Swine Science Online Certificate Program




	

This is a program of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA).

The Swine Science Online Program is an inter-institutional undergraduate certificate program being offered in cooperation with North Carolina State, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and University of Missouri.

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. 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.

Coursework revolves around practical pork production and current pork industry issues. Swine Science Online teaches scientific principles and management skills involved in pork production for an efficient and sustainable operation. After completing the required and elective courses students will be able to apply for a Swine Science Online Certificate that is administered by the U.S. Pork Center of Excellence.

After receiving a Swine Science Online Certificate Students will be able to:
•Integrate discipline and concepts in order to facilitate problem solving, creating a more efficient production system
•Combine scientific principles and management skills involved in the pork production for an efficient and sustainable operation
•Recognize available career opportunities within the pork industry
•Apply personnel, facility, fiscal and livestock management principles involved in swine production
•Perform basic swine husbandry skills
•Understand the impact of societal and industry issues on production management systems
•Explain the pork chain structure and trends, including production, packing and integration

What careers might I pursue with a Swine Science Online Certificate?
•Swine Genetic Sales Consultant
•Regional Swine Sales Manager
•Swine Communications Coordinator
•Swine Building Construction
•Swine Pharmaceuticals
•Swine Production Management
•Swine Feed Sales

Required Courses:
•Basic Swine Science (2 credits)
•Basic Lab Course (1 credit)
•Swine Health and Biosecurity (1 credit)
•Employee Management for the Swine Industry (1 credit)
•Production Internship in the Swine Industry (1 credit)
•Production Management Course (Choose ONE)
•Swine Breeding and Gestation Management (1 credit)
•Farrowing Management (1 credit)
•Swine Nursery and Finishing Management (1 credit)

Elective Courses: (Choose 5 courses)
•Swine Feed Mill Management (1 credit)
•Marketing and Risk Management in the Pork Industry (1 credit)
•Pork Product Quality and Safety (1 credit)
•Pork Export Markets (1 credit)
•Swine Environment Management (1 credit)
•Contemporary Issues in the Swine Industry (1 credit)
•Swine Manure and Nutrient Management (1 credit)
•Advanced Lab Course (1 credit)
•Production Management Course (able to take other two not taken as required course)
•Swine Breeding and Gestation Management (1 credit)
•Farrowing Management (1 credit)
•Swine Nursery and Finishing Management (1 credit)
•Swine Business and Records Analysis (1 credit)

Tuition Information- Please note: All students, regardless of geographic location will receive in-state/resident rate tuition.

Contact Info: 

Michelle Zander
GPIDEA College Coordinator
mzander@iastate.edu 

Chelsey Branderhorst
US Pork Center of Excellence
cbranderhorst@usporkcenter.org
515-223-2641