Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14
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General Studies (BGS) with a concentration in Gerontology (GRY)
Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.)8 Semester Plan
120 Credit Hours
CIP Code: 24.0106
Major DescriptionUSF's Bachelor of General Studies Degree (BGS) is a customized, interdisciplinary degree completion that provides students with options to choose an appropriate academic program that fits their educational and professional goals. The BGS program will provide mid-career adult students with the opportunity to integrate completion of the baccalaureate degree into their established lifestyle.
BGS students will take an active role in creating their academic programs. Rather than choosing a traditional major, BGS students can choose from a number of established plans of study or can create their own individualized plan of study. BGS students complete 24-27 credits (core courses and electives) within a selected concentration in addition to their other degree requirements.
Gerontology is the study of the process of human aging in all its many aspects: physical, psychological and social. In the School of Aging Studies, particular emphasis is placed upon applied gerontology, with the goal of educating students who in their professional careers will work to sustain or improve the quality of life in older persons.
Total Major Hours: 24 Hours
Major Core Courses - 3 Hours
College EXIT Requirement:
- IDS 4934 Senior Capstone for BSAS/BGS
Concentration Core Courses - 12 HoursConcentration Requirements:
- GEY 2000 Intro to Gerontology
- GEY 3601 Physical Changes and Aging
- GEY 3625 Sociocultural Aspects of Aging
- GEY 4612 Psychology of Aging
Concentration Elective Courses - 9 Hours
- GEY 4101 Aging in Special Populations
- GEY 4102 Aging in Modern Literature and Film
- GEY 4231 Elder Abuse and Neglect
- GEY 4322 Case Management
- GEY 4360 Gerontological Counseling
- GEY 4608 Alzheimer's Disease Management
- GEY 4629 Women and Aging
- GEY 4635 Business Management in an Aging Society
- GEY 4641 Death and Dying
- GEY 4647 Ethical and Legal Issues in Aging
- GEY 4690 Senior Seminar in Gerontology
All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.