Equine Science - B.S.

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The Equine Science bachelor's degree program offers a rigorous science curriculum combined with equine-specific academic classes and experience-based equine management labs. The equine-specific academic classes include focused study of anatomy, physiology, nutrition, genetics and diseases, as well as practical knowledge of lameness assessment, ration analysis and preventative herd health programs. The equine labs concentrate on horse handling, medical skills and farm management practices that are necessary to be successful in the equine industry. Elective credits offer some opportunity for riding classes as well. The Equine Science curriculum design aligns prospective students for pre-veterinary medicine study or future graduate studies in science.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of biology, chemistry and physics.
  • Design a comprehensive health plan that addresses the interaction between nutrition and disease and predicts the needs of different classes of horses.
  • Identify, analyze and apply knowledge of equine behavior to justify best practices in equine management and handling.
  • Recognize ethical concerns pertinent to equine science and determine ethical practices.
  • Perform basic preventive measures and therapeutic skills on a horse.
  • Apply the scientific method and critical thinking skills to address equine science questions.

Equine Science students take science courses from the College of Arts & Sciences designed to provide a strong foundation in the fundamental principles of biology. The biology courses allow students to explore the molecular and cellular basis of life, the structure and function of organisms, and the ecological interactions of organisms.

Specialized equine science classes develop the understanding of the functioning of the horse with study in anatomy, lameness, physiology, sports therapy, genetics, nutrition, diseases and reproduction. Students gain hands on experience in all aspects of horse management including health and dental maintenance, nutrition, facilities management, equipment usage, trailering, lunging, ground driving, vaccination and anthelmintic programs.

Many students participate in the internship program which allows them to work in the equine industry at approved establishments.

Core and elective courses in the College of Arts & Sciences provide the critical thinking and communication skills that are considered essential by employers along with the chance for students to explore areas of personal interest.

To participate in the Equine Science program, each student, with or without reasonable accommodations must be able to safely (including the safety of the horse, where applicable) meet minimum technical standards as described for this program.

Extracurricular Activities

Johnson & Wales’ equine programs offer a variety of extracurricular activities for students, including student dressage shows, schooling shows, seminars and clinics. The university hosts seminars and career nights with nationally recognized speakers from the equine industry.

Johnson & Wales University participates in equine sports through two distinct competitive teams: Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA). The IHSA team competes in hunter seat equitation throughout New England and hosts shows annually at the Center for Equine Studies.

The university is a charter member of the Intercollegiate Dressage Association, hosts two competitions yearly and travels regionally to compete. The university is president college for Northeast Region A. The university’s dressage team has won numerous regional and national awards and has been represented at every national championship by team members.  In 2012 Johnson & Wales University won the National Championship and in 2013 was the reserve national champion team for IDA.

The university participates in events through several combined tests held at the Equine Center. Students have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge through selected field trips including Equine Affaire and the annual upstate New York breeding farms trip.

The Facility

The home of Johnson & Wales’ Equine Studies programs, the Center for Equine Studies, is located in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, a short drive from Providence. The farm includes a 170’ x 70’ mirrored indoor riding hall with waxed footing, radiant heat, attached 32-stall barn, pastures and turnout paddocks. It also features two round-pens used for schooling horses. Rounding out the facility are two show-quality outdoor arenas: a 225’ x 100’ multipurpose jumping ring and a 220’ x 80’ dressage ring.  A new addition to the facility is a derby-style jumping field with banks, ditches, and step jumps. Students gain knowledge of riding in the open and setting pace.

The Johnson & Wales Center for Equine Studies is equipped with a pine-paneled observation room housing state-of-the-art communication technology that allow clinicians to address students and spectators during mounted lessons.

The horses for school use are all selected for their training and temperament. Many different breeds are represented, including Dutch Warmblood, Hanoverian, Swedish Warmblood, Holsteiner, Thoroughbred, Oldenburg, Quarter Horse and Morgan. Many of the horses have successful show records which include competition experience at the FEI level of dressage, on the hunter/jumper circuit and in eventing.

Equine Science

A four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree

Major Courses
BIO1022General Biology - Organismal4.5
BIO1025General Biology Laboratory - Organismal2.25
BIO3010Principles of Biochemistry4.5
BIO3040Molecular Biology4.5
BIO4015Microbiology Laboratory2.25
CHM1011General Chemistry I4.5
CHM1015General Chemistry I Laboratory2.25
CHM1022General Chemistry II4.5
CHM1025General Chemistry II Laboratory2.25
CHM2011Organic Chemistry I4.5
CHM2015Organic Chemistry I Laboratory2.25
CHM2022Organic Chemistry II4.5
CHM2025Organic Chemistry II Laboratory2.25
EQN1001Introduction to Equine Studies4.5
EQN1010Equine Physiology and Sports Therapy4.5
EQN1020Equine Anatomy and Lameness4.5
EQN1080Equine Management Lab I2.25
EQN2000Equine Diseases4.5
EQN2010Equine Nutrition4.5
EQN2074Equine Facilities and Management Laboratory4.5
EQN3010Equine Reproduction and Genetics4.5
PHY1011General Physics I4.5
PHY1015General Physics I Laboratory1.5
PHY1022General Physics II4.5
PHY1025General Physics II Laboratory1.5
Related Professional Studies
CAR0010Career Management1
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses 13.5
English Composition
Advanced Composition and Communication
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning9
Two IL courses, one at the 2000 level, and one at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities9
Ethics: A Global Perspective
One course from ART, HIST, HUM‡, LIT, or REL
Calculus I *
General Biology - Cellular
and General Biology Laboratory - Cellular
Social Sciences9
Introductory Psychology
One course from ANTH°°, ECON, LEAD, PSCI or SOC
A&S Electives9
Two courses selected from offerings within the School of Arts & Sciences at least one at 3000 level or higher.
Free Electives #
15-18 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university.15-18
Total Credits181.0-184.0

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‡HUM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
^BIO courses are not offered in North Miami, Charlotte or Online.
¶CAD courses are only offered in Providence.
±CHM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
°PHY courses are not offered in Charlotte.
°°ANTH courses are not offered in North Miami or Charlotte.

#  In addition to classes, free elective credit can be applied to a number of options such as Directed Experiential Education (DEE), Internship, Minor or Study Abroad. For Accelerated Master's program students, up to three graduate-level courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact an adviser before scheduling free elective credits.

NOTE: Students must pass MATH0010 Basic Mathematics or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math course(s).

Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree must leave Johnson & Wales University with effective writing skills to fulfill the graduation writing requirement. These writing skills will be assessed at the completion of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication. Students who have met the requirement of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication or ENG1027 Honors Advanced Composition and Communications: Civic Discourse outside of Johnson & Wales University must fulfill the graduation writing requirement through successful completion of ENG0001 Writing Workshop.

In collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international options for major, minor, Arts & Sciences, and elective credit at many price points for students during the academic year and summer. Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester. Financial aid is applicable and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications.