Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


Gerontology (GEY)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 30.1101

College of Behavioral & Community Sciences


Major Description

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Gerontology entails 36 credit hours of required coursework. In this program the course of study is intended to provide students with a liberal education in gerontology and some exposure to the various career opportunities in the field of aging. This degree is especially appropriate for students who plan to pursue graduate or professional work in gerontology, allied health or a related field, or who plan to work with older adults in careers such as case management, social services, or activity therapy.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

The State of Florida has identified common course prerequisites for the Bachelor's degree in Gerontology.  Those students seeking the major, complete STA X122 (Social Science Statistics) at the lower level prior to entering the university.  If this course is not taken at the community college, it must be completed before the degree is granted.  The following course must be completed with a grade of C or better (not C-):
STA X122 (Social Science Statistics) (Acceptable substitutes for STA X122 are: QMB X150 or QMB X100, STA X022,  X014, X040, X023, or X024.)

Total Major Hours: 36 Hours

Major Core Courses - 18 Hours

  • GEY 2000 Introduction to Gerontology
  • GEY 3601 Physical Changes and Aging
  • GEY 3625 Sociological Aspects of Aging
  • GEY 4401 Research Methods in Gerontology
  • GEY 4612 Psychology of Aging
  • Required Capstone Experience Course* - Students will choose one:

*These courses are School capstone experience courses and do not qualify to meet the FKL capstone exit requirement.

Major Elective Courses - 18 Hours

B.A. students complete 18 additional elective hours, which may include additional field placement. Students should meet frequently with the departmental advisor to plan courses and field work that will prepare the student for their career goals.

Additional Major Requirements

Major Grade Requirement

A grade of lower than "C-" in Gerontology courses will not be counted toward fulfilling the requirements for the major.

Research Opportunities

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.

Major Internship Opportunities

Students who have completed a major portion of the gerontology program of study may opt to apply for field placement to fulfill a capstone requirement leading to graduation. Field placements are selective and awarded to students who demonstrate considerable professional readiness and have developed well-defined professional goals that will be enriched and advanced through a field placement. Field Placements are typically worth 3 credit hours.

Additional Major Information

Major Advising

Contact the undergraduate advisor as early as possible in your career at the University of South Florida. Students should plan to meet frequently with the advisor to plan courses and field work that will prepare the student for career goals.

Undergraduate Advisor: Gail Smith at smithg@usf.edu.

Major Faculty

Director: C.L. McEvoy; Professors: W. E. Haley, K. Hyer, C. L. McEvoy, V. Molinari; B.J. Small; Associate Professors: R. Andel, D.J. Dobbs, J.D. Edwards,  H. Meng; Assistant Professors: A. Gamaldo, S. Scott; Instructor: B. Stanback; Courtesy and Adjunct Professors: H. Caywood, Jr., M. J. Etten, G. Holder, H. Osman, J. Smith, P. Stiles, L. Volicer; Professors Emeriti: J. Garcia, W.P. Mangum, L. Polivka, S. L. Reynolds, S. V. Saxon.

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