Bachelor of Science in Equine Studies Degree

Curriculum

Today's job market requires graduates to be more than just experts in their fields.  They need to be able to apply and adapt a wide array of skills and experiences to fit changing business needs.  To make sure our students have the knowledge and skills they need to compete in a competitive job market, our equine business management curriculum has four main components.

Major Courses: Focus and Depth

The combination of equine and business courses provide an opportunity to understand the equine industry in greater depth.  In short, these are the "nuts and bolts" courses you'll need to land a job in the equine business management field.

General Education Core

As a career-oriented university with a strong tradition in the liberal arts, Post University is committed to providing you with a firm foundation in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. The general education core at Post University provides you with the ability to make connections across disciplines so you're better prepared to respond to a diverse and constantly changing global marketplace.

The ability to choose those courses that pique your interest is an important feature of the Post General Education Core.  Take a look below at the many options available to you.

Leadership Course

At Post, we are committed to preparing students to be successful in their careers and stand out among their peers. A critical element of this learning process is a leadership course that includes an interdisciplinary perspective on foundations underlying all organizations. These include management, leadership, domestic and international economics, ethics, social responsibility, entrepreneurship, marketing, e-commerce, information technology, human resource management, accounting, investments, money and personal finances. The skills learned are essential for success in any career, whether in a for-profit or non-profit business, or government organization. The ability to apply the principles learned in this course will help set Post University students apart as leaders in their fields.

Career and Self-Awareness Core

To be successful in life, people need to understand who they are and what they want to achieve.  Our career program offers seminar classes designed to help students enhance self-awareness, build confidence and develop a strong sense of direction.

This collection of short courses offered during your academic studies is intended to provide you with the experiences to become a self-aware, lifelong learner.  These courses include personal assessment tools with detailed diagnostic feedback including specific career information, computer simulations, self-study exercises as well as in-class discussion and discovery.  All of these activities are supported in the classroom and online through interactive exercises, using a new individualized, career-based resource program available only at Post University.


Internship and Cooperative Education Opportunities

At Post, students can take advantage of a robust co-op and internship program where they have opportunities to participate in real-life work situations related to their field of study before they graduate.

Why? Because that's what students need to compete and win in today's competitive job market. According to The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), 47% of employers prefer that candidates gain experience through an internship or cooperative education program prior to graduation, and a recent survey conducted by The College Placement Council revealed that 64% of respondents listed work/Co-Op experience as an important pre-screening criteria when selecting college graduates.

Our co-op and internship program gives Post students a real edge over their competition. Not only do our students get a chance to put their classroom learning to the test, but they get opportunities to meet prospective employers, network with people in their field, test-drive their intended career, and build their resumes with concrete examples of how they've made the connection between theory and practice.


B.S. in Equine Studies Curriculum

All students in the Equine Studies Program take the core Equine courses, which include four business courses and a required advanced writing course. They also take the general education, interdisciplinary leadership core, and career/self-awareness courses that all students at Post are required to take. With thoughtful advising, students then select courses that will give their studies the focus they desire. Some specialties involve an 'immersion' semester of study off campus, while others are entirely on campus. The ability to customize and specialize is a key element in the Equine Studies Program at Post University.

General Education 54 crs
Common Core 12 crs
ENG110 College Writing

ENG110

College Writing - 3 Credits

This course is designed to develop and refine the analytical/critical reading skills and the substantive writing skills of freshmen.  This intensive writing class will focus on writing essays of varying length and expose students to the various rhetorical modes of writing that will contribute to their success in university courses and their chosen careers.

3 crs
ENG120 College Writing II

ENG120

College Writing II - 3 Credits

College Writing II looks to expand upon the writing skills attained in ENG110. As a student-centered course, students explore their own writing in peer, group, and self-review skill sessions. Students enhance self-editing skills and increase awareness of the revision skills needed in both college coursework and in careers. The course will further develop students' understanding of the writing process from pre-writing to final draft. This course encourages students to have their writing evaluated across the curriculum. The course culminates in a research essay and portfolio of original work.

Pre-requisite: ENG110.


    Prerequisite: ENG110
3 crs
COM107 Introduction to Communications

COM107

Introduction to Communication - 3 credits

This course presents the basics of human communication and provides an overview of the skills that are needed in the 21st century to become a competent communicator.   Students will recognize the important processes of communication such as speaking, listening, media literacy, computer- mediated communication, culture sensitivity, workplace communication, group dynamics, and critical thinking. Ultimately students will develop and illustrate their public speaking skills by presenting three speeches while also incorporating multimedia tools.

3 crs
CIS112 Introduction to Computing

CIS112

Introduction to Computing - 3 Credits

This course strives to meet the high level of computer literacy required of all students earning a degree from the university. Special emphasis is placed on the ethical use of computer technology for information analysis and communications. Computer units introduce the Internet, Windows, word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software. Students who feel they have attained computer literacy and earn 70 percent on an exemption exam may substitute any other 3-credit course for this core requirement. 

Students may prove competency by passing a waiver examination.  No credit is granted if the requirement is waived.


