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2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog

Equine Studies, AAS

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Award: Associate of Applied Science

Degree Code: AEQR

Number of Credits: 60

Program Description

This degree is designed for immediate employment or career mobility. Equine studies provides a foundation in stable management and health management with hands-on, experience-based learning.

Transfer Information

Cecil College has articulation agreements with Maryland and regional institutions. Click on “Transfer Opportunities” in MyCecil under the Advising tab for a list of transfer pathways. In addition, transfer information is available through ARTSYS (The Articulation System of Maryland). Contact your advisor for detailed information.

Required Courses

General Education Requirement Electives - Select 10 Credits

Please see Academic Advisor for elective selection.

  • BIO - Biology Elective with Lab[S/SL] - 3 Credits
  • MAT - Math Elective [M] - 3 Credits
  • SOC SCI - Social Science Elective [SS] - 3 Credits

Program Requirement Electives - Select 2 Credits

Please see Academic Advisor for elective selection.

  • ELECT - Electives - 2 Credits

Recommended Sequence

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program as a full-time student. Developmental and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Students should consult their degree audit at MyCecil or an academic advisor for individual degree planning.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will meet the General Education Student Learning Outcomes and be able to: 

  • Demonstrate competence, certainty, and self-assurance when working with horses.
  • Apply safe handling techniques, basic care and maintenance techniques, and basic first aid in working with horses.
  • Understand the skeletal, muscular, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, nervous, and endocrine systems of the horse.
  • Evaluate a horse’s body condition, surroundings, work load, and other factors to develop a proper diet regimen for the best care of the horse.
  • Take equine vital signs and recognize symptoms of poor health, disease, and infection.
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary for basic horse care and the treatment and prevention of common horse ailments.
  • Understand conformation and selection of horses.
  • Apply pasture management techniques such as seeding, poisonous weed control, safe fertilization, and determining pasture rotation schedules.
  • Apply equine facilities management techniques for stable design, proper hay and grain storage, pasture and turn out options, and indoor/outdoor riding rings.
  • Apply skills learned regarding communication, regulation, marketing, staff management, and sales and service in running an equine business.

Career Opportunities

Racing industry, veterinary technician, trainer, stable management, breeder, buyer, farrier, and horse show manager.

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