Undergraduate Academic Programs




Undergraduate students may earn this minor in addition to the baccalaureate degree. A student who decides to pursue this minor should visit the records office of his or her degree-granting school/unit to have this minor officially added as an academic objective. Students are responsible for checking with their degree-granting schools/units to determine whether or not this minor may be officially recorded on their transcripts.

Students considering this minor may visit Shannan Stryjewski for academic advising.

Shannan Stryjewski
Academic Advisor
Department of Applied Health Science
School of Public Health - Bloomington
SPH C103
1025 E. 7th St.
Bloomington, IN  47405-7109
(812) 855-2462
sstryjew [at] indiana [dot] edu


This undergraduate minor program is intended for students in degree programs who wish to add a gerontology specialty to their studies. This minor requires:

  • successful completion of 15 credit hours prescribed below.
  • a minimum grade of C- in each course used in the minor.
  • a minimum cumulative minor GPA of 2.0.

Note: No course in this minor may be taken under the Pass/Fail Option.

Gerontology Core Courses (9 cr.)
Complete each of the following courses:

  • SPH-B 315 Health in the Later Years (3 cr.)
  • SPH-B 354 Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Gerontology (3 cr.)
  • SPH-F 348 Human Development III: Early, Middle, and Late Adulthood (3 cr.)

Gerontology Course (3 cr.)
Compete one course from the following:

  • SPH-B 335 Contemporary Issues in Aging and Health (3 cr.)
  • SPH-B 403 Public Health Program Planning (3 cr.)
  • SPH-F 453 Family Life Education (3 cr.)

Gerontology Elective Course (3 cr.)
Complete any one course from the following which was not used above:

  • SPEA-H 320 Health Systems Administration (3 cr.)
  • SPH-B 335 Aging Health, and Diverse Populations (3 cr.)
  • SPH-B 403 Public Health Program Planning2 (3 cr.)
  • SPH-F 150 Introduction to Life Span Human Development (3 cr.) +S&H
  • SPH-F 255 Human Sexuality (3 cr.) +S&H
  • SPH-F 453 Family Life Education** (3 cr.)
  • SPH-F 460 Grief in the Family Context (3 cr.)
  • SPH-H 220 Death and Dying (3 cr.) +S&H
  • SPH-N 331 Life Cycle Nutrition (3 cr.)
  • SPH-R 381 Leisure and Aging (3 cr.)
  • SPH-R 382 Therapeutic Interventions with the Elderly2 (3 cr.)
  • SPHS-S 307 Cognition/Communication in Aging (3 cr.)
  • A COLL Topics course may be taken as an elective with advisor approval.

Note: Two prerequisite courses, SPH-F 150 and SPH-F 258, or their equivalents, are required for this minor. For this reason, an additional 6 credit hours will be required for students without any background in life span development or family interaction.

+ Courses followed by the S&H notation may apply to both the minor requirements and to the general education, social and historical studies requirement for bachelor's degree students.

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