    Students may prove competency by passing a waiver examination. No credit is granted if the requirement is waived.
3 crs
 
Liberal Arts Electives 24 crs
History Elective 3 crs
EQU340 Equine Business Ethics

EQU340

Equine Business Ethics - 3 Credits

The challenges associated with business in general, and the very important issues unique to the equine industry, will be discussed to increase students' awareness of the problems they might face.   These will include the ethical dilemmas involved in the misuse of horses, the ethics involved in the sale of horses, and the decisions that have to be made regarding a variety of issues where there may not be clear guidelines.

3 crs
Social Science Elective 3 crs
Performance, Written, or Fine Arts Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
 
Math 6 crs
MAT120 College Algebra

MAT120

College Algebra - 3 Credits

This course provides a deeper understanding of the concepts of algebra including function applications, inequalities in two variables, matrix operations, linear programming, quadratic and polynomial applications, and solving rational and radical equations. Course requires subscription to a supplementary online program.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of two years of High School Algebra or the equivalent.


or
MAT105 Quantitative Methods

MAT105

Quantitative Methods - 3 Credits

This course surveys topics in elementary algebra, personal finance, probability, and statistics. Topics include solving algebraic equations, solving ratio and proportion problems, applications involving percentage and interest, applying the definition of probability, measures of central tendency, descriptive statistics, frequency distributions, graphical representation of data, and applications of the normal distribution. Topics focus on real-life situations, decision making skills, and problem solving. Some working knowledge of elementary algebra is expected. Course requires subscription to a supplementary online program. Scientific or graphing calculator strongly recommended.


3 crs
MAT220 Statistics I

MAT220

Statistics - 3 Credits

This course offers students an opportunity to experience statistics as it would occur in various settings. Topics are presented through real life case studies and include an overview of the fundamentals of statistics, collective and descriptive statistical techniques, data collection and sampling, the normal distribution and probability, hypothesis testing, population inferences, simple linear regression, and correlation. An understanding of basic algebra is required. Course requires subscription to a supplementary online program. Scientific or graphing calculator and access to a spreadsheet program is recommended.

3 crs
 
Science 3 crs
Open Electives 15 crs
  
Leadership Course 3 crs
LCS105 Elements of Organizations

LCS105

Elements of Organization - 3 Credits

Students need a basic understanding of how organizations work in order to manage their personal and professional lives. This course provides an interdisciplinary perspective on the foundations underlying all organizations (businesses, non-profit and governmental organizations) specifically as they relate to the nature of: management and leadership, economics both domestically and internationally, ethics, social responsibility, entrepreneurship, human resource management, marketing/advertising, e-commerce, information technology, accounting, investments, money and personal finances.

3 crs
 
Major, Core and Concentrations 51 crs
Designated Writing Course 3 crs
300-400 level writing course as specified within each concentration
OR
SCI315 Writing in the Sciences

SCI315

Writing in the Sciences – 3 Credits

This course will focus on word and phrasing choice, language use (verbosity), sentence structure, and the passive voice. Students will learn the correct writing style to properly assemble and document laboratory reports, land-use permits, site assessments, and professional interviews. The final component of the class will involve learning to research peer-reviewed scientific literature, and compose a properly-cited scientific research paper.

Prerequisites: ENG110, ENG120, and COM107.


    Prerequisite: ENG110, ENG120, and COM107
3 crs
 
Equine Core 23 crs
EQU165/165L Horse Care and Mgt & Lab
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4 crs
EQU166/166L Facilities Design & Operation & Lab
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4 crs
EQU251 Equine Anatomy & Physiology

EQU251               

Anatomy & Physiology of the Horse - 3 Credits

This course begins with an overview of the horse as a product of its evolution and of the development of the Northern European conformation as distinguished from that of the Middle Eastern desert breeds.  Studied in detail are the anatomy and physiology of the horse, and the function of its biological systems.  In addition, an evaluation of conformation as it relates to soundness is explored.

3 crs
EQU252 Equine Nutrition

EQU252

Equine Nutrition - 3 Credits

This course involves an examination of the nutrients needed by the horse and the various feeds that can be combined to meet the requirements of an equine diet.  The course also includes a survey of varying feed management practices and programs that meet the needs of individual horses in work/competition or at pasture, for growth, reproduction, maintenance, and old age. Also addressed are parasites, plant toxicity, and feed quality and labeling.  Nutrition-related diseases are studied with emphasis on prevention.

3 crs
EQU403 Equine Senior Seminar
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3 crs
EQU301 Horse Industry Orientation

EQU301               

Horse Industry Orientation - 3 Credits

Horse-related industries collectively contribute billions of dollars to the U. S. economy.  This course provides students with an opportunity to observe and evaluate different aspects of the industry through guest lectures, field trips, and class discussions.  Professionals in such areas as equine photography, show management, equine insurance, retailing and the racing industry give practical advice to the students for their future careers. The importance of maintaining complete professionalism and integrity in all job performance and business dealings is emphasized.  Also included are aspects of abuse, cruelty-prevention and the ethical treatment of horses.

