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Gerontology Program

Gerontology is the study of the biological, psychological and social aspects of aging. An understanding of aging is useful in many fields of work including nursing, social work, psychology, medicine, occupational and physical therapy, exercise physiology, economics and management. Thus, the study of aging complements many majors. Given the dramatic increase in the number of older adults expected in the United States in the next 30 years, those with preparation in gerontology will be best prepared to meet the demands of our aging population.

Program Director: Angela Hauger, Ph.D., L.P.

Gerontology minor/certificate

The Gerontology Minor/Certificate Program provides students with a strong foundation in gerontology, preparing them to work with and advocate for older adults. The program is structured so students are able to individualize their courses of study to fit their career needs. Typically, degree-seeking students choose the minor and non-degree-seeking students choose the certificate. The requirements for both the minor and the certificate are the same (equivalent of 20 credits).


Core courses (8 credits total): GER 3315 and GER 3316

Electives (8 credits from the following): GER 2203, GER 3310 or TRS 3311 or TRS 3330, GER 3318, GER 3325 or GER 3341, GER 3424, GER 3777, GER 4125, GER 4444, EXP 3334, HIS 1111 or HIS 3325, HSC 2215 and SWK 4440.

Gerontology Fieldwork Project or equivalent: GER 4555 (4 credits) or GER 4556/5556 (0 or 1 credit) with supervised field work for credit as required by the student's major.

Application to minor/certificate

Students must be enrolled at the College. Application to the minor/ certificate program involves a short consultation with the program director to plan coursework. There are no other requirements.


Upon completion of the Gerontology minor or certificate, the student will:

  1. Demonstrate mastery of the biopsychosocial content area of gerontology.
  2. Communicate about gerontological matters, demonstrating appropriate application of terms and content.
  3. Demonstrate competency in accessing gerontological research findings and integrating these findings with other scholarly information and personal observations.