Recommended Courses for Swine Science Certificate

This is a complete list of courses recommended for the Swine Science Online certificate program. If you'd like to see which of these courses are currently open for registration, visit our courses page and select the "Programs" filter, then choose "Swine Science Certificate"


Required Courses (6 Credits)

AN S 280: Basic Swine Science - Cr. 2 | Spring, Fall

Basic disciplines and concepts involved in swine production including: industry structure, trends and statistics; production phases and buildings; genetic improvement; reproduction; nutrition; health and biosecurity; nutrient management; marketing and meat quality and career opportunities in the swine industry.

AN S 380C: Employee Management for the Swine Industry - Cr. 1 | Fall

Effective employee management in swine production units. Assist students in understanding the principles, policies, and practices related to procurement, development, maintenance, and utilization of employees.

AN S 384: Swine Health and Biosecurity - Cr. 1 | Spring

Overview of standard biosecurity protocols and identification of behavior and clinical signs of illness in pigs. Treatment administration and prevention methods. Introduction to immune system function and basic swine disease transmission.

AN S 490A: Internship in the Swine Industry - Cr. 1 | Summer

Experiential learning in the swine industry through opportunities that provide hands-on experiences and exposure to the scope of pork enterprises.

(Choose one of the following three courses:)

AN S 380ABreeding and Gestation - Cr. 1 | Spring

Concepts related to: reproductive physiology and endocrinology of boars and sows; genetic selection programs; development programs for future replacement gilts and boars; semen collection, evaluation, and preparation; detection of estrus and artificial insemination; pregnancy diagnosis; feeding and housing programs for gestating sows; environmental management; records; diseases; and development of quality assurance programs for identifying and solving reproductive problems.

AN S 380D: Farrowing Management - Cr. 1 | Fall, Summer, Spring

Advanced integration and application of reproductive management concepts during farrowing and lactation. Identification of production trends; formulation of strategies to improve productivity; and parturition and neonatal management.

AN S 380G: Nursery and Finishing Management - Cr. 1 | Summer, Spring

Overview of the critical management, housing, and financial considerations relevant to the successful operation of a swine nursery, grow-finish, or wean to finish enterprise, including: nutrient requirements; building and facility management; and marketing.

Elective Courses (Choose 6 courses)

AN S 380ABreeding and Gestation - Cr. 1 | Spring

Concepts related to: reproductive physiology and endocrinology of boars and sows; genetic selection programs; development programs for future replacement gilts and boars; semen collection, evaluation, and preparation; detection of estrus and artificial insemination; pregnancy diagnosis; feeding and housing programs for gestating sows; environmental management; records; diseases; and development of quality assurance programs for identifying and solving reproductive problems.

AN S 380B: Contemporary Swine Industry Issues - Cr. 1 | Fall

Evaluation of issues facing today's swine industry including: welfare, nutrient management, and food safety and security. Development of skills needed for effective community relations such as media interviews and message points.

AN S 380D: Farrowing Management - Cr. 1 | Fall, Summer, Spring

Advanced integration and application of reproductive management concepts during farrowing and lactation. Identification of production trends; formulation of strategies to improve productivity; and parturition and neonatal management.

AN S 380E: Feed Mill Management - Cr. 1 | Fall

Principles of feed manufacturing, equipment operation, feed and ingredient quality assurance and regulatory compliance in a modern feed milling operation. Overview of feed mill regulations and safety.

AN S 380F: Marketing and Risk Management - Cr. 1 | Spring

A comprehensive view of industry structure and trends and marketing options available in the swine industry. Management of risk between markets and/or contracts.

AN S 380G: Nursery and Finishing Management - Cr. 1 | Summer, Spring

Overview of the critical management, housing, and financial considerations relevant to the successful operation of a swine nursery, grow-finish, or wean to finish enterprise, including: nutrient requirements; building and facility management; and marketing.

AN S 380I: Pork Export Markets - Cr. 1 | Summer

Introduction to global markets; cultural preferences and customs associated with the global swine industry. International trade regulations potential impact of foreign animal diseases and bioterrorism affecting the U.S. swine industry.

AN S 380J: Pork Product Quality and Safety - Cr. 1 | Spring

Pre- and post-harvest factors affecting pork product quality and safety. Overview of pork harvesting process and traits and characteristics of quality pork products.

AN S 381X: Swine Business & Records Analysis - Cr. 1 | Summer

Evaluation of swine operations using farm and enterprise records, budgeting, financial analysis and benchmarks.

AN S 382: Swine Environment Management - Cr. 1 | Fall

Response of swine to thermal environment, ventilation system design and analysis, heating and cooling systems and examples of various designs for all phases of production. Troubleshooting ventilation systems and energy analysis of production units.

AN S 383: Swine Manure and Nutrient Management - Cr. 1 | Spring

Function, application, advantages, and disadvantages of nutrient management systems. Manure production rates, manure handling systems, storage and manure management planning for land application and odor mitigation strategies.

AN S 482X: Advanced Swine Science - Cr. 1 | Spring

Application of basic scientific principles to the economical production of pork. Recommendations are made in breeding, reproduction, nutrition, health, housing, marketing, and management of swine production units of varying sizes.

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