3 crs
EQU303 Horse Industry Work Experience

EQU303

Horse Industry Work Experience - 3 credits

This course provides students with an opportunity to gain valuable practical experience in their chosen focus area within the equine industry. In addition to class lectures, students learn the requirements for each field of study through observation and working under supervision. This course can be applied to credit for career specialty programs off-campus.


or
EQU460 Internship

EQU460

Internship in Equine-Related Business - 3 Credits

Experience in the field is extremely important for any student, so this strongly recommended course allows students to work at an approved equine-related business in their field of concentration.  The approval of the program director and Career Office is required and all registration policies must be followed.  A detailed journal, an in-depth paper and video or photo presentation documenting the student's experience are submitted to complete this course.  This course can be applied to credit for career specialty programs off-campus.

Prerequisite:  Junior Standing.


    Prerequisite: Junior standing
3 crs
 
Concentration Requirements 25 crs
EQU Elective 1 cr
EQU Elective 300-400 Level 3 crs
EQU Elective 300-400 Level 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
300-400 Level Elective 3 crs
300-400 Level Elective 3 crs
 
Career and Self-Awareness 6 crs
CSA101 College Success Seminar

CSA101

Exploring Self: Inside Out - 3 credits

This course will focus on self-discovery and interaction with others to provide learners with the foundation for examining and further developing their own personal effectiveness. An environment of trust will be built within the class to enable individual and collective openness, discovery, and engagement in personal learning. The course will use experiential learning, personal reflection, and group interaction as primary approaches. This is a hybrid course, with classroom interaction time blended with online learning and interaction through the Blackboard learning management system.

3 crs
CSA260 Professional Success Seminar

CSA260

Professional Success Seminar - 1 credits

This course will enable students to develop their own individualized plans for personal, academic, and career success. Students will engage in self-evaluation exercises and highly interactive classroom activities to evaluate their own “fit” for certain careers. Students will also participate in resume and cover letter writing activities to prepare for the experiential learning of the next course. Students will establish short-term career goals and begin a career portfolio to be refined during successive semesters.

1 cr
CSA400 Career Capstone

CSA400

Career Capstone - 2 credits

This course is the culmination of the career and self-awareness series, a comprehensive program for career and life planning. The course prepares students for a transition from university life to independent work life. Students will learn valuable financial and money management skills. Students will explore life balance issues, life roles, and self-concept as they relate to their future plans. Students will explore employment issues, such as the changing nature of work, diversity, trends, and job outlook. The course will require students to engage in networking and a job search with the goal of employment upon graduation. In addition, students who are seeking to enter graduate school will engage in the application process, including interviewing practice, and admissions essay writing.

Prerequisite: CSA260


    Prerequisite: CSA260
2 crs
 
Grand Total 120 crs

 

EQU Electives   
EQU170 Equine Communication

EQU170

Equine Communication - 1 credit

This course is a practical study in the safe and gentle handling of horses through the understanding and use of body language communication skills.  Correct use of the Round Pen is described and practiced.  The student learns how to relate the physiological development of the horse to its needs today, and how this translates to a safer and more productive relationship.

 1 cr
EQU171 Concepts of Equine Massage
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 1 cr
EQU172 Introduction to Hoof Care
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 1 cr
EQU265 Theory of Equitation Teaching

EQU265               

Theory of Equitation Teaching - 3 Credits

This course develops an understanding of the principles and methods used in teaching equitation.  Aspects studied include the history and rationale of classical equitation theory and the related issues associated with teaching riding to individuals and groups. Appropriate lessons are planned for all ages and levels of riding experience.  In addition to lectures, visiting speakers, and discussions on teaching methods, students gain practical experience by observing instructors in the field.

   
3 crs
EQU270 Equine Event Planning

EQU270

Equine Event Management - 1 credit

All Equine disciplines engage in judged performances (Horse Shows), educational experiences (Clinics), judged skill demonstrations (Gymkhanas,) and pure entertainment such as the Pfizer Fantasia at the Equine Affaire Trade Show. Each one of these Equine Events needs to be planned and managed. This course gives an overview of techniques, timelines, guidelines, staffing and budget concerns for a variety of equine events.  In addition there will be lectures, visiting speakers and hands on participation in event planning to assist students with learning.

1 cr
EQU299 Riding Instructor Practicum

EQU299               

Instructional Experience Practicum - 3 Credits

Practical experience is very important for any future instructor and this course gives students an opportunity to develop their teaching skills.   Skills developed include voice projection, maintaining control and authority within the class setting, handling the various problems encountered in teaching riding, improving observation and evaluation of rider progression, and maintaining safety procedures.  This is accomplished with class lectures and supervised student teaching.

Prerequisite:  EQU265.


3 crs
EQU302 Principles of Equine Reproduction

EQU302

Principles of Equine Reproduction - 3 Credits

This course deals with genetics, anatomy, physiology, nutrition and management of mares and stallions used for breeding. Material covered includes preparation for breeding, managing the breeding stallion, and normal foaling and postpartum care of both mare and foal. Additional topics covered are diseases associated with reproduction, modern techniques in caring for premature foals, treatment of foal diseases, and disease-prevention practices. Genetics, conformation, temperament, performance, and type are considered as they affect the selection of sires and dams for breeding.

