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Animal Sciences: Science & Pre-professional Emphasis: Equine Sciences Path

Bachelor of Science

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This degree encompasses science, production, marketing, research and utilization of animals and animal products in agriculture, entertainment and companionship. The Science & Pre-Professional Option includes not only animal science courses but also the additional biology, chemistry and physics courses required of students in pursuit of science-intensive/research-based careers, an advanced degree (MS, PhD) or admission to Veterinary School, Medical School or Dental School.  Students choose either an equine-based focus or general focus in their animal science courses.

Major Details

College: College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    The M-strand is for students who require mathematical facility at the level of at least MATH 110 (Collegiate Algebra). This strand involves reasonable facility with algebra and algebraic functions, graphs, and simple modeling. Students who choose the M-strand are prepared for further mathematical work. This work may include LING 178 (The Mathematics of Language and Linguistics), MATH 114 (Finite Mathematics), MATH 113 (Elements of Calculus), or a statistics class from outside the Mathematics Department, such as ISTA 116 (Statistical Foundations for the Information Age) or SBS 200 (Statistics for the Social Sciences).
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
MATH 112 College Algebra Concepts and Applications or 109C Applied College Algebra with Data Analysis 3
AN S 102R Introduction to Animal Science 3
AN S 102L Introduction to Animal Science Laboratory 1
CHEM 151 General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 101 First-Year Composition 3
2nd Semester
CHEM 152 General Chemistry II 4
MCB 181R Introductory Biology I 3
MCB 181L Introductory Biology Laboratory I 1
ENGL 102 First-Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
AN S 270 Introductory Horse Science 3
CHEM 241A Lectures in Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 243A Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
ECOL 182R Introductory Biology II 3
ECOL 182L Introductory Biology II Lab 1
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
4th Semester
CHEM 241B Lectures in Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 243B Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
MIC 205A General Microbiology 3
Tier I General Education 3
ECON 200 Basic Economic Issues 3
Tier II General Education 3
5th Semester
AN S 315R Physiology of Reproduction 3
AN S 334 Principles of Animal Nutrition 3
Communication 3
PHYS 102 Introductory Physics I 3
PHYS 181 Introductory Laboratory I 1
Tier II General Education 3
6th Semester
VSC 400 A or B Animal Anatomy and Physiology 3
PLS 312 Animal and Plant Genetics 3
AN S 316 Equine Reproductive Physiology and Management 3
AN S 395A Professional Development in Animal Agriculture 1
PHYS 103 Introductory Physics II 3
PHYS 182 Introductory Laboratory II 1
7th Semester
AREC 315 Agribusiness Economics and Management 3
MCB 410 Cell Biology 3
BIOC 385 Metabolic Biochemistry 3
AN S 431 Equine Nutrition and Management 3
Elective choice A 3
General elective 1
8th Semester
AN S 446 Human Resource Management 3
Statistics 3
Second Semester Second Language 4
AN S 475 Equine Enterprises 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge of physical, pathological, and reproductive science, with a focus on horse physiology and management, prepares graduates in Animal Sciences –Science and Pre-professional in the Equine Sciences concentration to work with and study domestic and wild animals in research, protection, treatment, and business capacities. Graduates in the Equine Sciences concentration might work as researchers, field scientists, or consultants, or in the agricultural or race track industries. The Science and Pre-professional majors include additional science courses to prepare students for veterinary, medical, or dental school. This major would also be strong preparation for graduate studies in Animal Sciences.

Potential Career Areas

  • Large animal veterinary medicine
  • Research
  • Bloodstock agency
  • Breeding and foaling
  • Animal safety
  • Caretaking
  • Marketing
  • Stable or ranch management
  • Riding or vocational instruction
  • Outreach

Sample Employers

  • Veterinary hospitals
  • Self-employment
  • Colleges and universities
  • Cooperative extension offices
  • Farms and ranches
  • Racetracks
  • Guest ranches/resorts
  • Touring companies
  • Outreach organizations
  • Camps
  • Theme parks

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Animal Scientist $36,370 - $64,260
Stable Manager $31,700 - $69,300
Agricultural Extension Agent $22,000 - $68,000
Animal Breeder $18,410 - $40,310
Equine Dentist $40,000 - $70,000
Veterinarian Technician $21,030 - $30,290
Young Horse Manager $17,050 - $18,910
Ranch Manager $27,000 - $150,000
Supervisor of Animal Caretakers $25,440 - $43,480
Nonfarm Animal Caretaker $16,580 - $19,910