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Online Swine Science Undergraduate Certificate

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The Swine Science certificate academically trains you to enter the pork industry in such areas as sales and communications, construction, production management and herd health. The 12-credit program blends scientific principles with managerial skills, connects you with potential career opportunities and addresses the impact of modern social and industrial issues on the production of safe pork for consumption. Maybe you are working towards a degree in animal science, veterinary medicine or another ag-related degree. Or maybe you intend to manage your family’s swine operation. Whatever your path, this program will enhance your skills with swine and increase your opportunities within the industry.

SDSU offers the only online certificate program in the nation dedicated to study in swine science. Upon completion, you will be eligible to apply certification through the U.S. Pork Center for Excellence.

This program is offered by SDSU through AG*IDEA, an affiliate of the Great Plains IDEA. AG*IDEA courses are taught by experienced faculty members in agriculture disciplines.

Career Opportunities

  • Swine Production Management
  • Swine Genetic Sales Consultant
  • Regional Swine Sales Manager
  • Swine Communications Coordinator
  • Swine Business Management
  • Swine Building Construction
  • Swine Pharmaceuticals
  • Swine Feed Sales

Great Plains IDEA Partnership

This program is offered through SDSU's partnership with the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA). Collaborative, multi-institutional online programs expand and diversify your educational opportunities. Courses led by instructors from partner universities and interactions with geographically-dispersed students will broaden your perceptions and knowledge.
Great Plains IDEA

Program Contact

Bob Thaler
Animal Science
Phone: 605-688-5435

SDSU GPIDEA Coordinator

Aimee Maher
Phone: 605-688-4154

SDSU Continuing and Distance Education

Phone: 605-688-4154

SDSU Admissions

Phone: 605-688-4121