B.S. in Gerontology

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Gerontology degree builds students' understanding of various aspects of aging. Practicum and internship requirements provide opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience working with senior citizens. 

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)

Curriculum

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
GTY 200  Aging in American Society 3
General Education Courses 12
   
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 15
GTY 300  Aging Policies and Services 3
MAT 215  Statistics  OR  MAT 205  Statistics for the Health and Social Sciences 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

Additional Requirements

Students perform 6 to 12 credits of internship work in an agency or facility serving older adults.

Program Webpage

https://www.calu.edu/academics/undergraduate/bachelors/gerontology/index.aspx