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Equine Science

The equine science program includes course work in equestrian styles, nutrition and physiology, selection and management of the horse enterprise. The roles of the horse in society—recreational, therapeutic and performance—are discussed.

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The Program

The department offers programs of study and extra-curricular activities that facilitate the development of the student in the horse industry at many diverse entry points.

The Curriculum

The equine science major is designed to provide a strong overall background with supporting course work in the sciences, humanities and general education. The student will be prepared in equine production and management.

The choice of a minor in equine science offers the student diversity in his or her educational program while preparing the participant for recreational endeavors involving horsemanship. A minor in equine science can accompany essentially any major offered at North Dakota State University.

A minor in therapeutic horsemanship provides students with a background in equine assisted activities. This minor can accompany essentially any major offered at NDSU.

Career Opportunities

Equine science students are qualified to become involved in many diverse occupations. These include such varied activities as training horses, managerial support, sales of pharmaceuticals and livestock products, and other agribusiness professions. Graduates are likely to obtain employment at academic institutions, government stations, foreign assignments and private industry. Specific areas of employment are 4-H Extension opportunities, university and community college teaching, horse exhibitions and horse breeding operations. Animal feed sales, equine magazine publications and public relations for breeding operations provide many different avenues of opportunity.

Extra-Curricular Activities

The NDSU Horsemen’s Association supports a variety of horse-related activities, including the Intercollegiate Horse Show team and the Intercollegiate Judging Team.

The NDSU Rodeo Club provides students the opportunity to gain experience and knowledge of the sport of rodeo. The club supports the Intercollegiate Rodeo Team and also sponsors the NDSU Rodeo held each fall.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Part-time work and work-study programs in several different livestock units, highly functional animal science laboratories and a myriad of other employment opportunities exist. Numerous college awards and departmental scholarships are competitively available and typically awarded in the spring semester. The College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources awards additional scholarships each year. Contact the Office of the Dean, College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources, NDSU, for more information. Student loan, grant and work-study information is available from the Office of Student Financial Services and Bison Connection.

Sample Curriculum

General Education RequirementsCredits
First Year Experience
  AGRI 189 - Skills for Academic Success1
  COMM 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
  ENGL 110, 120 - College Composition I, II 3, 3
  ENGL 320 - Business and Professional Writing3
Quantitative Reasoning
  STAT 330 - Introductory Statistics 3
Science & Technology
  CHEM 117, 117L - Chemical Concepts and Applications
   and lab

3, 1
  MICR 202, 202L - Introduction to Microbiology and Lab2, 1
  PLSC 110 - World Food Crops3
Humanities & Fine Arts6
Social and Behavioral Sciences
  ECON 201 - Principles of Microeconomics3
  Social and Behavioral Science Electives3
Cultural Diversity-
Global Perspective
  PLSC 110 - World Food Crops-
Major Requirements Credits
ANSC 223 - Introduction to Animal Nutrition 2
ANSC 260 - Introduction to Equine Studies 2
ANSC 260L - Equine Care and Management Practicum 1
ANSC 261 - Basic Equitation and Horsemanship 1
ANSC 357 - Animal Genetics or
    ANSC 358 - Equine Genetics

ANSC 360 - Equine Nutrition 3
ANSC 364 - Equine Anatomy & Physiology 3
ANSC 365 - Equine Evaluation 2
ANSC 478 - Research and Issues in Animal Agriculture       3
ANSC 480 - Equine Industry and Production Systems 3
ANSC 496 - Internship 2
RNG 336 - Introduction to Range Management or
  PLSC 320 - Principles of Forage Production
ANSC/ZOO 463, 463L - Physiology of Reproduction and Lab 3, 1
ANSC Electives 6
Total 36
Related Requirements Credits
AGEC 242 - Introduction to Agricultural Management 4
AGEC 244 - Agricultural Marketing 3

ANSC 150 - Animal Science Orientation or
    AGRI 150 - Agriculture Orientation or
        VETS 150 - Introduction to Veterinary Profession

ANSC 370 - Fundamentals/Animal Disease 3
BIOL 111, 111L - Concepts of Biology and Lab 4
CHEM 260 - Elements of Biochemistry 4
MATH 103 - College Algebra 3
PLSC 315 - Genetics 3
VETS 135 - Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals 3
Electives 25

This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic advisor or with the Office of Registration and Records.

Hultz Hall
Room 100

Hultz Hall is located on Albrecht Boulevard just south of IACC (Campus Map)

Contact Information

Department of Animal Sciences
North Dakota State University
Hultz Hall 100
Dept #7630, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-7641 / Fax: (701) 231-7590

Office of Admission
North Dakota State University
Ceres 114
Dept #5230, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802



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Phone: +1 (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802
Campus address: Ceres Hall 114
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