Equine Science

Major Requirements

Major: Equine Science

Degree Type: B.S.
Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate: 120

University Degree Requirements

  1. Satisfactory completion of all requirements of the curriculum in which one is enrolled.
  2. Earn a minimum total of 120 credits in approved coursework.  Some academic programs exceed this minimum.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the general education requirements as specified by the university.
  4. A minimum institutional GPA of 2.00 based on work taken at NDSU.
  5. At least 30 credits must be NDSU resident credits.  Resident credits include credits registered and paid for at NDSU.
  6. At least 36 credits presented for graduation must be in courses numbered 300 or higher.
  7. Students presenting transfer credit must meet the NDSU residence credits and the minimum upper level credit. Of the 30 credits earned in residence, a minimum of 15 semester credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above, and 15 semester credits must be in the student’s curricula for their declared major.

For complete information, please refer to the Degree and Graduation Requirements section of this Bulletin.

University General Education Requirements

A list of university approved general education courses and administrative policies are available here.

Category C: Communication12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Category R: Quantitative Reasoning 3
Category S: Science and Technology 10
Category A: Humanities and Fine Arts 6
Category B: Social and Behavioral Sciences 6
Category W: Wellness 2
Category D: Cultural Diversity *†
Category G: Global Perspectives *†
Total Credits39

Courses for category D & G are satisfied by completing D & G designated courses in another general education category.

General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable. Students should carefully review major requirements to determine if specific courses can also satisfy these general education categories.

Major Requirements

Required Core Courses for Equine Science
ANSC 218Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals3
ANSC 223Introduction to Animal Nutrition2
ANSC 235Equine Evaluation2
ANSC 260Introduction to Equine Studies2
ANSC 260LEquine Care and Management Practicum1
ANSC 261Basic Equitation & Horsemanship1
ANSC 357Animal Genetics3
or ANSC 358
ANSC 360Equine Nutrition3
ANSC 364Equine Anatomy and Physiology3
ANSC 370Fundamentals/Animal Disease3
or ANSC 371 Fundamentals of Animal Disease II
ANSC 480Equine Industry and Production Systems3
ANSC 478Research and Issues in Animal Agriculture3
ANSC 393Undergraduate Research2
or ANSC 396 Field Experience
ANSC 463Physiology of Reproduction3
ANSC 463LPhysiology of Reproduction Laboratory1
Animal Science ElectivesSelect 9 credits of ANSC prefix courses9
Select one of the following:1
Student Success Techniques - Animal and Equine Science
Student Success Techniques - Animal Sciences with Pre-Veterinary Medicine Emphasis
Student Success Techniques - Nontraditional & Transfer Students
Student Success Techniques: Veterinary Technology
Select one pair from the following:4
Concepts of Biology
and Non-Majors Biology Lab
General Biology I
and General Biology I Laboratory
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Applied Calculus I
AGEC 242Introduction to Agricultural Management3
AGEC 244Agricultural Marketing3
BIOC 260Elements of Biochemistry4
CHEM 117
Chemical Concepts and Applications
and Chem Concepts and Applications Lab (May satisfy general education category S)
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics (May satisfy general education category B)3
MICR 202
Introductory Microbiology
and Introductory Microbiology Lab (May satisfy general education category S)
PLSC 315Genetics (May satisfy general education category S)3
STAT 330Introductory Statistics (May satisfy general education category R)3
Choose from any level PLSC, NRM, or RNG3
Total Credits81

Degree Requirements and Notes:                                                                             

  • Students must earn at least a 2.00 GPA that is based on the courses that are used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Transfer grades of ‘C’ or better to count towards major requirements.

Minor Requirements

Minor: Equine Science

Required Credits: 16

Minor Requirements

Required Courses
ANSC 223Introduction to Animal Nutrition2
ANSC 260Introduction to Equine Studies2
ANSC 260LEquine Care and Management Practicum1
or ANSC 261 Basic Equitation & Horsemanship
ANSC 360Equine Nutrition *3
or ANSC 364 Equine Anatomy and Physiology
Elective Courses: Select a minimum of 8 credits from the following:8
Equine Evaluation
Domestic Animal Behavior and Management
Animal Genetics
Equine Nutrition *
Intermediate Horsemanship
Colts in Training
Equine Anatomy and Physiology *
Fundamentals of Animal Disease II
Advanced Horsemanship and Equitation
Physiology of Reproduction
Equine Industry and Production Systems
Field Experience

If both courses are completed successfully, the second course will apply towards Elective Courses category.

Minor Requirements and Notes:                                                                   

  • A minimum of 8 credits must be taken at NDSU.
  • Students must earn a minimum 2.00 GPA for the minor requirements.