Equine Science B.Tech.
The Bachelor of Technology degree in Equine Science is designed to further the technical and business knowledge and skills of equine students at the upper division level. These students (who have completed an associate degree) will also further develop their management and decision–making abilities.
Courses ranging from Equine Business Management to Applied Equine Nutrition to Animal Genetics allow the student to advance academically and specialize in very specific areas of the horse industry, including Equine Science and Management (hunt seat, stock seat, or driving concentration), Equine Rehabilitation, Breeding Management or Racing Management (harness racing, thoroughbred racing, or business management). Students also remain actively involved with enterprise management and continue to work hands–on with the animals.
The focal points of the program are courses in Advanced Equine Specializations in breaking and training and horsemanship, plus an internship or international exchange program, one of which is required to complete the degree.
During the final year of their bachelor’s degree, students complete a 15-credit internship at an outside business or organization within the equine field. Students identify the goals they hope to accomplish prior to starting their internship and carry out a planned program of educational experiences over a 15-week period. At the end of this internship, students present their experiences to faculty and students and discuss what they have learned from the program. Students in the Equine Rehabilitation option have completed internships at facilities ranging from large rehabilitation centers, like The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Center in Florida, to private farms with various rehabilitation modalities.
This program is a ThinkPad University curriculum in which the use of laptop computers is integrated into courses. The curriculum provides for the development of industry skills including care and training of horses, riding, driving, breeding and business and stable management. Many students pursuing a career in the horse industry choose to take technical courses from other areas of study to expand their employment base. After their college experience, program graduates are fully prepared to meet the challenges experienced working in this dynamic industry.