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Animal Science - Equine Science

Southern Illinois University

48 months
19274 USD/year
7710 USD/year
7710 USD/year
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An Animal Science - Equine Science program at Southern Illinois University gives students the ability to gain an intimate knowledge of the horse as one integrated functioning unit and use that knowledge for the horse's benefit.


Our sophisticated, whole horsemanship approach provides instruction, demonstration and real-world hands-on experience by combining science, management, physical skills and practical horse sense.

The only four-year Animal Science - Equine Science program at Southern Illinois University in the entire State of Illinois, ours is among the most comprehensive and applied in the country.

What will I study?

Our cutting-edge classes focus on the major areas of animal production and management, including animal health, reproduction, physiology, genetics, biotechnology, nutrition, training and riding.

Other advanced classes such as horse care and athletic development, equine business, gaits and movement, breeding and genetics, health care and rehabilitative therapies, training with respect, riding in partnership and balance and in-depth horse-business management give students a practical yet scientific foundation in Equine Science.

The expectations and responsibilities of students at the horse farm increase and get more challenging with every horse management course they take. Students perform horse-care and management duties from day one.

Basic chores are later supplemented with administration of treatments and medications, training young stock, assisting with breeding and foaling and ultimately handling stallions and starting horses under saddle.

Our on-campus study culminates with each student assigned full responsibility for the care, management and training of a subset of the SIU Carbondale horse herd.

Completion of the curriculum requires a one-semester horse industry internship.

Career Opportunities

Our unique and demanding academic specialization in Equine Science launches a variety of exciting careers in the horse industry, ranging from managing horse breeding facilities to equine research, farriery, college instruction, breed associations, feed and pharmaceutical sales, event management, human organizations, cooperative extensions, equine massage/physical therapy and horse publications.

Our required semester-long internship at a professional horse enterprise ensures specialized management experience and industry placement.

Job titles include:

  • Horse breeding facility manager
  • Lesson stables manager
  • Race and show training stables manager
  • Horse boarding facilities manager
  • Farm manager
  • Front-office and business manager
  • Research and development executive
  • Feed and pharmaceutical salesperson
  • Breed associations representative
  • Computerized equine educational programming executive
  • Junior College and 4-year college instructor
  • Equine event manager
  • Farrier
  • Horse dentist
  • Equine instructor
  • Racetrack manager
  • Equine insurance agent
  • Equine extension service agent
  • Horse jockey
  • Cinema & Horse Trainer
  • Equine massage/physical therapist
  • Veterinarian technician
  • Laboratory animal technician
  • Therapeutic riding instructor
  • Equine publications writer

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Riding
  • Companion Animal Nutrition
  • Animal Science
  • Livestock Production Laboratory
  • Companion Animal Care and Management
  • Livestock Products and Processing
  • Animal Selection and Evaluation. Livestock, Horses, Dairy
  • Riding and Position Control

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Choose from our more than 200 undergraduate programs (Majors) in eight different colleges. Determine if you meet our minimum requirements to a Bachelor's (undergraduate) program for:

  • freshmen - fewer than 26 college credits
  • transfer - more than 26 college credits
Submit an application and $40 fee on-line along with:
  • Transcripts from high school and/or college

English Proficiency

A financial statement - showing a minimum of $40,000 within the last 6 months 

No SAT is required for admission, unless you want to apply for a merit scholarship award (minimum SAT score required)

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    19274 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9637 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • National

    7710 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3855 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • In-State

    7710 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3855 USD per semester during 48 months.

Living costs for Carbondale

1100 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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