• An outdoor arena is just one part of MTSU’s state-of-art Horse Science Center
  • Horse Science students at MTSU
    learn by doing
  • Award-winning equestrian coach, Anne Brzezicki teaches students how to succeed
  • MTSU's Equestrian Team welcomes all skill levels and majors

Horse Science

Why should you study Horse Science at MTSU? What sort of careers are available? Most people consider the obvious ones first: horse trainer, riding teacher, groom, barn manager, breeding/foaling manager, veterinarian, farrier—careers that require hands-on work directly with horses. Many people do not consider the depth and scope of the U.S. horse industry. According to a survey by the American Horse Council, there are 9.2 million horses in the United States today. The horse industry contributes $102 billion to the gross domestic product and pays nearly $2 million in taxes annually. Two million people own horses; 4.6 million people are involved in the horse industry as owners, service providers, employees, and volunteers; and tens of millions of spectators enjoy horse events annually. The U.S. horse industry supports approximately 460,000 full-time-equivalent jobs. Most of those jobs do not include hands-on work with horses but instead provide support to the industry. At MTSU, students study with faculty who have a wide range of expertise and choose from a variety of extracurricular activities as they prepare for the future.

The House of Horse

Located seven miles from the main campus and adjacent to Tennessee Miller Coliseum, the MTSU Horse Science Center has two state-of-the-art master classrooms, an equine reproduction laboratory, faculty offices and conference room, heated barn with 65 climate-controlled stalls, and an enclosed 105' x 230' teaching arena. An additional outdoor arena and a jump course are also available. Future plans include completion of the 2500-square-foot horse science annex, to include a scientific laboratory, graduate student offices, tack storage area, and locker room.

Here come the judges...

For more than 35 years, Dr. Dave Whitaker and students in the judging team program have competed and impressed on the regional and national levels. The crew generally competes at two or three fall contests, with a new team forming in the spring. The group has won the World Championship Quarter Horse Show contest twice and the Quarter Horse Congress judging contest three times. (One of those wins was with a four-person team in 2005, the first four-person team ever to win the Congress since the contest began in 1969.)

As is true of most multi-billion-dollar industries, there are plenty of career opportunities that involve hands-on interaction with horses; however, there are even more careers that do not—that function more in a support role. Career examples include:

  • Journalist for any of the major horse publications (breed or discipline-specific magazines); editor of horse publications; photographer; ad or website designer for horse publications or organizations; realtor specializing in horse properties; equine sales and marketing
  • Sales and marketing of support supplies: trucks, trailers, fencing, stables, tack and equipment, health supplies, riding attire, feed, hay, etc.; pharmaceutical representative selling products to equine veterinarians and horse owners
  • Licensed horse show officials including inspectors, judges, show managers, show stewards, show announcers, regional representatives and other designated qualified persons
  • Course designer for horse events (jumping, trail, eventing, combined driving, etc.); trailer designer; architect or engineer specializing in equine facilities, coliseums, riding arenas and stables; agricultural engineer; racing regulator, racing steward, timing official, handicapper, tattoo inspector, racing secretary
  • Lawyer specializing in equine law, liability, equine contracts, environmental law, equine syndication
  • Public relations for a breed or discipline-specific association; breed registry official; blood typing specialist
  • Equine scientist; equine geneticist; equine exercise physiologist; immunologist; formulation and testing of equine vaccines; equine behaviorist; equine reproductive physiologist; specialist in artificial insemination and embryo transfer
  • Equine nutritionist, equine feed specialist or nutrition laboratory technician; feed development specialist, pasture management specialist
  • Therapist specializing in therapeutic riding and equine assisted therapies
  • Financial planner specializing in equine businesses; credit agent for horse properties; equine insurance agent
  • Horse extension specialist or extension agent (people who teach best management practices regarding horses to new owners); rangeland management specialist, Bureau of Land Management official; mounted police officer
  • University professor specializing in horses, technical school teacher, high school FFA teacher, 4-H program coordinator
  • Equine or large animal veterinarian or board-certified veterinarian specializing in surgery, ophthalmology, radiology, pathology, pharmacology, clinical nutrition, gastroenterology, osteopathy, theriogenology, and others; equine sports medicine and rehabilitation specialist; veterinary technician, radiography technician, laboratory technician

You may know already the horse career of your choice, or you may still be searching. MTSU’s Horse Science Program provides a variety of course experiences that will help you decide and provides the tools you need to be successful in the horse industry.

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • American Quarter Horse Association
  • American Paint Horse Association
  • Dechra Veterinary Products
  • Farm Credit Services Mid-America
  • Merck Animal Health
  • MWI Veterinary Supply
  • National Institute of Health
  • Nolensville Equine Hospital
  • Purdue University
  • Purina
  • Shenandoah Mills
  • Tractor Supply Company
  • Taylor Farms
  • Tennessee Department of Agriculture
  • Tennessee Farm Bureau
  • Tennessee Farmers Coop
  • Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association
  • Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
  • University of Tennessee Extension Service
  • Walking Horse Owners Association

Undergraduate students who wish to study Horse Science choose the concentration under the Animal Science major and earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Other majors in the School of Agribusiness and Agriscience leading to a B.S. are Agribusiness and Plant and Soil Science.

Students may also choose to follow the pre-veterinary medicine path of study. Undergraduate and graduate minors are available in Agriculture.

In addition to a major area of study, MTSU students also choose a minor to support their career goals. Some minors commonly chosen include Entrepreneurship, Business Administration, Marketing, Management, Recreation, Writing, and Leadership Studies, but the choices are endless. Alternately, some students choose to major in another area of study, and then take primarily Horse Science courses for their Agriculture minor.

Graduate students in the Horse Science program at MTSU can pursue a Master of Science (M.S.) with one of three concentrations: Equine Education, Equine Physiology, or Industry Management.

Animal Science, Horse Science Concentration, B.S.

School of Agribusiness and Agriscience
Rhonda Hoffman, program coordinator
615-898-2432 (SAG) or 615-898-2908 (Horse Science Center)
Rhonda.Hoffman@mtsu.edu
 

The Horse Science concentration is designed to meet the needs of persons majoring in Animal Science who wish to emphasize horse science and related courses.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Animal Science, Horse Science, B.S., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

Major Requirements (43 hours)

Animal Science Core (19 hours)

  • ABAS 1000 - Orientation in Agriculture  1 credit hour credit hours  

    ABAS 1000 - Orientation in Agriculture

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Job opportunities in agriculture, departmental facilities, extracurricular activities at MTSU associated with specific phases of agriculture. Pass/Fail.

