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Earn a Gerontology Minor or Certificate as you work toward your Degree!

UNG offers an interdisciplinary Gerontology Minor and Gerontology Certificate, both requiring 15 hours of coursework. All courses are fully online and offered during the fall, spring and summer semesters.

Upon completion of the program, students opting for the certificate will receive it in addition to the major and/or 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 graduate level.

Students must apply for admission to UNG through Undergraduate Admissions or Graduate Admissions, depending on your academic and career goals, to complete the certificate program. 

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, undergraduate or graduate certificate.

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

Fully Online

  • GERO 3058/ GERO 5081 - Survey of Aging  
  • HSDA 4100 Context of Aging

9 credit hours from the following interdisciplinary Gerontology electives (all undergraduate courses are also available at the graduate level – contact program director for additional information):

  • GERO 3381/GERO 5381 - Biology of Aging
  • GERO 4000  - Special Topics
  • HSDA 4110 - Successful Aging
  • HSDA 4120 - Resources for Aging Population 
  • HSDA 4130 - Communicating with Older Adults
  • HSDA 4170 - Decisions at the End-of-Life
  • HSDA 4190 - Policy, Planning Older Adults
  • PSYC 3181/5181- Psychology of Aging
  • SOCI 3481 - Contemporary Issues in Aging
  • SOCI 3530 - Death, Society, and the Human Experience
  • SOCI 7590 Independent Study

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

  • GERO 3581/GERO 5581 Practicum Experience
  • GERO 3681/GERO 5681 Research Experience
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