BA in Psychology, Gerontology

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a Gerontology concentration

This degree program provides the student with the essentials of psychological science and thought. 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.  

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.

Undergraduate 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

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. If additional coursework from other institutions is submitted prior to admission this coursework will also be included in determining admissibility and transferability for course credit.


Degree Requirements (48 credits)

Core Foundation in Psychological Science (Required) (33 credits):  

PSYU 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
MATU 203 Introduction to Statistics 3
PSYU 301 Scientific Writing in Behavioral and 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 & Systems of Psychology 3
PSYU 480 Psychology Capstone 3
Total Credits   33

Gerontology Concentration (15 credits)

PSYU 470 Geriatric Mental Health 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 48
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