Certificate in Aging and Longevity Studies

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Undergraduate students successfully completing 18 semester hours of approved coursework who have also completed the requirements for an undergraduate degree will be awarded a certificate by the Registrar and an entry will be made on the student's transcript indicating completion of the requirements for the Aging and Longevity Studies Program.  

  1. Internship Packet  --  click here  PDF.   (also available as a Word document)
  2. Checklist to help you keep track of ALSP Certificate requirements
    1.   Certificate checklist for undergraduate students
    2.   Certificate checklist for graduate students
    3.   Certificate checklist for NURSING students
    4.   MINOR checklist for undergraduate students 
    5.   MINOR checklist  for NURSING undergraduate  students
    6.   MSW- Social Work students specializing in Aging

Course Requirements

The Undergraduate Certificate in Aging and Longevity Studies requires 18 semester hours of approved aging-related courses. 
View current courses offered in Aging and Longevity Studies

Course Requirements
Note Course Name Semester Hours


Aging Matters:  Introduction to Gerontology (formerly: Basic Aspects of Aging).  This course introduces the student to the field of "aging studies" sometimes called "gerontology."  It is an overview course.  It is recommended that students take this class FIRST before taking other Aging & Longevity Studies Program courses. This course is a "General Education"  geared toward undergraduate students.     The course is available  on-line fall, spring and summer semesters, and in-person at least once per academic year.

NOTE: Graduate students are strongly discouraged from enrolling in this class because it won't count toward your graduate degree.  Please contact the ASP director to learn about the alternate course available only for graduate students who are enrolled in the ASP certificate program. 

3 s.h.


Global Aging (on-line) with Associate Professor Mercedes Bern-Klug (2 minute video overview of Global Aging class) or Anthropology of Aging (in-person) with Assistant Professor Elana Buch. Usually one of these classes is offered at least once per academic year.

3 s.h.


Psychology of Aging (available online).

3 s.h.


Biology of Aging (available online fall and spring with Dr. Mark Holbrook or Health & Aging online fall and spring with Patricia Elkington, nurse/social worker).

3 s.h.


*Taken after 9 s.h. minimum completed

Internship and Seminar in Aging  (combined into one,  3-credit class) is only for students who are completing the Certificate in Aging and Longevity Studies. If your major requires a supervised field experience that provides a gerontological experience, we will consider accepting that experience as fulfilling this requirement toward the Aging and Longevity Studies Certificate. The internship and seminar is available in the fall and spring semesters; the student helps to design the experience. Special permission from the ASP director is required to enroll.  Completion of the core requirements is a pre (or co) requiste to being eligible to enroll in the Internship and Seminar.   (Please note--the seminar is mostly synchronous and on-line.)


Click  HERE  for a 3 minute video about the INTERNSHIP

Internship Packet  click HERE

3 sem hours




Options for Aging and Longevity Studies Program electives change each semester.  When you register, look for classes under the headning: ASP.

3 s.h. 



 18 hours

 A grade point average of at least 2.0 is required in all coursework applied toward the certificate and/or minor.