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UNG offers an interdisciplinary Gerontology Minor or Certificate requiring 15 hours of coursework. Upon completion of the program, students opting for the certificate will receive it in addition to the major and minor.  Degree seeking students will have the certificate noted on their transcripts. Graduate students and post-bachelor students seeking a certificate must enroll for all courses at the 5000 level. Post-Bachelor students must also apply for admission to UNG through Undergraduate Admissions or Graduate Admissions, depending on your academic and career goals,  to complete the certificate program. 

The following four courses are fully online. If not enrolled at UNG you may enroll through GOML (Georgia on My Line). 

  • Survey of Aging (GERO  3081/5081) fall/spring
  • Biology of Aging (GERO 3381/5381) fall
  • Psychology of Aging (PSYC 3181/5181) spring
  • Contemporary Issues in Aging (SOCI 3481/5481) spring

Additionally, you must have a capstone experience. You will need to take one of the following classes to apply what you have learned after completing the foundation courses. The practicum may be completed as a online course, allowing your placement to be almost anywhere. The research experience requires the approval of a faculty member to work with you on a project in their area of expertise. 

  • Practicum Experience (GERO 3581/5581) 
  • Research Experience (GERO 3681/5681)
  • Service Learning in Human Services Delivery and Administration (HSDA 4201)

Program Objectives

  • To provide students with a theoretical introduction to the field of Gerontology theory, application, and research.
  • To provide students with opportunities for clinical internship experiences with older adults in a community setting.
  • To provide public service programs to meet educational, professional, and community needs.
  • To prepare students to meet the physiological, sociological, psychological, and community demands of an ever increasing population of older adults.
  • To integrate distance learning with web based technologies which enhance student exposure to the field of Gerontology.
  • To facilitate understanding of cultural, social, and economic differences in the study of aging.


The Gerontology Program requires fifteen (15) credit hours of graduate or upper division undergraduate course work to earn either the undergraduate minor or certificate.

3 credit hours from one of the two following introduction to aging classes:

Fully Online

  • Survey of Aging (GERO 3081/5081)

Gainesville Campus

  • Context of Aging (HSDA 4100)

9 credit hours from the following interdisciplinary Gerontology electives:

Fully Online

  • Psychology of Aging (PSYC 3181/5181)
  • Biology of Aging (GERO 3381/5381)
  • Contemporary Issues in Aging (SOCI 3481/5481)

Online or Gainesville Campus

  • Successful Aging (HSDA 4110)

Gainesville Campus

  • Resources for Aging Population (HSDA 4120)
  • Communicating with Older Adults (HSDA 4130)
  • Decisions at the End-of-Life (HSDA 4170)
  • Policy, Planning Older Adults (HSDA 4190)

3 credit hours in a focused field of the student’s choice as a practicum or research (taken last):

  • Practicum Experience (GERO 3581/5581)
  • Research Experience (GERO 3681/5681)
  • Service Learning in Human Services Delivery and Administration (HSDA 4201)
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