3310 Gerontology

Program Offered:

  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Gerontology
  • Certificate in Gerontology

605 One Park Place
404-413-5210
gerontology.gsu.edu

Elisabeth Burgess, Director
Chivon A. Mingo, Director of Undergraduate Studies

The Gerontology Institute offers a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) in Gerontology and an Undergraduate Certificate in Gerontology. Gerontology is an Interdisciplinary discipline that encompasses the biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging. The Gerontology program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to gain foundational, contextual, and interactional competencies in Gerontology that will support their future goals of engaging in professional careers in aging that would ultimately enhance an aging society.

The BIS in Gerontology will provide undergraduate students an opportunity to gain knowledge of aging across the life course through a diverse perspective. Gerontology-related courses are designed to draw on a variety of disciplines to expose students to the issues, knowledge, and research about aging processes, older people, and the complex needs of our rapidly aging society. The overarching objective is to offer a major that will provide students with a gerontological knowledge base and skills that will prepare them for career opportunities in the field of aging (e.g., entry-level professional jobs in direct services to older persons in nutrition programs, senior centers, volunteer programs, nursing homes, and residential and assisted living facilities) and/or admission to graduate and professional degree programs (e.g., such as gerontology, medicine, nursing, psychology, public administration, sociology, and social work) in which they plan to pursue a specialization in gerontology. Students interested in pursuing the BIS in Gerontology major can select either the Behavioral and Social Sciences or Health and Health Services Allied Field.

The Undergraduate Certificate in Gerontology gives students throughout the university the option of combining their existing major of study with an emphasis in gerontology. This certificate is designed to support students who have an interest in adding an aging focus to their declared major. The certificate curriculum provides an overview of biological, psychological, and sociological aspects of aging; health care and social service programs for older persons; and contemporary aging policy issues.

Both the BIS in Gerontology and the Undergraduate Certificate in Gerontology include an internship experience that will allow students to gain specialized skills needed to live and work in today’s aging society.
For more information visit gerontology.gsu.edu

B.I.S. with a Concentration in Gerontology

Program Admission

The admission process for the BIS degree is outlined in section 3030 of the Georgia State University Undergraduate Catalog. The BIS in Gerontology will follow the same admission process with no variation.

Students interested in pursuing a BIS in Gerontology must apply for admission. Application materials can be obtained from the University’s Office of Academic Assistance locate in 418 Langdale Hall (telephone: 404-413-5000). Applicants must have a Georgia State University cumulative GPA of 2.0. Students should apply to the BIS in Gerontology program by the time they have earned 42 credit hours to avoid a delay in graduation. Gerontology Faculty in the Gerontology Institute are available to advise for the BIS in Gerontology degree.

Program Degree Requirements

Please refer to the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies section 3030 of this catalog for academic regulations for this program.

In addition, Per Georgia State University’s requirements, all undergraduate students must satisfy a common core curriculum. The requirements can be found in the current university Undergraduate Catalog (see sections 3030 and 1400).

Area F: Courses appropriate to the major (18)

