 approved credits to allow them to focus in the areas most relevant to their desired career.  Those courses may include classes in forages, equine training, animal behavior, animal rights, animal cognition, and infectious diseases.  Students in this option may also use these 20 credits to take courses required to apply to veterinary school, including organic chemistry, microbiology, biochemistry, physics, and calculus.

A minimum grade of C-minus or better must be earned in all Equine Studies courses required by the major.

Core Equine Studies Requirements
ANSC 411Freshman Seminar in Equine Science1
ANSC 437Equine Husbandry Techniques4
ANSC 504Equine Physiology4
ANSC 522Intermediate Horsemanship Theory3
or ANSC 405 Theory of Horsemanship
ANSC 547Equine Stable Management3
ANSC 600Field Experience 11-4
ANSC 612Genetics of Animals4
or GEN 604 Principles of Genetics
ANSC 665Principles of Horse Trials Management 12
ANSC 725Equine Sports Medicine4
ANSC 796Equine Senior Seminar2
ANSC 797Equine Capstone Experience4
BIOL 411Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular4
BIOL 412Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology4
ENGL 501Introduction to Creative Nonfiction4
or ENGL 419 How to Read Anything
or ENGL 502 Professional and Technical Writing
or ENGL 503 Persuasive Writing
or ANSC 543 Technical Writing in Animal Sciences
EREC 411Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives4
or ECON 402 Principles of Economics (Micro)
Equine Science Requirements
ANSC 511
ANSC 512
Anatomy and Physiology
and Anatomy and Physiology 1
8
ANSC 609Principles of Animal Nutrition 14
or NUTR 750 Nutritional Biochemistry
ANSC 724Reproductive Management and Artificial Insemination4
or ANSC 701 Physiology of Reproduction
BIOL 528Applied Biostatistics I4
CHEM 403
CHEM 404
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
8
Equine Science Electives: Choose 20 credits from the following:
AAS 432Introduction to Forage and Grassland Management3
ANSC 426Equine Conformation and Lameness4
ANSC 500Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies4
ANSC 507Survey of Equine Training Techniques3
ANSC 538Equine Handling/Longeing1
ANSC 602Animal Rights and Societal Issues4
ANSC 695Supervised Teaching Experience1-2
ANSC 701Physiology of Reproduction4
ANSC 724Reproductive Management and Artificial Insemination4
ANSC 750Collaborative Farm Design and Development4
BMCB 658
BMCB 659
General Biochemistry
and General Biochemistry Lab
5
BMS 503
BMS 504
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
5
BMS 623Histology: Microscopic Cellular Structure and Function4
BMS 703Infectious Disease and Health4
BMS 704Pathologic Basis of Disease4
BMS 712Experiences in Applied Veterinary Diagnostics2
BMS 718Mammalian Physiology4
CHEM 651
CHEM 653
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
CHEM 652
CHEM 654
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
EDUC 500Exploring Teaching4
MATH 424BCalculus for Life Sciences4
NSB 727Animal Communication4
NUTR 750Nutritional Biochemistry4
PHYS 401Introduction to Physics I4
PHYS 402Introduction to Physics II4
PSYC 720Animal Cognition4
ZOOL 613Animal Behavior5
ZOOL 736Genes and Behavior4
1

Waived for TSAS equine management graduates

Sample Student Schedule by Semester - Equine Science - Pre-Vet Intent

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ANSC 402 Horsemanship Lab 1
ANSC 411 Freshman Seminar in Equine Science 1
ANSC 437 Equine Husbandry Techniques 4
ANSC 522 Intermediate Horsemanship Theory 3
BIOL 411 Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular 4
CHEM 403 General Chemistry I 4
 Credits17
Spring
BIOL 412 Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology 4
CHEM 404 General Chemistry II 4
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
MATH 424B Calculus for Life Sciences 4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
ANSC 511 Anatomy and Physiology 4
ANSC 538 Equine Handling/Longeing 1
BIOL 528 Applied Biostatistics I 4
CHEM 651
CHEM 653
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
EREC 411 Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives 4
 Credits18
Spring
ANSC 512 Anatomy and Physiology 4
CHEM 652
CHEM 654
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
ENGL 501 Introduction to Creative Nonfiction 4
Discovery Course 4
 Credits17
Third Year
Fall
ANSC 504 Equine Physiology 4
ANSC 547 Equine Stable Management 3
ANSC 612 Genetics of Animals 4
ANSC 665 Principles of Horse Trials Management 2
PHYS 401 Introduction to Physics I 4
 Credits17
Spring
BMCB 658
BMCB 659
General Biochemistry
and General Biochemistry Lab
5
BMS 503
BMS 504
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
5
PHYS 402 Introduction to Physics II 4
Discovery Course 4
 Credits18
Summer
ANSC 600
Field Experience
or Investigations
1-4
 Credits1-4
Fourth Year
Fall
ANSC 609 Principles of Animal Nutrition 4
ANSC 725 Equine Sports Medicine 4
ANSC 796 Equine Senior Seminar 2
ZOOL 613
Animal Behavior (Elective)
or Mammalian Physiology
5
Discovery Course 4
 Credits19
Spring
ANSC 602 Animal Rights and Societal Issues (Elective) 4
ANSC 724 Reproductive Management and Artificial Insemination 4
ANSC 797 Equine Capstone Experience 4
Discovery Course 4
 Credits16
 Total Credits139-142

