Bachelor of Equine Science

If your aspiration is to work with horses, CSU’s Bachelor of Equine Science is the ideal course for you.

One of only two Bachelor of Equine Science degrees offered in Australia, CSU’s three-year course provides you with both practical skills and the extensive scientific knowledge you will need to be able to make informed evidence-based decisions when managing modern-day horses.

On graduation, you’ll be ready to embark upon a rewarding and successful career working in the horse industry, whether in business, health, teaching, research or welfare.

At a glance

Domestic students

Study mode: On Campus; Distance Education

Campuses:

Duration: 3 years full-time
6 years part-time

ATAR: 7000

International students

Study mode: On Campus; Distance Education

Campuses:

Duration: 3 years full-time
6 years part-time

CRICOS: 012005G (Wagga Wagga)

Why study this course?

Reasons to study this course with CSU:

  • CSU graduates are in high industry demand
  • With diverse career opportunities available across the growing equine industry, you are building a lifelong career
  • An Australian leader in Equine Science, CSU offers you access to world-class facilities and expert staff at its Wagga Wagga campus. You can even bring your own horse
  • Benefit from great staff to student ratios, ensuring you receive individual help and support throughout the course
  • Study online to match your work and lifestyle commitments
  • You may be eligible to apply for a CSU Science Scholarship, worth up to $4,000 per year for up to four years.

You will start by developing a strong fundamental understanding and appreciation of anatomy, physiology, biology and chemistry, enabling you to fully engage with applied equine subjects.  The CSU Equine Science course has notable strengths in the study of equine nutrition, reproduction, training and performance, health and welfare. The course is able to accommodate your specific interests through providing a choice of electives and the ability to contextualise and pursue your own discipline specific interests within the subjects you study.

Throughout the course, you will develop a sound scientific knowledge base and a wide range of essential skills, including critical thinking, effective verbal and written communication and practical skills.

CSU Equine Science graduates are comprehensively prepared to positively impact on management, health, welfare, reproduction training and performance of horses kept in a wide range of traditional and modern systems.

Develop your skills

While there are no prerequisite subjects, it is preferred that applicants have studied mathematics and chemistry at Year 12 level.

Prior horse experience offers some advantages but is not essential.

You do not need to be able to ride a horse to enrol in the Bachelor of Equine Science at CSU. However, instruction in riding is not offered as part of the course.

Latest facilities

Students of Equine Science will have access to world-leading technology as part of their academic studies.

CSU’s Equine Centre also boasts the following world-class facilities: 

  • six stable blocks with 84 stables and tack rooms
  • fully covered yards and handling facilities.
  • a 50m x 80m indoor arena with a 35m x 80m competition area
  • a 60 x 25m enclosed warm up arena adjacent to indoor arena
  • a 70 x 90m outdoor competition arena (all weather surface)
  • a 60 x 20m competition dressage arena (all weather surface)
  • a 70m x 40m outdoor sand arena
  • an amenities block including showers, toilets, canteen and office.

The Equine Centre at CSU has facilities available for students who wish to bring their own horse with them, including stabling with access to communal paddocks. Bedding is supplied, and you provide your own feed. Local feed suppliers will deliver to CSU.

Certification
Graduates are granted credit by the Equestrian Federation of Australia’s National Coaching Accreditation Scheme and may obtain the NCAS Level 1 coaching award by demonstrating satisfactory riding skills and sitting the EFA practical exam.

Students may also be eligible to receive the Certificate in Equestrian Coaching and the Certificate in Equine Reproduction with successful completion of specified subjects.
Further study
Outstanding graduates (that is, those with a grade point average of 5.0 or above) are eligible to enrol in a one-year Honours program to develop the research skills necessary for careers in research, academia, teaching or product development.
Graduates may choose to pursue postgraduate study through Master and Doctoral programs.

Career opportunities

As well as the more traditional areas of horse training and breeding management, careers are available in:

  • equine nutrition
  • pharmaceuticals
  • research and product development
  • government
  • sports administration and promotion
  • coaching
  • journalism
  • secondary science, TAFE or university education
  • complementary therapies.