  1. Required Courses (3-6)
    • GERO 2000 Introduction to Gerontology (3)
    • PSYC 1101 Introduction to General Psychology (3) (if not taken in Area E)
  2. World language at the 1002 or higher level (3)
  3. Select additional courses as necessary from the following to complete 18 hours in Area F:
    • AAS 1140 Introduction to African and African American History and Culture (3)
    • AAS 2010 Introduction to African-American Studies (3)
    • ANTH 1102 Introduction to Anthropology (3)
    • ANTH 2010 Introduction to Biological Anthropology (3)
    • ANTH 2020 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
    • BIOL 1103K Introductory Biology I (4)
    • BIOL 1104K Introductory Biology II (4)
    • BIOL 2120K Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
    • BIOL 2107K Principles of Biology I (4)
    • BIOL 2108K Principles of Biology II (4)
    • BIOL 2240 Introduction to Human Physiology (3)
    • BIOL 2300 Microbiology and Public Health (3)
    • BIOL 2310 Microbiology and Public Health Lab (2)
    • CHEM 1151KSurvey of Chemistry I (4)
    • CHEM 1152K Survey of Chemistry II (4)
    • ECON 2100 The Global Economy (3)
    • ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
    • ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics (3) (
    • EPY 2050 Human Growth and Development (3)
    • KH 2130 Introduction to the Allied Fields of Health, Physical Education and Fitness (3)
    • KH 2220 Anatomy in Kinesiology and Health (3)
    • KH 2230 Physiology in Kinesiology and Health (3)
    • MATH 1070 Elementary Statistics (3)
    • MATH 1101 Introduction to Mathematical Modeling (3)
    • MATH 1111 College Algebra (3)
    • MATH 1113 Precalculus (3)
    • MATH 1220 Survey of Calculus (3)
    • NURS 2010 Health and Human Development Across the Lifespan (3)
    • POLS 2101 Introduction to Political Science (3)
    • POLS 2401 Global Issues (3)
    • PSYC 1100 Introduction to Biological Psychology (3)
    • PSYC 2040 Introduction to Applied Psychology (3)
    • PSYC 2050 Introduction to Drugs and Behavior (3)
    • PSYC 2103 Introduction to Human Development: Individual and Family Issues (3)
    • PHYS 1111K Introductory Physics I (4)
    • [PHYS 1112 K] Introductory Physics II (4)
    • SNHP 2010 Medical Terminology for Healthcare (3)
    • SOCI 1101 Introductory to Sociology (3)
    • SOCI 1160 Introduction to Social Problems (3)
    • SCOM 1010 Voice and Articulation (3)
    • SCOM 1500 Public Speaking (3)
    • SW 2000 Introduction to Social Work (3)
    • WGSS 2010 Introduction to Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies (3)

Area G: Area of Concentration – Gerontology (27-29)

*NOTE: No more than 12 of the required hours (3-4 courses) in an area of concentration can be taken within any single discipline as designated by its departmental prefix (e.g., SOCI or GERO). Many courses are cross-listed with one or more disciplines. Therefore, in a situation where students have already selected or taken 12 hours of SOCI classes, and wanted to take an additional course that is cross listed with SOCI and GERO, students would have to register for the GERO course in order to meet this requirement.

*NOTE: Students are strongly encouraged to take the statistics and methods courses in sequence. Specifically, a course in section 1 below should be taken prior to the course selected in section 2 below. Several courses in section 2 have a prerequisite from section 1, and in this case sequencing is not optional. Students may not take courses in section 1 and 2 below during the same term.*

  1. Select One Course (3-4)
    • PSYC 3510 Introduction to Research Design and Data Analysis (4)
    • SOCI 3010 Social Statistics (3)
    • SW 3500 Methods of Social Work Research (3)
  2. Select One Course (3-4)
    • AAS 3980 Research Methods in African Americans Studies (CTW) (3)
    • PSYC 3530 Advanced Research Design and Analysis (CTW) (4)
    • SOCI 3020 Social Research Methods (CTW) (3)
  3. Required Courses (21)

Area H: Allied Field – Behavioral and Social Science (15)

*NOTE: No more than 6 hours (2 courses) in an allied field can be taken with any single discipline as designated by its departmental prefix (e.g., SOCI or GERO). Many courses are cross-listed with one or more disciplines. Therefore, in a situation where students have already selected or taken 6 hours of SOCI classes and wanted to take an additional course that is cross listed with SOCI and GERO, students would have to register for the GERO course in order to meet this requirement.*

  1. Select Five Courses (15)

Or

Area H: Allied Field – Health and Health Services (15)

*NOTE: No more than 6 hours (2-3 courses) of the requirements in an allied field can be taken within any single discipline.*

