Certificate in Aging and Longevity Studies | BAS & BLS
The University of Iowa


Offered by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in cooperation with other colleges of the University, and housed within the School of Social Work, the Certificate in Aging & Longevity Studies can be completed entirely ONLINE. Aging-specific courses are principally focused on older persons and/or the aging process. Aging-related cross-listed courses have at least 50% of the content related to aging, longevity, and/or older adulthood.

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Online Curriculum

The ONLINE Certificate in Aging & Longevity Studies requires a student to successfully complete 18 s.h. and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in all course work.

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Required Core Courses:    

  • ASP:1800 Aging Matters: Intro to Social Gerontology         
  • ASP:3135 Global Aging (or: ASP:2181 Anthropology of Aging)
  • ASP:3150 Psychology of Aging
  • ASP:3160 Biology of Aging
  • ASP:4190 Aging Studies Internship and Seminar

Elective (3 semester hours):

  • 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.


How to add the certificate to your program of study

Current BAS/BLS students can add a certificate program to their plan of study at any time by sending an email to their assigned academic advisor asking to formally declare the certificate. Once added, a separate degree audit will be produced.

How to remove the certificate from your program of study

Current BAS/BLS students can email their assigned academic advisor to ask to remove the certificate from their plan of study. There is no penalty to remove a certificate program from a plan of study and one may be removed at any time.