Equestrian Studies

The equestrian studies program at Rocky Mountain College provides the student a venue for his or her passion for horses. The program offers a firm foundation in equitation to increase skills as a rider; a progressive training approach to encourage the student to form a valuable structure for educating a horse using generally accepted training principles; and a solid background in equine management fundamentals. These fundamentals include a broad-based series of courses designed to give each student exposure to the reality of living with and being responsible for horses. From the basic care of the horse through veterinary courses and stable management, to responsible breeding program development with selection and reproduction, to managing a program of therapeutic riding, the program encourages each student to find his or her place.

When core subjects are met, the student can choose a program increasingly more tailored to his or her interests, whether it is teaching, training, business, therapeutic riding, or technology implementation. Combined with Rocky Mountain College's traditional liberal arts program, students are provided a variety of experiences promoting lifelong learning and an understanding of the world around them. This multifaceted approach not only prepares the equine student to succeed in a complex and ever-changing global equestrian industry, but to meet the challenges of life in a world of diversity as well.

Equestrian facility use fees are not included in basic tuition and are charged in addition to tuition, fees, and other incidental expenses normally charged during registration (see the "Tuition and Fees" section).

Learning Outcomes

Equitation and Training Concentration
Students who graduate with a concentration in equitation and training will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proactive, safe, efficient stable management skills related to horse maintenance, nutrition, and health care;
  2. Demonstrate technical riding proficiency within a chosen riding discipline;
  3. Demonstrate a clear understanding of safe, humane riding practices versus abusive training practices;
  4. Identify ideal conformation as it relates to equine form and function;
  5. Communicate effectively within the equestrian profession;
  6. Develop a focused marketing program specifically for equine sales and business;
  7. Demonstrate skills necessary to train a young colt through the various stages of the breaking and training process.
Equine Business Concentration
Students who graduate with a concentration in equine business will be able to:

  1. Develop an effective business plan for an equine business;
  2. Develop a focused marketing program specifically for equine sales and business;
  3. Demonstrate proactive, safe, efficient stable management skills related to horse maintenance, nutrition, and health care;
  4. Demonstrate technical riding proficiency within a chosen riding discipline;
  5. Demonstrate a clear understanding of safe, humane training practices versus abusive training practices;
  6. Identify ideal conformation as it relates to equine form and function;
  7. Communicate effectively within the equestrian profession.
Riding Instructor Concentration
Students who graduate with a concentration in riding instruction will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an applied understanding of equestrian teaching techniques;
  2. Demonstrate skills necessary to train a young colt through the various stages of the breaking and training process;
  3. Demonstrate proactive, safe, efficient stable management skills related to horse maintenance, nutrition, and health care;
  4. Demonstrate technical riding proficiency within a chosen riding discipline;
  5. Demonstrate a clear understanding of safe, humane training practices versus abusive training practices;
  6. Identify ideal conformation as it relates to equine form and function;
  7. Communicate effectively within the equestrian profession;
  8. Develop a focused marketing program specifically for equine sales and business.
Therapeutic Riding Concentration
Students who graduate with a concentration in therapeutic riding will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an applied understanding of therapeutic horsemanship teaching for a broad spectrum of disorders and disabilities;
  2. Demonstrate proactive, safe, efficient stable management skills related to horse maintenance, nutrition, and health care;
  3. Demonstrate technical riding proficiency within a chosen riding discipline;
  4. Demonstrate a clear understanding of safe, humane training practices versus abusive training practices;
  5. Identify ideal conformation as it relates to equine form and function and the therapeutic need of clients with disabilities;
  6. Communicate effectively within the equestrian profession;
  7. Develop a focused marketing program specifically for equine sales and business;
  8. Demonstrate skills necessary to train a young colt through the various stages of the breaking and training process.
Equine Science Concentration

Students who graduate with a concentration in equine science will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate proactive, safe, efficience stable management skills relating to horse maintenance, nutrition, and health care;
  2. Demonstrate a clear understanding of safe, humane training practices;
  3. Identify ideal conformation as it relates to equine form and function;
  4. Demonstrate the characteristics of an equestrian professional in appearance, language, and conduct;
  5. Effectively communicate scientific ideas and the results of scientific inquiry.
Equine Science with Pre-Vet Concentration

Students who graduate with a concentration in equine science with pre-vet will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate proactive, safe, efficient stable management skills relating to horse maintenance, nutrition, and health care.
  2. Demonstrate a clear understanding of safe, humane training practices;
  3. Identify ideal conformation as it relates to equine form and function;
  4. Demonstrate the characteristics of an equestrian professional in appearance, language, and conduct;
  5. Effectively communicate scientific ideas and the results of scientific inquiry.

