Certificates of Achievement
Savanah St. Clair
Agriculture & Natural Resources
Office: CFS 91043
Jennifer Adelini, DVM
RVT Program Director
Lu Dao, DVM
Pre-veterinary Faculty Advisor
Equine Science Associate of Science Degree
There are currently 9.2 million horses in the United States; 700,000 of them residing in California. Approximately 4.6 million Americans are involved with the equine industry. The immediate Los Angeles area is home to more than 12,000 horses. The new Pierce Equestrian Center will provide equine career training, life-long learning, recreational opportunities, equine events, and entertainment to the community. The Pierce College program is unique in that it combines a college-credit program with community recreational opportunities.
The equine program offers classes in riding and driving in a variety of disciplines, methods of equine care, handling, and training. The PEC offers opportunities for learning and experience in equine event production and equine facility management.
Associate Degree requirements must be completed with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better.
This is a 2-year program in Horse Science that provides indepth course work and hands-on experience for students who wish to work in the horse industry. Completion of the Associate of Science degree will provide employment opportunities in Stable/Ranch Management, Horse Training, Veterinary Assisting, Riding Instruction, Event Management and other Horse Industry related businesses. Instruction emphasizes hands-on experience and includes horse husbandry, handling, riding and training as well as event planning, business operations and facility management and maintenance.
Completing the Associate Degree does not necessarily meet the university-admission requirements for transfer. An Associate Degree is not a requirement for transfer to either the CSU or UC campuses. Private and out-of-state colleges and universities have unique transfer requirements. However, if you would like to transfer to a university and earn an associate degree, early educational planning can make this goal achievable. You should meet with a counselor early in your studies to develop an Educational Plan that fulfills both transfer requirements and associate degree requirements.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, students will:
- Provide horses with the care and feeding recommended by experts and accepted by industry.
- Work with horses safely, effectively and efficiently both on the ground and under saddle.
- Maintain equestrian facilities in a manner consistent with industry standards.
- Plan and manage equestrian events.
- Use current best-practices in the operation of a horse-industry business.
Major - Required Courses
- ANML SC 601: Horse Production (3 units)
- ANML SC 602: Horse Husbandry (3 units)
- ANML SC 603A-D: Equine Management Techniques A-D (8 units)
- ANML SC 620: Basic Equitation (1 unit)
- ANML SC 621: Horseback Riding Laboratory (1 unit)
- ANML SC 630: Beginning Equine Training (2 units)
- ANML SC 650: Equine Health and First Aid (2 units)
Group 1: Riding/Training Electives
Select two courses:
- ANML SC 616: Horse Show Activities (2 units)
- ANML SC 622: Horse Back Riding Laboratory - Intermediate (1 unit)
- ANML SC 623: Horseback Riding Laboratory - Advanced (1 unit)
- ANML SC 631: Advanced Equine Training (2 units)
Group 2: Facility/Event Management Electives
Select one course:
- ANML SC 604: Equine Facility Management (2 units)
- ANML SC 640: Horseshow Organization and Management (2 units)
Group 3: Enterprise/Industry ElectivesSelect one course:
- BUS 1: Introduction to Business (3 units)
- CAOT 32: Business Communications (3 units)
- CAOT 78: Microcomputer Acctg Applications for the Electronic Office (3 units)
- CAOT 85: Microcomputer Office Applications-Spreadsheet (3 units)
- MARKET 1: Principles of Selling (3 units)
- MGMT 13: Small Business Entrepreneurship (3 units)
Group 4: Additional Elective Courses
Select twelve semester units:
- ANML SC 185: Directed Study - Animal Science (1 units)
- ANML SC 285: Directed Study - Animal Science (2 units)
- ANML SC 385: Directed Study - Animal Science (3 units)
- ANML SC 501: Principles of Animal Science (3 units)
- ANML SC 505: Animal Nutrition (3 units)
- ANML SC 510: Animal Health and Disease Control (3 units)
- ANML SC 511: Anatomy and Physiology of Animals (3 units)
- ANML SC 512: Anatomy and Physiology of Animals Laboratory (1 units)
- ANML SC 596A: Agricultural Enterprise Projects (1 units)
- ANML SC 596B: Agricultural Enterprise Projects (2 units)
- ANML SC 596C: Agricultural Enterprise Projects (3 units)
- ANML SC 596D: Agricultural Enterprise Projects (4 units)
- CAOT 97: Internet for Business (3 units)
- COMM 101: Public Speaking (3 units)
- COMM 121: Interpersonal Communication (3 units)
- COMM 122: Intercultural Communication (3 units)
- COMM 151: Small Group Communication (3 units)
- JOURNAL 100: Social Values in Mass Communication (3 units)
- JOURNAL 251: Visual Communication in Mass Media (3 units)
- PHOTO 9: Introduction to Cameras and Composition (3 units)
- PHOTO 20: Beginning Photojournalism (4 units)
- PHOTO 101: Beginning Digital Photography (3 units)
- PLNT SC 103: Introduction to Soil Science (3 units)
- SPANISH 2: Elementary Spanish II (5 units)
- SPANISH 35: Spanish for Spanish Speakers I (5 units)
Major - Total Units 39-43
General Education - Required courses
Students must complete one of the following General Education Plans:
- LACCD GE LACCD General Education Plan (21 units)
- CSU GE/CSU GE Breadth Certification Plan (39 units)
- IGETC Intersegmental GE Transfer Curriculum (34-37 units)