Equine Science - BS
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.
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 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.
A four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree
|EQN1001||Introduction to Equine Studies||4.5|
|EQN1010||Equine Physiology and Sports Therapy||4.5|
|EQN1020||Equine Anatomy and Lameness||4.5|
|EQN1080||Equine Management Lab I||2.25|
|EQN2074||Equine Facilities and Management Laboratory||4.5|
|EQN3010||Equine Reproduction and Genetics||4.5|
|BIO1022||General Biology - Organismal||4.5|
|BIO1025||General Biology Laboratory - Organismal||2.25|
|BIO3010||Principles of Biochemistry||4.5|
|CHM1011||General Chemistry I||4.5|
|CHM1015||General Chemistry I Laboratory||2.25|
|CHM1022||General Chemistry II||4.5|
|CHM1025||General Chemistry II Laboratory||2.25|
|CHM2011||Organic Chemistry I||4.5|
|CHM2015||Organic Chemistry I Laboratory||2.25|
|CHM2022||Organic Chemistry II||4.5|
|CHM2025||Organic Chemistry II Laboratory||2.25|
|PHY1011||General Physics I||4.5|
|PHY1015||General Physics I Laboratory||1.5|
|PHY1022||General Physics II||4.5|
|PHY1025||General Physics II Laboratory||1.5|
|Related Professional Studies|
|A&S Core Experience|
|Communications Foundation Courses||13.5|
|Advanced Composition and Communication|
Two IL courses, one at the 2000 level, and one at the 4000 level
|Arts and Humanities||9|
|Ethics: A Global Perspective|
|One course from ART, HIST, HUM‡, LIT, or REL|
|Calculus I *|
|General Biology - Cellular|
and General Biology Laboratory - Cellular
One course from ANTH°°, ECON, LEAD, PSCI or SOC
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|
Visit Courses by Subject Code for a listing of all campus courses.
‡HUM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
^BIO courses are not offered in North Miami, Charlotte or Online.
±CHM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
°PHY courses are not offered in Charlotte or Online.
°°ANTH courses are not offered in North Miami or Charlotte.
Students that do not place in MATH1040 Calculus I will need to take an extra course(s), MATH1020 Fundamentals of Algebra and/or MATH1030 Precalculus, as prerequisite(s). If needed one will count as an A&S elective and the other as a free elective.
# 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. Students are strongly encouraged to contact an advisor 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. These writing skills will be assessed at the completion of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication.
In collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Study Abroad programs offer a variety of options for major, Arts & Science and elective credit at many price points for students during the academic year and summer. Financial aid is applicable and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications.