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Rowan College at Gloucester County

Equine Science (A.S.)

​​​​​​​ Description

An associate degree in Equine Science provides students with instruction and practical experience in the management, nutrition, physiology and care of horses, with a strong foundation in biological, chemical and business principles. This major prepares students with a broad curriculum in the sciences for transfer to a four-year institution or employment in the equine industry.

Program Goals

Students who have completed the program will be able to:

  • Transfer to a four-year institution and complete a baccalaureate degree

  • Demonstrate knowledge of theory and practical experience in anatomy, physiology, nutrition, behavior, health and reproduction of the horse

  • Relate principles of science, technology, and business to the equine industry while appraising and utilizing primary literature in written and oral communication

  • Apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to evaluating horses, horse management, and facilities


The Rowan College Equine Science program is proud to be able to collaborate with the boarding and show facilities at the Gloucester County Dream Park to offer an opportunity for hands-on educational experiences. The College's Equine Science and practicum courses meet at DREAM Park and other horse farms, rescues and facilities for laboratory activities.

Rowan College welcomes students seeking a post-secondary education. Admission to this program is open to high school graduates, GED (General Education Development) recipients or others who can benefit from the instruction offered. High school students may be considered for early admission or the High School Option program. Applications are accepted from students in other New Jersey counties and other states and countries.

Program Classes

Download the Program Requirements to view a semester-by-semester breakdown of the required classes and electives for this program.

Download the Program Requirements to obtain an Equine Science Professional Development Certificate.  

The core courses for this program are BIO 115, BIO 116, and BIO 216. Please view the RCGC Catalog for class descriptions.

Visit the Class Schedule Listing to view the availability of classes for each semester.

Program Advisor
Current students please visit to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor. Future students please visit to learn more about how to get started.
NOTE: Students involved with other groups (Educational Opportunity Fund, Student Athlete, etc.) report to that advisor.

Download Program Requirements

Transfer Opportunities

Rowan College associate degree programs provide the first two years of study for transfer towards a bachelor's degree. Articulation agreements with Cornell University, Delaware Valley College,​ and Rutgers University ensure that graduates of the College's Equine Science program seamlessly transfer as juniors to these institutions.

For students interested in pursuing veterinary medicine, Rowan College's Equine Science program maintains an articulation agreement with Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Students are required to complete an associate degree in Equine Science, plus one additional course, before applying.

Some of our students in this program have transferred to the following four-year institutions:

Please visit the CAP Center to discuss transfer options.

Career Opportunities

Students who successfully complete an advanced degree will qualify for employment as:

  • Animal nutritionists

  • Rehabilitation therapists

  • Stable or equine product managers

  • Veterinarians

Find out where U.S. News & World Report rates these jobs in U.S. News' 100 Best Jobs.

Please visit the CAP Center to discuss career options.

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The content and requirements of the program requirements may be altered at any time at the discretion of the College. The program requirements were checked for accuracy at the time of publishing but should not be considered a contract between the College and the student.