Major in Equestrian Studies

Students have a choice of one of six concentrations in the equestrian studies major:
Equitation and Training
Equine Business
Riding Instructor
Therapeutic Riding
Equine Science
Equine Science with Pre-Vet

Equitation and Training Concentration

A minimum of 51 semester hours is required, including:
EQS 101: Introduction to Equestrian Studies
EQS 102: Equine Conformation and Selection
EQS 121: Fundamental Horsemanship I
EQS 122: Fundamental Horsemanship II
EQS 201: Equine Preventive Medicine
EQS 300: Reproduction and Growth
EQS 308: Ranch and Stable Management
EQS 318: Equine Nutrition
EQS 321: Advanced Horse Training I
EQS 322: Advanced Horse Training II
EQS 325: Basic Colt Training I
EQS 326: Basic Colt Training II
EQS 402: Equine Marketing
EQS 450: Internship

Choose one of the following:
EQS 231/232: Hunter Seat Equitation I / Hunter Seat Equitation II
or
EQS 251/252: Fundamental Horsemanship III / Fundamental Horsemanship IV

Students in this major are strongly recommended to take EQS 401, EQS 421, and EQS 422 as electives.

Equine Business Concentration

A minimum of 45 semester hours is required, including:
ACC 210: Foundations of Accounting
BSA 101: Introduction to Business
ECO 205: Principles of Economics
EQS 101: Introduction to Equestrian Studies
EQS 102: Equine Conformation and Selection
EQS 121: Fundamental Horsemanship I
EQS 122: Fundamental Horsemanship II
EQS 201: Equine Preventive Medicine
EQS 300: Reproduction and Growth
EQS 308: Ranch and Stable Management
EQS 318: Equine Nutrition
EQS 402: Equine Marketing
EQS 450: Internship

Six upper-division semester hours from BSA/ECO, suggested courses being BSA 304 and BSA 418.

Riding Instructor Concentration

A minimum of 45 semester hours is required, including:
EDC 302: Educational Psychology
EQS 101: Introduction to Equestrian Studies
EQS 102: Equine Conformation and Selection
EQS 121: Fundamental Horsemanship I
EQS 122: Fundamental Horsemanship II
EQS 201: Equine Preventive Medicine
EQS 231: Hunter Seat Equitation I
EQS 232: Hunter Seat Equitation II
EQS 321: Advanced Horse Training I
EQS 322: Advanced Horse Training II
EQS 401: Techniques of Teaching Riding
EQS 402: Equine Marketing
EQS 405: Advanced Techniques of Teaching Riding
EQS 450: Internship
PSY 312: Behavior Management

Recommended electives are EQS 325, EQS 326, EQS 421, and EQS 422.

Therapeutic Riding Concentration

A minimum of 55 semester hours is required, including:
EDC 330: Introduction to Teaching Exceptional Learners
EQS 100: Volunteer Experience in Therapeutic Riding
EQS 101: Introduction to Equestrian Studies
EQS 102: Equine Conformation and Selection
EQS 121: Fundamental Horsemanship I
EQS 122: Fundamental Horsemanship II
EQS 201: Equine Preventive Medicine
EQS 209: Principles of Therapeutic Riding
EQS 309: Advanced Therapeutic Riding Instructor Training
EQS 318: Equine Nutrition
EQS 401: Techniques of Teaching Riding
EQS 405: Advanced Techniques of Teaching Riding
EQS 410: Therapeutic Riding, Issues and Ethics
EQS 450: Internship
HHP 204: Foundations of Human Structure and Function
HHP 315: Motor Learning

Choose one of the following:
EQS 231/232: Fundamental Horsemanship III / Fundamental Horsemanship IV
or
EQS 251/252: Hunter Seat Equitation I / Hunter Seat Equitation II

In addition, a minor in psychology must be completed.

