The Aging Studies Program features a multidisciplinary approach to the study of gerontology and geriatric education. It provides a broad background in aging for students from colleges across the university, including business, dentistry, liberal arts and sciences, nursing, and pharmacy.

Aging Studies Certificate

The certificate in Aging 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 who have completed the requirements for an undergraduate degree and have successfully completed 21 semester hours of approved course work in Aging Studies will be awarded a certificate.

For more information, review Aging Studies in the General Catalog.

Aging Studies Minor

Undergraduate students may choose to obtain a minor instead of a certificate by successfully completing 15 semester hours in Aging Studies.

Review Aging Studies in the General Catalog for more details.


Employment options and work settings in aging studies are growing. You'll find career opportunities in agencies that serve the elderly, social services, retirement homes, long-term care facilities, hospitals, recreation departments, banks, industry, and health clubs.

Application Process

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Undergraduate certificate programs are available to students once they are enrolled in a degree program at Iowa or after they have received a bachelor's degree. Review our Areas of Study to select a major.


Aging Studies
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