With the equine sector contributing $6.4 billion to the Australian economy annually, career and business pathways will continue to develop for those best equipped to capitalise on the opportunities.

Credit and pathways

Students who have studied and successfully completed subjects at other universities which are likely to be equivalent to subjects in the CSU Equine Science degree may apply for credit for those subjects when enrolling.

Students who hold a relevant TAFE qualification may also be eligible to apply for credit into the Bachelor of Equine Science.

Credit will be granted for subjects which are equivalent in content and standard, at the discretion of the relevant Course Coordinator.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

Workplace Learning

Students will be expected to gain experience with performance horse and stud enterprises during their vacations.

Practical training is also available at the Equine Centre.

Subjects

The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

Course structure

The course, of 192 points duration, consists of (22 x 8 point core subjects or 20 x 8 point + 1 x 16 point core subject) and 2 x 8 point restricted elective subjects. These subjects are:

Core Subjects
ASC111 Comparative Animal Anatomy and Physiology
ASC148 Introduction to Equine Science
ASC171 Animal Anatomy and Physiology
ASC201 Equine Reproduction & Breeding Management
ASC202 Equine Locomotion
ASC206 Equine Industry
ASC209 Horse Breeding Technologies
ASC248 Horse Behaviour and Training Management
ASC261 Animal Reproduction
ASC273 Animal Nutrition
ASC306 Applied Animal Pharmacology and Therapeutics
ASC321 Equine Exercise Physiology
ASC350 Animal Health
ASC380 Industry Practicum 1
ASC381 Industry Practicum 2
ASC412 Equine Nutrition
ASC413 Equine Health
ASC416 Research Project/Special Topic 1
BCM210 Foundations and Techniques in Biochemistry
BIO100 Concepts of Biology
CHM108 Chemical Fundamentals
MCR101  Introduction to Microbiology
STA201 Scientific Statistics
(ASC380 Industry Practicum 1 & ASC381 Industry Practicum 2) OR ASC416 Research Project/Special Topic 1

Restricted Elective Subjects
ASC142 Equestrian Coaching
ASC221 Animal Genetics (Internal only)
AGR220 Extension
AHT231 Agricultural Finance and Business Management
HRM210 Human Resource Management
MKT110 Marketing & Society
PSC360 Pastures and Rangelands

Enrolment pattern

By full-time study

Year 1, Session 1
ASC148 Introduction to Equine Science
ASC206 Equine Industry
BIO100 Concepts of Biology
CHM108 Chemical Fundamentals

Year 1, Session 2
ASC171 Animal Anatomy and Physiology
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
ASC248 Horse Behaviour and Training Management
STA201 Scientific Statistics

Year 2, Session 1
ASC111 Comparative Animal Anatomy and Physiology
ASC202 Equine Locomotion
ASC261 Animal Reproduction
BCM210 Foundations and Techniques in Biochemistry

Year 2, Session 2
ASC201 Equine Reproduction & Breeding Management
ASC209 Horse Breeding Technologies
ASC273 Animal Nutrition
ASC306 Applied Animal Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Year 3, Session 1
ASC350 Animal Health
{} Elective
ASC412 Equine Nutrition
[ ] Elective

Year 3, Session 2
ASC321 Equine Exercise Physiology
ASC413 Equine Health
(ASC380 Industry Practicum 1 & ASC381 Industry Practicum 2) or ASC416 Research Project/Special Topic 1

By part-time Distance Education study

Year 1, Session 1
ASC148 Introduction to Equine Science
CHM108 Chemical Fundamentals

Year 1, Session 2
ASC171 Animal Anatomy and Physiology
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology

Year 2, Session 1
ASC106 Equine Industry
BIO100 Concepts of Biology

Year 2, Session 2
ASC248 Horse Behaviour and Training Management
STA201 Scientific Statistics

