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.

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.

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