Equine Science Concentration

A minimum of 45 semester hours is required, including:
EQS 100: Volunteer Experience in Therapeutic Riding
EQS 101: Instruction to Equestrian Studies
EQS 102: Equine Conformation and Selection
EQS 121: Fundamental Horsemanship I
EQS 122: Fundamental Horsemanship II
EQS 201: Equine Preventive Medicine
EQS 214: Equine Judging
EQS 300: Reproduction and Growth
EQS 308: Ranch and Stable Management
EQS 401: Techniques of Teaching
EQS 402: Equine Marketing
EQS 450: Internship (6 semester hours)

Choose one of the following series:
EQS 231/232: Hunter Seat Equitation I / Hunter Seat Equitation II
OR
EQS 251/252: Fundamental Horsemanship III / Fundamental Horsemanship IV

Equine Science with Pre-Vet Concentration

A minimum of 60 semester hours is required, including:
Equestrian: 15 semester hours
EQS 102: Equine Conformation and Selection
EQS 121: Fundamental Horsemanship I
EQS 201: Equine Preventive Medicine
EQS 300: Reproduction and Growth
EQS 318: Equine Nutrition

Sciences: 45 semester hours
Biology (21 semester hours):
BIO 120: Principles of Biology
BIO 203: Genetics
BIO 321: Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO 350: Microbiology
BIO 452: Biochemistry I

Chemistry (16 semester hours):
CHM 101: General Chemistry I
CHM 102: General Chemistry II
CHM 251: Organic Chemistry I
CHM 252: Organic Chemistry II

Physics (8 semester hours):
Choose one of the following series:
PHS 101: Fundamental Physics I and PHS 102: Fundamental Physics II
or
PHS 201: General Physics I and PHS 202: General Physics II

Core Curriculum Requirements (3 semester hours):
Mathematics:
MAT 210: Probability and Statistics

Recommended Courses:
BIO 252: Animal Physiology
BIO 322: Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIO 347: Animal Behavior
MAT 175: Calculus I

Minor in Equestrian Studies

A minimum of 21 semester hours is required, including:
EQS 101: Introduction to Equestrian Studies
EQS 102: Equine Conformation and Selection
EQS 121: Fundamental Horsemanship I
EQS 122: Fundamental Horsemanship II
EQS 201: Equine Preventive Medicine
EQS 318: Equine Nutrition

Choose one of the following:
EQS 214: Equine Judging
EQS 231: Hunter Seat Equitation I
EQS 251: Fundamental Horsemanship III
EQS 300: Reproduction and Growth
EQS 308: Ranch and Stable Management
EQS 402: Equine Marketing