  • ABAS 1410 - Elements of Animal Science

    3 credit hours

    Overview of domestic animal species, including reproduction, genetics, feeding, management, and product marketing. Species include beef, dairy, horses, swine, sheep, goats, and companion animals.

  • ABAS 1610 - Elements of Plant Science

    3 credit hours

    Fundamental plant processes; plant tissues, structures, environment, growth, development, reproduction, and propagation. Lecture/Lab.

  • ABAS 2210 - Introduction to Agricultural Engineering

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1710 or MATH 1010 or approval of instructor. Basic principles, mechanics, combustion engines, electricity, building construction, and machinery with applications of problem solving techniques. Lecture/Lab.

  • ABAS 3440 - Livestock Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ABAS 1410. Management practices for farm animal species. Practices include animal handling, restraint techniques, feeding, milking, castrations, identification methods, and herd health problems. Lecture/lab.

 

  • ABAS 3340 - Soil  3 credit hours  OR

    ABAS 3340 - Soil

    3 credit hours

    Physical, chemical, and biological properties. Lecture/lab.

  • ABAS 4310 - Forage Crops  3 credit hours  

    ABAS 4310 - Forage Crops

    3 credit hours

    Adaptation, distribution, establishment, management, culture, and utilization of forage legumes and grasses. Lecture/lab.

Animal Science Concentration (24 hours)

  • ABAS 2400 - Fundamentals of Horsemanship

    3 credit hours

    Behavior, philosophy, and language for communicating with and influencing the equine athlete. Develops basic control skills, balance and coordination, gaits; use of equipment; understanding equestrian competition. Two-hour lecture and two-hour laboratory each week.

  • ABAS 2480 - Equine Evaluation and Selection

    3 credit hours

    Individual parts, conformation, and gaits of the horse as they relate to selecting and judging horses for production, recreation, and sport.

 

  • ABAS 3040 - Stable Management  3 credit hours  OR

    ABAS 3040 - Stable Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ABAS 2400 or approval of instructor. Business aspects of horse facility management and ownership emphasized. Practical approaches to management of horses and responsible horse ownership also covered. Lecture/lab.

  • ABAS 3430 - Horse Production  3 credit hours  

    ABAS 3430 - Horse Production

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ABAS 2110 or ABAS 2400 or approval of instructor. Scientific principles relevant to production requirements of horses as related to exercise physiology and performance, growth, reproductive physiology and state, age, and clinical support. Facilities management, marketing, legal aspects of horse ownership, and career opportunities covered. Lecture/lab.

 

  • ABAS 3300 - Equine Health  3 credit hours  

    ABAS 3300 - Equine Health

    3 credit hours

    Familiarizes students with normal physiologic parameters and how to recognize and deal with health issues of horses. Topics include care of the pregnant broodmare, foal care, routine health maintenance, infectious diseases, commonly used medications, dentistry, lameness, neurological diseases, colic, parasites, ophthalmology, dermatology, reproduction, geriatrics, and alternative therapies. Lecture/lab.

  • ABAS 3410 - Horse Breeds and Genetics

    3 credit hours

    A review of the history of the horse from the prehistoric era to present day with a focus on the development and contributions of horse breeds in the U.S. and state horse industry. Roles of breed associations, principles of genetics, selection of desired traits, genetic abnormalities associated with specific breeds, and matching breeds to disciplines discussed.

 

  • ABAS 4090 - Equine Reproduction and Breeding

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ABAS 2110 or ABAS 3040 or ABAS 3430 or approval of instructor. Reproductive anatomy and physiology of the stallion and mare as they relate to modern breeding practices. Vocational training in semen handling, artificial insemination, and neonatal care. Two hours lecture and two hours laboratory.

  • ABAS 4440 - Equine Nutrition and Feeding

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ABAS 1410 and CHEM 1010/CHEM 1011 and CHEM 1020/CHEM 1021 or approval of instructor. Equine digestion and utilization of nutrients, appropriate feeds and feeding management, and diseases with a nutritional component. Nutrient requirements for the horse at various stages, including maintenance, reproduction, growth, performance, age, and clinical support discussed.

 

  • ABAS 4040 - Equine Event and Facility Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ABAS 3040 or ABAS 3440 or approval of instructor. Fundamentals of managing equine and other livestock events and facilities covered. Involves active participation in preparing for and conducting equine events held on campus. Lecture/lab.

  • ABAS 4170 - Equine Industry  3 credit hours  OR

    ABAS 4170 - Equine Industry

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ABAS 2130 or ABAS 3130 and ABAS 3040 or approval of instructor. Operational strategies and management issues facing the equine enterprises. Financial, legal, and taxation issues pertaining to the U.S. and international equine industry. Lecture/lab.

  • ABAS 4450 - Techniques of Teaching Horsemanship

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ABAS 2400, ABAS 3400, and ABAS 4400 or approval of instructor. Development of communication, evaluation, and presentation skills for teaching horsemanship. Two-hour lecture and two-hour laboratory each week.

  • ABAS 4460 - Behavior and Training of Horses

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ABAS 2400, ABAS 3400, ABAS 4400, and approval of instructor. The psychology, theory, and practice of training and behavior modification in horses. Students assigned a project horse for the semester. Two hours lecture and four hours laboratory.

  • ABAS 4540 - Equine Assisted Therapy

    3 credit hours

    Focuses on the effective modality of the horse/human bond as it relates to various forms of equine-assisted therapy with an emphasis on therapeutic riding for people with disabilities. Management of a NARHA-approved therapeutic program and instructor certification also covered. One hour classroom lecture, online, and experiential learning components.

  • ABAS 4550 - Equine Exercise Physiology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ABAS 2400 or approval of instructor. Applied aspects of equine exercise physiology, including physical, physiological, metabolic and mental adaptation to athletic training, exercise metabolism, thermoregulation, biomechanics of movement, effects of surface and footing, common unsoundnesses observed during training and competition, exercising testing, and an overview of shoeing for performance.  

 

  • Animal Science or Agribusiness elective 3 credit hours

Supporting Courses (8 hours)

  • BIOL 1120 - General Biology  4 credit hours  AND

    BIOL 1120 - General Biology

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111. Corequisite: BIOL 1121. Primarily for Biology majors and minors and other science-oriented students. Survey of plants and animals emphasizing evolution, structure, function, reproduction, growth, and ecology. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

 

  • CHEM 1020 - Introductory General Chemistry II

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CHEM 1010/CHEM 1011. Corequisite: CHEM 1021 Topics include hydrocarbons, organic functional groups, isomerism, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids and proteins, enzymes, and metabolism. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory. Will not count toward a major or minor in Chemistry.

