University Catalog 2023-2024

Swine Science (Certificate)

To see more about what you will learn in this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!

The Undergraduate Certificate in Swine Science program is the study of pork production and is available to post-secondary students interested in the pork industry. NCSU Animal Science majors can only complete the certificate by counting the courses to their Free Elective requirements as these courses will not count toward any Animal Science major requirements. The certificate is available via distance education. Students completing the certificate will have knowledge of all aspects of pork production, the pork industry, and factors that impact swine production and management. In addition, the U.S. Polk Center of Excellence located in Des Moines, Iowa will issue a certification of completion which is recognized in the pork industry as proficiency of swine practices.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Have a comprehensive knowledge or pork production and describe where pork production list within the animal agriculture industries in the United States and North Carolina.
  • Describe production practices for all phases of production of swine. including the impacts of nutrition, physiology, and genetics on these practices.
  • Understand diseases that affect swine and develop programs to eliminate or mitigate their impact.
  • Identify key factors impacting the profitability of the pork industry, understand key records that need to be maintained in a production setting, and describe the markets available for swine and pork products.
  • Understand the issues of pork production and effectively communicate with various constituencies regarding pork, pork production, and animal agriculture.

Registration Information

Contact the Program Coordinator.

Program Coordinator

Dr. Kenneth L. Esbenshade
Department of Animal Science
Box 7621; 466B Riddick Hall
Raleigh, NC 27695-7621

Academic Structure

Term Effective: 1/2018
CIP Code: 01.090

Plan Requirements

ANS 260Basic Swine Science 12
ANS 261Swine Health and Biosecurity1
ANS 268Employee Management for the Swine Industry1
ANS 269Internship in the Swine Industry1
ANS 262Swine Breeding and Gestation Management1
ANS 263Farrowing Management1
ANS 264Swine Nursery and Finishing Management1
ANS 265Contemporary Issues in the Swine Industry1
ANS 266Swine Environment Management1
ANS 267Swine Manure and Nutrient Management1
ANS 270Pork Export Markets from a Swine Production Perspective1
ANS 271Swine Nutrition1
FM 272Swine Feed Mill Management1
ARE 260Marketing and Risk Management in the Pork Industry1
Total Hours15