Bachelor of Equine Science

Program rules and requirements

The courses offered in the Bachelor of Equine Science are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Equine Science. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with the General Award Rules. The General Award Rules, along with other policies and regulations, can be found on the University Rules page.

If you require assistance at any time please contact the Faculty of Science at enquire@science.uq.edu.au or phone 3365 1888.

Study Planner Information

Year 1 to 3 Study Planner

Program Rules Course List

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Compulsory – all students must complete this course
  • Recommended – a course which complements the major, but can be substituted for an elective
  • Elective – choose an elective course that interests you from Part B of the program list
Year 1 - Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
AGRC1020 Applied Biology 1 Compulsory
AGRC1021 Applied Biology 2 Compulsory
AGRC1023 Applied Mathematics and Statistics Compulsory
ANIM1014 Animal Welfare, Behaviour & Handling Recommended
Year 1 - Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
ANIM1006 Fundamentals of Equine Science Compulsory
CHEM1004 Chemistry Compulsory
AGRC1032 Elements of Ecology Recommended
MGTS1982 Working with Groups and Teams Recommended
Year 2 - Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
AGRC2001 Agricultural Biochemistry Compulsory
ANIM2024 Equine Behaviour and Performance Compulsory
ANIM2051 Animal Anatomy and Physiology I Compulsory
ANIM2053 Animal Nutrition Recommended
Year 2 - Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
ANIM2039 Equine Breeding and Stud Management Compulsory
ANIM2052 Animal Anatomy and Physiology 2 Compulsory
AGRC2013 Agricultural Microbiology and Gene Technology Recommended
Select 2 units from the elective list Elective
Year 2 - Summer Semester
Course Code & Title Requirements
AGRC2031 Industry Placement Elective
Year 3 - Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
ANIM3039 Equine Exercise and Rehabilitation Compulsory
ANIM3046 Animal Breeding & Genetics Compulsory
ANIM3019 Animal Reproduction Recommended
Students who completed AGRC2031 enrol in a total of 6 units this semester,
OR select 2 units from the elective list if AGRC2031 was not previously completed.
Elective
Year 3 - Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
AGRC3006 Pasture Science Compulsory
ANIM3006 Animal Health & Epidemiology Compulsory
ANIM3030 Equine Nutrition & Health Compulsory
ANIM3062 Emerging Issues in Animal Bioscience Compulsory


Program Electives

Semester One

Course Code & Title Campus
AGRC1040 Food for a Healthy Planet Gatton
AGRC3035 Short International Experience External
AGRC3036 Precision Plant and Animal Management Gatton
AGRC3602 Special Topic II Gatton
ANIM1014 Animal Welfare, Behaviour & Handling Gatton
ANIM2044 Intensive Animal Production Gatton
ANIM3019 Animal Reproduction Gatton

Semester Two

Course Code & Title Campus
AGRC1016 Food & Fibre in the E-Landscape Gatton
AGRC1032 Elements of Ecology Gatton
AGRC2013 Agricultural Microbiology & Gene Technology Gatton
AGRC2043 Agricultural Genetics & Biotechnology Gatton
AGRC3602 Special Topic II Gatton
ANIM1018 Livestock Industries Gatton
ANIM2021 Thermal Adaption of Animals Gatton
ANIM2030 Molecular Quantitative Genetics Gatton
ANIM2053 Animal Nutrition Gatton
ANIM2054 Grazing Animal Production Gatton
ANIM3045 Livestock Science and Production Gatton
MGTS1982 Working with Groups & Teams Gatton / External
PLNT3012 Weed Science External

Summer Semester

Course Code & Title Campus
PLNT3012 Weed Science St Lucia / Flexible Delivery
AGRC2031 Industry Placement Gatton / External
MGTS1982 Working with Groups & Teams External

Please Note: Electives can also be selected from other course lists with approval of the Executive Dean.

Year 1 External Study Planner

Program Rules Course List

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Compulsory – all students must complete this course
  • Recommended – a course which complements the major, but can be substituted for an elective
  • Elective – choose an elective course that interests you from Part B of the program list
Year 1 - Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
AGRC1020 Applied Biology 1 Compulsory
AGRC1021 Applied Biology 2 Compulsory
Year 1 - Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
ANIM1006 Fundamentals of Equine Science Compulsory
CHEM1004 Chemistry Compulsory
Year 2 - Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
AGRC1023 Applied Mathematics and Statistics Compulsory
ANIM1014 Animal Welfare, Behaviour & Handling Recommended
Year 2 - Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
AGRC1032 Elements of Ecology Recommended
MGTS1982 Working with Groups and Teams Recommended

What will I study?

The first year of the program focuses on providing foundational knowledge in animal sciences, as well providing an introduction to equine science.

The second year of the program builds on the foundation courses and develops knowledge and skills in equine science with courses that investigate the relationship between the horse and humans; horse behaviour and its relationship with handling and training; horse welfare; and reproduction in the horse and its application to the equine breeding industry. Knowledge of the sciences that relate to nutrition, microbiology and health are also introduced.

In the third year of the program you will integrate the knowledge acquired in the earlier years and apply this knowledge to equine exercise, rehabilitation, nutrition and health. Other aspects of the animal sciences such as animal genetics are also covered. There are elective spaces available for students to pursue other options such as taking an equine focussed tour as part of the Short International Experience. Further hands-on training is available by including a vocational program with your studies or taking part in an industry placement.