Minor (18 hours)

  • Chosen from another department

Electives (9-10 hours)

Total hours in program: 120

 

Curriculum: Animal Science, Horse Science

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories. 

Freshman

 

  • ABAS 1000 - Orientation in Agriculture  1 credit hour credit hours  

    ABAS 1000 - Orientation in Agriculture

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Job opportunities in agriculture, departmental facilities, extracurricular activities at MTSU associated with specific phases of agriculture. Pass/Fail.

  • ABAS 1410 - Elements of Animal Science

    3 credit hours

    Overview of domestic animal species, including reproduction, genetics, feeding, management, and product marketing. Species include beef, dairy, horses, swine, sheep, goats, and companion animals.

  • ABAS 1610 - Elements of Plant Science

    3 credit hours

    Fundamental plant processes; plant tissues, structures, environment, growth, development, reproduction, and propagation. Lecture/Lab.

  • Mathematics 3 to 4 credit hours (MATH 1710 recommended)
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

 

  • BIOL 1110 - General Biology  4 credit hours  (Nat Sci) AND

    BIOL 1110 - General Biology

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 1111. Primarily for Biology majors and minors and other science-oriented students. Biological principles and processes, including introduction to the nature of science, cells (structure, function, metabolism, division), genetics, evolution, viruses, bacteria, protists, and fungi. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory. While BIOL 1110 can be used to fulfill half the 8-hour General Education requirement for Natural Sciences, it is the first semester of a two-semester sequence primarily designed for science majors.

 

  • BIOL 1120 - General Biology  4 credit hours  AND

    BIOL 1120 - General Biology

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111. Corequisite: BIOL 1121. Primarily for Biology majors and minors and other science-oriented students. Survey of plants and animals emphasizing evolution, structure, function, reproduction, growth, and ecology. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

Subtotal: 30-31 Hours

 

Sophomore

 

  • Minor course 3 credit hours
  • ABAS 2400 - Fundamentals of Horsemanship

    3 credit hours

    Behavior, philosophy, and language for communicating with and influencing the equine athlete. Develops basic control skills, balance and coordination, gaits; use of equipment; understanding equestrian competition. Two-hour lecture and two-hour laboratory each week.

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • CHEM 1010 - Introductory General Chemistry I  4 credit hours  (Nat Sci) AND

    CHEM 1010 - Introductory General Chemistry I

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: CHEM 1011. For students with no prior courses in chemistry; to be taken before CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111. Fundamental concepts of chemistry: measurements, matter, chemical bonds, chemical reactions, nuclear chemistry, states of matter, solutions, and electrolytes. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory. Will not count toward a major or minor in Chemistry.

OR

  • CHEM 1110 - General Chemistry I  4 credit hours  (Nat Sci) AND

    CHEM 1110 - General Chemistry I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: High school chemistry. Corequisite: CHEM 1111. Fundamental concepts of atomic structure, molecular structure and bonding, chemical reactions, stoichiometric relationships, periodic properties of the elements, thermochemistry, and properties of gases. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

 

  • CHEM 1020 - Introductory General Chemistry II

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CHEM 1010/CHEM 1011. Corequisite: CHEM 1021 Topics include hydrocarbons, organic functional groups, isomerism, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids and proteins, enzymes, and metabolism. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory. Will not count toward a major or minor in Chemistry.

OR

  • CHEM 1120 - General Chemistry II  4 credit hours  AND

    CHEM 1120 - General Chemistry II

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: C- or better in CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111. Corequisite: CHEM 1121. Chemical equilibrium, solid and liquid states of matter, chemistry of acids and bases, principles of chemical kinetics, precipitation reactions, elementary thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory.

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 32 Hours

 

Junior

 

  • Animal Science or Agribusiness elective 3 credit hours
  • ABAS 3300 - Equine Health  3 credit hours  

    ABAS 3300 - Equine Health

    3 credit hours

    Familiarizes students with normal physiologic parameters and how to recognize and deal with health issues of horses. Topics include care of the pregnant broodmare, foal care, routine health maintenance, infectious diseases, commonly used medications, dentistry, lameness, neurological diseases, colic, parasites, ophthalmology, dermatology, reproduction, geriatrics, and alternative therapies. Lecture/lab.

 

  • ABAS 3340 - Soil  3 credit hours  OR

    ABAS 3340 - Soil

    3 credit hours

    Physical, chemical, and biological properties. Lecture/lab.

  • ABAS 4310 - Forage Crops  3 credit hours  

    ABAS 4310 - Forage Crops

    3 credit hours

    Adaptation, distribution, establishment, management, culture, and utilization of forage legumes and grasses. Lecture/lab.

 

  • ABAS 2210 - Introduction to Agricultural Engineering

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1710 or MATH 1010 or approval of instructor. Basic principles, mechanics, combustion engines, electricity, building construction, and machinery with applications of problem solving techniques. Lecture/Lab.

  • ABAS 3440 - Livestock Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ABAS 1410. Management practices for farm animal species. Practices include animal handling, restraint techniques, feeding, milking, castrations, identification methods, and herd health problems. Lecture/lab.

  • Minor requirements 6 credit hours
  • Upper-division electives 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

Senior

 

  • ABAS 3040 - Stable Management  3 credit hours  OR

    ABAS 3040 - Stable Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ABAS 2400 or approval of instructor. Business aspects of horse facility management and ownership emphasized. Practical approaches to management of horses and responsible horse ownership also covered. Lecture/lab.

  • ABAS 3430 - Horse Production  3 credit hours  

    ABAS 3430 - Horse Production

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ABAS 2110 or ABAS 2400 or approval of instructor. Scientific principles relevant to production requirements of horses as related to exercise physiology and performance, growth, reproductive physiology and state, age, and clinical support. Facilities management, marketing, legal aspects of horse ownership, and career opportunities covered. Lecture/lab.

 

  • ABAS 3410 - Horse Breeds and Genetics

    3 credit hours

    A review of the history of the horse from the prehistoric era to present day with a focus on the development and contributions of horse breeds in the U.S. and state horse industry. Roles of breed associations, principles of genetics, selection of desired traits, genetic abnormalities associated with specific breeds, and matching breeds to disciplines discussed.

  • ABAS 2480 - Equine Evaluation and Selection

    3 credit hours

    Individual parts, conformation, and gaits of the horse as they relate to selecting and judging horses for production, recreation, and sport.

 

  • ABAS 4090 - Equine Reproduction and Breeding

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ABAS 2110 or ABAS 3040 or ABAS 3430 or approval of instructor. Reproductive anatomy and physiology of the stallion and mare as they relate to modern breeding practices. Vocational training in semen handling, artificial insemination, and neonatal care. Two hours lecture and two hours laboratory.