Prerequisite: EQU251.


3 crs
EQU306 Equine Locomotion

EQU306

Equine Locomotion - 3 credits

This course is a study of the way the equine locomotor system is put together and how it makes the animal move, including an evolutionary perspective as well as individual and breed tendencies.  The material will include detailed anatomy, equine movement analysis, hoof mechanics, and myokinesiology.  Through in-depth training in observation, students will learn the use of gait study and its relationship to physical comfort and athletic performance.

Prerequisite: EQU251 or equivalent


3 crs
EQU315 Hoof Trimming I: Principles and Practices

EQU315

Hoof Trimming I: Principles and Practices - 3 credits

This course is an introduction to the tools, techniques, and methods of basic hoof trimming practice, based on the understanding that a sound, functioning hoof is necessary for both the horse's comfort and athletic performance.  The student will consider the range of accepted theories of hoof function for their relevance to the broader goal of establishing natural equilibrium in the hoof, and begin the practical application of appropriate trimming techniques on live horses.  Safe practices and concern for the hoof trimmer's health will be stressed.  Tool purchase is required. 

Prerequisite:  EQU306 Equine Locomotion.


    Prerequisite: EQU306 Equine Locomotion
3 crs
EQU317 Equine Massage I: Principles and Practices

EQU317

Equine Massage I: Principles and Practices - 3 credits

This course is an introduction to equine sports massage practice covering traditional massage techniques and their application to the equine locomotor system.  This course will review musculoskeletal anatomy and movement analysis, developing an understanding of its value for the horse's comfort and athletic performance.  The student will consider the science behind sports massage and its relevance to balancing the horse's dynamic conformation, and begin the practical application of appropriate massage techniques on live horses.  Safety and concern for the practitioner's health will be stressed. 

Prerequisite:  EQU306 Equine Locomotion.


    Prerequisite: EQU306 Equine Locomotion
3 crs
EQU322 Equine Veterinary Assisting

EQU322

Equine Veterinary Assisting - 3 credits

This course explores the variety of roles and responsibilities typically performed by an Equine Veterinary Assistant. These include clerical and office procedures, client contact, patient handling and restraint, pharmacy and inventory management, technical and surgical preparation and assistance, nursing care, laboratory specimen preparation, and assistance with common diagnostic imaging modalities.

Prerequisite:  EQU161, EQU251.


    Prerequisite: EQU161, EQU251
3 crs
EQU363 Advanced Horsemanship

EQU363

Advanced Horsemanship - 3 Credits

This course is offered as a directed study program.  With the approval of their advisor, students work with a qualified professional studying advanced techniques in a discipline or focus area of their choice.    Students keep a journal, produce a video, and write a paper illustrating knowledge acquired.  This course can be applied to credit for career specialty programs off-campus.

 
3 crs
HIS/EQU380 Horse in Western Society

EQU380

Horse in Western Society - 3 Credits

This course is a study of the equine role in shaping society, with a concentration on the war horses of the Mongol, Moorish and Medieval periods, the conquest of the Americas and the American Indian, and the inter-relationship between the horse and the rise of industrialization. Students will analyze the role of the horse and how their contribution has caused society to evolve as it has.

 
3 crs
EQU401 Equine Medical Management

EQU401               

Equine Medical Management - 3 Credits

This course studies many aspects of preventative medicine, parasitology, pharmacology, and first aid.  Also studied are disease, lameness, treatment techniques, and alternative treatment options together with on-going health care and methods of administering medicine.  This course is intended to enable students to assess the seriousness of any equine medical problem and take appropriate action.  Guest lecturers include veterinarians and other professionals in related fields.

Prerequisite:  Junior standing.


    Prerequisite: Junior standing
3 crs
EQU410 Equine Law

EQU410

Equine Law - 3 Credits

This course covers the major issues of equine law including, but not limited to, ownership and transfer of horses and interests in horses, duties and rights of co-owners, trainers, agents, boarders, partners, and syndicate managers; racing and licensing; treatment of horses; court procedures; and issues involving insurance, intellectual property, bankruptcy, and torts. 

Cross-listed with LAW410 - Required for Equine Law Certificate

Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing.

Strongly Recommended Preparation:  LAW101, LAW205.   


    Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing
3 crs
EQU416 Hoof Trimming II: Rehabilitation

EQU416

Hoof Trimming II: Rehabilitation - 3 Credits

This course further explores the implications and concerns of establishing and maintaining a barefoot lifestyle.  The student will explore the difficulties inherent in the process of transitioning from shod to bare, while developing confidence in the basic trimming skills and learning the application of advanced techniques that foster the rehabilitation of deformed or damaged hooves.  Best business practices for careers in hoof trimming will be addressed.  The course will stress safety and concern for the hoof trimmer's health throughout. 

Tool purchase is required. 


