Swine Science – Undergraduate Certificate

Swine Science

Train to be a pork professional. Swine Science Online is the first-ever online undergraduate certificate program in swine science.


Train you to become a pork professional whose expertise will benefit the pork industry. 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 guide someone like you to lead and manage in the pork industry. Your existing broad educational and pork production experiences have prepared you for leadership and management. Swine Science Online teaches you scientific principles and management skills involved in pork production for efficient and sustainable operation.

A certificate in swine science is geared toward both working professionals in the pork industry and undergraduate students looking for a value-added experience to increase employability. Certification in swine science makes you a competitive individual in careers like these:

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

University partnerships

Iowa State is a member of Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GP IDEA), a consortium of universities that have come together to offer fully online degree programs. Gerontology through Iowa State University and the partnership of Great Plains IDEA means you interact with leading faculty nationwide.

Admission Requirements

Check out the admission requirements for non-degree seeking students. To apply fill out the non-degree seeking student application, selecting the “Distance/Online” option.


Required credits: 12

Once you have completed the 12 credit requirements, you will mail your completed application, unofficial transcript and $150 application fee to the U.S. Pork Center of Excellence which will issue your certificate after an exit interview.

The Course Planner provides a list of courses and shows when they are traditionally offered.

Non-degree credits
You may take up to nine graduate credit hours as a non-degree-seeking student before being formally admitted to the program. If you are interested in taking courses as a non-degree student, please start by applying as a non-degree student through the Admissions Office (link to non-degree application) and contact gpideainfo@iastate.edu to schedule your courses once your application has been approved.


As a member of GP IDEA, all students pay universal tuition. For more information, visit the GP IDEA website.


Iowa State Online Student Services
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Online Certificate Details