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Equine Business Management B.S.

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  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2020
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 74
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
Graduates of the University of Minnesota Crookston’s equine management program understand and are able to manage the daily nutrition, health, and exercise/training needs of horses in their care. They have the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in equine or equine-related employment and have the business and management experience necessary to operate an equine or related business. The program focus is on the business and management aspects of the horse industry and affiliated agriculture industries, thus providing a broad-based management education which appeals to employers.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the graduation requirements.
Program Requirements
Students must complete 40 upper-division credits. A maximum of two “D” grades are allowed for core courses required in the program, subplan/emphasis, and technology requirements. This includes grades earned at UMC or transferred in from another institution.
Business Management Core
Take 8 or more course(s) totaling 24 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AGEC 2310 - Agribusiness Financial Records (3.0 cr)
· AGEC 2530 - Professional Agriselling (3.0 cr)
· AGEC 3310 - Advanced Agribusiness Financial Records (3.0 cr)
· AGEC 3540 - Farm Business Management (3.0 cr)
· AGEC 4760 - Business Plan Development for Agribusiness (3.0 cr)
· GBUS 3107 - Legal Environment in Business (3.0 cr)
· MGMT 3200 - Principles of Management (3.0 cr)
· MKTG 3300 - Principles of Marketing (3.0 cr)
Animal Science and Equine Core
Take 11 or more course(s) totaling 32 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ANSC 1004 - Introduction to Animal Science (4.0 cr)
· ANSC 2104 - Feeds and Feeding (4.0 cr)
· ANSC 3104 - Applied Animal Nutrition (4.0 cr)
· EQSC 1002 - Equine Careers and Husbandry Practices (1.0 cr)
· EQSC 1202 - Equine Evaluation (2.0 cr)
· EQSC 2102 - Horse Production (4.0 cr)
· EQSC 2110 - Topics in Farrier Science (1.0 cr)
· EQSC 2112 - Riding Instructor Training (3.0 cr)
· EQSC 3305 - Equine Reproductive Techniques (3.0 cr)
· EQSC 3413 - Horse Training and Showing (3.0 cr)
· EQSC 4102 - Equine Management (3.0 cr)
Internship
Take 3 or more course(s) totaling 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
Pre-Internship Seminar
· GNAG 2899 - Pre-Internship Seminar (0.5 cr)
or GNAG 3899 - Pre-Internship Seminar (0.5 cr)
· Internship
Take 2 or more credit(s) from the following:
· GNAG 3900 - Internship (0.5-3.0 cr)
· Post-Internship Seminar
· GNAG 3901 - Post Internship Seminar (0.5 cr)
Business Electives
Take 2 or more course(s) totaling 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AGEC 3640 - Agricultural Finance and Valuation (3.0 cr)
· MKTG 3230 - Digital Marketing (3.0 cr)
· MKTG 3250 - Integrated Marketing Communication (3.0 cr)
· MGMT 3210 - Supervision and Leadership (3.0 cr)
· MGMT 3220 - Human Resource Management (3.0 cr)
· MGMT 3250 - Operations Management (3.0 cr)
· MGMT 4200 - Project Management (3.0 cr)
Equine Electives
Take 2 or more course(s) totaling 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· EQSC 1000 - Light Horse Driving (2.0 cr)
or EQSC 1100 - Western Equitation (3.0 cr)
or EQSC 1200 - Hunt Seat & Dressage Equitation (3.0 cr)
or EQSC 1300 - Saddle Seat Equitation (2.0 cr)
or EQSC 2001 - Concepts in Dressage Equitation (3.0 cr)
or EQSC 2202 - Advanced Equine Evaluation (2.0 cr)
or EQSC 3441 - Topics in Advanced Western Equitation (3.0 cr)
or EQSC 3443 - Topics in Advanced Equitation Over Fences (3.0 cr)
or GNAG 2000 - Global Studies in Agriculture and/or Natural Resources [GLOB PERSP] (1.0-3.0 cr)
or GNAG 3000 - Global Seminar in Agriculture and/or Natural Resources [GLOB PERSP] (1.0-3.0 cr)
or PER 1761 - Varsity Sports: Equestrian (1.0 cr)
Animal Science Electives
Take 1 or more course(s) totaling 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ANSC 3023 - Animal Breeding (3.0 cr)
or ANSC 3203 - Animal Anatomy and Physiology (4.0 cr)
or ANSC 3503 - Animal Health and Disease (3.0 cr)
or EQSC 3403 - Equine Exercise Physiology (3.0 cr)
Liberal Education
This program requires a minimum of 40 credits of liberal education and completion of the ten goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. The following are specific required liberal education courses.
