Online Animal Science Graduate Certificate

Program Summary
Cost per credit hour:

2021-2022: $590

15 Hours

The Animal Science graduate certificate is designed to provide you with courses in the major disciplinary areas of animal science. The goal of the program is to offer foundation courses across many facets of animal science, serving as a basis for further study in one of the disciplines or in a particular animal species.

Is this certificate right for me?

Our courses include a wide variety of students.  You may be right for this certificate program if you:

  • Work in the animal science industries.
  • Have a bachelor of science degree in animal science or closely related field.
  • Work for an animal production company.
  • Have a job title such as vet tech, zookeeper, animal control officer, animal care or lab technician, quality assurance, inspector, or sales representative.
  • Need additional education to advance in your career.
  • Teach agriculture classes in high schools and community colleges.
  • Are preparing to apply to vet school and want an opportunity to strengthen your content knowledge.
  • Are in the middle of a master’s degree or Ph.D. program and looking for supplemental courses.

You may choose to use this certificate as a stepping stone to begin your master’s degree in Animal Science.

Black and white dairy cows in a small fenced area.

What will I learn through this program?

Topics include:

  • Nutrition
  • Breeding and genetics
  • Meat science
  • Animal physiology
  • Growth and development
  • Animal production and management

 Courses offered through this program may be combined with courses from closely affiliated AG IDEA programs to create areas of emphasis.

Nutrition Emphasis Animal Genetics Emphasis Beef Cattle Production & Management Emphasis Meat Science Emphasis
  • Advanced Ruminant Nutrition
  • Advanced Non-Ruminant Nutrition
  • Advanced Equine Nutrition
  • Animal Growth and Development
  • Advanced Selection of Domestic Animals and Evaluation
  • Use of Breeds of Livestock
  • Advanced Beef Production
  • Advanced Ruminant Nutrition
  • Principles of Forage Quality
  • Animal Growth and Development
  • Meat science
  • Growth and development

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Quantitative Genetics and Genomics program

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Grassland Management program

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Food Safety & Defense program


To see a full list of courses available, visit the Program Courses page. Students should consult their academic advisor at their home university before enrolling. 

AG IDEA Student Handbook

Certificate titles vary by university.  Consult each university for the certificate title as it will appear on the diploma.

A graduate certificate designed to provide students with foundational knowledge across the many facets of animal science.

Course List for Animal Science Certificate

University Contact
These campus coordinators can help you navigate Great Plains IDEA. Click on the university name to learn more about how Great Plains IDEA works at that campus.
Clemson University
Lauren St. Clair
Breanna Collins
Melissa Selders-Ortez
Megan Janus
Aimee Maher
Dana Nash
University Members
Members of the Great Plains IDEA are universities accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Member universities recruit, admit and graduate students, teach in an academic program and contribute to the leadership and maintenance of the alliance. Membership in the alliance is a selective process that engages institutional leadership at all levels.

Kristina Schule Student Excellence Award Recipient 2021.pngComing from a culinary background, I was unsure of how to make a career for myself until I discovered the FCS Master’s program through GP IDEA. Now that I am a full-time Family and Consumer Science teacher at a local high school, I am still able to balance my school workload with my new professional career. They work hand in hand by combining lesson plans and learning theories. I love being able to apply my school work into my own classroom; it has developed into an amazing learning experience.

– – Kristina Schule, Family and Consumer Sciences Education Student
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