Frequently Asked Questions – Swine Science Online

What is the US Pork Center of Excellence Swine Science Online Industry Certificate?

The USPCE Swine Science Online Undergraduate Industry Certificate is a 12-credit hour baccalaureate program of study. To qualify for the undergraduate certificate, students must complete the necessary coursework. Basic Swine Science is the required pre-requisite for all of the other courses and must be taken first. The other courses may be taken in any order.

 What are the course requirements to pursue the US Pork Center of Excellence Swine Science Online Industry Certificate?

Required Courses (7 credits)
  • Basic Swine Science (2 credits)
  • 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 TWO courses):
    • Swine Breeding and Gestation Management (1 credit)
    • Farrowing Management (1 credit)
    • Swine Nursery and Finishing Management (1 credit)
Elective Courses (Select 5 Credits)
  • Swine Feed Mill Management (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 Business and Records Analysis (1 credit)
  • Swine Manure and Nutrient Management (1 credit)
  • Swine Nutrition (1 credit)
  • Advanced Swine Science (1 credit)
  • Swine Breeding and Gestation Management (1 credit)
  • Farrowing Management (1 credit)
  • Swine Nursery and Finishing Management (1 credit)

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, Attn: Chelsey Van Genderen or via email to

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 SSO Certificate mail in the application (see form below), unofficial transcript and $150 application fee to:
US Pork Center of Excellence
Attn: Chelsey Van Genderen
1776 NW 114th St.
Clive, IA 50325

Who is AG IDEA?

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

What if my university isn’t partnered with AG IDEA?

If your university is not currently partnered with AG IDEA and you would like to take courses you may enroll in courses at any of the universities that are listed above.  You will be able to transfer the credits back to your current university. Since the courses are online you may take them anywhere! The cost of an AG IDEA course is the same at any partnering institution you may enroll at any participating institution for the same price through their distance education department.