Equine Science Minor

Saddle up and learn with us.

If horses are your passion, the Equine Science minor is for you. You’ll learn about the nutrition, physiology, reproduction, genetics, growth, behavior, and management of horses.

Career paths: put some giddy-up in your résumé.

A minor in Equine Science can give you the tools to make horses your career. You can develop the skills necessary to succeed in veterinary medicine, animal breeding, and animal training, and enjoy a life with horses.

An Equine Science minor is a great option if you:

  • are passionate about horses and their care and keeping
  • want to develop a specialization within Animal Science
  • are curious about how and why certain management strategies are applied


These additional credits are a game changer on your résumé and on your career path. For details on program requirements, suggested academic plan, and more, see the University Bulletin.

Required courses

  • Animal Science
  • Horse Production and Management
  • Introduction to Equine Science and Industry
  • Introduction to Horse Judging

Sample additional courses

  • Animal Nutrition and Feed Technology
  • Applied Animal Welfare
  • Companion Animal Behavior
  • Comparative Physiology of Domestic Animals
  • Equine Exercise Physiology
  • Equine Facilitated Therapy
  • Equine Marketing
  • Equine Nutrition and Feeding
  • Equine Reproduction and Breeding Farm Management
  • Forage Crop Management
  • Horse Handling and Training
  • Milk Secretion
  • Nutrient Management in Agricultural Systems
  • Physiology of Mammalian Reproduction
  • Principles of Animal Disease

Get started.

Students may enroll in the minor through LionPATH. For additional information, please contact the Equine Science Program Coordinator, Ann Macrina.

A Penn State Equine Science student examine a horse's hooves.
A horse and a foal during ground training.
A Penn State Equine Science student adjusting the bridle of a horse.