Program Requirements

Mapping the major

Students pursuing a degree in gerontology must meet the requirements listed below to be eligible for graduation, complete a total of 125 hours including general education courses, and fulfill the General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements.

Gerontology (Comprehensive)

Bachelor of Science
  1. General Education Program and Requirements
    The following prerequisite courses will meet General Education requirements: 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).

  2. Major Requirements

    1. 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)

    2. Statistics Course: AGR 330(3) or MTH 340(3) or PSY 200(3) or QBA 237(3) or REC 328(3) or SOC 302(3) or another course approved by advisor

    3. Research Methods Course: PSY 203(3) or PSY 302(3) or SOC 301(3) or another course approved by advisor

    4. Communication Skills Course: COM 325(3) or 332(3) or 336(3) or 390(3) or 405(3) or 511(3) or another course approved by advisor

    5. Health Related Course: BMS 130(3) or BMS 240(3) or BMS 310(3) or SOC 341(3) or SOC 456(3) or COM 507(3) or another course approved by advisor

    6. GER 598(6-9) Supervised Practicum in Gerontology and GER 599(3) Seminar in Gerontology

    7. Additional 9 hours of Gerontology electives

    8. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of GER 598(6-9) and GER 599(3).

  3. Electives to complete 120 hours. Students are encouraged to use these hours to complete another major or minor.

  4. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

Electives in the gerontology major

  • PSY 309 - Identity and Aging in Literature and Film (3)
  • GER 320/PSY 354 - Gender Issues in Later Life (3)
  • PSY 363 - Death and Human Behavior (3)
  • GER 365/PSY 366 - Families in Later Life (3)
  • GER 397 - Special Topics in Gerontology  (1-3 Variable topic courses)
  • GER 300 - Service Learning Curricular Component (1)
  • GER 597 - Impact of Aging in the 21st Century (1-3)

Note: Other courses may be accepted as electives for the gerontology major but must be approved by a gerontology advisor.