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Science at St. Andrews: Major in Biology with a Specialized Program of Study in Equine Science

 

The purpose of this degree is to meet the needs of students who want to combine their interest in all things equestrian with their desire to pursue a major in biological science. 

A select few students are chosen from this program to part take in an on campus internship with Dr. Laura Kellam as Veterinarian Interns. They go through extensive on hand training both on an off the campus equestrian facility.

Spotlight Intern: Camille Glaff

I am a current sophomore here at St. Andrews. I came in with the plan to major in Business Administration with a specialization in Equine Science, and I am also on the IHSA hunt seat team. It had never been my intention of doing anything with science and pre-vet. But when the opportunity came up for this internship with our school vet and professor, I could not pass it up. I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions I have made. I have always had a love of horses and they have always been in my life. But being able to take it one step further and having the opportunity to be able to truly understand the science aspect of the horse has really opened my eyes. The hands-on experience that I get every day at the barn is unparalleled. We do not just learn medical terms or what to do in a situation. This is a place where we are able to learn something in the class room and then go out and experience it first hand at the barn. With over 120 horses on our property, chances are pretty high we will have the opportunity to learn about and experience most aliments that we discuss in class. Being, the only intern with a major in business I have a different plan then some of the others. When I graduate, I hope to work in the equine industry; hopefully, in pharmaceuticals. Having this pre-vet internship will give me advantage because not only will have my business major, but also invaluable hands-on experience working with Dr. Kellam. I am incredibly lucky and thankful to have the opportunity to have both, and I know I would not find anywhere else but St. Andrews.

 

The BS in Biology with a Specialized Program of Study in Equine Science has a minimum of 68 total credits. The breakdown is as follows:
BIO/EQ
BIO courses:
28
credits
EQ courses:
12
credits
CHE courses:
18
credits
MAT courses:
4
credits
Other courses:
6
credits
Total:
68
credits
34 of the 68 credits must be 300 or 400 level credits

                  

Requirements for a B.S. degree in Biology with a Specialized Program of Study in Equine Science

REQUIRED COURSES – 24 credits:
BIO 201 Concepts in Biology I
4
BIO 204

Concepts in Biology II

4
EQ 241 Horse Science 1
3
EQ 422 Horse Science 2 
3
BIO 307 Ecology
4
BIO 310 Genetics
3
BIO 455 Senior Seminar
2

       

B. ELECTIVE COURSES - all majors must choose at least 5 upper level

courses for a minimum of 16 credits, with the following distribution:

One Animal Science course:

BIO 352  Mammalian Physiology

3
BIO 353  Zoology    4
BIO 355  Animal Behavior 4

                         

 One Plant course:

BIO 340  Plant Diversity

4
eBIO 349  Botany  4

         

One Microbiology/Molecular/Cell course:

BIO 348  Molecular Techniques

5
BIO 365  Microbiology   4
BIO 452 Cell Biology   3
BIO 460  Molecular Biology  4

Two Equine Science courses:       

*EQ 420 Equine Nutrition

3
EQ 415 Current Therapies in Equine Internal Medicine  3
EQ 416  Introduction to Equine Clinical Pharmacology  3
EQ 417  Equine Orthopedic Lameness 3

 

Support Courses: [total of 29-30 support credits] 

 Chemistry:                                                               

CHE 210 and 210L Essential Concepts of Chemistry 

3+1
CHE 215 and 215L Introduction to Structural Inorganic Chemistry 3+1
CHE 220 and 220L Introductory -Organic Chemistry I   3+2
CHE 350 and 350L Introductory Organic Chemistry II  3+2

Mathematics: [ Choose either:]

MAT 205 Statistics I 

4
MAT 221 Calculus I   4

Physics or Computer Science:

Choose either track (total 2 courses in each track): (6-8 credits)

i.) PHY 201/211 Physics I and PHY 202/212 Physics II or

ii.) CIS127 Intro to Programming or CIS224 Intro to Web Design and

CIS 225 Databases

[Students interested in entering veterinary school after graduation should be mindful that

different schools require different Physics and Math courses.]

* This course may be met with an online Animal Nutrition course.

 

The BA in Biology with a Specialized Program of Study in Equine Science has a minimum of 55 total credits. The breakdown is as follows:
BIO/EQ
BIO courses:
28
credits
EQ courses:
12
credits
CHE courses:
8
credits
MAT courses:
4
credits
Other courses:
3
credits
Total:
55
credits
29 of the 55 credits must be 300 or 400 level credits

 

 

Requirements for a B.A. degree in Biology with a Specialized Program of Study in Equine Science

Required Courses - 24 credits
BIO 201
Concepts in Biology I
4
BIO 204
Concepts in Biology II
4
EQ 241
Horse Science 1
3
EQ 422
Horse Science 2
3
BIO 307
Ecology
4
BIO 310
Genetics
3
BIO 455 Senior Seminar
2

 

B. ELECTIVE COURSES - all majors must choose at least 5 of the upper level

courses for a minimum of 16 credits, with the following distribution:

One Animal Science course:

BIO 352  Mammalian Physiology

3
BIO 353  Zoology    4
BIO 355  Animal Behavior 4

 One Plant course:

BIO 340  Plant Diversity

4
BIO 349  Botany  4

 

One Microbiology/Molecular/Cell course:

BIO 348  Molecular Techniques

5
BIO 365  Microbiology   4
BIO 452 Cell Biology   3
BIO 460  Molecular Biology  4

Two Equine Science courses:       

*EQ 420 Equine Nutrition

3
EQ 415 Current Therapies in Equine Internal Medicine  3
EQ 416  Introduction to Equine Clinical Pharmacology  3
EQ 417  Equine Orthopedic Lameness 3

SUPPORT COURSES: [total of 15-16 support credits]

Chemistry:                                                               

CHE 210 and 210L Essential Concepts of Chemistry 

3+1
CHE 215 and 215L Introduction to Structural Inorganic Chemistry 3+1

 

Mathematics: [ Choose either:]

MAT 205 Statistics I 

4
MAT 221 Calculus I   4

 

One additional approved elective from the Math, CIS, PSY, TH**, or EQ** offerings must be selected excluding CIS 111 and mathematics courses numbered lower than MAT106. (3 credits)

* This course may be met with an online Animal Nutrition course

** Such as Stable Management and Lab (EQ 244 and 244L) and TH 246 Principles and Concepts

What is the difference between a B.A. and a B.S.?                                 

The B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) is generally more broad, requires fewer advanced courses, gives a student more time for electives, and is easier to double-major in. 

The B.S. (Bachelor of Science) includes more advanced topics, is more suitable for those planning on becoming professionals in it (for example a chemistry B.S. becoming a chemist, etc), includes more research opportunities, and requires more courses to be taken.

The biggest difference between the two degrees is the amount of science and math credits that one completes versus the amount of other classes a student decides to take. Based on a student’s degree, if it is science-related it would be more beneficial to receive a BS degree since it also requires more science / math courses to be taken.  Similarly, if a student is planning on doing an arts or humanities major, he or she would want a BA degree because it would not require as many science / math courses for that particular course of study.

 

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