A Unique Educational Opportunity

Your education is the key to your future in the equine industry. Thus, it is vital you select an equine program that keeps abreast of the equine industry.

Equine Sciences at Colorado State University (CSU) is a unique educational program. It is a program with a rich history connected to equine leaders around the world.

CSU’s Equine Sciences program has faculty recognized internationally for pioneering research in equine reproduction, lameness, nutrition and orthopedics.

The B.W. Pickett Equine Teaching and Research Center (ETRC) opened in the fall of 1987, and serves the University’s equine program and local, regional and national equine interests.

Front view of the B.W. Pickett Equine Center

Equine Sciences Major

Colorado State was the first land-grant university to offer a Bachelor’s degree in Equine Sciences. Enrollment in the major has steadily increased since the fall of 1986. The program welcomed ~125 incoming students in fall 2016, bringing the total program enrollment to nearly 400.

The Equine Sciences curriculum provides the flexibility for balancing a rigorous biological science program with practical experience and business electives. Equine Sciences students now have the opportunity to take advantage of over 20 equine specific classes offered by the program.

Intro to Equine Science class guest lecturer talks to a group of students


The interdisciplinary nature of the Equine Sciences program is enhanced by a collaboration of faculty and instructors from the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and the College of Business. The international reputation of the equine reproduction laboratory, a world-renowned team of equine veterinary specialists and an animal sciences department with outstanding faculty and instructors make CSU the right choice for an Equine Science degree.

Research & Technology

Equine Sciences at Colorado State is an international leader in research with reproduction and orthopedics the two focuses of expertise. In addition, research is ongoing in equine nutrition and genetics, as well as exercise physiology.

student looking into microscope

Graduate Program

Graduate programs in the College of Agricultural Sciences and the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences exist for highly qualified and motivated students who wish to obtain a Master’s or Doctoral degree. Programs are offered in Equine Reproduction, Nutrition, Genetics and Exercise Physiology. Graduate students in orthopedic research are usually veterinarians who receive specialty training in equine surgery.