Major in Gerontology and Aging Services
Students may seek an academic major or minor in gerontology and aging services.
The major in gerontology and aging services prepares students to implement and manage health and human service programs in gerontology and aging services. It combines a foundation in the psychosocial and physiological aspects of aging with an understanding of programs, services, and policies related to aging and older adults. Graduates are prepared for careers such as gerontological services or program manager, program and policy analyst, services developer, and housing or facilities manager.
Intended Program Outcomes
The student who graduates with a major in gerontology and aging services should be able to
- Access, interpret, and apply gerontological research findings related to biopsychosocial processes in the context of aging.
- Analyze the impact of sociological and cultural factors, such as race, ethnicity, gender, and social class, on the aging process.
- Analyze the development of policies related to aging and their impact on services and organizations for older adults, both locally and nationally.
- Apply interdisciplinary gerontological knowledge to work with older adults in a chosen area of practice.
- Practice within the legal and ethical standards of the aging services field.
A degree with a major in gerontology and aging services requires the successful completion of 120 credits of coursework, including 30 credits for the major; 41 credits in general education requirements; and 49 credits in the minor, electives, and other degree requirements. At least 15 credits in the major must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above).
Requirements for the Gerontology and Aging Services Major
Coursework for a major in gerontology and aging services includes the following:
- Foundation courses (9 credits): GERO 100, 220 (or PSYC 357), and 302 (or BIOL 307)
- Statistics course (3 credits): STAT 225 (or STAT 200 or STAT 230)
- Management courses (6 credits): GERO 301 (or HMGT 300) and 306
- Health-related course (3 credits): GERO 338, GERO 355, or BEHS 380
- Supplemental major courses (6 credits): Any GERO courses
- Required internship (3 credits): GERO 486A
The following course sequence will fulfill all the requirements for the BS in gerontology and aging services. Coursework for the major is indicated by . Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may make it necessary to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Students should consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options.
Gerontology and Aging Services Degree Courses
First Courses (to be taken within the first 18 credits)
Note: Placement tests are required for math and writing courses.
- EDCP 100 Principles and Strategies of Successful Learning (3)
(strongly recommended as first course)
- LIBS 150 Introduction to Research (1)
- WRTG 101 Introduction to Writing (3)
or WRTG 101S Introduction to Writing (3)
- MATH 106 Finite Mathematics (3)
or a higher-level math course
Introductory Courses (to be taken within the first 30 credits)
- GERO 100 Introduction to Gerontology (3)
- ECON 103 Economics in the Information Age (3)
or other behavioral and social sciences course
- BIOL 103 Introduction to Biology (4)
or other biological and physical sciences lecture and laboratory course(s)
- WRTG 293 Introduction to Professional Writing (3)
or other writing course
- IFSM 201 Concepts and Applications of Information Technology (3)
or CMST 301 Digital Media and Society (3)
- HUMN 100 Introduction to Humanities (3)
or other arts and humanities course
Foundation Courses (to be taken within the first 60 credits)
- GERO 220 Psychological Aspects of Aging (3)
or PSYC 357 Adulthood and Aging
- STAT 225 Introduction to Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (3)
or STAT 200 Introduction to Statistics (3)
or STAT 230 Introductory Business Statistics (3)
- BEHS 103 Technology in Contemporary Society (3)
or other behavioral and social sciences course (discipline must differ from first)
- NSCI 100 Introduction to Physical Science (3)
or other biological and physical sciences lecture course
- HIST 125 Technological Transformations (3)
or other arts and humanities/historical perspective course (discipline must differ from other humanities course)
- COMM 202 Media and Society (3)
or other communication, writing, or speech course
- CMIS 111 Social Networking and Cybersecurity Best Practices (3)
or other computing course
- GERO 302 Health and Aging (3)
or BIOL 307 The Biology of Aging
Additional Required Courses (to be taken after introductory and foundation courses)
- GERO 301 Service/Program Management (3)
or HMGT 300 Introduction to the U.S. Health Care Sector
- GERO 306 Programs, Services, and Policies (3)
- WRTG 391 Advanced Research Writing (3)
or other upper-level advanced writing course
- GERO 338 Health Promotion in Older Adults (3)
or other health-related course for the major
- GERO 311 Gender and Aging (3)
or GERO 410 Cross-Cultural Perspectives of Aging
or other supplemental major course
- GERO 327 Ethnicity and Aging (3)
or other supplemental major course
Practicum for Major (to be taken within the last 30 credits)
- GERO 486A Workplace Learning in Gerontology and Aging Services (3)
Minor and/or Elective Courses (46)
(to be taken within the last 60 credits along with required major courses)
Total credits for BS in gerontology: 120
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