ACC 210 - Foundations of Accounting
Semester: Fall and Spring
Semester hours: 3
This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of the uses and limitations of accounting information, particularly from financial statements. Students will understand how to take information from the financial statements and make informed business decisions.
Prerequisite: BSA 101
BIO 120 - Principles of Biology
Semester: Fall and Spring
Semester hours: 4
An introductory survey course that covers cell structure and metabolism, patterns of inheritance, molecular genetics, evolutionary mechanisms, and diversity. The weekly laboratory sessions teach basic laboratory skills, experimental design, application of statistics, and communication of results via laboratory reports. This course is appropriate for both major and non-majors. Three hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory period per week.
BIO 203 - Genetics
Semester: Fall
Semester hours: 4
The course provides a detailed overview of the mechanisms of heredity. Topics include Mendelian, quantitative, and molecular genetics. Three hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory session per week.
Prerequisite: BIO 120 and CHM 101
Corequesite: IDS 243
BIO 252 - Animal Physiology
Semester: On Demand
Semester hours: 3
This course is designed for students pursuing studies in ecology, biodiversity, and environmental science. This class introduces students to the basic concepts of animal regulation. Feedback and homeostasis are foundational concepts in biology. An introductory biology and introductory chemistry class are highly recommended.
BIO 321 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Semester: Fall
Semester hours: 4
A course requiring students to incorporate concepts from physics, chemistry, and biology to understand the interface between human structure and function and the regulatory mechanisms in play. Topics include tissue types, skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, and reproductive anatomy and physiology. Three hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory session per week. Human cadavers are used in the laboratory.
Prerequisite: BIO 120 and CHM 101 and CHM 102. CHM 251 and CHM 252 and PHS 102 or PHS 202 are highly recommended.
BIO 322 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Semester: Spring
Semester hours: 4
In this continuation of BIO 321, topics include digestive, cardiovascular, renal, urinary acid-base balance, endocrine, and immune system anatomy and physiology. Three hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory session per week. Human cadavers are used in the laboratory.
Prerequisite: BIO 321
BIO 347 - Animal Behavior
Semester: Spring; Even years
Semester hours: 3
In this continuation of BIO 321, topics include digestive, cardiovascular, renal, urinary acid-base balance, endocrine, and immune system anatomy and physiology. Three hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory session per week. Human cadavers are used in the laboratory.
Prerequisite: BIO 306
BIO 350 - Microbiology
Semester: Fall
Semester hours: 4
This course is an investigation of the structure, metabolism, and reproduction of microorganisms. The course will emphasize understanding microbiology as it pertains to human health, including normal flora, disease mechanisms, immunology and immunity, and a sampling of major microbial diseases. In the laboratory, students will detect, isolate, and identify both harmless and pathogenic microbes.
Prerequisite: BIO 203 and CHM 102, both passed with a grade of C- or higher
BIO 452 - Biochemistry I
Semester: Spring
Semester hours: 5
Biochemistry focuses on the study of the molecules and chemical reactions of life, bringing together principles learned in biology and chemistry. After an introduction to the chemistry and structure of carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins, discussions of enzyme structure and kinetics set the stage for a detailed exploration of metabolism and its regulation. The laboratory component of this course involves a semester-long integrated project that requires independent student work. This project incorporates many different types of instrumentation, including low pressure chromatography, electrophoresis, UV-visible spectroscopy, electrochemistry, and ultrafiltration. Three lecture hours plus one laboratory lecture hour per week. Significant time working independently in the laboratory is required.
Prerequisite: CHM 220 or CHM 252 with a grade of C- or higher; BIO 120 is strongly recommended. Junior or senior standing is required.
BSA 101 - Introduction to Business
Semester: Fall and Spring
Semester hours: 3
A beginning business course designed to introduce students to the areas of business study, including historical foundations of America's free enterprise system, ethics and social responsibility in the business setting, entrepreneurship, the legal structures of business, marketing, and general management.
BSA 304 - Principles of Marketing
Semester: Fall and Spring
Semester hours: 3
This course studies the marketing process from product development through consumer purchase. The course includes examination of consumer buying behavior, marketing channels, physical distribution, pricing policies, and promotion along with their role in the marketing process.
Prerequisite: ECO 205
BSA 418 - Entrepreneurship I
Semester: Fall
Semester hours: 3
Students will learn the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs, how to seek and evaluate opportunities for new ventures, how to prepare a complete business plan, and how to plan strategies and gather resources to create business opportunities.
