BA, Psychology, Gerontology

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a Gerontology concentration

Gerontology is the study of the aging process from multiple perspectives, including biology, health, economics, sociology and psychology. Practitioners of geropsychology collaborate with a variety of professionals, including psychologists, medical and other mental health care services providers.  This concentration prepares students to work with an aging population and is suited for individuals seeking career opportunities in the fields of:

  • Advocacy
  • Assisted living 
  • Counseling
  • Healthcare
  • Home care management
  • Mental health
  • Social policy

Why Gerontology at Brandman?

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of people over the age of 65 is expected to double between 2012 and 2060, from 43 million to 92 million. Brandman’s gerontology concentration teaches students how to apply methods of psychology and sociology principles to help meet the growing need for skilled practitioners. 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. 

Admission Requirements

Applicants intending on enrolling in this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  1. 12 or more transferable baccalaureate level credits or the equivalent.
  2. Completed application package. Applications are available online.
  3. 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.
  4. For those applying under an active military agreement with Brandman University, 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.

Graduation Requirements–Bachelor Degrees

  • A minimum of 120 credits.
  • 36 credits earned in upper- division coursework.
  • Minimum of 30 credits completed in residence at Brandman; 18 of which must be upper-division credits, 12 of which must be completed in students major.
  • A 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale at Brandman and transfer work.
  • A 2.0 grade point average in all major and minor coursework. Programs may have additional grade requirements.
  • Resolution of all “I” grades.
  • LBSU 302 Information Fluency and Academic Integrity (Cannot be used as an elective in a major, minor, or certificate program)
  • LBSU 304 Liberal Arts Core Foundations- (Cannot be used as an elective in a major, minor, or certificate program)

All courses taken in the major program must be passed with a grade equivalent of “C” or higher. All required courses must be taken for a letter grade where the option exists.

 

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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