    Tool purchase is required
3 crs
EQU418 Equine Massage II: Rehabilitation

EQU418

Equine Massage II: Rehabilitation - 3 Credits

This course further explores the implications and concerns of establishing and maintaining a sound and healthy horse through the use of equine sports massage.  The student will explore the difficulties inherent in the process of restoring and maintaining optimal movement, while developing confidence in the basic skills and learning the application of advanced techniques.  Best business practices for careers in equine massage will be addressed.  The course will stress safety and concern for the practitioner's health throughout. 

Prerequisite:  EQU317


    Prerequisite: EQU317
3 crs
EQU460 Internship

EQU460

Internship in Equine-Related Business - 3 Credits

Experience in the field is extremely important for any student, so this strongly recommended course allows students to work at an approved equine-related business in their field of concentration.  The approval of the program director and Career Office is required and all registration policies must be followed.  A detailed journal, an in-depth paper and video or photo presentation documenting the student's experience are submitted to complete this course.  This course can be applied to credit for career specialty programs off-campus.

Prerequisite:  Junior Standing.


    Prerequisite: Junior standing
3 crs

 

  
Business Management Concentration 25 crs
Students completing this concentration should substitute MGT 105 Principles of Management for the required LCS 105 Foundations of Organizational Leadership. The Designated Writing Course for this Concentration is BUS 311 Managerial Communications.
MKT101 Intro to Marketing

MKT101

Principles of Marketing - 3 Credits

This course examines the basic marketing principles practiced by modern organizations including product development, distribution, promotion, and pricing. Students will explore topics including consumer engagement, strategic planning, best practices along with the importance of measurements, analysis and utilizing acquired data. It is the foundation course for upper-level marketing courses.

3 crs
ACC111 Financial Accounting

ACC111

Financial Accounting - 3 Credits

This course is for the student to learn about accounting as an information development and communications function that supports economic decision-making. The course will help students perform financial analysis; derive and assess information for personal or organizational decisions; and understand business, governmental, and other organizational entities.

3 crs
BUS205 Business Law II

BUS205

Business Law II - 3 Credits

This course continues the study of Contracts and the Uniform Commercial Code and proceeds to Agency Law, which governs employer-employee fiduciary and contractual relationships. The Workers Compensation Act, including advantages and disadvantages to both employer and employee, is examined. Also covered are Sole Proprietorship, Partnership Law, both common and statutory provisions, Corporate Law and Bankruptcy Law.

3 crs
MGT221 Entrepreneurship, Creativity, & Innovation

MGT221

Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation - 3 Credits

This course will focus on exploring and creating new venture ideas. Participants will study characteristics of successful entrepreneurs and will learn how to identify and evaluate entrepreneurial opportunities. The emphasis will be on creativity and innovation in new venture creation. This course also will provide an introduction to the basic business skills needed to start up and establish new entrepreneurial ventures.

3 crs
MGT306 Small Business Management

MGT306

Small Business Management - 3 Credits

This course examines the skills required to set up, operate, and manage a small business. The development of a business plan is integral and introduces the entrepreneurial concepts of business management, planning, capital, managing employees, marketing products and services.

Prerequisite: MGT 221 or permission of the instructor.


    Prerequisite: MGT221 or permission of the instructor
3 crs
MGT405 Organizational Behavior

MGT405

Organizational Behavior - 3 Credits

This course includes the study of individual and small group behavior in organizations and the interpretation of this behavior in the context of the managerial environment. Students will explore the nature of such concepts as influence, power and control, attitudes, communication, conflict, and interpersonal relations as a means of understanding of the dynamics of group behavior.

Prerequisite: MGT105.


    Prerequisite: MGT105

3 crs
EQU/LAW410 Equine Law

EQU410

Equine Law - 3 Credits

This course covers the major issues of equine law including, but not limited to, ownership and transfer of horses and interests in horses, duties and rights of co-owners, trainers, agents, boarders, partners, and syndicate managers; racing and licensing; treatment of horses; court procedures; and issues involving insurance, intellectual property, bankruptcy, and torts. 

Cross-listed with LAW410 - Required for Equine Law Certificate

Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing.

Strongly Recommended Preparation:  LAW101, LAW205.   

  
3 crs
EQU Elective 1 cr
EQU Elective 300-400 level 3 crs

 

Equestrian Coaching Concentration 15 crs
The Designated Writing Course for this Concentration is HSV/PSY/SOC 341 Research Methods for the Social Sciences.
EQU170 Equine Communication

EQU170

Equine Communication - 1 credit

This course is a practical study in the safe and gentle handling of horses through the understanding and use of body language communication skills.  Correct use of the Round Pen is described and practiced.  The student learns how to relate the physiological development of the horse to its needs today, and how this translates to a safer and more productive relationship.

1 crs
PSY101 Fundametals of Psychology

PSY101

Fundamentals of Psychology I - 3 Credits

This course examines the nature of psychology as a social and behavioral science. It surveys fundamental areas in behavior including research in psychology, the brain and behavior, learning, human development and socialization, intelligence, personality, health psychology, and social psychology.

