Missouri State University

BS Four-Year Graduation Plan

This is a model plan for four-year graduation.  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.


  • There is no minor required with this comprehensive major though most students do pick up a minor in psychology and are encouraged to use general electives to complete a minor in another area of interest.
  • Meet with a Gerontology advisor as soon as possible when deciding on the dual major option so he/she can help you develop an academic plan to maximize use of credit hours.
  • Visit the Gerontology website at http://psychology.missouristate.edu/gerontology

First semester (fall)

First semester courses Credit hours
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations2
Self Understanding: Creativity & Vision3
Culture and Society: Humanities3
MTH 130 or above3
HST 121 or 122
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Total hours16

Second semester (spring)

Second semester courses Credit hours
ENG 110 Writing I3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology3
CSC 101 Computers for Learning2
Natural World - BMS 100 or 105 or BIO 1024
KIN 100 Fitness for Living2
Self Understanding: Humanities3
Total hours17

Third semester (fall)

Third semester courses Credit hours
Natural World4
General Elective3
SOC 150 Introduction to Society3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship3
GER 310/SOC 375 Social Forces & Aging3
Total hours16

Fourth semester (spring)

Fourth semester courses Credit hours
General Elective3
PSY 365 Aging and Adjustment3
General Elective3
Statistics (AGR 330, ECO 308, MTH 340, PSY 200, QBA 237, REC 331, or SOC 302)3
PSY 309 Identity and Aging in Literature and Film3
Total hours15

Fifth semester (fall)

Fifth semester courses Credit hours
PSY 451 Psychophysiology of Aging3
Writing II3
GER 365 or PSY 366 Families in Later Life3
GER 380 Senior Citizens: Policies and Politics3
General Elective3
Total hours15

Sixth semester (spring)

Sixth semester courses Credit hours
Research Methods course: PSY 302, PSY 203, SOC 201, or PSY 300 or approved course3
GER 320 or PSY 354 Gender Issues in Later Life3
Health Sciences Course3
COM 390 Communication & Aging or approved COM course3
General Elective3
Total hours15

Seventh semester (fall)

Seventh semester courses Credit hours
General Elective1-3
GER 470 Community Resources for Older Adults3
PSY 363 Death and Human Behavior3
General Elective3
General Elective3
General Elective3
Total hours16-18

Eighth semester (spring)

Eighth semester courses Credit hours
GER 598 Supervised Practicum12
GER 599 Seminar in Gerontology3
Total hours15