Bachelor of Science in Gerontology

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Please see the current CSUS Catalog for a full and up-to-date description, including course descriptions and prerequisities.

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Units required for the BS: 120
Units required for the major: 48
Minimum grade required: "C" or better in all major and multidisciplinary core/elective courses.
Courses in parentheses are prerequisites.

A. Required Courses (24 units)

(3) GERO 101 Elder Care Continuum Services and Strategies
(3) GERO 102 Social Policy for an Aging Society (GOVT 1, GOVT 150 or equivalent)
(3) GERO 103 Applied Care Management in Gerontological Practice
(3) GERO 121 Models for Successful Aging
(3) GERO 122 Managing Disorders in Elders
(3) GERO 130 Gerontology Practicum
(3) GERO 131 Gerontology Capstone Practicum
(3) Research Course (Choose one of the following in consultation with your advisor):

  • ECON 140 Quantitative Economic Analysis
  • ETHN 194 Research in Ethnic Studies
  • NURS 170 Basic Nursing Research & Application
  • PSYC 122 Qualitative Research in Psychology
  • RPTA 110 Research and Evaluation in Recreation & Leisure Studies
  • SOC 102A Research Methods in Sociology
  • SWRK 111 Intro to Research Methods and Program Evaluation

B. Required Interdisciplinary Core (15 units)

(3) ETHN 133 Cross-Cultural Aging in America
(3) FACS 141 Family Finance
(3) PSYC 151 Psychological Aspects of Death & Dying
(3) RPTA 117 Therapeutic Recreation & Contemporary Aspects of Disability
(3) SWRK 151 Health Services and Systems

C. Electives (9 units)

(1-3) GERO 199 Special Problems
(3) HLSC 116 Public Health Administration and Policy
(3) HROB 101 The Management of Contemporary Organizations
(3) KINS 136 Sport and Aging
(3) FACS 113 Nutrition & Metabolism (BIO 10 or BIO 20 and CHEM 1A or CHEM 6A)
(3) FACS 119 Nutrition and Aging (FACS 10 or FACS 113)
(3) FACS 150 Family Stress & Coping: Multicultural Focus (FACS 50 or equivalent)
(3) FACS 159 Adulthood & Aging in Human Development
(3) GERO 100 Aging Issues in Contemporary America
(3) HLSC 150 Aging and Health
(3) PSYC 150 Psychological Aspects of Aging (PSYC 2)
(2) PSYC 152 Psychological Aspects of Health, Wellness, and Illness (PSYC 2 and PSYC 8)