 

Dairy Program Courses

Some students pursuing veterinary school admission are interested in enrolling in courses with the UNH Dairy Program.  In particular, the Cooperative Real Education in Agricultural Management (CREAM) program is a popular enrichment course. CREAM is highly competitive to get into, and equine students must take it before their senior year due to conflicts with required equine courses.

It is suggested that interested students apply to the CREAM program in their freshman year, and that they plan to take AAS 425 Introduction to Dairy Herd Management, in the fall of their sophomore year.  While it is unlikely that a freshman applicant to CREAM will be selected, priority in future semesters is given to students who have both previously applied and who have taken dairy courses.  Students should then apply again to CREAM in their sophomore year to hopefully gain admission in their junior year.  Advisors will work with effected students to modify the timeline for other courses in order to accommodate CREAM in the schedule.

Sample Student Schedule by Semester - Equine Science - (Non Pre-Vet Intent)

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ANSC 402 Horsemanship Lab 1
ANSC 411 Freshman Seminar in Equine Science 1
ANSC 437 Equine Husbandry Techniques 4
ANSC 522 Intermediate Horsemanship Theory 3
BIOL 411 Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular 4
CHEM 403 General Chemistry I 4
 Credits17
Spring
ANSC 426 Equine Conformation and Lameness 4
BIOL 412 Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology 4
CHEM 404 General Chemistry II 4
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
AAS 432 Introduction to Forage and Grassland Management 3
ANSC 511 Anatomy and Physiology 4
ANSC 538 Equine Handling/Longeing 1
ANSC 547 Equine Stable Management 3
BMS 503
BMS 504
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory (Elective)
5
Discovery Course 4
 Credits20
Spring
ANSC 512 Anatomy and Physiology 4
ENGL 501 Introduction to Creative Nonfiction 4
EREC 411 Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives 4
Discovery Course 4
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall
ANSC 504 Equine Physiology 4
ANSC 612 Genetics of Animals 4
ANSC 665 Principles of Horse Trials Management 2
ZOOL 613 Animal Behavior (Elective) 5
Discovery Course 4
 Credits19
Spring
BMS 503
BMS 504
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
5
Discovery Course 4
Major Elective 4
Major Elective 4
 Credits17
Summer
ANSC 600
Field Experience
or Investigations
1-4
 Credits1-4
Fourth Year
Fall
ANSC 609 Principles of Animal Nutrition 4
ANSC 725 Equine Sports Medicine 4
ANSC 796 Equine Senior Seminar 2
BMS 718 Mammalian Physiology (Elective) 4
Elective 4
 Credits18
Spring
ANSC 602 Animal Rights and Societal Issues (Elective) 4
ANSC 724 Reproductive Management and Artificial Insemination 4
ANSC 797 Equine Capstone Experience 4
Choice of Major Requirement 4
 Credits16
 Total Credits140-143

All students who graduate from the B.S. in Equine Studies program will be able to:

  • Identify, explain, and demonstrate safe, effective, and humane equine handling and stable management skills.
  • Identify, explain, and demonstrate equine health management practices and basic equine first aid.
  • Explain guidelines for equine nutrition, feeding, and parasite management.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency with English tack, boots, bandages, and blankets.
  • Demonstrate safe, competent longeing technique using a trained horse.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of riding practices in equestrian sport.
  • Communicate effectively, in written and verbal form, about professional topics in the equine industry.

Equine Science option:

  • Demonstrate practical application of equine anatomy and an understanding of the equine limb beyond the requirements for all equine majors.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of veterinary care beyond the basic level required of all equine studies majors, and demonstrate the ability to apply this knowledge to real-world emergency and management situations.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with basic equine health procedures and equipment.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of equine nutrition, feeding, and parasite management beyond the basic level required of all equine studies majors, and demonstrate the ability to apply this knowledge to real-world management situations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of equine dental care.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of equine genetics and reproduction.