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.

Swine Science Online Courses

2023 & 2024 SSO Course Listing

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

Participating Universities:

Click the icons below for more information about enrolling in courses at one of our host institutions:

Have questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page!

Who teaches Swine Science Online? Meet the instructors! 

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!

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.

Questions about the Industry Certificate or the process? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page!

 Additional questions, contact: 

Bill Winkelman
Executive Director, U.S. Pork Center of Excellence