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Equine Science

Gain a foundation in biological and natural sciences, breeding, nutrition, physiology, horsemanship and management for use in the equine industry.

Equine Science – B.S. in Animal Science, Equine Science Emphasis

Students in the Equine Science track of Animal Science at Montana State are immersed in a program that combines the scientific and technical knowledge required in the industry with practical aspects of management, horsemanship and training. Students gain experience with business and management tools for the equine industry, colt breaking and horse behavior, land management for small acreage grazing and equine growth and development. In addition to hands-on learning experiences and internships, students can also take advantage of the program’s amazing facilities and affiliated Farrier School

The Animal Science major at Montana State offers two other Options Within the Major: Livestock Management & Industry and Science.






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World-Class Facilities
The 400-acre Bozeman Area Research & Teaching (BART) Farm is less than one mile from campus.

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University of the Yellowstone™
MSU students make Montana, including nearby Yellowstone National Park, their classroom, laboratory and playground.

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Hands-On Experience
Students benefit from an indoor heated riding facility, Miller Pavilion, and an affiliated professional horseshoeing school, the MSU Farrier School.




Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


Equine Science students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Equine Breeding
  • Equine Nutrition
  • Facility & Land Management

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available,including self-assessment and working with career coaches.