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
  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 310(3) or COM 507(3) or DTN 130(3) or DTN 240(3) or SOC 341(3) or SOC 456(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

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)