Although there is no major or minor in Equine Studies, a certificate is offered for students interested in a career in the equine industry and for the student/amateur who would enjoy expanding her knowledge and experience in this area. The certificate is available in a management concentration and in a teaching and schooling concentration, and may be elected by students majoring in any department of the College. See the separate department listings for course descriptions.
The Equine Studies Certificate
(26-29 semester hours)
Required by both concentrations:
BUSN 107 (3) Business Economics
BUSN 127 (4) Accounting I
BUSN 150 (4) Marketing and Social Media
BUSN 205 (4) Management and Human Resources
RDPR 169 (0) Basic Horse Care
Choose 1 of the following concentrations:
BUSN 351 (3) Applied Marketing Research
ENVR 101 (3) Introduction to Environmental Issues
RDPR 361 (3) Special Study
RDPR 390 (2) Farm and Stable Management
Teaching and Schooling Concentration
PSYC 101 (3) Introductory Psychology
RDPR 295 (1) Techniques for Student Teachers
RDPR 392 (3) Theory and Practice of Schooling Horses
RDPR 396 (3) Contemporary Riding and Teaching
Choose 1 of the following:
BIOL 222 (4) Animal Behavior
EDUC 103 (3) Teaching, Learning and Human Development
PSYC 231 (4) Animal Learning
PSYC 334 (3) Animal Minds
Prerequisites: BIOL 111; and one additional 3- or 4-credit BIOL course, or PSYC 219 or PSYC 231. An introduction to the causes, development, evolution, and function of behavior. Offered alternate years. Three hours lecture and a one-hour workshop. May be counted towards the major or minor in either biology or psychology. III.W, V.8a
Economic forces are fundamental determinants of firms’ profitability and growth, and economic thinking should inform nearly every business decision. This course will survey the basic principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics, including the behavior of individuals and firms, how government policies impact markets, and the factors determining national output, unemployment, productivity, inflation, and growth. Not open to students who have earned credit for ECON 101 or ECON 102.
An examination of the accounting cycle; the recording, posting, adjusting, and closing of accounting data for a sole proprietor service and merchandising business, to include internal controls, receivables and payables, inventories, depreciation, and payroll. Emphasis is on the use of accounting data for decision making. Students will be required to master the automation of financial statement and pro forma development using interactive spreadsheets. Three hours lecture/discussion and three hours spreadsheet training/projects. III.Q
Prerequisite: ENGL 104 or another FYW course. This course is an introduction to marketing; the marketing mix, product development, pricing, distribution, and the promotion of products, services and non-profit activities. Marketing legislation and the consumer movement will be discussed. Special emphasis will be placed on the use of social media to advance business objectives and create new marketing strategies. This course cannot be taken on a P/CR/NC grading option. Three hours lecture/discussion and three hours experiential learning/projects.
Not open to students who have credit for BUSN 131 or BUSN 232. This course provides an introduction to management of organizations through an examination of management theory, and to human resource management principles in today's workplace. In addition to the management functions of planning, organizing, directing, and controlling, students will study issues such as recruitment and hiring, policy design, legal issues, and motivational theory and its application to rewards and compensation. This course cannot be taken on a P/CR/NC grading option.
Prerequisites: BUSN 150 and MATH 205. This course covers the managerial use of scientific research methodology in formulating marketing strategy; includes determination of situations requiring research, appraisal of alternative research methods and analysis of theoretical concepts in research methodology. Offered alternate years. III.W
An introduction to the multi-disciplinary field of environmental studies involving the integration of environmental science, policy and planning. This course introduces various environmental problems, their causes and potential solutions. The course examines the issue of overpopulation and current global environmental crises such as ozone depletion, loss of biodiversity, tropical deforestation, and contamination of water and air. V.4
An introduction to the principles and methods of psychology. This course provides a general background and is a prerequisite to all other psychology courses. V.8a
Prerequisites: PSYC 101 and permission of the instructor. An overview and critical analysis of current learning theory. Particular emphasis given to animal investigations of Pavlovian and instrumental conditioning. Three hours lecture or discussion and three hours laboratory work with animals.
Prerequisites: PSYC 101, and either a 200-level PSYC course or BIOL 222. Seminar exploring current research in the field of cognitive ethology, looking at perceptual, memory, thought, and emotional processes of animals in their ecological context and entertaining questions about animal consciousness and intentionality. Selected readings from animal cognition, behavioral ecology, and cognitive neuroscience will be discussed. Offered alternate years. III.O
Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of one course in the riding program. A student may propose a project for a term to be supervised by a member of the riding program with the approval of the director.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. This course is designed to develop an understanding of the safety issues, horse selection requirements, lesson planning skills, and riding theory necessary to become a successful teacher of riding. Topics include: assessing the riding environment, goal setting, active listening, effective communication, and developing observation skills. Students will work with a supervising instructor to gain practical teaching experience in addition to the lecture/discussion portion of the course.
Prerequisites: 100-level RDPR course and permission of the instructor. The study of an intermediate level topic by an individual student or by a small group of students under the immediate supervision of a faculty member.
Prerequisites: BUSN 127, BUSN 131, BUSN 150, ECON 101, and RDPR 169. An analysis of the management components of operating a successful for-profit equine operation. Areas to be studied: employee/independent contractors laws and taxation, risk management, equine health care, marketing, budgeting, and long-range financial planning. Each student will develop a detailed plan for the staffing, management, equine health care, and budgeting of a specific facility. Professionals in the equine industry will be brought in to discuss specific aspects of farm and stable management.
Prerequisites: Completion on at least one 200-level riding course and permission of the instructor. A survey of the development of major riding and schooling theories in Western civilization from the Renaissance to the present and an actual schooling experience. Three hours lecture and discussion, three hours mounted instruction, and at least four hours independent mounted work with a schooling project. Offered alternate years.
Prerequisites: Completion of at least one 200-level riding course and permission of the instructor. The study and practice of riding and teaching within a modern system of riding. Mounted instruction, lectures, and practice teaching. Offered alternate years.