Academic Programs and Activities

The Department of Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science with an Equine emphasis. A Master of Science Degree program in Animal Science, with a research focus in equine science, is also available.

General information about the Department and all of its degree programs can be seen here.

Students with their horses in class.

Equine Science courses include:

ASci 51 - Horse Production 

Horse Production is a three unit course that is offered in the fall and covers the basics of horses. It goes over history, basic anatomy, terminology, breeds, general selection of horses, how to care for horses and the general feeding of light horses. Throughout the week there will be two hours of lecture and three hours of lab. Lecture takes place in a classroom and the lab takes place at the Quarter Horse Unit on campus. Horse Production is a great introductory class for students who would like to expand their knowledge of horses.                        

ASci 56 - Beginning Colt Training

Beginning Colt Training is a two unit course that is offered in the fall and meets twice a week for two hours each day. This course offers students to learn about horse training methods for young horses. We focus more on ground work, with an emphasis on safety protocols, horse psychology, observable outcomes of training protocols. 

ASci 57 - Advanced Colt Training 

Advanced Colt Training is a two unit course that is offered in the spring and meets twice a week for two hours each day. This course offers students to learn about advanced horse training methods. As ASci 56 focuses more on ground work, ASci 57, starts out on ground work and will eventually have the students riding and training their horses under saddle. 

ASci 151 - Advanced Horse Management

Advanced Horse Management is the upper division course to ASci 51: Horse Production. This is a three unit course that is offered in the Spring. This course covers advanced principles of reproduction, breeding systems, nutrition, and exercise physiology. There will be two hours of lecture in a classroom and three hours of lab at our Quarter Horse Unit on campus each week. This course is a great way to gain advanced knowledge on many aspects of horse breeding and management. 

ASci 152 - Equine Nutrition

Equine Nutrition is a three unit course that is offered in the fall. The prerequisite is ASci 51. It covers the principles of equine nutrition, digestive anatomy and physiology requirements, feed formulation, nutritional management, and diseases. 

ASci 153 - Stable Management

Stable Management, is a three unit course that is offered in the fall. This course offers an overview of horse farms and stable management applications. It will also cover the impact of management practices on the animal, on the environment, and the economic traits. This course allows students to gain more experience by going to different stables around the central valley and gain more in-depth and specific knowledge on stable management. 

 

ASci 180, ASci 190, ASci 194 - Undergraduate Research, Independent Study or Agriculture Internship

ASci 180 - Open to juniors and seniors who work on a project that addresses a suitable agriculture problem in animal science.

ASci 190 - See academic placement independent study. 

ASci 194 - Open to students in junior and senior standing only. Must obtain approval of an internship committee. Course is designed to be used by students doing off-campus industry related internships only. 

All Course descriptions come from Fresno State General Catalog.

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Student standing with horse.

Equine Science courses fill specific curriculum requirements for students pursuing an Equine Science emphasis within the B.S. degree program in Animal Science.

Students pursuing any major can take Equine Science courses as electives if there is room for them in the course. Priority is given to Equine Science students first.

Non-students may take Equine Science courses through Fresno State's Open University Programs.