Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019
General Studies (BGS) with a concentration in Aging Sciences (GASC)
Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.)8 Semester Plan
120 Credit Hours
CIP Code: 24.0102
Major DescriptionUSF's Bachelor of General Studies Degree (BGS) is a customized, interdisciplinary degree completion program that provides students with options to choose an appropriate academic program that fits their educational and professional goals. The BGS major provides 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 plans. 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. Due to the nature of degree completion programs, please note the following admissions requirements: a gap in education of 3 or more years, at least 60 credits earned at a regionally accredited college or university, good academic standing and extensive work experience. In addition to these requirements, all applicants must meet USF's general admissions standards for transfer students. Students pursuing a Bachelor of General Studies degree are restricted from declaring a minor, due to USF's degree progression policy.
Students may not pursue the Bachelor of General Studies as a second major, co-degree (concurrent degree), dual degree, or second or post-baccalaureate degree. Baccalaureate degree holders who wish to pursue further education are encouraged to pursue admission into a graduate degree program of study.
Concentration DescriptionGerontology 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.
State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites
Students desiring to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students 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.
There are no State Mandated Common Prerequisites for this program.
Total Major Hours: 24 Hours
Major Core Courses - 3 HoursUSF Capstone EXIT Requirement:
- IDS 4934 Senior Capstone for BSAS/BGS
Concentration Core Courses - 12 Hours
- GEY 2000 Introduction to Aging Sciences
- GEY 3601 Physical Changes and Aging
- GEY 3625 Sociological Aspects of Aging
- GEY 4612 Psychology of Aging
Concentration Elective Courses - 9 Hours
Choose nine credit hours from the following list of courses:
- GEY 4101 Aging in Special Populations
- GEY 4102 Aging in Modern Literature and Film
- GEY 4231 Elder Abuse and Neglect
- GEY 4322 Care Management for Older Adults
- GEY 4360 Counseling for Older Adults
- GEY 4608 Alzheimer's Disease Management
- GEY 4628 Health, Ethnicity, and Aging
- 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 Aging
Additional Major Requirements
Upon acceptance to the BGS major, students will complete the necessary coursework to reach 120 credit hours. The 120 credit hour requirement includes completing the following:
- USF Foundations of Knowledge and Learning General Education requirements or approved equivalents - unless GE credits were completed at another Florida institution.
- All USF exit requirements.
- Foreign Language Requirement.
- One or two disciplinary concentrations selected by the student and approved by the advisor.
- A minimum of 42 semester hours of upper-level work (courses numbered 3000 and above).
Major Grade Requirement
A minimum grade of C- or better must be attained in each concentration course.
Major Residency Requirement
At least 30 of the last 60 credit hours must be earned at USF Tampa.
Major Foreign Language Requirement
Foreign language requirement can be satisfied by two years of high school foreign language credit or 8 college credit hours in a single foreign language. Note: ASL 2140C Basic American Sign Language and ASL 2150C Intermediate American Sign Language may be substituted to meet this requirement.
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