Tack on an Aging Studies Minor to Your Degree

People live longer today than ever. This phenomenon presents numerous opportunities to study and serve the worldwide aging population. Whether your interest is in healthcare, social services, business or other fields, a minor in Aging Studies will complement your declared major.

Aging Studies is a minor specialization offered by the University of Wyoming Department of Psychology.

What is Aging Studies?

The aging studies minor program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with an aging population and prepares them to contribute to the development of policies and programs that promote healthy aging and enhance the quality of life for the elderly. 

Graduates can pursue careers in a variety of fields, including healthcare, social services, government, education, research, and advocacy. They may work as geriatricians, social workers, policy analysts, program administrators or researchers, among other roles.

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Application Deadline

The University of Wyoming aims to provide easy access to undergraduate admission for students, which is why they have a rolling basis for most undergraduate programs. This allows students to apply at any time before the upcoming semester begins. However, students must confirm their enrollment by May 1 for fall start dates if they wish to be considered for any scholarships or commitments awarded by UW.

Background Check:

Students seeking the minor in aging studies will be required to obtain a background check. Please contact us for specific information.

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What can you do with an aging studies minor?

A minor in aging studies complements any career path or major that works with the aging population. Graduates of the aging studies minor will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the aging process, identify the needs of the elderly, and develop programs and policies to meet those needs.

Aging Studies Minor Careers

The UW aging studies minor prepares you to pursue positions that include:

  • Geropsychologist 
  • Gerontologist  
  • Pharmacist
  • Nurse
  • Social Worker


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Here are a few places our University of Wyoming alumni are now working and making a difference!

  • Greener Paths
  • Hospice of Laramie
  • Ivinsion Memorial Hospital
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Aging Studies Program Highlights

As part of the Department of Psychology, the aging studies minor benefits from the same rigorous course material. Students have exciting opportunities unique to the program. 



Students complete an internship at the end of the aging studies program. Internship locations are flexible, and the student works with an advisor to receive a role that aligns with their major. 

Clubs, Organizations & Teams

We encourage students to join the Student Gerontology Association, where undergraduate and graduate students network with professionals to explore career opportunities and volunteer in their community.


Aging Studies faculty are experts who keep students engaged with the most relevant topics in their field. Dr. Karne Bartsch is one of many expert faculty who research various areas of development and has published work in multiple journals on brain science. 

Convenience & Flexibility 

Maintain your current lifestyle while earning your degree. UW's aging studies Minor is offered on the main UW campus as well as fully online.


Aging Studies Minor students are pre-med, pre-physician assistant, pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, nursing students, pharmacy students, social work students and more!

Contact Us

We're Eager to Help!

Department of Psychology

Wyoming Center on Aging

Department 3415, 1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2829

Email: wycoa@uwyo.edu