Minor in Gerontology

Minor in Gerontology


  • Students enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs in any academic area may pursue the minor in gerontology. Interested students are required to declare their intention and work out a program of study with the program coordinator prior to completing their third course in the program. Students planning careers in gerontologic human service settings complete a practicum or field experience as part of their core requirements; other students may choose the independent research option.
  • The minor consists of a minimum of five courses drawn from the following list of existing courses approved by the Gerontology Committee.
  • The chosen practicum or independent study course content should be directly concerned with older adults, and must be approved by the gerontology coordinator.

Minor Requirements (15 cr.)

All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise designated.

  • PSY-P 331 Psychology of Aging
  • SOC-S 331 Sociology of Aging

Select one of the following:

  • BIOL-L 100 Humans and the Biological World (5 cr.)
  • PHSL-P 130 Human Biology
  • PHSL-P 261 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1(5 cr.)
  • PHSL-P 262 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 (5 cr.)

Select one of the following:

  • BUS-H 320 Systems of Health Care Delivery
  • BUS-H 411 Management of Long-Term Care Facilities
  • SOC-S 314 Social Aspects of Health and Medicine

The practicum (80-100 clock hours) or independent study requirement may be fulfilled by enrollment in the following:

  • NURS-Z 492 Individual Study in Nursing (0.5-6 cr.)
  • PSY-P 495 Readings and Research in Psychology (1-3 cr.)
  • VT: Internship: Community Experience
    VT: Supervised Research
  • SOC-S 468 Research Problems in Sociology (1-3 cr.)
  • SOC-S 494 Field Experience in Sociology
  • WGS-W 480 Women’s Studies Practicum

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