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 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

Collaborative Advantage of IDEA

The Innovative Digital Education Alliance

Achieve your personal and professional goals through convenient, flexible, high-quality coursework you can complete anytime, anywhere. As a student in Iowa State University’s Swine Science Undergraduate Certificate program, you will learn from expert faculty who bring real-life experience to the coursework and are committed to helping you transition your learning beyond the online classroom into your career.

The Swine Science Undergraduate Certificate program is part of a consortium of universities connected through IDEA. While Iowa State University is your home university where you will apply, register for courses and receive your diploma, you’ll benefit from the diverse perspectives and unique strengths brought by classmates and expert faculty at partner universities.

Learn more about the IDEA program at Iowa State.

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 and contact gpideainfo@iastate.edu to schedule your courses once your application has been approved.


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

The Innovative Digital Education Alliance

IDEA Contacts

Gilda Figueroa
Campus Coordinator
2624 Howe Hall

David Welshhons
Graduate Student Services Specialist
2624 Howe Hall

Online Certificate Details