Take 6 or more course(s) from the following:
· BIOL 1009 - General Biology [BIOL SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (4.0 cr)
· COMM 1101 - Public Speaking [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
· COMP 1011 - Composition I [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
· COMP 1013 - Composition II [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
· ECON 2101 - Microeconomics [HI/BEH/SSC] (3.0 cr)
· MATH 1031 - College Algebra [MATH THINK] (3.0 cr)
Technology
AGEC 2310 Agribusiness Financial Records is required. AGEC 2310 can be used to satisfy both the program and technology requirement.
Open Electives
Students must take enough open elective credits to meet the 120 credit requirement for graduation.
 
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AGEC 2310 - Agribusiness Financial Records
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Applied course in record keeping. Use of computerized system to record business transactions; manage agricultural inventories, receivables, payables, and payroll; and generate coordinated financial statements.
AGEC 2530 - Professional Agriselling
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Use of technical and agricultural knowledge in agricultural sales. Need-satisfaction approach to selling. Planning and conducting informational meetings, exhibiting at farm and trade shows, importance of service and timeliness in agribusiness, and practice in making agrisales presentations.
AGEC 3310 - Advanced Agribusiness Financial Records
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Students learn to prepare cash flow budgets, prepare enterprise reports for analysis, prepare and interpret Farm Financial Standards reports, and learn about the connection between production field and/or livestock records and financial records using a computer software program specific to agriculture. prereq: 2310
AGEC 3540 - Farm Business Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Principles of farm accounting. Financial/income statements, cash flow statements, depreciation methods, farm income tax, enterprise analysis, farm management decision making, budgeting/planning, computer analysis of farm business. prereq: 2310 or Acct 2102
AGEC 4760 - Business Plan Development for Agribusiness
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Capstone. Application of economic, marketing, and business principles to critically evaluate a business opportunity. Identify and assess an agribusiness opportunity. Critically evaluate the potential for the business to be successful. Students develop a comprehensive business plan. prereq: 3540, 4740, MKTG 3300
GBUS 3107 - Legal Environment in Business
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Fundamental concepts of business law, with emphasis on legal system, contracts, bailments, agency, business organizations, fundamentals of commercial law.
MGMT 3200 - Principles of Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Terminology, theories, concepts, and skills of managing. Basic functions of managing including, planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. Additional topics include decision making, business ethics, and social responsibility.
MKTG 3300 - Principles of Marketing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to marketing/strategic marketing process. Team development of marketing plan that implements product, pricing, distribution, promotional strategies. prereq: [Econ 2101 or 2102], [Psy 1001 or instructor consent]
ANSC 1004 - Introduction to Animal Science
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Survey of the meat animal, dairy, and equine industries. Emphasis on general management principles, health care, breeding, behavior, feeding, and care of dairy cattle, beef cattle, horses, sheep, and swine.
ANSC 2104 - Feeds and Feeding
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Identification and use of feed grains, forages, supplemental feeds, and additives. Bushel weights, price, and cost per unit calculations. Moisture content calculations. Factors influencing feed quality, feed value, price, and storage. Digestion, ration formulation, and feed processing methods. prereq: 1004, high school chem or Chem 1001
ANSC 3104 - Applied Animal Nutrition
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Continuation of digestion/metabolism to include modifications/control. Application of nutritional principles to economical feeding of different farm animal species. Nutrient requirements/modifications due to weather, stress, feeding objectives, environment, and metabolic limitations. Computer formulation of rations. prereq: 2104, [CHEM 1401 or [CHEM 3021 or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 3021]]
EQSC 1002 - Equine Careers and Husbandry Practices
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Technical knowledge and practical experience needed for where students want to be in that industry.
EQSC 1202 - Equine Evaluation
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Conformation, breed characteristics, and type and their importance in evaluation. Performance evaluation, criteria, and scoring methods. Preparation and delivery of oral reasons.