3 crs
EQU265 Foundations of Equestrian Instr

EQU265               

Theory of Equitation Teaching - 3 Credits

This course develops an understanding of the principles and methods used in teaching equitation.  Aspects studied include the history and rationale of classical equitation theory and the related issues associated with teaching riding to individuals and groups. Appropriate lessons are planned for all ages and levels of riding experience.  In addition to lectures, visiting speakers, and discussions on teaching methods, students gain practical experience by observing instructors in the field.

3 crs
HSV303 Introduction to Counseling

HSV303

Introduction to Counseling – 3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the basic principles, skills, methods and techniques employed in the counseling process. The focus is on establishing rapport, developing a therapeutic alliance, assessment, conceptualizing strategies for intervention, and the planning and delivering counseling services. The course will also promote exploration into personal values and professional ethics.

3 crs
EQU306 Equine Locomotion

EQU306

Equine Locomotion - 3 credits

This course is a study of the way the equine locomotor system is put together and how it makes the animal move, including an evolutionary perspective as well as individual and breed tendencies.  The material will include detailed anatomy, equine movement analysis, hoof mechanics, and myokinesiology.  Through in-depth training in observation, students will learn the use of gait study and its relationship to physical comfort and athletic performance.

Prerequisite: EQU251 or equivalent


    Prerequisite: EQU251 or equivalent
3 crs
HSV309 Theories of Counseling & Psychotherapy

HSV309

Theories of Counseling – 3 Credits

This course will introduce the student to the basic concepts, theories and approaches that are applied to human services counseling. Students will compare and contrast the various theories that impact contemporary counseling including analytic, experiential, relational, action-oriented and systems approaches.

3 crs
PSY 310 Learning Theory

PSY301

Social Psychology - 3 Credits

This course seeks to explore the behavior of the individual as it is determined by social situations. Among the topics covered are socialization, attitude formation and change, social perception and attribution, affiliation, achievement, and aggression.

Prerequisite: PSY101

3 crs
HSV or PSY Elective 3 crs
EQU Elective 300-400 leve 3 crs

 

Equine Wellness Concentration 15 crs
The Designated Writing Course for this Concentration is SCI315 Writing in the Sciences
EQU171 Equine Massage
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EQU172 Introduction to Hoof Care
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3 crs
BIO143/BIO 143L General Biology I & Lab

BIO143

General Biology I - 3 Credits

General Biology I is designed for both the major and non-major college student and provides a foundation for all other biology courses. Discussions will focus on the nature of science in general, bimolecular, origin of life, cells and their components, energy and metabolism, photosynthesis, cell reproduction and division, inheritance, taxonomy, viruses, bacteria, protists, vascular and non-vascular plants, and a survey of the animal kingdom (excluding vertebrates). Inquiry based study in the concurrent laboratory component will provide hands-on application of appropriate lecture material.

Laboratory fee required.

This class was previously called BIO133.

4 crs
CHM115/CHM115L General Chemistry I & L

CHM115

General Chemistry I - 3 Credits

Introduction to chemical principles including atomic and molecular structure, properties of the elements, stoichiometry, atomic bonding, chemical reactions, and the ideal gas law will be discussed in this introductory course.

Laboratory fee required. Prerequisite: MAT120

This class was previously called CHM105.

4 crs
BIO160Medical & Scientific Terminology

BIO160

Medical and Scientific Terminology - 3 Credits

An essential part of learning biology or almost any other science is the mastery of the terminology used. This task may be made easier if one becomes more aware of the meaning and derivation of the word elements (parts) that form these technical terms. By becoming familiar with the word elements, technical terms become easier to remember, and newly encountered words are easier to understand. Students in this course learn (in both group and individual competitions) to establish a personal database of these word elements so that they can more accurately understand novel scientific and medical terminology.

3 crs
EQU306 Equine Locomotion

EQU306

Equine Locomotion - 3 credits

This course is a study of the way the equine locomotor system is put together and how it makes the animal move, including an evolutionary perspective as well as individual and breed tendencies.  The material will include detailed anatomy, equine movement analysis, hoof mechanics, and myokinesiology.  Through in-depth training in observation, students will learn the use of gait study and its relationship to physical comfort and athletic performance.

Prerequisite: EQU251 or equivalent


    Prerequisite: EQU251 or equivalent
3 crs
EQU401 Equine Medical Management

EQU401               

Equine Medical Management - 3 Credits

This course studies many aspects of preventative medicine, parasitology, pharmacology, and first aid.  Also studied are disease, lameness, treatment techniques, and alternative treatment options together with on-going health care and methods of administering medicine.  This course is intended to enable students to assess the seriousness of any equine medical problem and take appropriate action.  Guest lecturers include veterinarians and other professionals in related fields.

Prerequisite:  Junior standing.

3 crs
Choose one of the following:

EQU315 Hoof Trimming

EQU315

Hoof Trimming I: Principles and Practices - 3 credits

This course is an introduction to the tools, techniques, and methods of basic hoof trimming practice, based on the understanding that a sound, functioning hoof is necessary for both the horse's comfort and athletic performance.  The student will consider the range of accepted theories of hoof function for their relevance to the broader goal of establishing natural equilibrium in the hoof, and begin the practical application of appropriate trimming techniques on live horses.  Safe practices and concern for the hoof trimmer's health will be stressed.  Tool purchase is required. 