  1. Select Five Courses (15)
    • ECON 4210 Health Economics (3)
    • ECON 4350 Economics of Poverty and Public Policy (3)
    • HA 3950 Health Economics and Financing (3)
    • HA 445 Legal Concepts in Healthcare (3)
    • KH 3360 Disability, Sport, and Physical Activity (3)
    • KH 3600 Biomechanics (3)
    • KH 3610 Motor Learning and Development (3)
    • KH 3650 Physiology of Exercise (3) (CTW)
    • NURS 3200 Introduction to Clinical Nutrition (2)
    • NUTR 3105 Normal Nutrition through the Life Cycle (3)
    • NUTR 4955 Nutrition and Food Policy (3)
    • PH 3000 Introduction to Public Health (3)
    • PH 3001 Introduction to Epidemiology (3)
    • PT 3660 Complementary and Alternative Therapies (3)
    • RT 4096 End of Life Issues (1)
    • SNHP 3000 Communication and Cultural Diversity (3)
    • SNHP 3100 Electronic Health Records (3)
    • SNHP 3010 Advanced Medical Terminology (3)
    • SNHP 4010 Leadership and Ethics in Healthcare (3)
    • SNHP 4110 Future Trends-Telemedicine, Telehealth (3)
    • SCOM 4560 Health Communication (3)
    • SW 4320 Social Work Administration (3)
    • SW 4330 Contemporary Health Challenges (3)

*NOTE: Courses selected within Area H: Allied Field – Health and Health Services may require authorization from the instructor prior to registration.

Area J: Electives

Students take elective courses beyond those specified in Areas A-H to reach the 120 hours needed to earn a bachelor’s degree (including 39 hours at the 3000-4000 level taken at Georgia State University). The following courses are recommended as elective options for students pursuing the BIS with a concentration in Gerontology if additional hours are needed to reach 120 hours.

  • GERO 4119 Global Aging and Families (3)
  • GERO 4122 Death, Dying and Loss (3)
  • GERO 4130 Family, Intimacy, and Aging (3)
  • GERO 4475 Communication and Aging (3)
  • GERO 4700 Special Topics in Gerontology (3)
  • GERO 4910 Directed Study in Gerontology (3)
  • SW 4260 Aging Practice, Policy and Research(3)
  • Any course listed in Area H not taken to meet Area H requirements

Undergraduate Certificate in Gerontology

Program Admission

To be admitted to the undergraduate Certificate in Gerontology, students must be regularly enrolled in a degree program at Georgia State University. Students are required to submit an application to the certificate program obtained from the Gerontology Institute and have a minimal institutional GPA of 2.0.

Program Degree Requirements

To receive the undergraduate Certificate in Gerontology, students must complete the following 18-semester-hour curriculum with a grade of C or higher on all course work.

Undergraduate Certificate in Gerontology

  1. Required courses (9):
    • GERO 2000 Introduction to Gerontology (3)
    • Select two of the following required courses (6):
  2. Select one course (3):
    • GERO 4110 Aging Policy and Services (3)
    • SW 4460 Aging Practice, Policy and Research Issues (3)
  3. Select one course (3):
    • GERO 3124 Diversity and Aging (3)
    • GERO 4110 Aging Policy and Services (3) (if not taken in section 2 above)
    • GERO 4116 Aging and Society (3) (if not taken in section 1 above)
    • GERO 4119 Global Aging and Services
    • GERO 4122 Death, Dying, and Loss (3)
    • GERO 4130 Family, Intimacy, and Aging (3)
    • GERO 4200 Health and the Older Adult (3) (if not taken in section 1 above)
    • GERO 4475 Communication and Aging (3)
    • GERO 4610 Psychology of Aging (3) (if not taken in section 1 above)
    • GERO 4700 Selected Topics in Gerontology (3)
    • GERO 4800 Directed Study in Gerontology (3)
    • SW 4260 Aging Practice, Policy and Research Issues (3) (if not taken in section 2 above)
  4. Required course (3):
    • GERO 4910 Gerontology Internship (1-3) (or an approved alternate internship course)