Program Summary
Cost per credit hour:

2018-2019: $415
2018-2019: $415

12 Hours

alt=" "Swine Science Online is the first ever online undergraduate program in swine science. Swine Science Online offers education and training of future pork professionals to benefit the pork industry by inspiring a career interest through academic training and application.  

This program brings together the U.S. Pork Center for Excellence with faculty from top animal science programs across the country.

The Swine Science Online vision is to ensure that the pork industry is led and managed by individuals who have broad educational and production experiences which have prepared them for these roles.  Swine Science Online teaches scientific principles and management skills involved in pork production for an efficient and sustainable operation.

A certificate in swine science benefits those already working in the industry, as well as undergraduate students looking for a value-added experience to increase employability.

  • Swine Genetic Sales Consultant
  • Regional Swine Sales Manager
  • Swine Communications Coordinator
  • Swine Building construction
  • Swine Pharmaceuticals
  • Swine Production Management
  • Swine Feed Sales

Learn how Swine Science Online can transform your future!

Video courtesy of the U.S. Pork Center for Excellence.

All students who complete the 12-credit curriculum will be eligible to apply for an industry certificate in Swine Science through the U.S. Pork Center for Excellence or an academic certificate through South Dakota State University.

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An undergraduate certificate that offers education and training of future pork professionals.

Course List for Swine 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. Casey Smith
Rachel Ohmes
Julie Holder
Aimee Maher
University of Missouri
Hannah Portwood
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.

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