  • ABAS 4440 - Equine Nutrition and Feeding

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ABAS 1410 and CHEM 1010/CHEM 1011 and CHEM 1020/CHEM 1021 or approval of instructor. Equine digestion and utilization of nutrients, appropriate feeds and feeding management, and diseases with a nutritional component. Nutrient requirements for the horse at various stages, including maintenance, reproduction, growth, performance, age, and clinical support discussed.

 

  • ABAS 4040 - Equine Event and Facility Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ABAS 3040 or ABAS 3440 or approval of instructor. Fundamentals of managing equine and other livestock events and facilities covered. Involves active participation in preparing for and conducting equine events held on campus. Lecture/lab.

  • ABAS 4170 - Equine Industry  3 credit hours  OR

    ABAS 4170 - Equine Industry

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ABAS 2130 or ABAS 3130 and ABAS 3040 or approval of instructor. Operational strategies and management issues facing the equine enterprises. Financial, legal, and taxation issues pertaining to the U.S. and international equine industry. Lecture/lab.

  • ABAS 4450 - Techniques of Teaching Horsemanship

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ABAS 2400, ABAS 3400, and ABAS 4400 or approval of instructor. Development of communication, evaluation, and presentation skills for teaching horsemanship. Two-hour lecture and two-hour laboratory each week.

  • ABAS 4460 - Behavior and Training of Horses

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ABAS 2400, ABAS 3400, ABAS 4400, and approval of instructor. The psychology, theory, and practice of training and behavior modification in horses. Students assigned a project horse for the semester. Two hours lecture and four hours laboratory.

  • ABAS 4540 - Equine Assisted Therapy

    3 credit hours

    Focuses on the effective modality of the horse/human bond as it relates to various forms of equine-assisted therapy with an emphasis on therapeutic riding for people with disabilities. Management of a NARHA-approved therapeutic program and instructor certification also covered. One hour classroom lecture, online, and experiential learning components.

  • ABAS 4550 - Equine Exercise Physiology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ABAS 2400 or approval of instructor. Applied aspects of equine exercise physiology, including physical, physiological, metabolic and mental adaptation to athletic training, exercise metabolism, thermoregulation, biomechanics of movement, effects of surface and footing, common unsoundnesses observed during training and competition, exercising testing, and an overview of shoeing for performance.  

  • Minor requirements 9 credit hours
  • Upper-division electives 3 to 4 credit hours

Subtotal: 28 Hours

 

Anne Brzezicki
Director of Equitation Programs
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Dr. John Haffner
Associate Professor
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Dr. Rhonda Hoffman
Professor | Interim Director of Horse Science
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Agribusiness and Agriscience

ABAS 1000 - Orientation in Agriculture
1 credit hour credit

Job opportunities in agriculture, departmental facilities, extracurricular activities at MTSU associated with specific phases of agriculture. Pass/Fail.

ABAS 1101 - Introduction to Ornamental Horticulture
3 credit hours

Ornamental horticulture from the scientific basis to commercial operations and management systems. Emphasis on the role of horticulture in everyday living through the introductory study of growing, maintenance, and utilization of plants to benefit people and the environment. Topics include basis of plant science and history, scope, and nature of ornamental horticulture including coverage of such diverse topics as production, craftsmanship, and business management skills.

ABAS 1110 - Introduction to Horse Care and Use
3 credit hours

Survey of basic equine care, breeds, use, management, and behavior.

ABAS 1201 - Agribusiness: Fundamentals and Applications
3 credit hours

Introduces key agribusiness principles and their application to the food industry. Major microeconomic, macroeconomics, and global forces influencing both producers' and consumers' decision of food and fiber products considered and discussed. Leading problems and current issues facing the industry discussed.  

ABAS 1301 - Introduction to Agricultural Leadership
3 credit hours

Introduces agricultural leadership and illustrates the relationship between leadership styles, personality types, communication styles, and career selection. Offers preparation for leadership positions in agricultural careers and communities.  

ABAS 1410 - Elements of Animal Science
3 credit hours

Overview of domestic animal species, including reproduction, genetics, feeding, management, and product marketing. Species include beef, dairy, horses, swine, sheep, goats, and companion animals.

ABAS 1610 - Elements of Plant Science
3 credit hours

Fundamental plant processes; plant tissues, structures, environment, growth, development, reproduction, and propagation. Lecture/Lab.

ABAS 2010 - World Food and Society
3 credit hours

A global examination of the economic, political, social, and cultural issues related to hunger including war, politics, inequities, malnutrition, population growth, food production, biotechnology, ecological destruction, and food aid. Students will examine personal and societal values concerning world food issues and explore possible directions and solutions for the future. Includes a service learning experience.

ABAS 2110 - Basic Horsemanship
1 credit hour credit

Preparation and orientation for students interested in taking horse science courses with an animal handling component. Topics include facility safety, horse control and handling, grooming, saddling, daily care considerations, and facility maintenance. Lecture and one two-hour laboratory each week.

ABAS 2130 - Introduction to Agribusiness
3 credit hours

Nature, scope, importance, and relationship to the general economy.

ABAS 2210 - Introduction to Agricultural Engineering
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MATH 1710 or MATH 1010 or approval of instructor. Basic principles, mechanics, combustion engines, electricity, building construction, and machinery with applications of problem solving techniques. Lecture/Lab.

ABAS 2230 - Introduction to Vocational Agricultural Education
3 credit hours

Duties of the vocational agriculture teacher with special emphasis on the Future Farmers of America and Supervised Agricultural Experience Programs. Lecture/Lab.

ABAS 2400 - Fundamentals of Horsemanship
3 credit hours

Behavior, philosophy, and language for communicating with and influencing the equine athlete. Develops basic control skills, balance and coordination, gaits; use of equipment; understanding equestrian competition. Two-hour lecture and two-hour laboratory each week.

ABAS 2480 - Equine Evaluation and Selection
3 credit hours

Individual parts, conformation, and gaits of the horse as they relate to selecting and judging horses for production, recreation, and sport.

ABAS 2500 - Wine Appreciation
3 credit hours

The fundamentals of wine appreciation, wine label interpretation, and wine judging. Students will evaluate wine products and must be 21 years of age to enroll. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3010 - Agri-Media Skills
3 credit hours

Applications of oral and written skills in communicating about agricultural research, shows, and sales.