Prerequisite:  EQU306 Equine Locomotion.



EQU317 Equine Massage I: Principles and Practices

EQU317

Equine Massage I: Principles and Practices - 3 credits

This course is an introduction to equine sports massage practice covering traditional massage techniques and their application to the equine locomotor system.  This course will review musculoskeletal anatomy and movement analysis, developing an understanding of its value for the horse's comfort and athletic performance.  The student will consider the science behind sports massage and its relevance to balancing the horse's dynamic conformation, and begin the practical application of appropriate massage techniques on live horses.  Safety and concern for the practitioner's health will be stressed. 

Prerequisite:  EQU306 Equine Locomotion.


    Prerequisite: EQU306 Equine Locomotion

EQU322 Equine Veterinary Assisting

EQU322

Equine Veterinary Assisting - 3 credits

This course explores the variety of roles and responsibilities typically performed by an Equine Veterinary Assistant. These include clerical and office procedures, client contact, patient handling and restraint, pharmacy and inventory management, technical and surgical preparation and assistance, nursing care, laboratory specimen preparation, and assistance with common diagnostic imaging modalities.

Prerequisite:  EQU161, EQU251.


    Prerequisite: EQU161, EQU251
3 crs

 

  
Equine Law Certificate 21 crs
BUS204 Business Law I

BUS204

Business Law I - 3 Credits

This course covers Constitutional Law and the rights and duties that apply to business entities as well as to individuals.

Also covered are Tort Law, body and property injury, as well as harm to reputation in the business context; Criminal Law, specifically those areas pertinent to business, such as bribery and embezzlement; Intellectual Property Law, including copyright, patent and trademark laws; Contract Law, which encompasses sales contracts and the application of the Uniform Commercial Code as well as common law contracts, such as employment contracts.


OR
LAW101 Introduction to Law

LAW101

Introduction to Law - 3 Credits

Students are introduced to the system of legal thought and practice. The course examines legal methods and terminology while providing an orientation to state and federal laws and court systems. Internet resources and instructional technology are part of all topics, including a survey of subject specific areas in the law.

3 crs
LAW203 Civil Litigation Practice

LAW203

Civil Litigation Practice - 3 Credits

Students are introduced to all aspects of a civil lawsuit, including Jurisdiction, Rules of Procedure, Pleadings, Motions, Discovery, Trial Procedures, and the Appellate Process.

Prerequisite: LAW101.


    Prerequisite: LAW101
3 crs
LAW205 Legal Research

LAW205

Legal Research - 3 Credits

Students become familiar with legal resource materials and how they are researched. Publications discussed include those that report Constitutional Law, Statutory Law, Case Law, Administrative Regulations, and Municipal Law.

Further, students are introduced to the American Digest System, Shepard's and Computer-Assisted Legal Research.

Research assignments introduce students to the legal research process.

Prerequisite: LAW101.


    Prerequisite: LAW101
3 crs
ENV/LAW405 Environmental Law & Practice

LAW405

Environmental Law and Practice - 3 Credits

Students learn the relevant federal and state environmental laws together with their practical application to corporate and real estate transactions. Specific areas of study include environmental due diligence. This course covers the specific area in which individuals and business entities encounter environmental law.

Cross listed with ENV405. Prerequisite: BUS204 or ENV121.


    Cross listed with ENV405. Prerequisite: BUS204 or ENV121
3 crs
EQU/LAW410 Equine Law

EQU410

Equine Law - 3 Credits

This course covers the major issues of equine law including, but not limited to, ownership and transfer of horses and interests in horses, duties and rights of co-owners, trainers, agents, boarders, partners, and syndicate managers; racing and licensing; treatment of horses; court procedures; and issues involving insurance, intellectual property, bankruptcy, and torts. 

Cross-listed with LAW410 - Required for Equine Law Certificate

Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing.

Strongly Recommended Preparation:  LAW101, LAW205.   

  
3 crs
EQU/LAW 460 Internship in Equine-Related Business

EQU460

Internship in Equine-Related Business - 3 Credits

Experience in the field is extremely important for any student, so this strongly recommended course allows students to work at an approved equine-related business in their field of concentration.  The approval of the program director and Career Office is required and all registration policies must be followed.  A detailed journal, an in-depth paper and video or photo presentation documenting the student's experience are submitted to complete this course.  This course can be applied to credit for career specialty programs off-campus.

Prerequisite:  Junior Standing.


    Prerequisite: Junior Standing
3 crs
LAW307 Business Organizations & Practice

LAW307

Business Organizations and Practice - 3 Credits

Students are introduced to the substantive law of business entities including sole proprietorships, general and limited partnerships, and corporations. Subjects covered include the application of substantive law to incorporation procedure, partnership agreements, general corporation maintenance, corporate capitalization, financing and corporate changes such as mergers, amendments, dissolutions.

