This is a draft version of the University of Iowa 2017-18 General Catalog. The final edition and the historical PDF version will be published later in the summer.

The undergraduate Certificate in Aging and Longevity Studies requires 18 s.h. of credit. The 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. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in work for the certificate.

Undergraduate students may earn the undergraduate certificate or the minor in aging and longevity studies, but not both.

The Certificate in Aging and Longevity Studies takes a multidisciplinary approach to gerontology. Its course work has been coordinated and sequenced to provide a broad background in aging for students from varied disciplines. Students should speak with the aging and longevity studies coordinator about their intent to earn the certificate. They work with their academic advisors and the coordinator to develop an individual plan of study that complements their degree program and career interests.

The certificate's required 18 s.h. of credit must be earned in aging and longevity studies courses (prefix ASP) and other courses approved for the program. With permission from the aging and longevity studies coordinator, students also may be able to use other aging-related courses for the certificate. Students must earn at least 12 s.h. of certificate credit in courses numbered 2000 or above, and they must earn at least 12 s.h. toward the certificate at the University of Iowa.

Certificate requirements include a core curriculum of five courses and an additional 3 s.h. of elective course work from the list of approved aging-related courses. Students may take core courses before or concurrently with other courses in the program, but they should complete the core courses before they enroll in the internship. Students who complete an aging-related internship or practicum in their major field may be able to count that experience as their aging and longevity studies internship; consult with the aging and longevity studies coordinator. Transfer credit requests are evaluated individually by the aging and longevity studies coordinator.

The Certificate in Aging and Longevity Studies requires the following course work.

Core Courses

All certificate students must complete the following five core courses.

One of these:
ASP:2181/ANTH:2181/GHS:2181The Anthropology of Aging3
ASP:3135/GHS:3050/SSW:3135Global Aging3
All of these:
ASP:1800/CSD:1800/NURS:1800/SSW:1800/TR:1800Aging Matters: Introduction to Gerontology3
ASP:3150Psychology of Aging3
ASP:3160Biology of Aging3
ASP:4190/SSW:4190Aging Studies Internship and Seminar3

Electives

Students must complete an additional 3 s.h. of electives selected from aging and longevity studies courses (prefix ASP) and/or from approved aging-related courses offered by other academic units. Practicum and/or research courses offered by other academic units may be accepted for elective credit if they focus on aging; students who wish to apply course work from other departments should consult the Aging and Longevity Studies Program.