EQSC 2102 - Horse Production
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Fundamentals of horse care. Equine nutrition, behavior, diseases. Hoof care. First aid, health care, disease prevention. Parasites. prereq: AnSc 1004
EQSC 2110 - Topics in Farrier Science
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
The fundamentals of trimming work, anatomy (particularly of limbs), identifying lameness, common hoof ailments, first aid for the hoof, and history of horseshoeing. prereq: 1202
EQSC 2112 - Riding Instructor Training
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Formulating lesson plans. Teaching methods for individuals or group. Safety, insurance, liability, management. Student's teaching methods are evaluated. prereq: 1000 or 1100 or 1200 or 2001
EQSC 3305 - Equine Reproductive Techniques
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Breeding management practices/techniques. Gestation, fetal development, endocrinology, estrus manipulation, artificial insemination, embryo transfer, cooled and cryopreservation of semen, teasing, and foaling. Lab emphasizes skills required in equine industry. Lecture emphasizes reproductive theory. prereq: 2102, AnSc 3203, 3304 or instructor consent
EQSC 3413 - Horse Training and Showing
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Work with untrained young horse or older show horse to correct problems or maintain the horse. prereq: 6 crs of equitation courses [from 1100, 1200, 1300, 3441, 3442, 3443], [3412 or concurrent enrollment in 3412]
EQSC 4102 - Equine Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamentals of horse management. Record keeping (traditional, computer based). Marketing, sales techniques. Legal aspects (e.g., contracts, zoning, liability, insurance). Management project that involves establishing, maintaining, improving an equine business. prereq: Econ 1101
GNAG 2899 - Pre-Internship Seminar
Credits: 0.5 [max 0.5]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Expectations/responsibilities of internships. Preparing for a job search. Presentations about internship experiences by those who have recently completed 3900. Discussions between students, staff, and invited guests.
GNAG 3899 - Pre-Internship Seminar
Credits: 0.5 [max 0.5]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Expectations/responsibilities of internships. Preparing for a job search. Presentations about internship experiences by those who have recently completed 3900. Discussions between students, staff, and invited guests.
GNAG 3900 - Internship
Credits: 0.5 -3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Supervised professional work experience in agricultural business, governmental agency. Report/consultation with faculty advisor/employer. prereq: 3899, [soph or sr]
GNAG 3901 - Post Internship Seminar
Credits: 0.5 [max 0.5]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Student who have recently completed internships prepare/deliver a PowerPoint presentation of experience/knowledge gained. Discussions between post/pre-internship students, staff, and invited guests. prereq: GnAg 3900
AGEC 3640 - Agricultural Finance and Valuation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Analysis of investment strategies and financing policies for farm and agribusiness firms. Liquidity, solvency, profitability. Financial documents, legal aspects of credit, financial intermediaries serving agriculture, property valuation, estate planning. prereq: 3540
MKTG 3230 - Digital Marketing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Value of incorporating digital and interactive marketing of goods/services. Strategies for using Internet to leverage marketing mix (product, price, place, promotion) to meet marketing objectives. prereq: 3300
MKTG 3250 - Integrated Marketing Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles of integrated marketing communications (IMC) including broadcast media, print media, support media, direct marketing, Internet/interactive marketing, sales promotions, and public relations. Develop/present promotional campaign for company. prereq: 3200, 3300
MGMT 3210 - Supervision and Leadership
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Emphasis on organizational environment/human behavior. Human resource systems, motivating employees, leadership, managing change, job satisfaction, communication, group processes, interpersonal/group dynamics within organization.
MGMT 3220 - Human Resource Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Management of people at work. Recruitment, selection, training, compensation, evaluation. Changing nature of world of work, labor market, labor relations, emerging legal issues, discrimination in pay and employment, effects of technological change on jobs/employment performance. prereq: Mgmt 3200
MGMT 3250 - Operations Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to operations management concepts to transform inputs such as materials, labor, capital and management into outputs that satisfy customer demand. The course focuses on analytical techniques and critical thinking to enhance decision making and operations management excellence. prereq: [MGMT 3200, MATH 1150] or instructor consent
MGMT 4200 - Project Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Foundations of project management. Working with teams, schedules, risks, and resources to produce a desired outcome. Skills and tools of project management with case studies and using appropriate software facilitate learning. prereq: 3200
EQSC 1000 - Light Horse Driving
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Types of driving vehicles and harness, including fine harness, heavy harness, and competitive driving. Hitching/driving the fine harness horse. Techniques for training the fine harness horse to drive. Negotiating obstacles while driving.