ABAS 3040 - Stable Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ABAS 2400 or approval of instructor. Business aspects of horse facility management and ownership emphasized. Practical approaches to management of horses and responsible horse ownership also covered. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3130 - Principles of Agricultural Economics
3 credit hours

Applying the principles of economics to agricultural problems.

ABAS 3140 - Real Property Law for Commerce and Agriculture
3 credit hours

(Same as BLAW 4470/FIN 4470.) Prerequisite: Junior standing. Legal rights and limitations of ownership of property, estates, titles, methods of transferring titles, abstract of titles, mortgages, leases, easements, restrictions on the use of property, real estate development, application of contract law to real property, and the role of real estate in the administration of estates. Emphasis on specific application to agricultural businesses and farms.

ABAS 3150 - Avocational Agriculture
3 credit hours

Analyzes and evaluates potential opportunities, markets, and profitability of part-time agricultural enterprises. Examines potential advantages and disadvantages of part-time agriculture including cost, revenue, time restrictions and freedoms, management considerations, and profitable opportunities.

ABAS 3160 - Value Added Agriculture
3 credit hours

A comprehensive analysis of the value-added agricultural industry including marketing farm products directly to consumers.  

ABAS 3200 - International Wine Industry
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ABAS 2500 or permission of instructor. Introduces the wine industry of a country other than the U.S; taught onsite in the host country. Wine industry from the ground up explored--from the nurseries which propagate grapevines, to the vineyards that produce the grapes, to the wineries that produce and market the wines. Marketing of host country wines, domestically and abroad, studied. Participants must be 21 years of age to enroll. Combined lecture/lab.  

ABAS 3300 - Equine Health
3 credit hours

Familiarizes students with normal physiologic parameters and how to recognize and deal with health issues of horses. Topics include care of the pregnant broodmare, foal care, routine health maintenance, infectious diseases, commonly used medications, dentistry, lameness, neurological diseases, colic, parasites, ophthalmology, dermatology, reproduction, geriatrics, and alternative therapies. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3310 - Animal Care and Welfare
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ABAS 1410 or permission of the instructor. Applied aspects of animal care and welfare, including physical condition, feeding, proper housing, and environmental adaptation of animals to human interaction.

ABAS 3330 - Field Crop Production
3 credit hours

Economic importance, adaptation, origin, and history; botanical characteristics; cultural methods, uses, breeding, and pests of field crops. Lecture/Lab.

ABAS 3340 - Soil
3 credit hours

Physical, chemical, and biological properties. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3350 - Soil Fertility and Fertilizer
3 credit hours

Use of fertilizer and liming materials in soil-plant relationships. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3360 - Irrigation and Drainage
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ABAS 3340. Comparative evaluation and interpretation of irrigation and drainage systems; water supply development; interrelationships of the environment and plants; scheduling irrigation; examination of economic and legal factors. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3370 - Soil Analysis
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ABAS 3340. Analysis of soils in laboratory. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3400 - Horsemanship-Equitation
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ABAS 2400 and approval of instructor. Understanding, recognizing, and producing lateral control in the horse. Lateral exercises; lateral movements; developing lateral balance and control, track, gait, pace, impulsion, and rhythm. Two hour lecture and two-hour laboratory each week.

ABAS 3410 - Horse Breeds and Genetics
3 credit hours

A review of the history of the horse from the prehistoric era to present day with a focus on the development and contributions of horse breeds in the U.S. and state horse industry. Roles of breed associations, principles of genetics, selection of desired traits, genetic abnormalities associated with specific breeds, and matching breeds to disciplines discussed.

ABAS 3420 - Genetics of Domestic Livestock
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ABAS 1410; BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111, BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121; junior-level classification or higher. Basic principles of genetics, crossbreeding, inbreeding, and molecular genetics. Animal breeding topics include use of quantitative traits, prediction of breeding value, methods of selection, and genetic evaluations. Offered fall only.

ABAS 3430 - Horse Production
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ABAS 2110 or ABAS 2400 or approval of instructor. Scientific principles relevant to production requirements of horses as related to exercise physiology and performance, growth, reproductive physiology and state, age, and clinical support. Facilities management, marketing, legal aspects of horse ownership, and career opportunities covered. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3440 - Livestock Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ABAS 1410. Management practices for farm animal species. Practices include animal handling, restraint techniques, feeding, milking, castrations, identification methods, and herd health problems. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3450 - Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111, BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121; ABAS 1410. The parts, functions, and anatomical relationships of various organs and systems of domestic animals. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3460 - Farrier Science
3 credit hours

Basic techniques in the science and art of making, fitting, and actual shoeing of horses according to proper methods. One lecture and two two-hour laboratory periods. (Offered at irregular times in conjunction with the University College.)

ABAS 3470 - Beef Cattle Production
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ABAS 1410; junior-level classification or higher. Management practices essential for economic beef production including breeding, feeding, and herd health. Purebred, commercial, stocker, feedlot, and processing segments evaluated. Lecture/lab. Offered fall only.

ABAS 3480 - Swine Production
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ABAS 1410; junior-level classification or higher. Understanding management of the pig's environment and genetics to maximize profits. Includes nutrition, reproduction, genetics, housing, herd health, and management practices. Lecture/lab. Offered Spring only.

ABAS 3490 - Poultry Production and Marketing
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ABAS 1410; junior-level classification or higher. A comprehensive study of commercial chicken production. Topics include the structure of the U.S. commercial chicken industries; poultry housing and equipment; broiler, broiler breeder, hatchery, and commercial layer management; and poultry/egg processing. Field trips used to supplement course materials. Lecture/lab or online.

ABAS 3500 - Small Ruminant Production
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ABAS 1410. The study of efficient sheep and goat production and management in the U.S. Topics include genetics and selection, reproduction, health and parasite control, nutrition, forages and grazing management, and product quality and marketing. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3540 - Dairy Production
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ABAS 1410; juniors and seniors only. Feeding and management, ruminant digestion, physiology of milk secretion, production testing and official records, sanitary regulations, handling and marketing of raw milk. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3600 - Horticulture in Our Lives
3 credit hours

Emphasis on the role of horticulture in everyday living, through principles of growing plants in the home, floral design, home landscaping, and gardening. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3630 - Agroforestry
3 credit hours

Culture, conservation, management, and utilization of forest stands. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3640 - Woody Landscape Plants
3 credit hours

Distribution, characteristics, relationships, and adaptation of native and exotic trees shrubs, and vines for landscape use. One-hour lecture and four-hour lab.