Prerequisite: BUS204 is strongly recommended.


    Prerequisite: BUS204 is strongly recommended
OR
LAW325 E-Government: The New Legal Environment of Business

LAW325

E-Government: The New Legal Environment of Business - 3 Credits

This is a web-supported course that examines the developing concept of e-government. Students become familiar with the methods used by state and federal government to regulate business by means of government websites. Assessment is based on a student generated portfolio.

Cross listed with BUS325.


    Cross listed with BUS325
OR
LAW Elective
3 crs

 

  
Equine Veterinary Assistant Certificate 23 crs
BIO143 General Biology I

BIO143

General Biology I - 3 Credits

General Biology I is designed for both the major and non-major college student and provides a foundation for all other biology courses. Discussions will focus on the nature of science in general, bimolecular, origin of life, cells and their components, energy and metabolism, photosynthesis, cell reproduction and division, inheritance, taxonomy, viruses, bacteria, protists, vascular and non-vascular plants, and a survey of the animal kingdom (excluding vertebrates). Inquiry based study in the concurrent laboratory component will provide hands-on application of appropriate lecture material.

Laboratory fee required.

This class was previously called BIO133.


    Laboratory fee required
AND
BIO143L General Biology I Lab

BIO143L

General Biology I Lab - 1 Credit

This course is offered as part of BIO143 General Biology I.

Laboratory fee required.

This class was previously called BIO133 Lab.


    Laboratory fee required
4 crs
BIO144 General Biology II

BIO144

General Biology II - 3 Credits

General Biology II is designed for both the major and non-major college student and provides a continuation of the foundation established in BIO143. Discussions will focus on DNA, gene structure, function and expression, biotechnology, developmental biology, evolution, population genetics and dynamics, species interactions, biological communities, and vertebrate anatomy and physiology. Inquiry based study in the concurrent laboratory component will provide hands-on application of appropriate lecture material.

Prerequisite: C- or better in BIO143, or permission of the instructor.

This class was previously called BIO134.


    Prerequisite: BIO143
AND
BIO144L General Biology II Lab

BIO144L

General Biology II Lab - 1 Credit

This course is offered as part of BIO144 General Biology II.

Laboratory fee required.

This class was previously called BIO134 Lab.


    Laboratory fee required
4 crs
BIO160 Medical & Scientific Terminology

BIO160

Medical and Scientific Terminology - 3 Credits

An essential part of learning biology or almost any other science is the mastery of the terminology used. This task may be made easier if one becomes more aware of the meaning and derivation of the word elements (parts) that form these technical terms. By becoming familiar with the word elements, technical terms become easier to remember, and newly encountered words are easier to understand. Students in this course learn (in both group and individual competitions) to establish a personal database of these word elements so that they can more accurately understand novel scientific and medical terminology.

3 crs
BIO350 Pharmacology

BIO350

Pharmacology - 3 Credits

Many students within the Biology program are interested in working in the medical field.  Advance Pharmacology is part of the graduate curriculum for Pharmacy Schools, Medical Schools, Veterinary Schools, Physician Assistant Programs etc.  This course will provide individuals with basic knowledge of medications in order to make educated decision related to drugs and health, and prepare students for more vigorous graduate studies if they choose to go that route. 

This class was previously called BIO315.

3 crs
EQU322 Equine Veterinary Assisting

EQU322

Equine Veterinary Assisting - 3 credits

This course explores the variety of roles and responsibilities typically performed by an Equine Veterinary Assistant. These include clerical and office procedures, client contact, patient handling and restraint, pharmacy and inventory management, technical and surgical preparation and assistance, nursing care, laboratory specimen preparation, and assistance with common diagnostic imaging modalities.

Prerequisite:  EQU161, EQU251.


    Prerequisite: EQU161, EQU251
3 crs
EQU401 Equine Medical Management

EQU401               

Equine Medical Management - 3 Credits

This course studies many aspects of preventative medicine, parasitology, pharmacology, and first aid.  Also studied are disease, lameness, treatment techniques, and alternative treatment options together with on-going health care and methods of administering medicine.  This course is intended to enable students to assess the seriousness of any equine medical problem and take appropriate action.  Guest lecturers include veterinarians and other professionals in related fields.

Prerequisite:  Junior standing.


    Prerequisite: Junior standing
3 crs
EQU460 Internship in Equine-Related Business

EQU460

Internship in Equine-Related Business - 3 Credits

Experience in the field is extremely important for any student, so this strongly recommended course allows students to work at an approved equine-related business in their field of concentration.  The approval of the program director and Career Office is required and all registration policies must be followed.  A detailed journal, an in-depth paper and video or photo presentation documenting the student's experience are submitted to complete this course.  This course can be applied to credit for career specialty programs off-campus.

Prerequisite:  Junior Standing.


    Prerequisite: Junior standing
3 crs
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For the latest details on the career specialties offered in the Equine Program, please click here for the Equine Business Management Brochure 2013-14.


Minors are also available, to learn more visit the Undergraduate MInors section.

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