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Equine Science, AAS Degree

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Offered at ECC (Code: EVEQS)

This program prepares students for employment in the equine industry or prepares students to continue their education by seeking an advanced degree. Graduates manage their own equine businesses, continue their education, or are employed as stable managers, riding instructors, equine reproduction specialists, veterinarian assistants, retail sales associates, marketing assistants, nutrition specialists, horse transportation operators, or other equine industry related fields.

Entrance requirements: Application and acceptance for college admission completed and signed at least 5 business days prior to the Equine Placement Testing Day. Complete Equine Placement Testing and receive a cumulative score of 70% or higher. Equine Placement Testing consists of three phases: Equine Riding, Personal Interview, and Written Exam. Upon acceptance into the Equine Management program, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. All required documents must be completed and returned to the Equine Office no later than the required submission dates. Any questions regarding admission into the Equine Program should be directed to Equine Faculty. There is a prescribed schedule for progression through the Equine Program; students will register with their advisor according to the schedule of courses.

Plan of Study

General Education

Communications - Credit Hours 6

(courses approved for AA)

Humanities - Credit Hours: 3

(courses approved for AA)

Math - Credit Hours: 3

(courses approved for AA)

Electives - Credit Hours: 5

(courses approved for AA)

Total Credit Hours: 18

Total Credit Hours: 47

Total Credit Hours: 9

Total Required Hours: 74

Courses Approved for AA



No more than 6 credits from one prefix. LIT courses not on this list will satisfy this requirement and transfer to all three Iowa Regent Universities as Humanities electives.

Math and Science

Must include at least one math and one lab science course.

Computer Education

Physical Education

Student Development


All transfer courses may be used here including courses listed above (if additional are taken beyond requirements). Students should plan their elective courses according to their college major if they are planning to transfer on for a four year degree.

A maximum of 16 hours of vocational-technical credits may apply toward elective credit with a maximum of 9 of the 16 being independent projects or experimental courses. No more than 6 activity credits (those having prefixes of PEA, MUA, and some MUS courses) may be applied to elective credits. Developmental courses do not apply towards degree requirements.

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