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Kristen H Archbold
UCONJ 440
Seattle Campus

Biological Aspects of Aging

Introductory course on aspects of the biology of human aging and of functional changes associated with normal aging and with those illnesses that may be present in the elderly. Focus on the relationship between changes in physical function, environment, and quality of life. Includes theoretical perspective on aging as well as the aging process in specific physiological systems. Designed for upper-level undergraduate students with an interest in aging.

Class description

This introductory interdisciplinary course addresses selected aspects of the biology of human aging and functional changes associated with both normal aging and pathologic problems often present in the elderly. The goal is to introduce students to broad aspects of physical aging, a normal, complex phenomenon influenced by genetic make-up and environment. The content includes theories of aging, current information about human physical aging and aging processes in specific physiological systems. The course is designed for upper level undergraduate students and graduate students with an interest in aging. It is one of three separate courses dealing with aging offered in cooperation with the Institute on Aging.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Didactic lecture, class discussions.

Recommended preparation

An introductory course in biology or human physiology is strongly recommended. Critical thinking skills will contribute towards a greater understanding of how biological and social forces contribute to the aging process.

Class assignments and grading

Reading of text prior to each lecture. In addition, a short written paper will provide students with an exciting opportunity to explore the aging process from the perspective of an older adult.

Written paper, class participation, cumulative final exam.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Kristen H Archbold
Date: 09/17/2003