Bachelor of Science in Gerontology

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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 minor in gerontology or the aging specialist certificate, 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.


Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 15
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
GTY 100  Introduction to Gerontology 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
General Education Courses 8
   
Second Semester 15
ENG 102  English Composition II 3
GTY 200  Aging in American Society 3
General Education Courses 9
   
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 15
GTY 300  Aging Policies and Services 3
MAT 215  Statistics  OR  PSY 220  Descriptive Statistics in Psychology 3
General Education OR Elective Courses 9
   
Fourth Semester 15
GTY 305  Biology of Aging 3
GTY 310  Aging in the Family 3
Related Elective 3
General Education OR Elective Courses 6
   
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15
GTY 340  Diversity and Aging 3
GTY 350  Ethical Issues in Aging 3
Related Elective 3
General Education OR Elective Courses 6
   
Sixth Semester 15
GTY 315  Practicum in Gerontology 3
GTY 330  Dying, Death and Bereavement 3
GTY 380  Wellness in Aging 3
300- or 400-level General Education OR Elective Courses 6
   
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
GTY 320  Alternatives in Long-Term Care  3
GTY 400  Adult Development and Aging  3
GTY 410  Research Methods Gerontology 3
300- or 400-level Related Electives 6
   
Eighth Semester 15
GTY 430  Seminar in Gerontology 3
GTY 440  Internship 6 to 12
Related Electives 0 to 6
Total 120