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Gerontology: Curriculum

The B.S. in gerontology is a career-oriented course of study that can accommodate both full- and part-time students, students with or without professional experience, and incoming freshmen and transfer students. Interested in an in-depth study of aging? We also offer an 18-credit aging specialist letter of completion.

The Bachelor of Science degree requires 120 semester credits, including 42 credits of gerontology course work and 15 credits of field experience, for a total of 57 credits in gerontology.

Get a description of each of Cal U's Gerontology courses from our Course Catalog.

First Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits

ENG 101 English Composition I

3 crs.

GTY 100 Introduction to Gerontology

3 crs.

UNI 100 First-Year Seminar

1 cr.

General Education Courses

8 crs.

Second Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits

ENG 102 English Composition II

3 crs.

GTY 200 Aging in American Society

3 crs.

General Education Courses

9 crs.


Third Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits

MAT 215 Descriptive Statistics in Psychology OR PSY 220 Statistics 

3 crs.

GTY 300 Aging Policies and Services

3 crs.

General Education OR Elective Courses

9 crs.

Fourth Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits

GTY 305 Biology of Aging

3 crs.

GTY 310 Aging in the Family

3 crs.

Related Elective

3 crs.

General Education OR Elective Courses6 crs.

Fifth Semester – 18 credits
CourseCredits

GTY 340 Diversity and Aging

3 crs.

GTY 350 Ethical Issues in Aging

3 crs.

Related Elective

3 crs.

General Education OR Elective Courses

9 crs.

Sixth Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits

GTY 315 Practicum in Gerontology

3 crs.

GTY 380 Wellness in Aging

3 crs.

GTY 330 Dying, Death and Bereavement

3 crs.

300- or 400-level General Education OR Elective Courses

6 crs.


Seventh Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits

GTY 320 Alternatives in Long-Term Care

3 crs.

GTY 400 Adult Development and Aging

3 crs.

GTY 410 Research Methods Gerontology

3 crs.

300- or 400-level Related Electives

6 crs.

Eighth Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits

GTY 430 Seminar in Gerontology

3 crs.

GTY 440 Internship

6-12 crs.

Related Electives

-0-6 crs.