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Equine Science (AS) Agriculture & Natural Resources Total Units: 30
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Term Effective: Fall 2011


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:

  1. 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;
  2. 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;
  3. name and demonstrate proper use of equipment used to humanely manage or treat horses;
  4. recognize and practice basic horse handling safety skills while on the ground and when mounted;
  5. identify and evaluate equine anatomy and physiology and relate form to function;
  6. define nutritional needs and demonstrate proper feeding techniques; and
  7. 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.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Equine Science (AS) program are:

  • Complete 30 units from
    • Equine Science Requirements
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

Equine Science Requirements - complete 29.00 units
AGRI 99IAgriculture Occupational Work Experience Internship0.50-8.00
ANSCI 20Basic Animal Science3.00
EQSCI 25Equine Science3.00
EQSCI 51Equine Nutrition1.00
EQSCI 53Equine Reproduction1.00
EQSCI 101Horse Handling Skills1.50
EQSCI 102ABeginning Horsemanship and Riding1.50
EQSCI 102BIntermediate Horsemanship and Riding1.50
EQSCI 102CAdvanced Horsemanship and Riding1.50
EQSCI 170Farrier Science3.00
EQSCI 180Equine Business Management2.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 5.00 units from the following:
EQSCI 52Equine Health3.00
EQSCI 60Equine Anatomy and Physiology3.00
EQSCI 100Survey of Equine Science3.00
EQSCI 120Introduction to Therapeutic Riding Principles1.00
EQSCI 121Therapeutic Riding Program Procedures1.50
EQSCI 125The Basics of Dressage for Horse and Rider1.00
EQSCI 151Introduction to Equine Acupressure and Massage1.00
EQSCI 154Introduction to Equine Color Genetics1.50
EQSCI 162Horse Housing and Facilities1.00
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:
LIR 10Introduction to Information Literacy1.00
LIR 30Introduction to Information Literacy for Research Projects1.00

Term Effective: Fall 2011

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.

Term Inactive: Spring 2012

Previous Versions:

Equine Science - effective Spring 2011
Equine Science - effective Fall 2010
Equine Science - effective Fall 2008
Equine Science - effective Spring 2008
Equine Science - effective Summer 2007
Equine Science - effective Spring 2007
Equine Science - effective Fall 2002

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.

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


AGRI 99I is to be taken for a minimum of 5 units.

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