The undergraduate Certificate in Aging and Longevity Studies is open to interested students of all majors. For the certificate, you will take courses that focus primarily on older people; on the biological, social, cultural, psychological and other aspects of the aging process and on interventions that benefit older adults.
Students may choose to obtain a minor instead of a certificate by successfully completing 15 semester hours (s.h.) in Aging and Longevity Studies.
Undergraduate students may earn the undergraduate Certificate in Aging and Longevity Studies or the minor in Aging and Longevity Studies, but not both.
This certificate may be earned by any student admitted to the University of Iowa who is not concurrently enrolled in a UI graduate or professional degree program.
For more information, review Aging and Longevity Studies in the General Catalog.
The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college.
The certificate's required 18 s.h. of credit includes a core curriculum of five courses and an additional 3 s.h. of elective course work from the list of approved aging-related courses.
The Aging and Longevity Studies Program features a multidisciplinary approach to the study of gerontology and geriatric education. It provides a broad background in aging for students for students from varied disciplines.
Students should work with the academic advisers and the certificate coordinator to develop an individual plan of study that complements their degree program and career interests.