Gerontology Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

About Gerontology

Gain expertise in the expanding field of services for the elderly population.

Explore the meaning, experiences and context of later life and the aging process. A bachelor's degree in gerontology from California University of Pennsylvania is a career-oriented course of study that will teach you about the various aspects of aging, including biological, psychological, social, health and economic.

You will graduate with a comprehensive understanding of the aging services network and will be prepared to work in a variety of careers dedicated to the enhancement of life quality for seniors, their families and their communities.

As more people in our society are growing older, there is an increasing need for professionals specialized in gerontology. The bachelor’s degree or the aging specialist certificate will provide you with the knowledge and skills that are necessary to work with the older population.

Why choose Cal U for your gerontology degree?

  • Cal U offers the only bachelor's degree in gerontology in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education.
  • You will complete valuable real-world internships in agencies or facilities serving the elderly.
  • Employers love hiring Cal U's gerontology graduates and actively reach out to our program faculty with job openings.
  • This degree program can accommodate both full- and part-time students, students with or without professional experience, and incoming freshmen and transfer students.


Education Beyond the Classroom: As a gerontology major at Cal U, you'll have a wide variety of opportunities for hands-on work experience with senior citizens in Pennsylvania and beyond. You'll complete a three-credit practicum and a six-credit internship, and will be encouraged to complete another six credits of internship experience.

Top Faculty: Cal U's gerontology faculty has significant career experience working with the aging population, in addition to advanced academic training in the field. Faculty also maintain key contacts with employers.

Expanding Career OpportunitiesThe Association for Gerontology in Higher Education expects an increase in the older population throughout the 21st century to result in expanded career opportunities for gerontology professionals in many disciplines.

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 of surveyed gerontology graduates found jobs in the industry or went on to graduate school. (From respondents to a survey of 2013-2016 graduates.)


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Degree Benefits

Cal U's faculty members are often notified about more available jobs in aging services than there are graduates to fill them. Professionals trained in all aspects of the aging process will continue to be in high demand during the next century as the "baby boomers" pass into the ranks of the older generation. In fact, between 2000 and 2030, the senior population (people age 65 and older) in the United States will more than double, from 35 million to 71.5 million, with people over age 85 as the fastest growing segment. Your bachelor's degree in gerontology will open up a world of career opportunities that are increasingly vital to the health and welfare of our nation.

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Graduate Outcomes

Variety and opportunity are the best words to describe jobs in gerontology. A Cal U bachelor's degree in gerontology will prepare you to pursue graduate education in gerontology or a related discipline, as well as to work with the elderly in settings including:

  • Long-term care facilities and retirement communities.
  • Senior housing and senior centers.
  • Federal, state and local government offices on aging.
  • Home healthcare agencies and care management agencies.
  • Adult day services, leisure programs and health promotion programs.
  • Adult protective service agencies.
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 One-of-a-Kind Opportunities for Students

Gain invaluable hands-on work experience at The Center in the Woods, an innovative, multipurpose agency serving senior citizens that's located just a few miles from Cal U's campus in California, Pennsylvania. Cal U gerontology students work with older adults at the center's senior housing and supportive services, adult day services, health services, and educational, social and exercise programs.

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Gerontology Club

Join Cal U's active Gerontology Club, which plans and implements volunteer, social and educational activities for students interested in aging. Each year the club attends the annual Aging in America Conference conducted by the American Society on Aging. Students volunteer at the conference, and the club provides financial support for their attendance. 

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Gerontology - Bachelor's Degree Courses

The bachelor's degree in gerontology is a career-oriented course of study that can accommodate both full- and part-time students. A total of 120 credits are required for the degree, including 42 credits of gerontology coursework.

Example courses
  • Aging in American Society
  • Aging Policies and Services
  • Biology of Aging
  • Aging in the Family
  • Diversity in Aging
  • Ethical Issues in Aging
  • Wellness in Aging
  • Dying Death and Bereavement


Graduates have found careers in ...


  • Nursing home administrator
  • Personal care home or assisted living administrator
  • Service coordinator in supportive housing            
  • Care manager           
  • Elder law attorney            
  • Physical therapist            
  • Occupational therapist            
  • Protective services caseworker            
  • Bereavement coordinator            
  • Volunteer coordinator – hospice            
  • Director of admissions            
  • Social worker            
  • Speech therapist


  • Aging Specialist Certificate
    An 18-credit certificate program designed both for people currently working with senior citizens and for undergraduate students majoring in other areas who are interested in an in-depth study of aging.

Gerontology Faculty

Mary A. Hart
Professor; Director, Gerontology Program