Gerontology is the interdisciplinary study of aging and older adults. The Gerontology Academic Program (GAP) focuses on aging’s biological, physiological, communicative, psychological, social, and health aspects. The interdisciplinary program promotes critical thinking, service learning, research, and innovation. Students will become aging-informed, setting them apart and enhancing their careers.

The GAP offers two interdisciplinary undergraduate programs:

Minor in Gerontology: 18 credits 

Certificate in Gerontology: 24 credits 

Each program is designated a “Program of Merit” by the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education. The University of Nevada, Reno is one of only fourteen universities nationwide with this distinction for gerontology programs.

Minor vs. Certificate

An undergraduate certificate or minor in gerontology coupled with a bachelor’s degree gives students an edge in today’s job market. It increases competitiveness for graduate work in a variety of fields. Rather than graduating with a standard degree, specialized training in gerontology enhances students’ employability and professional mobility. Additionally, for those already working in their field and seeking professional development opportunities, the Certificate offers an aging-informed approach to one’s career.

Given the aging of the population (Nevada has one of the fastest-growing older adult populations in the country), more students must receive training in aging and gerontology to combat ageism, improve social and health services, and increase the number of citizens prepared to meet the opportunities and challenges that come with increased longevity and global aging.