ABAS 3660 - Vegetable Gardening
3 credit hours

Principles of home and commercial vegetable production; adaptation, culture, fertility, diseases, and insects of vegetables. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3670 - Fruit Production
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ABAS 1610 or 4 hours of biology. Introduces art and science of fruit production in the United States. Focuses on temperate fruit production, but also includes a general overview of citrus production. Conveys a general understanding of fruit production in the United States including propagation, orchard management, pollination, harvest, cultural practices, pests, and trends in the industry.

ABAS 3810 - Milk Processing and Marketing
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSCI 1030/PSCI 1031 or CHEM 1010/CHEM 1011 and CHEM 1020/CHEM 1021or CHEM 1110/CHEM 1120 and CHEM 1120/CHEM 1121. Biological, chemical, and physical properties of cow's milk and its value as an animal food source; techniques of processing and marketing; governmental regulations; laboratory testing. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3810 - Milk Processing and Marketing
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSCI 1030/PSCI 1031 or CHEM 1010/CHEM 1011 and CHEM 1020/CHEM 1021, or CHEM 1110/CHEM 1120. Biological, chemical, and physical properties of cow's milk and its value as an animal food source; techniques of processing and marketing; governmental regulations; laboratory testing. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3850 - Wine Science and Industry
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ABAS 1610 and CHEM 1020/CHEM 1021 or CHEM 1120/CHEM 1121 or PSCI 1030/PSCI 1031. The science and marketing of wine, including grape production, fruit processing, and fermentation technologies. Explores wine marketing in Tennessee, the U.S., and the world. Student must be 21 years of age to enroll. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3850 - Wine Science and Industry
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ABAS 1610 and CHEM 1020/CHEM 1021 or CHEM 1120/CHEM 1121 or PSCI 1030/PSCI 1031. The science and marketing of wine, including grape production, fruit processing, and fermentation technologies. Explores wine marketing in Tennessee, the U.S., and the world. Student must be 21 years of age to enroll. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 3900 - Horses and Horsemanship
3 credit hours

Basic requirements of horse ownership, care and associated expenses, inherent risks and safety around horses, and resources available in the horse industry. For non-horse-science majors. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4040 - Equine Event and Facility Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ABAS 3040 or ABAS 3440 or approval of instructor. Fundamentals of managing equine and other livestock events and facilities covered. Involves active participation in preparing for and conducting equine events held on campus. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4090 - Equine Reproduction and Breeding
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ABAS 2110 or ABAS 3040 or ABAS 3430 or approval of instructor. Reproductive anatomy and physiology of the stallion and mare as they relate to modern breeding practices. Vocational training in semen handling, artificial insemination, and neonatal care. Two hours lecture and two hours laboratory.

ABAS 4100 - Microcomputer Applications in Agriculture
3 credit hours

Includes use of agricultural software, agricultural communications networks, computer dairy feeding systems, and farm records.

ABAS 4115 - Agritourism
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ABAS 2130 or permission of instructor. Emphasis on any activity, enterprise, or business that combines primary elements and characteristics of Tennessee agriculture and tourism and provides an experience for visitors that stimulates economic activity and impacts both farm and community income.

ABAS 4120 - Alternative Fuels
3 credit hours

Nature, scope, and importance of alternative fuel vehicles in light, medium, and heavy applications. Topics include theory of operation and safety with an emphasis on gaseous and liquid fuels (ethanol, methanol, biodiesel, hydrogen, solar, wind, and other alternative fuels). Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4130 - Agricultural Price Analysis and Price Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ABAS 3130. Analysis of the forces that drive agricultural markets, the risk inherent in these markets, and tools that can be used to defray agriculture-specific risk including production risk.  

ABAS 4140 - Economics of Agribusiness Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ABAS 3130 or approval of instructor. Application of economic concepts to agribusiness firms.

ABAS 4145 - Agricultural Finance
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: MATH 1010, MATH 1530, MATH 1630,  MATH 1710, MATH 1720, MATH 1730, MATH 1810, or MATH 1910 and ABAS 2130 or ABAS 3130. Application of finance to farms and agribusiness; topics include farm real estate, financing farm inputs, and financing commodity marketing plans.

ABAS 4150 - Agricultural Policy
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ABAS 3130. Agricultural policy in a democratic society; relationship of farm groups to public policy; types of agricultural programs and appraisal of their results.

ABAS 4160 - Agricultural Cooperatives
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ABAS 3130. Role of agricultural cooperatives in collective bargaining for farmers; historical development, economic organization, and structural aspects.

ABAS 4170 - Equine Industry
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ABAS 2130 or ABAS 3130 and ABAS 3040 or approval of instructor. Operational strategies and management issues facing the equine enterprises. Financial, legal, and taxation issues pertaining to the U.S. and international equine industry. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4170 - Equine Industry
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ABAS 2130 or ABAS 3130 and ABAS 3040 or approval of instructor. Operational strategies and management issues facing the equine enterprises. Financial, legal, and taxation issues pertaining to the U.S. and international equine industry. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4180 - Internship in Agribusiness
6 credit hours

Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. In-depth practical experience in a specific area of agribusiness. NOT OPEN TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE RECEIVED CREDIT FROM ANOTHER SCHOOL INTERNSHIP COURSE.

ABAS 4190 - International Agriculture
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ABAS 3130 or approval of instructor. Interdisciplinary experiential learning in a foreign country. Foreign agriculture and agribusiness explored in the classroom and onsite through a planned trip. Students required to hold (or acquire) a valid US passport and participate in a one- to two-week visit to a foreign country during the course. Combined lecture/lab.

ABAS 4200 - Fruit and Vegetable Marketing
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 or CHEM 1010/CHEM 1011 or CHEM 1020/CHEM 1021 or CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111 or CHEM 1120/CHEM 1121 or PSCI 1030/PSCI 1031 or approval of instructor. Basic biochemistry of respiration, handling techniques and practices, quality assessment and marketing of fruit and vegetable crops. Both domestic and international marketing of fruit and vegetable products discussed. Examines the economic impact of improper handling on both the local producer and the end user.

ABAS 4200 - Fruit and Vegetable Marketing
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PSCI 1030/PSCI 1031 and BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031, CHEM 1110/CHEM 1120, CHEM 1010/CHEM 1011 or CHEM 1020/CHEM 1021  or approval of instructor. Basic biochemistry of respiration, handling techniques and practices, quality assessment and marketing of fruit and vegetable crops. Both domestic and international marketing of fruit and vegetable products discussed. Examines the economic impact of improper handling on both the local producer and the end user.

ABAS 4210 - Farm Power and Equipment
3 credit hours

Gasoline engines with actual work experience in overhaul. Work also with transmissions, hydraulics, braking systems, and other farm equipment including use of shop manuals, operation manuals, and parts books. Five hours lecture/lab.

