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Gerontology (BSG)

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Sample Degree Plan Courses

The following is a list of courses based on sample degree plan. Other requirements may be necessary to complete this degree.

Gerontology Option

New students are admitted to the gerontology program according to the following criteria: Completed GERO 1010 (Aging, the Individual and Society) or its equivalent on the record with a "C" or better; Achieved a 2.5 GPA or higher on a total of at least 30 credit hours. Prior to admission, students will be classified as pre-gerontology students in the College of Health and Human Services. Pre-gerontology students are not permitted to take upper-division gerontology courses. Students who wish to transfer from one option to another within the gerontology program must also meet these requirements. Details about admission may be obtained from the gerontology office, 223 Health Center. During the course of the program, each student completes either a 400- or 800-hour field placement in an agency or an institution serving older adults. Prior to the field experience, each student must complete a 50-hour volunteer or paid experience in a facility or a program with elderly clients.

1 courses required.


All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

Degree Program Core Courses

S/U option not permitted in degree program courses. Grade of “C” orbetter required in all major and cognate courses. Pre-Gerontologystudents are not permitted to take upper division Gerontology courses(e.g GERO 4020, 4100, 4910, 4930.)BIOL 2050 Concepts in Biology II, FN 2070 N utrition, Health&You- will also fulfill Natural Sciences requirementGERO 1010 Aging, Individual &Society, P SYC 1010 General Psychology- will also fulfill Social Sciences requirementGERO 3010 Aging and Ethnicity- will also fulfill Cultural Diversity in U.S. requirementPHIL 2190 Phil of Death & Dying- will also fulfill Humanities & Arts requirementSTAT 2000 - SOC 1010 is a prerequisite for SOC 3690 and PSYC 1010 is aprerequisite for PSYC 2700

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

BIOL Concepts In Biology II
GERO Aging, the Individual and Society
GERO Diversity in the Experience of Aging
GERO Applied Social Gerontology
GERO Psychosocial Aspects of Aging
GERO Health and Aging
GERO Social Policy & Programs
GERO Program Development and Grant Writing
GERO Mental Health and Aging
DHS Research Methods for the Human Services
DHS Interviewing and Observation
FN Introduction to Human Nutrition
PHIL Philosophy of Death and Dying
PSYC General Psychology


GPA of 2.5 required to take GERO 4910/GERO 4930

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

GERO Practicum in Gerontology
GERO Practicum Seminar

Cognate Area

At least 20 hours required- see advisorfor suggestions. S/U option not permitted. Grade of “C” or betterrequired in all cognate courses. HEALTH BIOLOGY(3) PSYC 3100 Life Span Dev (4) *BIOL 2050 Concepts in Biol(3) PSYC 3070 Psyc/Hum Sexuality (4) BIOL 3310 Anat&Phys(3) PSYC 4050 Psyc/Abnormal Behav (4) BIOL 3500 Genetics(3) PHIL 2420 Medical Ethics (4) BIOL Elective(3) HP 2150 Personal Wellness (5) CHEM 1250 Gen Chem(3) KNS 3130 CPR (5) CHEM 1270 & 1280 Gen Chem(3) CDIS 1230 Intro to Comm DisordersPSYCHOLOGY HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT(4) *PSYC 2700 Quantitative Methods I (3) MGMT 3050 or MGMT 3600(3) PSYC 2900 Lab Methods (3) MGMT 3610 Human Resource Mgmt(3) PSYC 3030 Psyc of Child Develop (3) MGMT 4540 Manage Employ Process(3) PSYC 3040 Adol Develop (3) MGMT 4560 Manage Prod, Employ Inv & Reward Syst(2) PSYC 3050 Person Adjust(3) MGMT 4650 Manage Change in organizations(3) PSYC 3060 Psyc of Gender + 2 electives(3) PSYC 3070 Human Sexual(3) PSYC 3080 Clinical Psyc NUTRITION(3) PSYC 3110 Social Psyc (4) CHEM 1090 & 1100 Elem(4) PSYC 3700 Quant Methods II (4) CHEM 1170 Organic(3) PSYC 4050 Abnormal Behavior (4) BIOL 3310 Anat & Phys(3) FN 2100 Food ScienceSOCIOLOGY (3) FN 2120 Mean Mgmt(3) SOC 2020 Social Problems (3) FN 4320 Adv Nutrition(3) SOC 2310 Cultural Anthropology(3) SOC 3160 Minority Group SERVICE PLANNING(3) SOC 3610 The Family (3) ECON 3230 Pov Unempl(3) SOC 3680 Intro Methodology (3) GEOG 4020 Regional Econ Geog(3) SOC 4040Social Gerontology (3) SOC 3160 Minority Groups(3) SOC ElectiveRECREATION RTD INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION(3) *RTD 2600 Leisure Serv for Older Adult (3) IPC 1020 Speech Comm(3) RTD 1900 Rec In Comm (3) IPC 2010 Human Comm(3) RTD 2100 Recreation (3) IPC 2030 Sm Group Comm(3) RTD 3040 Outdoor Rec (3) IPC 2050 Presentational Speaking(3) RTD 3840 Org & Adm Rec (3) IPC 2070 Intprsl Comm or IPC 3060 Intprsl Comm(3) RTD 3850 Rec Pro Devel (3) IPC 3070 Organizational Comm(3) RTD 4820 Evaluation (3) IPC 4040 Comm & Conflict(3) KNS 3130 CPR (3) IPC 4060 Health Comm* Required

