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Aging Services
Undergraduate Certificate in
Adult Development and Aging Services


These courses are taught by Penn State faculty using a combination of web and email resources as the delivery method.

Course List — Undergraduate Certificate in Adult Development and Aging Services 

Professional Core (12 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Introduction to the Biology of Aging BIOL 155 (GN) Examination of human aging from a biological perspective. Population demographics, physiological and pathological changes, and healthy lifestyles are discussed. Students who have passed BIOL 409 may not schedule this course. 3 credits
Introduction to Health Services Organization H P A 101 Examination of the social, political, historic, and scientific factors in the development and organization of health services. 3 credits
Adult Development and Aging HD FS 249 (GS) Physiological, psychological, and social development and intervention from young adulthood through old age. 3 credits
Sociology of Aging SOC 035 Introduction to the sociological study of aging. 3 credits
Professional Electives (Choose 3 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies HD FS 129 (GS) Introduction to psychosocial and family development at all stages of the individual and family life cycle. 3 credits
Personal and Interpersonal Skills HD FS 216 Conceptions of life span personal and interpersonal skill enhancement. 3 credits
Values and Ethics in Health and Human Development Professions HD FS 301 Examines bases for choices among values in personal and professional relations in human development processes and supporting services. 3 credits
Human Development and Family Studies Interventions HD FS 311 Survey of individual and family formal and informal intervention efforts; historical and current perspectives and approaches.

Prerequisite: HD FS 129
3 credits
Family Development HD FS 315Y (GI) An overview of families, focusing primarily on contemporary American families. 3 credits
Introductory Principles of Nutrition NUTR 251 (GHA) The nutrients: food sources and physiological functions as related to human growth and well-being throughout life; current nutrition issues. Students who have passed NUTR 151 may not schedule this course. 3 credits
Psychology OR Introductory Sociology PSYCH 100 (GS) or SOC 001 (GS) Introduction to general psychology; principles of human behavior and their applications.
The nature and characteristics of human societies and social life.
3 credits

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