BS Four-Year Degree Plan: Gerontology

The following is a sample schedule for this major – your actual schedule may vary.

Meet with your advisor before scheduling your classes. Review the class schedule for course availability.

Missouri State is committed to helping you graduate in four years.

The following degree plan is based on the 2018-19 catalog and Missouri State general education requirements.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
ENG 110 Writing I 3
General Education - Quantitative Literacy 3
BIO 101 Biology in Your World
or BMS 100 Concepts and Issues in the Life Sciences
or BMS 110 Introduction to the Biomedical Sciences
3
BIO 111 Laboratory for Biology in Your World
or BMS 111 Introductory Laboratory in the Biomedical Sciences
1
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
Total hours14-15

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877
or HST 122 Survey of the History of the United States since 1877
3
Humanities - General Education 3
SOC 150 Introduction to Society 3
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
General elective 1
Total hours16

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Cultural Competence - General Education 3
Physical Sciences - General Education 3-5
GER 375 Social Forces and Aging 3
The Arts - General Education 3
General elective 3
Total hours15-16

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
GER 351 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging 3
GER 309 Identity and Aging in Literature and Film 3
Written Communication and Integrative and Applied Learning - General Education 3
Public Issues - General Education 3
General elective 3
Total hours15

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Gerontology Elective 3
GER 470 Community Resources for Older Adults 3
BMS 260 Biology of Aging 3
Statistics - General Education 3
General elective 3
General elective 1
Total hours15-16

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Gerontology Elective 3
COM 390 Communication and Aging 3
PSY foundation course work - Research Methods 3
Gerontology - Health Related 3
General elective 3
Total hours15

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
GER 480 Policies and Older Adults 3
Gerontology Elective 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
Total hours15

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
GER 598 Supervised Practicum in Gerontology 6-9
GER 599 Seminar in Gerontology 3
GEN 499 University Exit Examination 0
Total hours12-15

Tips for Success

  • No minor is required with this comprehensive major though many students do add a minor in psychology, sociology, health services, hospitality leadership or business are encouraged to use general electives to complete a major or minor in another area of interest.
  • Meet with a Gerontology advisor as soon as possible when deciding on a dual major option so he/she can help you develop an academic plan to maximize use of credit hours.
  • Gerontology website
  • No application is needed for admission to the Gerontology degree program.
  • A total of 120 completed hours is required for graduation.
  • Involvement in GER Club will help you learn more about the field, the Gerontology program, the major and practica.
Degree plan last reviewed 06-19-2018.