Montana State University

Department of Animal & Range Sciences

P.O. Box 172900
Bozeman, MT 59717-2900
Email: animalrange@montana.edu

Tel: (406) 994-3722
Fax: (406) 994-5589
Location: 103 Animal Bioscience Building

Interim Department Head:

Dr. Pat Hatfield

Equine Science Program

The Equine Science program is an option of the 4–year Animal Science degree program. This option emphasizes science and technology combined with practical aspects of management, horsemanship and training. The program includes courses in Western and English equitation, plus:

  • Equine growth, development, reproduction and nutrition
  • Business, marketing and management for the equine industry
  • Colt breaking, horse training and behavior
  • Land management for small acreage grazing
  • Hands–on learning through internships, research, and projects that fit your special interests
  • Well–rounded experience in basic sciences, communication, leadership, ecology and business


Graduates of this program will gain a firm foundation to meet the growing needs of the equine industry. This program is designed to prepare students for employment in breeding, nutrition, and management of facilities and land, and in allied industries such as sales, feed, tack, and equipment. Students can tailor their program to emphasize science, business, or rangeland or pasture management.

At MSU in Bozeman, the Rocky Mountains are your playground!

  • Gallatin National Forest — Numerous trailheads just 15 minutes from campus
  • Yellowstone Park is only 90 miles away
  • Great fishing, hunting, skiing, and outdoor recreation
  • MSU has a Rodeo Team, Horseman’s Club and Polo Club
  • Bozeman, Montana is a horse–lover’s paradise! The area features several outstanding riding and boarding facilities, ranch recreation enterprises, and numerous horse shows

Equine Clubs & Activities

Equine Science Option degree Requirements

Sample Equine Courses