University of Kentucky’s Equine Science and Management undergraduate degree program is one of only three stand-alone equine degree programs offered at a U.S. land grant university. It also has the added distinction of being located in Lexington, Ky., considered by many as the Horse Capital of the World. As such, UK attracts many students from across the U.S. who are interested in combining a quality undergraduate equine education with the experience of living and learning in the Bluegrass region’s esteemed horse country.
Since its launch in 2007 and official implementation in 2009, the four-year, science-based degree program’s curriculum has featured two main tracks for students—science and management. Under a new curriculum structure, which was approved by the university in May 2014, students are now able to choose among four emphasis areas to better tailor their education to their interests and career goals. Those emphasis areas are equine science, business, community leadership and development and forages/pasture management.