Prerequisite: BSA 401
CHM 101 - General Chemistry I
Semester: Fall
Semester hours: 4
This course introduces students to the science of chemistry. The concepts of atoms, molecules, bonding, and energy successfully explain the properties of matter and how reactions happen. Goals of this course include introducing students to representative materials and reactions, to important models and theories of the science, and to the symbols and language of chemists. The laboratory will involve observations of elements, compounds and their reactions (including synthesis), and quantitative measurements of properties or amounts of matter. Three hours of lecture, one two-hour laboratory session, and one hour of recitation per week.
Corequesite: MAT 100 or higher mathematics course or placement into MAT 110 or higher mathematics course
CHM 102 - General Chemistry II
Semester: Spring
Semester hours: 4
This course will further develop the principles presented in CHM 101 with emphasis on the following core concepts: chemical kinetics, chemical equilibria, solution and acidbase chemistry, thermodynamics of reactions, and electrochemistry. Examples used in this course will point to the various branches of chemical studies (organic, physical, biological, inorganic, analytical, geological, materials, and nuclear). The knowledge and skills gained over the two semesters will be applied to the analysis of a contemporary topic or issue in chemistry. The laboratory experiments are designed to explore chemical principles and to expose students to more advanced chemical instrumentation in the department. Three hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory session per week.
Prerequisite: CHM 101 with a grade of C- or higher
CHM 251 - Organic Chemistry I
Semester: Fall
Semester hours: 4
This course is an introduction to the chemistry of carbon-containing compounds, concentrating on the structures, properties, and reactions of some of the important families of organic compounds. Considerable emphasis is placed on reaction mechanisms and stereochemistry. The laboratory experiments introduce techniques for the isolation and preparation of compounds. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory session per week.
Prerequisite: CHM 102 with a grade of C- or higher
CHM 252 - Organic Chemistry II
Semester: Spring
Semester hours: 4
This course, a continuation of CHM 251, concentrates on the chemistry of additional important families of organic compounds, emphasizing reaction mechanisms, synthesis, stereochemistry, and spectroscopy. The laboratory experiments include the synthesis and analysis of compounds with biological and industrial importance and qualitative analysis.
Prerequisite: CHM 251 with a grade of C- or higher. CHM 220 will not be accepted as a prerequisite for this course.
ECO 205 - Principles of Economics
Semester: Fall and Spring
Semester hours: 3
This course will introduce the principles of firm-level decision making, consumer choices and their rationale, differing forms of industry competition, and how market-clearing prices and quantities are determined in a market environment. Additionally, the students will gain an understanding of how the major participants in the economy interact and what drives economic growth, interest rates, and inflation. The possible impacts of a variety of fiscal and monetary policy choices will be presented to assist the student in understanding how those policies will impact incomes, employment, and trade for a country. At the completion of the course, the student should have a basic understanding of both the microeconomic and macroeconomic environments and their impacts on businesses and the general population.
EDC 302 - Educational Psychology
Semester: Fall and Spring
Semester hours: 3
This course is designed to aid the student in continuing to develop an understanding of human behavior, especially as that understanding applies to elementary and secondary classrooms. Emphasis will be on why and how human learning takes place and how that learning relates to schools and teaching situations where the needs of each student must be considered. The course also includes participation in and the analysis of interpersonal relations and communication skills. Students must complete EDC 302 before they can be admitted to the teacher education program. This course is cross listed with PSY 302.
Prerequisite: PSY 205 or PSY 206
EDC 330 - Introduction to Teaching Exceptional Learners
Semester: Fall
Semester hours: 3
This course introduces students to the characteristics, legal requirements, programming, and service requirements for exceptional learners, including gifted and talented students. Categories of disabilities addressed will be those outlined within PL94-142. Emphasis will be given to education within the least restrictive environment.
Prerequisite: admission to teacher education program
EQS 100 - Volunteer Experience in Therapeutic Riding
Semester: Fall
Semester hours: 3
All students interested in entering the therapeutic riding program must first participate in the volunteer experience. Students will volunteer in an established therapeutic riding program.
EQS 101 - Introduction to Equestrian Studies
Semester: Fall
Semester hours: 3
The student focuses on the basic anatomy and physiology of the horse. Equine evolution, the study of various breeds, and genetics are also emphasized, along with an overview of the horse industry.
EQS 102 - Equine Conformation and Selection
Semester: Spring
Semester hours: 3
