Program Overview

The two areas of emphasis within the Equine option are designed to give students direction in regard to their future career and endeavors.

The Management or General Emphasis is designed to prepare those students wanting to not only own horses, but to manage equine facilities, event centers, or to go into areas such as nutrition, pharmaceuticals sales or marketing and promotion.

The Human or Animal Therapy Emphasis is designed to prepare students to go into the area of animal-assisted therapy. Using horses as therapy animals is becoming widely accepted and utilized. For this emphasis, the student not only needs to understand the horse itself but human nature as well.

Scope of Base Animal Science Program

  • Baccalaureate core: 48 credits plus a Writing Intensive Course (WIC) of at least 3 credits
  • Animal Science Core: 34 credits
  • Animal Industry: 6 credits
  • Animal Production: 6 credits
  • Advanced Animal Behavior, BioHealth, Management & Judging: 6
  • General science, math & statistics: 34 credits
  • Agribusiness: 4

Option Outline

Required: 12 credits

  • ANS 220. Introductory Horse Science (3)
  • ANS 333. Equine Stable Management (3)
  • ANS 335. Equine Health and Disease (3)
  • ANS 341. Animal Behavior and Cognition (3)  or ANS 435. Applied Animal Behavior (3)
    or ANS 441. Topics in Animal Learning (3)

Select two classes from the following (you may take all):

  • ANS 430. Equine Systems I: Exercise Science (4)
  • ANS 431. Equine Systems II: Nutrition (3)
  • ANS 432. Equine Systems III: Reproduction (3)

Select a minimum of 9 credits focused on:

  • Management or General Emphasis or Human or Animal Therapy Emphasis

Interesting Tidbits

  • Justice, a 28-year-old horse was bred, born, and raised at the OSU Horse Center.
  • One inseparable mom and daughter duo also live here at our Horse Center.
  • Two student farmhands live at the Horse Center for 24/7 care.
  • There are 14 school horses and a max of 20 board horses, for a total of 34 in the facility.

Student Profile

Shelby Van Slander - Animal Science Undergraduate with an Equine Option

The Animal Science program here at OSU has provided me with ample knowledge geared toward my passion of horses and other livestock. Many of the classes provide hands on learning experiences which make classes that much more intriguing. Dissecting bovine reproductive parts and checking vitals on horses, is just a hint of the awesome opportunities that I have experienced! The education that I have received from several lectures and labs, have directly helped me in different scenarios at the OSU Horse Center, where I work as a live-in Herdsman. I have no doubt that the care and management skills I have attained will help me exceed my goals of owning and operating my own equine business in the future. 

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