Equine Science - B.S.

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 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:

  • Identify, evaluate and analyze scientific information.
  • 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.

All 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 seminars and clinics with nationally and internationally recognized speakers from equine industry, an equine-specific job fair, annual attendance to the Equine Affaire, and field-trips to regional training and competition farms.

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, is regionally and nationally competitive, and hosts shows annually at the Center for Equine Studies. In 2018 Johnson & Wales University had a National Champion in Individual Intermediate Over Fences.

The IDA team at Johnson & Wales University is a charter member, hosts two competitions yearly and travels regionally to compete. The IDA team has won numerous regional and national awards. In 2012 Johnson & Wales University won the National Championship and in 2013 was the reserve national champion team for IDA.

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.

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
BIO1011General Biology - Cellular3
BIO1016General Biology Laboratory - Cellular1
BIO1022General Biology - Organismal3
BIO1026General Biology Laboratory - Organismal1
BIO2201General Microbiology3
BIO2206General Microbiology Laboratory1
CHM1011General Chemistry I3
CHM1016General Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHM1022General Chemistry II3
CHM1026General Chemistry II Laboratory1
CHM2011Organic Chemistry I3
CHM2016Organic Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHM2022Organic Chemistry II3
CHM2026Organic Chemistry II Laboratory1
EQN1001Introduction to Equine Studies3
EQN1020Equine Anatomy and Lameness3
EQN1025Equine Anatomy and Lameness Laboratory1
EQN1080Equine Management Lab1
EQN2000Equine Diseases3
EQN2020Equine Physiology and Sports Therapy3
EQN2025Equine Physiology and Sports Therapy Laboratory1
EQN3010Equine Reproduction and Genetics3
EQN3025Equine Nutrition3
EQN4900Management and Demonstration of Skills Capstone1
PHY1011General Physics I3
PHY1016General Physics I Laboratory1
PHY1022General Physics II3
PHY1026General Physics II Laboratory1
Applied/Experiential Learning
ASCI4799College of Arts & Sciences Internship Ir,Ic6
Related Professional Studies
CAR0010Career Management1
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses 9
English Composition
Advanced Composition and Communication
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning6
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, and one at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities6
Ethics: A Global Perspective
One course from ART, HIST, HUM‡, LIT, or REL
Calculus I *
Statistics I
Introduction to Biostatistics
Social Sciences6
Introductory Psychology
One course from ANTH°°, ECON, LEAD, PSCI or SOC
A&S Electives6
Principles of Biochemistry
Molecular Biology
Free Electives #
14–15 credits selected from 1000–4999 numbered offerings within the university14-15
Total Credits121.0-122.0

IrWith department or college chair approval, Experiential Learning credits can be applied to a number of options in lieu of the required internship. Options include, but are not limited to, study abroad, Directed Experiential Education courses, or courses in a minor as relevant. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty adviser before scheduling experiential learning credits.    

IcTypically, internships require a minimum of six credits. Students interested in a 9 or 12-credit internship can apply additional experiential learning and free elective credits, if available. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty adviser before scheduling internship and free elective credits.

#  In addition to classes, free elective credits may be applied to a number of options such as internship, study abroad, Directed Experiential Education courses and courses in a specialization or minor as relevant. For Accelerated Master's program students, up to three graduate-level courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty adviser before scheduling free elective credits.

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.
¶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.

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 are assessed in 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.

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