SDSU to offer graduate certificate in animal science

SDSU to offer fully online graduate certificate porgram in animal science.

South Dakota State University (SDSU) will offer a fully online graduate certificate in animal science starting with the fall 2014 semester.

The 15-credit animal science graduate certificate program is designed to provide students with courses in the major disciplinary areas of animal science. The goal of the program is to provide foundation courses across many facets of animal science, serving as a basis for further study in one of the disciplines or in a particular animal species.

"The graduate certificate allows individuals to further their education in a relatively short amount of time while continuing to work full time," said Joe Cassady, head of the SDSU department of animal science.

The program is intended for individuals holding a bachelor's degree in animal science or closely related field with a desire to continue their education in the animal sciences. Individuals working in the animal science industries, animal producers and students enrolled in degree programs or preparing themselves for further education would benefit, SDSU said.

The animal science graduate certificate is offered through AG*IDEA, a national consortium of universities offering undergraduate and graduate programs in agricultural disciplines. The collaborative, multi-institutional program expands and diversifies the educational opportunities universities can offer.

"Having the certificate online lets students continue with their careers and gives students who are place bound the means to further their education," Cassady said.

SDSU is among the top 3.3% of U.S. higher education institutions serving more than 3,000 online students. This top percentage group dominates 50% of total online market share. For more information, visit and follow One can also contact the Office of Continuing & Distance Education at 605-688-4154 or email [email protected].

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