Swine Science Online

Have you ever wanted to focus on swine science? Concentrating on specific courses designed for continued education in courses such as swine management, sales, production or communications?

If your answer is yes, then Swine Science Online may be the undergraduate program just for you!



The first-ever undergraduate program of its kind, Swine Science Online offers students who have a specific interest in swine science an opportunity to pursue a specific undergraduate degree. Swine Science Online is an educational and training program for future pork professionals who will help benefit the pork industry by inspiring career interest through academic exercise and application.

The vision of Swine Science Online is to ensure the pork industry is led and managed by individuals who have a 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.  Swine Science Online courses are delivered via distance education to universities across the country through AG IDEA.

The ultimate goal of the Swine Science Online Program is to have more academically trained students entering the pork industry. After completing 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.

Click to view the 2022 SSO Course Listing

For a list and descriptions of the Swine Science Online courses, click here!

Participating Universities:

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Meet the instructors:

Swine Science Online courses are taught by industry leaders at major universities.
To read more about our instructors, click here! 

Industry Certificate

The U.S. Pork Center of Excellence offers an industry certificate in Swine Science Online. The certificate is comprised of 12 credits (required and electives). View the application instructions and application form below for more information.
Can I test out of a course if I have already taken it elsewhere?

It is possible that a student may have already taken one or more of these courses or their equivalent for another degree or certificate program.  The student must obtain approval by submitting a request to the SSO Policy Committee.  Requests should be sent to USPCE, attention to Chelsey Van Genderen or via email to cvangenderen@usporkcenter.org

How do I apply for the USPCE Swine Science Online Certificate?
Once you have completed the 12 credit requirements, an exit interview will be required of you to receive your certificate. This interview will take place via phone and after your application materials have been received by the USPCE program manager. To apply for the USPCE Swine Science Online Industry Certificate, mail in the your completed application, unofficial transcript and $150 application fee to:
U.S. Pork Center of Excellence
Attn: Chelsey Van Genderen
1776 NW 114th St.
Clive, IA 50325

Benefits of the Swine Science Online Program

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

Click here to read about Swine Science Online Alumni!

Who is AG IDEA?  AgIdea_Logo_CMYK
Agriculture Interactive Distance Education Alliance (AG IDEA) is a premier baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate distance education collaboration that provides credit toward inter-institutional undergraduate certificates and minors and graduate degrees and certificates. Through AG IDEA, member institutions from across the United States are able to participate in distance education programs and/or courses in agricultural and related sciences with other institutions. In a multi-institution degree program, students apply and are admitted at one participating university; enroll in courses at that university; and graduate or receive a certificate from that university. Online courses are taught by the best faculty in the discipline from several universities. For more information on AG IDEA, go to http://www.agidea.org/programs/swine/

I’d like to ask a different question about Swine Science Online. Whom do I contact?

Chelsey Van Genderen
Program Manager – U.S. Pork Center of Excellence
Office: 515-223-2641