ABAS 4220 - Methods of Teaching Agriscience and Agriculture Mechani
3 credit hours

Integrating science into agriculture emphasizing biology, chemistry, and physics. Emphasis on mechanical skills such as small gas engines, gas welding, and electricity. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4230 - Adult Education in Vocational-Technical Education and P
3 credit hours

How to teach adults and administer adult programs. Emphasis on planning, organizing, and arranging courses for adults in agriculture.

ABAS 4240 - Workshops in Agricultural Education
1 to 6 credit hours

Prerequisite: Teaching experience or approval of instructor. Designed to provide vocational agriculture teachers with intensive training in selected areas of agriculture. Check with your academic advisor.

ABAS 4241 - Production Agriculture
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Teaching experience or approval of instructor. Designed to provide vocational agriculture teachers with intensive training in selected areas of agriculture. Check with your academic advisor. (also Animal Science and Plant Science elective)

ABAS 4243 - Agricultural Mechanics
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Teaching experience or approval of instructor. Designed to provide vocational agriculture teachers with intensive training in selected areas of agriculture. A MAXIMUM OF SIX CREDIT HOURS IN EACH DIVISION.

ABAS 4244 - Farm Energy Alternatives
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Teaching experience or approval of instructor. Designed to provide vocational agriculture teachers with intensive training in selected areas of agriculture. A MAXIMUM OF SIX CREDIT HOURS IN EACH DIVISION. (also Animal Science and Plant Science elective)

ABAS 4245 - Problems of New and Established Teachers
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Teaching experience or approval of instructor. Designed to provide vocational agriculture teachers with intensive training in selected areas of agriculture. A MAXIMUM OF SIX CREDIT HOURS IN EACH DIVISION.

ABAS 4250 - Leadership in Agricultural Industries
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or consent of instructor. A capstone course to enhance students' leadership and human relation skills in the workplace. Topics include leadership styles, theories, characteristics of leaders (conceptual, technical, human relations), communication styles, group dynamics, conducting successful meetings, problem solving, goal setting, attitudes, motivation, self-concept, learning styles, time management, and employability skills.

ABAS 4260 - Behavior of Domestic Animals
3 credit hours

Behavior aspects of raising and managing domestic animals to include equine, swine, goats, cattle, sheep, dogs, and cats. Communication, ingestive, sexual, social, aggressive, and abnormal behaviors emphasized. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4300 - Plant Protection
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ABAS 1610 or 4 hours of biology. Principles of protecting crop plants from damage by weeds, insects, diseases, and other biotic factors. Pest control by chemical, cultural, and biological methods with an emphasis on integrated pest management.

ABAS 4310 - Forage Crops
3 credit hours

Adaptation, distribution, establishment, management, culture, and utilization of forage legumes and grasses. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4320 - Plant Physiology
4 credit hours

(Same as BIOL 4500.) Prerequisites:BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111, BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121, CHEM 1020/CHEM 1021, ABAS 3340. Plant mineral nutrition, photosynthesis, growth, development, and metabolism at the cellular and whole plant levels. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

ABAS 4330 - Turf Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ABAS 1610 or BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121 or ABAS 1101. Establishment and management of turf grasses for lawns, golf courses, and parks. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4340 - Soil Formation and Remediation
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ABAS 3340. The relation of climate, plant and animal life, geological formations, and land forms to soil genesis and remediation. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4350 - Soil Survey and Land Use
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ABAS 3340 or approval of instructor. Soil properties used to determine suitability for land use. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4370 - Soil and Water Conservation
3 credit hours

Principles and practices of soil and water conservation in rural and urban environments. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4380 - Interior Landscaping
3 credit hours

Principles and practices of designing, installing, and maintaining landscapes in malls, public buildings, and other indoor environments. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4390 - Urban and Sports Turf Soils
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ABAS 3340 and ABAS 4330. Describe, design, manage, and evaluate urban and sports turf soils. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4400 - Advanced Horsemanship-Equitation
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ABAS 2400 and ABAS 3400 and approval of instructor. Coordination and refinement of skills from previous horsemanship courses. Understanding, recognizing, and producing longitudinal flexion in the horse. Collection, extension, and stride control. Two-hour lecture and two-hour laboratory each week.

ABAS 4410 - Animal Nutrition and Feeding
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ABAS 1410; CHEM 1020/CHEM 1021 or CHEM 1120/CHEM 1121; junior-level classification or higher. Advanced study of the processes of digestion and nutrient utilization in domestic animal species. Topics include monogastric and ruminant digestive anatomy and physiology; carbohydrate, lipid, protein, vitamin, and mineral utilization; feedstuff identification; practical computer-assisted feed formulation; and feeding management for agricultural animal species. Lecture/lab or online.

ABAS 4430 - Internship in Animal Science
6 credit hours

Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. In-depth practical experience in a specific area of animal science pertinent to the individual's interest. Students work with producers and agencies that have agreed to cooperate in the program and to provide adequate salary and guidance. NOT OPEN TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE RECEIVED CREDIT FROM ANOTHER SCHOOL INTERNSHIP COURSE.

ABAS 4440 - Equine Nutrition and Feeding
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ABAS 1410 and CHEM 1010/CHEM 1011 and CHEM 1020/CHEM 1021 or approval of instructor. Equine digestion and utilization of nutrients, appropriate feeds and feeding management, and diseases with a nutritional component. Nutrient requirements for the horse at various stages, including maintenance, reproduction, growth, performance, age, and clinical support discussed.

ABAS 4450 - Techniques of Teaching Horsemanship
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ABAS 2400, ABAS 3400, and ABAS 4400 or approval of instructor. Development of communication, evaluation, and presentation skills for teaching horsemanship. Two-hour lecture and two-hour laboratory each week.

ABAS 4460 - Behavior and Training of Horses
4 credit hours

Prerequisites: ABAS 2400, ABAS 3400, ABAS 4400, and approval of instructor. The psychology, theory, and practice of training and behavior modification in horses. Students assigned a project horse for the semester. Two hours lecture and four hours laboratory.

ABAS 4470 - Advanced Beef Production
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ABAS 1410 and ABAS 3470 or approval of instructor. In-depth analysis of various systems of beef production. Extensive field trips to cow-calf, feedlot, stocker, and purebred operations. Offered Spring only.

