BA in Psychology, Gerontology

The gerontology concentration teaches students how to apply methods of psychology and sociology principles to help meet the growing need for skilled practitioners who specialize in working with older adults.

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Gerontology focuses on the study of the aging process from multiple perspectives, including biology, health, economics, sociology and psychology. As a practitioner of geropsychology, you will learn to collaborate with psychologists, medical and other mental health care services providers. Multidisciplinary courses explore issues related to aging, grief, functional aging, culture of aging and social policy so students understand how to support the elderly and their families.

As a student, you will:

  • Connect psychological theory to real life applications.
  • Examine psychological principles of human behavior from a historical perspective.
  • Understand methodology and statistical techniques related to behavioral science research.
  • Learn how to apply methods of psychology and sociology principles to help meet the growing need for skilled practitioners.
  • Master issues related to aging, grief, functional aging, culture of aging and social policy so students understand how to support the elderly and their families. 
  • Be equipped for careers in the fields of advocacy, assisted living, counseling, healthcare, home care management, mental health and social policy.

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Next Session

Oct 23, 2017

Estimated Cost

Ways to Learn

Hybrid

(on-campus/online)

Online

Available Campuses

Antelope Valley Campus
39115 Trade Center Drive, Suite 203, Palmdale, CA 93551
Fairfield Campus
4820 Business Center Drive, Suite 100, Fairfield, CA 94534
Hanford Campus
325 Mall Drive, Hanford, CA 93230
Irvine Campus
16355 Laguna Canyon Road, 1st Floor, Irvine, CA 92618
Lemoore NAS Campus
Bldg. 824, Suite 101, Hancock Circle, NAS Lemoore, CA 93246
Modesto Campus
5222 Pirrone Court, Salida, CA 95368
Menifee Campus
28237 La Piedra Rd, Bldg. 3000, Menifee, CA 92584
Monterey Campus
99 Pacific Street, Suite 375-B, Monterey, CA 93940
Fully Online
Working adults prefer the flexible format that allows them study any time of day.
Ontario Campus
3990 Concours Street, Suite 100, Ontario, CA 91764
Palm Desert Campus
75-105 Merle Dr, Suite 800, Bldg. B, Palm Desert, CA 92211
Riverside Campus
3550 Vine Street, Suite 200, Riverside, CA 92507
Roseville Campus
400 Sunrise Avenue, Suite 200, Roseville, CA 95661
Santa Clarita Campus
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Room UCEN 204c, Santa Clarita, CA 91355
San Diego Campus
7460 Mission Valley Road, San Diego, CA 92108
Santa Maria Campus
1300 E. Cypress Street, Building A-1, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Travis AFB Campus
530 Hickam Avenue, Bldg 249, Suite 10, Travis AFB, CA 94535
Visalia Campus
649 South County Center Drive, Visalia, CA 93277
Victorville Campus
13911 Park Avenue, Suite 100, Victorville, CA 92392
Walnut Creek Campus
2950 Buskirk Avenue, Suite 200, Walnut Creek, CA 94597

Admission Requirements

Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  • 12 or more transferable baccalaureate level credits or the equivalent
  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended
  • A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
Transcripts

Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.

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Admissibility and minimum transfer credit awarded will be determined based on the Community College of the Air Force, SMART, AARTS or JST transcripts.

Short Transferable Credits?

Brandman’s School of Extended Education offers a 4 course program allowing you to earn up to the 12 credits needed for admission. Check out the Brandman Track to learn more.

Program Curriculum

  • PSYU 101 Introduction to Psychology

    3

    MATU 203 Introduction to Statistics

    3

    PSYU 301 Scientific Writing in Behavioral Social Sciences

    3

    PSYU 304 Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences

    3

    PSYU 306 Critical Thinking

    3

    PSYU 320 Human Development across the Lifespan

    3

    PSYU 328 Abnormal Psychology

    3

    PSYU 333 Physiological Psychology

    3

    PSYU 336 Social Psychology

    3

    PSYU 351 History and Systems of Psychology

    3

    PSYU 480 Psychology Capstone

    3

    Core Foundation in Psychological Science Subtotal

    33

    Concentration

    15

    Students will select a concentration from the options below. *

     

    Concentration Subtotal

    15

    Total Credits

    48

  • The Gerontology Concentration is designed to prepare students to understand and apply psychological and sociological principles when working with the aging population. They address psychological issues related to aging, grief and bereavement, successful and functional aging, social policy, and aging and culture, among other important content. These courses take a multidisciplinary approach, because geropsychology practitioners serve as members of interdisciplinary teams, collaborating with a variety of professionals, including psychologists, medical and other mental health care services providers, to ensure quality care.

    PSYU 470 Psychology of Aging

    3

    PSYU 471 Issues in Aging

    3

    PSYU 472 Health Care and Aging

    3

    PSYU 473 Social Aspects of Aging

    3

    SOWK 482 Social Work with Older Adults

    3

    Total Credits

    15

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