20.0 Hrs. required.

BG Perspective (General Education Curriculum)

International Perspectives Requirement The BG Perspective program has an international perspectives requirement that facilitates student exploration of the significance of diverse international cultures on their own lives and promotes exploring the role of international issues and connections in an increasingly interconnected global society. Students are required to satisfactorily complete at least one approved course, generally from either the social and behavioral sciences or the humanities and the arts domains, that addresses an international perspective. Courses approved to satisfy this international perspective requirement are marked with an asterisk (*) in the general education course lists. An academic study abroad experience bearing three or more credits that achieves one or more of the International Perspective learning outcomes also may fulfill the international perspective requirement. Fulfilling the International Perspective requirement using a credit bearing study abroad experience must be documented by submission of a form to Registration and Records that includes signatures from the student, instructor, appropriate college office, and the International Programs office verifying that the experience has been completed and satisfactory evidence has been provided to document achievement of at least one of the International Perspective learning outcomes.

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

Humanities & Arts

Courses that satisfy the International Perspective Requirement are marked with an asterisk (*).  Africana Studies—AFRS 2000* American Culture Studies—ACS 2000, 3000 Architecture and Design—ARCH 2310* Art—ART 1010 Art History—ARTH 1450, 1460, 4580*, 4590*, 4610*, 4620*, 4630*, 4660*, 4680* Arts&Sciences—AS 1100, 2500 Chinese—CHIN 1010*, 1020*, 2010*, 2020*, 2160* Classical Civilization—CLCV 2410, 2420, 3800 English—ENG 1500, 2000, 2010, 2610*, 2620*, 2640, 2650, 2690*, 2740, 2750, 2900 Ethnic Studies—ETHN 2200*, 3100*, 3400, 4250*, 4600* French—FREN 1010*, 1020*, 2010*, 2020*, 2120*, 2220* German—GERM 1010*, 1020*, 2010*, 2020*, 2600* Greek—GRK 2010*, 2020* Honors—HNRS 2020 (after 8/09), 2600 Humanities—HUM 1010 Italian—ITAL 1010*, 1020*, 2010*, 2020* Japanese—JAPN 1010*, 1020*, 2010*, 2020*, 2150 Latin—LAT 2010*, 2020* Musicology/Composition/History—MUCT 1010, 1250*, 2210, 2330*, 2340*, 2350* Music Education—MUED 2220* Philosophy—PHIL 1010, 1020, 1030, 1250, 2040, 2110, 2190, 2240, 2270, 2300, 2420, 2450, 3000, 3210*, 3320 Popular Culture—POPC 1600, 1650, 2200 Residential Community—RESC 2100 Romance and Classical Studies—ROCS 2200* Russian—RUSN 1010*, 1020*, 2010*, 2020*, 2150*, 2160* Spanish—SPAN 1010*, 1020*, 2010*, 2020*, 2120* Theatre —THFM 1410, 1610, 2020, 3470, 3480

2 courses required.

AFRS Introduction to Africana Studies
ACS Introduction to American Culture Studies

Writing Proficiency

Recognizing that the ability to communicate in writing is a valuable skill and a hallmark of an educated person, each student enrolled in a baccalaureate or associate degree program must complete satisfactorily GSW 1120 or give evidence of proficiency in written expression equivalent to that attained by the student who completes this course. No student can be excused from meeting this requirement, nor can the requirement be postponed. The courses and services designed to aid students in meeting the writing requirement are coordinated through the General Studies Writing Program. The English Placement Test, administered through this program, assesses the writing skills of entering students. On the basis of this test, students are placed in GSW 1100 (Intensive Introduction to Academic Writing), GSW 1110 (Introduction to Academic Writing), or GSW 1120 (Academic Writing). A student may be required to take two or three of these courses, but no more than six hours of credit earned in these courses may be applied toward graduation. The writing proficiency of students is evaluated at the end of each course until students have reached the University proficiency requirement expected upon completion of GSW 1120. Students who receive transfer credit for English composition and communication courses taken elsewhere may be tested for writing proficiency if it is not clear that they have completed a course equivalent to GSW 1120. Students who wish to be exempted altogether from English composition are also tested for writing proficiency.

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

GSW Academic Writing


Please see an advisor for appropriate coursework.

31.0 Hrs. required.

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