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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 equine assisted activities and therapies provides students with a background in therapeutic horsemanship. 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. 

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 Financial Aid and Scholarships, and One Stop. 

Equine Science Plan of Study

Please note this is a sample plan of study and not an official curriculum. Actual student schedules for each semester will vary depending on start year, education goals, applicable transfer credit, and course availability. Students are encouraged to work with their academic advisor on a regular basis to review degree progress and customize an individual plan of study. 

First Year
FallCredits   SpringCredits
ANSC 101 Student Success Techniques - Animal 2ANSC 223 Introduction to Animal Nutrition2
and Equine Science
BIOL 111 Concepts of Biology3
ANSC 260 Introduction to Equine Studies1
BIOL 111L Concepts of Biology Lab1
MATH 103 College Algebra3
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
ENGL 110 College Composition I4
ENGL 120 College Composition II3
VETS 135 Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals3
Gen Ed Humanities & Fine Arts3
Gen Ed Social & Behavioral Sciences/Gen Ed Cultural Diversity3
Second Year
AGEC 242 Introduction to Agricultural Management3AGEC 244 Agricultural Marketing3
ANSC 235 Equine Evaluation2MICR 202 Introductory Microbiology2
ANSC 261 Basic Equitation & Horsemanship1MICR 202L Introductory Microbiology Lab1
CHEM 117 Chemical Concepts and Applications3STAT 330 Introductory Statistics3
CHEM 117L Chem Concepts and Applications Lab1ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics3
ANSC 260L Equine Care and Management Practicum1Gen Ed Humanities & Fine Arts3
Third Year
ANSC 360 Equine Nutrition3ANSC 364 Equine Anatomy and Physiology3
PLSC 315 Genetics3ANSC 358 Equine Genetics2
Gen Ed ENGL 32X Upper-level Writing3BIOC 260 Elements of Biochemistry4
NRM/PLSC/RNG Any level course3ANSC 371 Fundamentals of Animal Disease II3
ANSC Elective3Elective3
Fourth Year
ANSC 393/396 Internship/Research2ANSC 480 Equine Industry and Production Systems3
ANSC Elective6ANSC 478  Research and Issues in Animal Agriculture3
Elective5ANSC 463 Physiology of Reproduction3
Gen Ed Wellness2ANSC 463L Physiology of Reproduction Laboratory1
Total Credits: 120

View NDSU equivalencies of transfer courses at:

Hultz Hall
Room 100

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

Contact Information

Equine Science
NDSU Dept 7630,
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
DEPT PHONE: (701) 231-7641


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