This is the first version of the 2022-23 General Catalog. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

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

The certificate may be earned by any student admitted to the University of Iowa who is not enrolled in a UI graduate or professional degree program. Undergraduate to Graduate (U2G) students may earn the certificate when the undergraduate classification is primary.

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 coursework 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 and declare the certificate program in MyUI. 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 coursework 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 coursework.

Core Courses

All certificate students must complete five core courses. 

Both of these:
ASP:1800/CSD:1800/NURS:1800/SSW:1800/TR:1800Aging Matters: Introduction to Gerontology (recommended as first course for the certificate)3
ASP:3150Psychology of Aging3
One of these:
ASP:2181/ANTH:2181/GHS:2181The Anthropology of Aging3
ASP:3135/GHS:3050/SSW:3135Global Aging3
One of these:
ASP:3160Biology of Aging3
ASP:3170Health and Aging3
ASP:4470/HHP:4470Physiology of Aging3
NURS:3138Nursing and Pharmacological Interventions I5
One of these:
ASP:4190/SSW:4190Aging Studies Internship and Seminar3
NURS:3615Adult Medical/Surgical Nursing Practicum3

Electives

Students must complete an additional 3 s.h. of elective coursework selected from aging and longevity studies courses (prefix ASP), NURS:3620 Gerontological Nursing, 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 internship credit if they focus on aging; students who wish to apply coursework from other departments should consult the Aging and Longevity Studies Program.

Courses not used to satisfy the Core Courses requirement can be used to meet the Electives requirement.

Sample Plan of Study

Sample plans represent one way to complete a program of study. Actual course selection and sequence will vary and should be discussed with an academic advisor. For additional sample plans, see MyUI.

Aging and Longevity Studies, Certificate

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
The undergraduate Certificate in Aging and Longevity Studies requires 18 s.h. of credit.
 Hours0
First Year
Any Semester
ASP:1800 Aging Matters: Introduction to Gerontology a 3
Certificate: aging and longevity studies elective (prefix ASP or other approved course) b 3
 Hours6
Second Year
Any Semester
ASP:3160
Biology of Aging c
or Health and Aging
or Physiology of Aging
3
ASP:3150 Psychology of Aging 3
ASP:3135
Global Aging
or The Anthropology of Aging
3
 Hours9
Fourth Year
Any Semester
NURS:3615
Adult Medical/Surgical Nursing Practicum d
or Aging Studies Internship and Seminar
3
 Hours3
 Total Hours18
a
This foundation course is recommended to be taken prior to other required or elective courses, if possible.
b
See General Catalog for list of approved electives. Nursing students may also take NURS:3620 to satisfy this requirement.
c
Nursing students may also take NURS:3138 to satisfy this requirement.
d
ASP:4190 is restricted and requires that the student discuss with the certificate coordinator what required courses have been completed prior to enrollment. It is allowable to be finishing one certificate course while also taking the internship.