BS Four-Year Degree Plan

This is a model plan for a four-year degree based on the general education program in place in Fall 2014 and beyond.  Your path to graduation may vary slightly based on factors such as college credit you earned while in high school, your choice of general education electives, and placement in English and Mathematics. 

      *Students are required to complete general electives to bring the total number of credit hours up to 125 hours for graduation.

Check out the course rotation before scheduling your classes.


First semester (fall)

First semester courses Credit hours
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations2
ENG 110 Writing I3
MTH 130 or above3
Natural World: Life Sciences4
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology3
Total hours15

Second semester (spring)

Second semester courses Credit hours
HST 121 or 122 U.S. History3
SOC 150 Introduction to Society3
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship3
Total hours15

Third semester (fall)

Third semester courses Credit hours
Natural World: Physical Sciences3-4
General Elective3
SOC 375 Social Forces and Aging3
The Arts3
Cultural Competence3
Total hours15-16

Fourth semester (spring)

Fourth semester courses Credit hours
Public Issues Course3
PSY 365 Aging and Adjustment3
Health Sciences Course for Gerontology3
Writing II3
PSY 309 Identity and Aging in Literature and Film3
Total hours15

Fifth semester (fall)

Fifth semester courses Credit hours
Statistics Course3
PSY 451 Psychophysiology of Aging3
General Elective3
GER 365 or PSY 366 Families in Later Life3
GER 380 Senior Citizens: Policies and Politics3
General Elective1
Total hours16

Sixth semester (spring)

Sixth semester courses Credit hours
General Elective1
Research Methods Course3
GER 320 or PSY 354 Gender Issues in Later Life3
General Elective3
COM 390 Communication & Aging or approved COM course3
General Elective3
Total hours16

Seventh semester (fall)

Seventh semester courses Credit hours
General Elective1
GER 470 Community Resources for Older Adults3
PSY 363 Death and Human Behavior3
General Elective3
General Elective3
General Elective3
Total hours16

Eighth semester (spring)

Eighth semester courses Credit hours
General Elective1
GEN 499 University Exit Examination0
GER 598 Supervised Practicum12
GER 599 Seminar in Gerontology3
Total hours16