Undergraduate students can earn a Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) concentrating on Gerontology with a specialization in Health and Human Services.
Bachelors of Interdisciplinary Studies (B.I.S.) with a Concentration in Gerontology focusing on Behavioral and Social Sciences or Health and Health Services. The BIS in Gerontology will provide undergraduate students an opportunity to gain knowledge of aging across the life course through a diverse perspective. Gerontology-related courses are designed to draw on a variety of disciplines to expose students to the issues, knowledge, and research about aging processes, older people, and the complex needs of our rapidly aging society.
The overarching objective is to offer a major that will provide students with a gerontological knowledge base and skills that will prepare them for career opportunities in the field of aging (e.g., entry-level professional jobs in direct services to older persons in nutrition programs, senior centers, volunteer programs, nursing homes, and residential and assisted living facilities) and/or admission to graduate and professional degree programs (e.g., such as gerontology, medicine, nursing, psychology, public administration, sociology, and social work) in which they plan to pursue a specialization in gerontology. Students interested in pursuing the BIS in Gerontology major can select either the Behavioral and Social Sciences or Health and Health Services Allied Field.
The Undergraduate Certificate in Gerontology is designed to prepare students for advanced study in gerontology and for entry into aging-related career fields. The 18-semester-hour curriculum provides foundational knowledge of the biological, psychological, and sociological dimensions of aging; health care organization and delivery; social service programs available to older persons; and contemporary aging policy issues. Through course work and internship experiences, students gain specialized knowledge and skills that prepare them for our rapidly aging society and will allow them to work with an increasingly diverse population of older adults in a variety of contexts and settings including, but not limited to: government; not for profit agencies; private industry; volunteer organization; recreation programs; senior citizen centers; the health care industry; nursing homes; and senior living facilities.