Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18
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Aging Sciences (AGE)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)8 Semester Plan
120 Credit Hours
CIP Code: 30.1101
College of Behavioral & Community Sciences
The Bachelor of Science degree in Aging Sciences entails 36 credit hours of required coursework. In this program, the course of study provides students with an education in aging sciences 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 aging, allied health or a related field, or who plan to work with older adults in careers such as care management, social services, or program development.
College Level Requirements
State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites
Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.
If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.
Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.
Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.
Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.
- 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 - 21 Hours
- GEY 2000 Introduction to Aging Sciences
- GEY 3601 Physical Changes and Aging
- GEY 4401 Research Methods in Aging
- GEY 4612 Psychology of Aging
- GEY 4628 Health, Ethnicity, and Aging
- GEY 4641 Death and Dying
- Required Capstone 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 - 15 Hours
B.S. students complete 15 additional elective hours. Students should meet frequently with the departmental advisor to plan courses and field work that will prepare them for their career goals.
- DEP 2004 The Life Cycle
- GEY 3625 Sociological Aspects of Aging
- GEY 4101 Aging in Special Populations
- GEY 4102 Aging in Modern Literature and Film
- GEY 4104 Healthy Global Aging
- GEY 4231 Elder Abuse and Neglect
- GEY 4322 Care Management for Older Adults
- GEY 4360 Counseling for Older Adults
- GEY 4475 Program Evaluation in an Aging Society
- GEY 4507 Understanding Policies and Practices of Long Term Care
- GEY 4520 Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration
- GEY 4608 Alzheimer's Disease Management
- GEY 4629 Women in Aging
- GEY 4632 Economics of Aging
- GEY 4635 Business Management in an Aging Society
- GEY 4647 Ethical and Legal Issues of Aging
- GEY 4900 Directed Readings in Aging
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.