This course focuses on equine structure and the evaluation of how structural anomalies relate to lameness. Students learn and practice selecting horses best suited for intended uses in terms of breed, structure, and temperament.
Prerequisite: EQS 101
EQS 121 - Fundamental Horsemanship I
Semester: Fall
Semester hours: 3
This class introduces the basic theories of horsemanship, the centered seat, and balanced riding. While these theories apply equally to both English and Western disciplines, only Western tack is used. Additionally, students develop strength, agility, and coordination, as well as maintain their assigned horse in a show barn atmosphere with emphasis on stall maintenance and safe feeding practices.
EQS 122 - Fundamental Horsemanship II
Semester: Spring
Semester hours: 3
This class is a continuation of EQS 121 and builds on those skills with further emphasis upon developing proficiency. A logical training progression is established within a variety of Western venues. The emphasis upon maintaining a healthy horse in a show barn atmosphere is continued.
Prerequisite: EQS 121
EQS 201 - Equine Preventive Medicine
Semester: Fall
Semester hours: 3
Students study common equine health practices including parasitology, diseases, pre-purchase examinations, lameness, first-aid measures, and the establishment of horse health programs.
Prerequisite: EQS 102
EQS 209 - Principles of Therapeutic Riding
Semester: Spring
Semester hours: 3
In this introductory course to therapeutic riding, students will explore the basic principles of therapeutic riding; medical terminology; physical, cognitive, and sensory impairments; and the use of safety and adaptive equipment. Interaction with therapy students, their parents, and health professionals will be stressed. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of hands-on experiences.
EQS 214 - Equine Judging
Semester: Fall
Semester hours: 3
Students learn and actively practice the evaluation of horses and riders in various types of competition, including classes in halter, Western pleasure, and hunter under saddle. There is a strong speech and critical-thinking component in this course as students learn to develop oral reasons for defending class placement.
Prerequisite: EQS 102
EQS 231 - Hunter Seat Equitation I
Semester: Fall
Semester hours: 3
Through the development and assessment of rider and horse skill level, this course establishes a training program for starting a horse over fences. Show ring etiquette develops fundamentals for successful competition and deepens the student's understanding of the equine industry.
Prerequisite: EQS 122
EQS 232 - Hunter Seat Equitation II
Semester: Spring
Semester hours: 3
This course is a continuation of EQS 231. By furthering the skills necessary to show a hunter over fences, students gain in strength, balance, and control.
Prerequisite: EQS 231
EQS 251 - Fundamental Horsemanship III
Semester: Fall
Semester hours: 3
This course offers a continuation of the skills developed in EQS 231 and EQS 232 with emphasis on both equitation and training skills, including advanced lateral and collection exercises, extension and collection at all gaits with and without contact, spinning, and stopping. Students expand equitation skills through rigorous physical work with and without stirrups and through riding multiple horses. Attention is given to skills involved in riding and the presentation of the show horse. Students are exposed to show ring etiquette, terminology, and riding styles as they work on a variety of specific events including Western riding, trail, hunter under saddle, Western pleasure, equitation, horsemanship, reining, and showmanship. This course features horses ridden in Western tack, emphasizing Western riding strategies.
Prerequisite: EQS 122
EQS 252 - Fundamental Horsemanship IV
Semester: Spring
Semester hours: 3
This course is a continuation of EQS 251 featuring English tack and English riding. Students not only ride, but evaluate other horse/rider combinations to develop an eye for equine talent as well as equitation skills.
Prerequisite: EQS 251
EQS 299 - Independent Study
Semester: On Demand
Semester hours: 1-3
This course allows a superior student to devise and pursue independent study in an area agreed upon in consultation with, and supervised by, a faculty member. Students should be either a major or minor and have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater.
EQS 300 - Reproduction and Growth
Semester: Spring
Semester hours: 3
This course examines anatomy and physiology of reproduction in the horse, endocrinology, principles of artificial insemination, embryo transfer, genetics, breeding systems, application of the scientific method, and care and management of breeding stock. This course will be accepted as a biology elective, provided students have completed BIO 120, CHM 101, and CHM 102. This course is highly recommended for students pursuing veterinary school or graduate studies in animal science.
Prerequisite: EQS 201
EQS 308 - Ranch and Stable Management
Semester: Fall
Semester hours: 3
This course will provide an overview of the business essentials of the equine enterprise. This information will be applied by the students in the ranch project. Students will tour area facilities and survey industry professionals to gain insight into the business practices of the equine industry.
Prerequisite: EQS 201
EQS 309 - Advanced Therapeutic Riding Instructor Training
Semester: Fall
Semester hours: 3
