The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.
Associate Degree Requirements:
The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:
For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter,
a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis,
is required for each course applied toward the major.
Today's multi-billion dollar horse industry is diverse, sophisticated and high tech, requiring individuals who are knowledgeable and skilled to work in this multi-faceted field that annually employs 1.4 million full-time employees. Students who have studied at Santa Rosa Junior College with a major in Equine Science are more than qualified for a wide variety of these diverse careers in the equine industry. Many Equine Science graduates aim for a future in horse farm management at breeding facilities, lesson barns, and race and show training stables. Students may also qualify for employment as technologists, consultants, show and race facility managers and staff, high school and junior college riding and equine science instructors, government agents, journalists, and sale/service representatives for companies promoting horse feed, health, and care products. Other career opportunities are available through breed associations, humane organizations, agriculture extension services, recreational services, horse publications, and more.
To prepare students for these exciting career opportunities, Santa Rosa Junior College’s Equine Science program provides students with a broad technical study of all phases of equine business and management practices coupled with general studies necessary to become a well rounded individual. Individuals enrolled in Equine Science courses receive both theoretical knowledge and practical experience – both very necessary to become the future leaders of the equine industry. Instruction is taught using lecture classes & hands-on laboratories using Santa Rosa Junior College’s beautiful 365-acre Shone Farm. The Equestrian Center consists of a new state of the art Agriculture Pavilion that houses an indoor arena, stables, outside shelters with runs, a large outdoor arena with all-weather footing, large hay storage barn, turn-outs and pastures, and acres of riding trails.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Identify and implement sustainable equine management practices that will improve horse
quality, provide efficacious management, protect the natural resources and ensure
economic viability of the equine industry;
- demonstrate a working knowledge of life cycles and state of the art principles of horse
production to develop a ranch management calendar that incorporates scientifically based
management decisions and the latest technological advances in equine husbandry;
- name and demonstrate proper use of equipment used to humanely manage or treat horses;
- recognize and practice basic horse handling safety skills while on the ground and when
- identify and evaluate equine anatomy and physiology and relate form to function;
- define nutritional needs and demonstrate proper feeding techniques; and
- list common infectious diseases and parasites and explain the role of preventative health.
For students interested in a Certificate of Achievement, an Equine Science certificate is available. Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, can view the recommended course sequence. For more information see the Agriculture Department website.