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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 certificate.

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.

The bachelor’s degree 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. The degree requires 120 semester credits, including 42 credits of gerontology course work. Students perform 6 to 12 credits of internship work in an agency or facility serving older adults.

For more information about the B.S. or certificate programs in gerontology, contact Mary Hart, assistant professor of gerontology, at 724-938-4288 or hart_ma@calu.edu.

The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.

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.