Behavioral Science: Gerontology Overview
Demand has never been higher for professionals who specialize in gerontology. The Gerontology concentration brings focus to the study of aging and longevity. It is concerned with the psychological, sociological and behavioral aspects of the life course and lifespan. Learn the skills you need to excel in a rewarding and growing field.
The specialization in Gerontology includes the following courses
- BHSC 282 - Perspectives on Aging
- PSYN 232 - Health Psychology
- PSYN 239 - Adult Development and Aging Or PSYN 315 - Aging & Mental Health
- SOCL 271 - Medical Sociology: Health Care in the Modern World
- BHSC 399 - Internship Social/Behavioral Sciences
*All Behavioral Science students must complete:
- BHSC 244 - Social Psychology
- BHSC 226 - Computers Social/Behavioral Sciences
- BHSC 348 - Methodology Social/Behavioral Sciences
- BHSC 426 - Classics Social/Behavioral Sciences
Plus three elective courses selected under advisement from the major offerings in psychology and/or sociology numbered 200 and above.
As the aging population grows, graduates with a gerontology degree have obtained positions in academia, research, direct care, non-profits, governmental agencies, business, and product development. With a degree in aging, the possibilities are endless. Specific careers students have entered include:
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
- Local Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
- Rehabilitation therapies
- Case management
- Marketing research firms
- Pharmaceutical corporations
- Architecture working on universal design
The Mercy Advantage
- Flexible schedule
- Study your specific interests
- Experienced professors
- Various internship opportunities
Frequently Asked Questions
Faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships.
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A wide variety of courses such as Career and Life Planning Credit, and internships can help you decide. All courses in the Behavioral Sciences are taught by professors who have much experience in a variety of workplaces, schools, corporations, health centers, which they are ready to share with you.
No, the gerontology concentration courses are within the 36 credits of the major.
Yes. The major has 4 required courses and 8 electives which means that courses that you have taken already may be evaluated and may be credited toward your major. Such courses may also be counted as electives.
At the end of this program, students should be able to:
Apply psychological and sociological concepts to career goals
Identify, and compare quantitative and qualitative methods, research designs, and basic statistical tools
Explain how the study of social class, ethnicity, gender, age, race, and religion can facilitate cultural competencies, focusing on social and personal awareness
Apply psychological and sociological principles, theories, and research to personal, cultural, and organizational situations
Describe the services available and needed to provide for the well-being of older adults
Program Details & Curriculum
General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements: 60 Credits
Behavioral Science: 36 Credits
Open Electives: 24 Credits
Total: 120 Credits