Gerontology Undergraduate Certificate

Specialize in senior services

Reach and support a rapidly growing demographic: older adults.

Explore the later stages of the adult lifespan, and the many aspects that come with it.

With aging services in demand, you’ll have the foundation you need to help people enjoy a full life.

Choose your certificate

Contact the Academic Advising and Transfer Center to declare a certificate in gerontology.


This certificate is designed to educate students about the cultural, social, and behavioral aspects of age and aging, as well as how the process of aging is impacted by society’s institutions such as health care and politics.

This certificate is multidisciplinary and aims to produce knowledgeable and empathetic individuals who will understand and appreciate aging trajectories; work in a professional capacity with older adults in senior living, health care, recreation, hospitality, business, marketing, faith communities, education, non-profits, politics, and government; and be able to coordinate services and advocate for just policies, at the local, state, and federal levels, for older adults.

Program requirements (12 hours)

  1. GER 180(3).
  2. One foundation course from: GER 375(3) or SOC 375(3); GER 351(3), PSY 350(3).
  3. One applied course from: GER 470(3) or SWK 470(3); GER 480(3).
  4. Three hours from: GER 300(3); GER 309(3) or PSY 309(3); GER 354(3) or PSY 354(3); GER 363(3) or PSY 363(3); GER 366(3) or PSY 366(3) or CFD 365(3) or SWK 365(3); GER 370(3) or PSY 370(3); GER 396(3); GER 397(3); GER 492(3).
  5. All candidates must satisfy the General University Certificate Requirements.

Completion requirement

Attain a grade of C or better in all courses used to fulfill the certificate requirements.