Year 3, Session 1
ASC111 Comparative Animal Anatomy and Physiology
BCM210 Foundations and Techniques in Biochemistry

Year 3, Session 2
ASC273 Animal Nutrition
ASC306 Applied Animal Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Year 4, Session 1
ASC202 Equine Locomotion
ASC261 Animal Reproduction

Year 4, Session 2
ASC201 Equine Reproduction & Breeding Management
ASC209 Horse Breeding Technologies

Year 5, Session 1
ASC350 Animal Health
[ ] Elective

Year 5, Session 2
ASC321 Equine Exercise Physiology
ASC413 Equine Health

Year 6, Session 1
[ ] Elective
ASC412 Equine Nutrition

Year 6, Session 2
(ASC380 Industry Practicum 1 & ASC381 Industry Practicum 2) or ASC416 Research Project/Special Topic 1

Residential schools

The following subjects may have a residential school component for distance education students:

AGR220 Extension
CHM108 Chemical Fundamentals
ASC142 Equestrian Coaching
ASC111 Comparative Animal Anatomy and Physiology
ASC171 Animal Anatomy and Physiology
BIO100 Concepts of Biology
ASC201 Equine Reproduction & Breeding Management
BCM210 Foundations and Techniques in Biochemistry
MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
ASC412 Equine Nutrition
ASC202 Equine Locomotion
ASC261 Animal Reproduction
ASC306 Applied Animal Pharmacology
ASC209 Horse Breeding Technologies
ASC350 Animal Health
ASC321 Equine Exercise Physiology
ASC413 Equine Health
PSC360 Pastures and Rangelands
ASC148 Introduction to Equine Science

Admission Information

Indicative ATAR:7000

Recommended studies for this course are Chemistry and Mathematics at HSC level or equivalent, however these are not essential for admission.

Admission Requirements are based on previous studies and other attainments and experience.

Previous studies

Previous studies include:

  • the NSW Higher School Certificate or interstate /overseas equivalent;
  • the International Baccalaureate Diploma;
  • a completed or part completed course of a university, college of advanced education or other accredited tertiary institution;
  • a completed or part completed course of a TAFE college or other accredited post-secondary institution (including TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate);
  • an approved Foundation Studies program certificate;
  • completion of undergraduate subjects as an Associate Student with the University or through another University, or Open Learning Australia.

NSW and interstate school leavers are normally selected on the basis of their Universities Admissions Index (UAI) or interstate equivalent. You may also be admitted on the basis of a strong performance in subjects relevant to your course preferences.

Attainment and experience

You may also be admitted to a course based on other attainments and experience. These may include:

  • voluntary or paid work experience;
  • performance in tests and examinations conducted by professional recognised bodies;
  • participation in continuing education programs and/or staff development programs conducted by adult education agencies, consultancies, professional bodies or employers;
  • completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT).

Cost of study

For information on the tuition fees and other costs associated with studying this course, see 'Cost of study' section of online course brochure

Course Details

Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJTEQ
DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaFPOSYYNITEQ
DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaCGSYYNETEQ
DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYYNKTE
UACOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYNN215204

LEGEND
CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

Graduation Requirements

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points (24 subjects).

How to apply

Domestic student applications for on campus study commencing in Session 2 are made direct to CSU via the 'Apply online' button.

For online applications, see 'How to apply' section of online course brochure

About the School

School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

The School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences is a hands-on provider of education in the areas of animal, equine and veterinary sciences. The School delivers teaching in state-of-the-art laboratories and clinics at CSU’s Wagga Wagga Campus, as well as through the small animal clinic in the city of Wagga Wagga. The School works in close collaboration with local farmers and clinicians in the delivery of training, with a strong focus on practical skills to prepare work-ready graduates. Since introducing the veterinary science course in 2005, the School has achieved its vision of providing high quality and passionate veterinarians for rural Australia. Staff are very active in research and in supervising postgraduate research students, with both national and international aspects.

Academic expectations

For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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