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What is Swine Science Online?

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 career interest through academic training and application. Swine Science Online's vision is to ensure that 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.

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 are the goals of the Swine Science Online Program?

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. 

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
*Find more career information from the U.S. Pork Center of Excellence and National Pork Board: or 


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 for 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 

USPCE SSO Certificate Application Information


USPCE SSO Certificate Application Form



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

Chelsey Van Genderen
USPCE - Program Manager
Office: 515-223-2641

2013 Official Swine Science Online Handbook 

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