EQSC 1100 - Western Equitation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Grooming, handling, safety, identification of equipment, saddling, mounting, correct body position (equitation), cues and their proper use, various riding techniques. Focus on developing proper equitation skills and techniques for riding and showing.
EQSC 1200 - Hunt Seat & Dressage Equitation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Developing hunt seat skills and techniques, including how to ride a course of jumps. "Centered riding" techniques. Basic dressage maneuvers and riding lower-level dressage tests.
EQSC 1300 - Saddle Seat Equitation
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Saddling, mounting, seat/hands, other saddle seat techniques. Developing equitation skills for saddle seat riding/showing. prereq: 1100 or 1200 or instructor consent
EQSC 2001 - Concepts in Dressage Equitation
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Developing a balanced, classical seat for riding. Dressage techniques, riding a test, collection, advanced maneuvers. Refining skills to develop a supple, obedient horse. prereq: 1200 or instructor consent
EQSC 2202 - Advanced Equine Evaluation
Credits: 2.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Advanced study of conformation/performance in the horse. Selection of horses of different breeds based on conformation, breed character and movement. Emphasis will be placed on developing a knowledge of industry standards across a variety of disciplines to give the student a solid base for judging horse shows. prereq: 1202 or instructor consent
EQSC 3441 - Topics in Advanced Western Equitation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Experience in reining maneuvers. Students refine skills. prereq: 1100 or instructor consent
EQSC 3443 - Topics in Advanced Equitation Over Fences
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Experience in riding more challenging course of jumps. prereq: 1200 or instructor consent
GNAG 2000 - Global Studies in Agriculture and/or Natural Resources (GLOB PERSP)
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Students will study an agricultural or natural resource topic in relation to a specific culture and its current local/global issues. May require international travel for one to three seeks led by a faculty member.
GNAG 3000 - Global Seminar in Agriculture and/or Natural Resources (GLOB PERSP)
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Interdisciplinary approach to specific culture and its local/global issues as it relates to agriculture or natural resources. International experience in discipline of student's choice. Course offered on demand. Led by faculty member. prereq: sophomore, junior or senior status
PER 1761 - Varsity Sports: Equestrian
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Students participate/compete in equestrian events at collegiate level.
ANSC 3023 - Animal Breeding
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Application of qualitative genetic principles to animal breeding. Quantitative genetics. Livestock improvements through breeding/selection systems. prereq: 1004, Biol 1009
ANSC 3203 - Animal Anatomy and Physiology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Anatomy/physiology of several species. Organization of body from cells into tissues/organs. Identification, comparison, and contrast of different species. Growth development/function of selected bodily systems. prereq: 1004, Biol 1009
ANSC 3503 - Animal Health and Disease
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Concepts of health and disease with emphasis on prevention through health plans and enhancing immunity. Influence of environment and other stressors on health and disease. prereq: 3203
EQSC 3403 - Equine Exercise Physiology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, and regulatory systems of the horse. Effect of work-related stress (mental and physical) using physiological measures and how the systems relate to one another; how various types of conditioning can affect the systems separately and as a whole. prereq: AnSc 3203, EqSc 2102
BIOL 1009 - General Biology (BIOL SCI, PEOPLE/ENV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Major concepts of modern biology. Molecular structure of living things. Energy recruitment/utilization. Flow of genetic information through organisms/populations. Principles of inheritance, ecology, and evolution. Lab. prereq: High school science courses
COMM 1101 - Public Speaking (COMMUNICAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topic selection, research, organization, rehearsal, and extemporaneous delivery of informative and persuasive speeches.
COMP 1011 - Composition I (COMMUNICAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Process of clear, concrete, and convincing writing. Generation and discovery of subjects, revisions, editing.
COMP 1013 - Composition II (COMMUNICAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Writing a research paper/s. Formulating/answering a research question. Developing an organizational/argument strategy for topic/audience. Supporting research question/argument with scholarly sources. prereq: 1011
ECON 2101 - Microeconomics (HI/BEH/SSC)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Basic economic principles of pricing, resource allocation, consumption. Supply/demand, cost of production, consumer behavior. Competition/influences of market structure. prereq: Math 0991 or 2 yrs high school algebra or equiv
MATH 1031 - College Algebra (MATH THINK)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Basic algebraic operations, linear/quadratic equations/inequalities, variation. Functions/graphs. Theory of equations. Exponential/logarithmic functions. Systems of equations. Mathmatical modeling/applications. prereq: 0991 or ACT math score of 20 or higher