Certificate in Gerontology


    Students may earn a Certificate in Gerontology by completing 15 hours of specified course work including a core of strongly recommended courses: Introduction to Gerontology (GERO 2000), Psychology of Adult Development and Aging (GERO 4460), and Programs and Services for the Elderly (GERO 4670), plus a one-semester field placement.


    The Certificate program may be used as a minor or a concentration within several degrees earned through other university departments. Students who wish to work toward the Certificate must apply directly to the Department of Gerontology. Students may also consider a concentration of 30 hours in gerontology by pursuing a Bachelor of General Studies Degree.


    Courses that meet the gerontology requirement are taught by gerontology faculty as well as related faculty in other departments. Students should consult the gerontology advisor for the appropriate selection of courses.


    Undergraduates who begin work toward the certificate late in their academic program may find it difficult to schedule the necessary course work and practicum hours prior to graduation (this is especially true for BSN candidates in the College of Nursing). It is acceptable, and in many cases desirable, to complete the classroom portion of work toward the certificate while an undergraduate, receive the bachelor’s degree from one’s major department, and then complete work on the practicum during the semester after graduation as an unclassified postgraduate. Gerontology advisors maintain a degree of flexibility in order to work with students who have special needs.