BS Four-Year Degree Plan: Dual Majors

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
Quantitative Literacy - General Education 3
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
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
PSY 150 Introduction to the Psychology Major 1
Total hours15

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
The Arts - General Education 3
Humanities - General Education 3
SOC 150 Introduction to Society 3
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 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
Total hours15-16

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Cultural Competence - General Education 3
Physical Sciences - General Education 3-4
GER 375 Social Forces and Aging 3
Written Communication and Integrative and Applied Learning - General Education 3
PSY 200 Psychological Statistical Methods 3
Total hours15-16

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Gerontology - Health Related 3
PSY foundation course work - Applied 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
GER 351 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
or PSY 350 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
3
PSY 302 Experimental Psychology 3
Total hours15

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Gerontology Elective 3
GER 470 Community Resources for Older Adults 3
BMS 260 Biology of Aging 3
Public Issues - General Education 3
General elective 3
General elective 1
Total hours16

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Gerontology Elective 3
COM 390 Communication and Aging 3
PSY foundation course work - Learning and Cognition 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
Total hours15

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
GER 480 Policies and Older Adults 3
Gerontology Elective 3
PSY 411 Psychology of Diverse Populations 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
General elective 1
Total hours16

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

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 and 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 the dual major option so he/she can help you develop an academic plan to maximize use of credit hours.
  • 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.
  • Gerontology website
Degree plan last reviewed 06-19-2018.