This course covers all aspects of being a therapeutic riding instructor, including teaching to the appropriate therapeutic level of a student's physical and cognitive abilities, the precautions and contraindications to therapeutic riding, therapy student assessment and program development, and facility and therapy horse management. Students will organize and teach lessons, assign students to horses and volunteers, and maintain progress notes. This course will go through phase one of PATH certification.
Prerequisite: HHP122, EQS 100, EQS 209
EQS 315 - Intermediate Equine Judging
Semester: Fall
Semester hours: 3
Students engage in and practice the evaluation of horses and riders for competition on an advanced level, including classes in trail, Western riding, reining, hunter hack, and working hunter. Students continue developing oral reasoning and presentation skills for defending class placement.
Prerequisite: EQS 214
EQS 318 - Equine Nutrition
Semester: Fall
Semester hours: 3
Through examination of the gastrointestinal system of the horse, the student will be presented with best practices in the management of dental arcade, the digestive system, and the nutrient content of horse feeds.
Prerequisite: EQS 201
EQS 321 - Advanced Horse Training I
Semester: On Demand
Semester hours: 3
Students learn and practice advanced training procedures and the selection of proper horses for individual events, perfecting both the rider's and the horse's skills to an intermediate competitive level.
Prerequisite: junior standing, EQS 121, EQS 122, EQS 231, EQS 232, EQS 325, and EQS 326
EQS 322 - Advanced Horse Training II
Semester: On Demand
Semester hours: 3
This course is a continuation of EQS 321 with a higher level of skill and expertise employed.
Prerequisite: junior standing and EQS 321
EQS 325 - Basic Colt Training I
Semester: Fall
Semester hours: 3
Through practical application, the student develops skills and techniques by following a logical progression of training for a two- or three-year-old colt in a stress-free atmosphere.
Prerequisite: sophomore standing and EQS 122
EQS 326 - Basic Colt Training II
Semester: Spring
Semester hours: 3
This course, a continuation of EQS 325, will cover the assessment of a colt's capabilities and begin advanced training techniques.
Prerequisite: sophomore standing and EQS 325
EQS 400 - Advanced Reproduction
Semester: On Demand
Semester hours: 3
The student focuses on common breeding problems such as organizing and operating a routine teasing program, natural breeding, artificial insemination, and improving conception rates. Students engage in practical application in this course. Class is limited to six students. This course is highly recommended for students pursuing veterinary school or graduate studies in animal science.
Prerequisite: EQS 300
EQS 401 - Techniques of Teaching Riding
Semester: Fall
Semester hours: 3
Students practice methods of teaching riding and engage in practical experience as a tutor or aide in teaching basic equitation. The student also learns and practices the scope and sequence of planning lessons and teaching student skills. There is a strong speech component in this course.
Prerequisite: EQS 121, EQS 122, EQS 231, and EQS 232; EQS 325 and EQS 326 also recommended
EQS 402 - Equine Marketing
Semester: Spring
Semester hours: 3
This course features the promotion of the horse and individual as well as equine-related business ventures through the introduction and refinement of the student's performance in industry specific marketing skills. The skills covered in the course include photography and videography of the horse, still image and video editing, video reproduction and publishing, image branding, written and verbal skills for promotion, and advertisement creation for various channels from web-based marketing to print. Additionally, students will research current market trends for pricing and create and implement a marketing plan for a horse. This is a capstone class for equine business majors. Students must have ready access to equipment for both still and moving image capture and editing.
Prerequisite: junior standing
EQS 405 - Advanced Techniques of Teaching Riding
Semester: Spring
Semester hours: 3
The student furthers his or her teaching techniques through experience as an equitation tutor or aide with an emphasis upon the development of riding activities such as clinics or riding camps. There is a strong speech component in this course.
Prerequisite: EQS 401
EQS 410 - Therapeutic Riding, Issues, and Ethics
Semester: Spring
Semester hours: 3
Students will focus on the administration of and teaching in a therapeutic riding program, including organization, emergency procedures, safety regulations, risk management, documentation, and written policies and procedures. Students will learn to provide proper documentation for recognized legal business structures and organizations including those for corporations and 501(c)3s as well as the standards for PATH centers. Students with the required amount of instructional hours will be prepared to take the PATH national registered instructor examination during this course.
EQS 415 - Advanced Equine Judging
Semester: Fall
Semester hours: 3
Students review the principles learned in EQS 214 and EQS 315 and broaden their knowledge of competition rules. They further develop oral and thinking skills for the presentation of reasons at the intercollegiate competitive level. There may be opportunities for intercollegiate judge competition.
Prerequisite: EQS 214 and EQS 315
EQS 421 - Advanced Horse Training III
Semester: On Demand
Semester hours: 3
For the furthering of training and riding skills, this course leads the student toward a more independent development of his or her own training program. Students are expected to develop, organize, and produce a training plan suited to their specific goals.