ABAS 4490 - Livestock Evaluation
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. Comparative evaluation of beef cattle, swine, sheep, and horses. Develops defense of placing through an organized set of reasons involving terms describing the animal's characteristics. Importance of these characteristics to the animal function stressed. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4500 - Sustainability in Agricultural Ecosystems
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ABAS 1610 or 4 hours of biology. Theories of agroecology; focuses on sustainable agricultural practices and concepts. The impact of specific agricultural technologies and land use practices on the productivity of agricultural ecosystems, environmental quality, and human health. Examines the environmental science and agronomy of both conventional and alternative sustainable practices including benefits and limitations. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4510 - Domestic Animal Reproductive Physiology
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ABAS 1410; BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111, BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121; junior-level classification or higher. Advanced study of the anatomy, physiology, and endocrinology of reproduction in domestic animal species. Topics include male and female reproductive anatomy, hormonal control of reproductive processes, reproductive development, the estrus cycle, male physiology, and lactation. Current techniques to control animal reproduction described.  Lecture/lab. Offered Spring only.

ABAS 4520 - Companion Animal Management
3 credit hours

A comprehensive study of dog and cat management. Topics include canine and feline history; selective breeding; functional anatomy; reproductive physiology and management; nutrition and feeding management; diseases and health management; behavior, communication, and training. Service role of the dog and cat highlighted.

ABAS 4540 - Equine Assisted Therapy
3 credit hours

Focuses on the effective modality of the horse/human bond as it relates to various forms of equine-assisted therapy with an emphasis on therapeutic riding for people with disabilities. Management of a NARHA-approved therapeutic program and instructor certification also covered. One hour classroom lecture, online, and experiential learning components.

ABAS 4545 - Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ABAS 4540 or approval of instructor. In-depth education for equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT), including business planning and administration, lesson planning and structure, and equine selection and management. Offers preparation for those seeking a career within EAAT services and organizations. Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week.  

ABAS 4550 - Equine Exercise Physiology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ABAS 2400 or approval of instructor. Applied aspects of equine exercise physiology, including physical, physiological, metabolic and mental adaptation to athletic training, exercise metabolism, thermoregulation, biomechanics of movement, effects of surface and footing, common unsoundnesses observed during training and competition, exercising testing, and an overview of shoeing for performance.  

ABAS 4580 - Advanced Judging of Horses
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ABAS 2480. Systems of judging for current horse show disciplines and exercises for students who aspire to become professional judges. Ethics, contracts with management, and procedures for becoming a judge are part of focus.

ABAS 4590 - Dairy Cattle Judging
3 credit hours

Ideal dairy cattle type and relationship to performance and longevity. Classification and evaluation according to type of the various breeds and comparative judging within the breed. Selection for genetic improvement.

ABAS 4610 - Arboriculture
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ABAS 1610 or BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121. The culture of trees, shrubs, and vines in the landscape. Planting, transplanting, fertilizing, irrigation, pruning, problem diagnosis, and damage repair included. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4620 - Greenhouse Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ABAS 1610 or BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121. Analysis of soils, fertilizers, irrigation techniques, container preparation, ventilation, growth regulation, and carbon dioxide enrichment for greenhouse operation. Two-hour lecture and two-hour lab.

ABAS 4630 - Floriculture
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ABAS 1610 or BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121. Propagation and other cultural practices for the production and maintenance of plants and flowers in the home. Two-hour lecture and two-hour lab.

ABAS 4640 - Landscaping
3 credit hours

Application of the principles of design, the use of proportionate-sized woody landscape plants, and other practices to produce low-maintenance-cost landscapes. One-hour lecture and four-hour lab.

ABAS 4660 - Nursery Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ABAS 1610 or BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121. Principles and practices of nursery management as a business. Nursery administration, financial management, and marketing. Cultural management of field- and container-grown nursery plants. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4670 - Plant Propagation
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ABAS 1610 or BIOL 1120/BIOL 1121. Anatomical features and physiological principles involved in propagating plants from seed and by division, cutting, budding, and grafting. Use of growth regulators and environmental factors. Two-hour lecture and two-hour lab.

ABAS 4680 - Internship in Plant and Soil Science
6 credit hours

Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. Practical experience in a specific area of agronomy, horticulture, or soils. Classroom material related to practical application. NOT OPEN TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE RECEIVED CREDIT FROM ANOTHER SCHOOL INTERNSHIP.

ABAS 4700 - Agriculture in Our Lives
3 credit hours

Everyone who eats and wears clothes is affected by agriculture, yet only a small percentage of the population actively farms. Course allows exploration of various organizations, both private and public, that support agriculture, provide career opportunities, and regulate the safety and fair trade upon which agribusiness depends. Issues that affect the lives of farmers and which may affect the future of many aspects of agriculture are explored. Local travel will be required. Combined lecture/lab.

ABAS 4810 - The Food Industry
3 credit hours

An overview from production to processing to marketing. Covers the current status of the world's largest employer, including where and how foods are produced, distributed, and marketed and where the industry is heading in the future.

ABAS 4820 - Principles of Food Processing
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSCI 1030/PSCI 1031 or CHEM 1010/CHEM 1011, and CHEM 1020/CHEM 1021 or CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111 or CHEM 1120/CHEM 1121. Principles used in the modern food industry, including thermal, refrigerated, frozen, and irradiation methods. Includes coverage of the techniques used to process major food commodities such as meats, cereal grains, and fats and oils. Lecture/lab.

ABAS 4830 - Food Quality Control
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PSCI 1030/PSCI 1031 and BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 or approval of instructor. Quality control and sensory evaluation techniques utilized in food processing. Instrumental and physical methods of quality determination of raw and processed food products, hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP), and quality philosophies employed in the industry. Sensory evaluation techniques and statistical analysis of evaluation results covered.

ABAS 4850 - Food Safety Issues from Production to Consumption
3 credit hours

(Same as NFS 4260.) Prerequisite: BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231 or permission of instructor. Issues impacting food production, food storage and transportation, food processing, and food consumption within food production facilities, the home, and food service facilities. Consumer concerns evaluated based on risk theory and scientific evaluation of safety, including decision-making through critical thinking. Food standards and regulations designed to improve safety of the food supply discussed.

ABAS 4860 - Meat Science and Technology
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ABAS 1410 and sophomore-level classification or higher. Selecting, inspecting, grading, fabricating, packaging, preserving, and cooking red meat products. Other topics include anatomy, structure, and composition of muscle, food safety, and microbiology. Offered Spring only.

ABAS 4910 - Problems in Agriculture
1 to 6 credit hours

Problem or problems selected from one of the major disciplines. May involve conferences with instructor, library work, field study and/or laboratory activity. Students can take from one to three credits with a maximum of three per semester.

ABAS 4980 - Seminar in Horse Science
3 credit hours

Familiarizes horse science majors with important current scientific investigation.

ABAS 4990 - Seminar
1 credit hour credit

Students required to research and give an oral report on a current agricultural topic.

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