Equine Studies (Associate of Applied Science)

Award: Associate of Applied Science
Degree Code: AEQR
Number of Credits: 60

Program Description

This degree is designed for immediate employment or career mobility. Equine studies provides a foundation in stable management and health management with hands-on, experience-based learning.

Transfer Information

Cecil College has articulation agreements with Maryland and regional institutions. Click on "Transfer Opportunities" in MyCecil under the Advising tab for a list of transfer pathways. In addition, transfer information is available through ARTSYS (The Articulation System of Maryland). Contact your advisor for detailed information.

Required Courses

General Education Requirements

Course Number Course Title Credits
BIO Biology Elective with Lab[S/SL] 4
CIS 101 Introduction to Computer Concepts [I] 3
EGL 101 College Composition [E] 3
MAT Math Elective [M] 3
SOC SCI Social Science Elective [SS] 3
SPH 121 or
SPH 141
Interpersonal Communications [H] or
Public Speaking [H]
3
SPN 101 Introductory Spanish I [H] 3

Program Requirements

Course Number Course Title Credits
ELECT Electives 2
EGL 102 or
EGL 211
Composition and Literature [H] or
Technical Writing
3
EQS 139 Basic Horse Handling 2
EQS 142 Introduction to Equine Care and Maintenance 3
EQS 144 Equine Nutrition and Feeding 3
EQS 145 Equine Health Maintenance 3
EQS 146 Introductory Equine Field Study 2
EQS 148 Equine Anatomy and Physiology 3
EQS 241 Equine Facilities Management 3
EQS 242 Equine Reproduction, Evaluation and Selection 3
EQS 243 Business Management in the Horse Industry 3
EQS 245 Equine Pasture and Land Management 3
EQS 246 Advanced Equine Field Study 2
EQS 248 Equine Pathology 3

Recommended Sequence

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program as a full-time student. Developmental and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Students should consult their degree audit at MyCecil or an academic advisor for individual degree planning.

Course Number Course Title
Fall I (13 credits)
EGL 101 College Composition
CIS 101 Introduction to Computer Concepts
EQS 139 Basic Horse Handling
EQS 142 Introduction to Equine Care and Maintenance
ELECT Electives
Spring I (18 credits)
EGL 102 or
EGL 211
Composition & Literature or
Technical Writing
BIO Biology Elective
EQS 144 Equine Nutrition and Feeling
EQS 145 Equine Health Maintenance
EQS 146 Introductory Equine Field Study
EQS 148 Equine Anatomy and Physiology
Fall II (17 credits)
MAT Math Elective
SPN 101 Introductory Spanish I
EQS 243 Business Management in the Horse Industry
EQS 246 Advanced Equine Field Study
EQS 248 Equine Pathology
SOC SCI Social Science Elective
Spring II (12 credits)
SPH 121 or
SPH 141
Interpersonal Communications or
Public Speaking
EQS 241 Equine Facilities Management
EQS 242 Equine Reproduction, Evaluation and Selection
EQS 245 Equine Pasture and Land Management

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competence, certainty, and self-assurance when working with horses.
  • Apply safe handling techniques, basic care and maintenance techniques, and basic first aid in working with horses.
  • Understand the skeletal, muscular, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, nervous, and endocrine systems of the horse.
  • Evaluate a horse’s body condition, surroundings, work load, and other factors to develop a proper diet regimen for the best care of the horse.
  • Take equine vital signs and recognize symptoms of poor health, disease, and infection.
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary for basic horse care and the treatment and prevention of common horse ailments.
  • Understand conformation and selection of horses.
  • Apply pasture management techniques such as seeding, poisonous weed control, safe fertilization, and determining pasture rotation schedules.
  • Apply equine facilities management techniques for stable design, proper hay and grain storage, pasture and turn out options, and indoor/outdoor riding rings.
  • Apply skills learned regarding communication, regulation, marketing, staff management, and sales and service in running an equine business.

Career Opportunities

Racing industry, veterinary technician, trainer, stable management, breeder, buyer, farrier, and horse show manager.