Prerequisite: senior standing
EQS 422 - Advanced Horse Training IV
Semester: On Demand
Semester hours: 3
This course is a continuation of EQS 421.
Prerequisite: EQS 421
EQS 450 - Internship
Semester: On Demand
Semester hours: 1-12
This course is a guided work experience in an already established place of business. The student must arrange the internship in agreement with the instructor and the Office of Career Services. The internship should relate to the student's major or minor area of study. Contract is required.
Prerequisite: junior or senior standing
EQS 499 - Independent Study
Semester: On Demand
Semester hours: 1-3
This course allows a superior student to devise and pursue independent study in an area agreed upon in consultation with, and supervised by, a faculty member. Students should be either a major or minor and have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater.
Prerequisite: junior or senior standing
HHP 122 - First Aid/CPR/Safety Education
Semester: Fall and Spring
Semester hours: 3
This course focuses on the procedures and practices for emergency care in the case of accident or sudden illness and awareness of safety and accident prevention. Upon successful completion of this course, students earn certification in first aid through the American Red Cross and certification in CPR through the American Heart Association.
HHP 204 - Foundations of Human Structure and Function
Semester: Fall and Spring
Semester hours: 4
Students examine the basic foundations and functions of the human body, including the skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, digestive, and respiratory systems. Laboratory experiences focus on the nomenclature, structure, and function of these systems.
HHP 315 - Motor Learning
Semester: Spring
Semester hours: 2
This course focuses on the factors that influence the learning of motor skills. Content includes features of skill development, processes of perception, and components of action as these relate to the acquisition and teaching of goal-directed movement. Practical application of theory is a central part of the course.
MAT 175 - Calculus I
Semester: Fall
Semester hours: 5
This course is a study of the functions of one real variable and includes a brief review of circular functions. The ideas of limit, continuity, and differentiation are explained and applied to physical problems. Topics include the use of approximations and problem solving. The use of graphing calculators is required.
Prerequisite: satisfactory score on a placement exam or MAT 110
MAT 210 - Probability and Statistics
Semester: Fall, Spring, and Summer
Semester hours: 3
This course provides a non-calculus-based study of discrete probability theory and its statistical applications. Distribution theory and its applications in hypothesis testing and setting confidence intervals are discussed.
Prerequisite: MAT 100 or satisfactory score on a placement exam
PHS 101 - Fundamental Physics I
Semester: Fall; Alternate years
Semester hours: 4
Students examine a survey of the laws and phenomena of classical physics, including motion, force, energy, momentum, waves, and thermodynamics. This course is suitable for non-science majors who have a strong background in high school algebra and who wish to have a more rigorous understanding of physics than provided in most courses for non-science majors. The course will satisfy the requirements of geology and biology majors. Students considering graduate work in these areas should take PHS 201 and PHS 202 instead. Three lecture periods and one two-hour laboratory per week.
PHS 102 - Fundamental Physics II
Semester: Spring; Alternate years
Semester hours: 4
Students examine a survey of the laws and phenomena of classical and modern physics, including light, electricity, magnetism, and atomic and nuclear physics. This course is suitable for non-science majors who have a strong background in high school algebra and who wish to have a more rigorous understanding of physics than provided in most courses for non-science majors. This course will satisfy the requirements of geology and biology majors. Students considering graduate work in these areas should take PHS 201 and PHS 202 instead. Three lecture periods and one two-hour laboratory per week.
Prerequisite: PHS 101
PHS 201 - General Physics I
Semester: Fall
Semester hours: 4
This course is a calculus-based introduction to the laws and phenomena of classical physics, including force and motion, energy and momentum, their conservation laws, and their oscillations. This sequence is required for chemistry majors and engineering students and is recommended for mathematics, biology, and geology students. Three lecture periods and one two-hour laboratory per week.
Corequesite: MAT 175
PHS 202 - General Physics II
Semester: Spring
Semester hours: 4
This course is a calculus-based introduction to the laws and phenomena of classical physics, including mechanics, waves, light, electricity, and magnetism. This sequence is required for chemistry majors and engineering students and is recommended for mathematics, biology, and geology students. Three lecture periods and one two-hour laboratory per week.
Prerequisite: PHS 201
Corequesite: MAT 176
PSY 312 - Behavior Management
Semester: Fall
Semester hours: 3
Students review behavior management techniques and therapies. Principles of operant conditioning and classical conditioning are investigated in depth. The student will be able to use behavioral principles appropriately and understand the ethical issues involved.
Prerequisite: PSY 101
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