Program Requirements

A minor is possible but not required for the gerontology degree. With careful planning, you can use your electives toward a minor.

Check with your advisor to determine which option is best for you.

Gerontology (Comprehensive)

Bachelor of Science

Major requirements (45-48 hours):

  1. Prerequisite courses: COM 115(3); PLS 101(3); PSY 121(3) or SOC 150(3); BIO 101(3) and 111(1), or BMS 100(3), or BMS 110(3) and 111(1). Hours will double count toward General Education requirements.
  2. Core Courses: a grade of C or better is required in each course before enrolling in practicum and seminar: GER 375 or SOC 375(3); GER 351 or PSY 350(3); BMS 260(3); GER 470 or SWK 470(3); GER 480(3).
  3. One statistics course from: AGR 330(3), MTH 340(3), PSY 200(3), QBA 237(3), REC 328(3), SOC 302(3), or another course approved by advisor.
  4. One research methods course from: PSY 203(3), PSY 302(3), SOC 301(3), or another course approved by advisor.
  5. One communication skills course from: COM 325(3), 332(3), 336(3), 390(3), 405(3), 511(3), or another course approved by advisor.
  6. One health related course from: BMS 310(3), COM 507(3), DTN 130(3), DTN 240(3), SOC 341(3), SOC 456(3), or another course approved by advisor.
  7. GER 598(6-9) Supervised Practicum in Gerontology; and GER 599(3) Seminar in Gerontology.
  8. Additional nine hours of Gerontology electives.
  9. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of GER 598(6-9) and GER 599(3).
  10. Electives to complete a total of 120 hours for the degree. Students are encouraged to use these hours to complete another major or minor.

University level requirements:

  1. General Education Program and Requirements
  2. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

Gerontology electives

These are all of the pre-approved courses that count towards the 9 hours of Gerontology electives. Other courses may be accepted as electives for the gerontology major but must be approved by a gerontology advisor.

  • GER 309 or PSY 309 - Identity and Aging in Literature and Film (3 credit hrs)
  • GER 354 or PSY 354 - Gender and Sexuality in Later Life (3 credit hrs)
  • GER 363 or PSY 363 - Death and Human Behavior (3 credit hrs)
  • GER 366 or PSY 366 - Families in Later Life (3 credit hrs)
  • GER 370 or PSY 370 - Mental Health and Aging (3 credit hrs)
  • GER 397 - Special Topics in Gerontology (1-3 credit hrs)
  • GER 300 - Service Learning Curricular Component (1 credit hr)
  • GER 492 - Directed Research (1-4 credit hrs)