The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies 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 admission process for the BIS degree is outlined in section 3310 of the Georgia State University Undergraduate Catalog. The BIS in Gerontology will follow the same admission process with no variation. Students interested in pursuing a BIS in Gerontology must apply for admission. Application materials can be obtained from the University’s Office of Academic Assistance locate in 418 Langdale Hall (telephone: 404-413-5000). Applicants must have a Georgia State University cumulative GPA of 2.0. Students should apply to the BIS in Gerontology program by the time they have earned 42 credit hours to avoid a delay in graduation. Gerontology Faculty in the Gerontology Institute are available to advise for the BIS in Gerontology degree.