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Gerontology, associate degree

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Associate Degree: Gerontology2 years

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Course listing for the 2022-2023 catalog year.

GRN 175The Aging Mind2
GRN 181Exploring the Field of Aging2
GRN 201Understanding and Ending Ageism2
Choose one of the following options: 110
GRN 280A
CE: Gerontology Internship
FT 280
GRN 280A
Exercise Science Internship I
and CE: Gerontology Internship
GRN 280BGerontology Internship Seminar1
GRN 282Gerontology Professional Seminar2
PHL 207Ethics and Aging *4
PSY 236Psychology of Adult Development and Aging4
SOC 223Sociology of the Life Course *4
SOC 230Introduction to Gerontology *4
SOC 231Sociology of Healthy Aging *4
SOC 232Death and Dying: Culture and Issues *4
or SOC 234 Death: Crosscultural Perspectives
Gerontology Program Electives37
General Education: 2 courses
WR 121College Composition 34
Total Credits90

Could be used as General Education


Students may choose to take GRN 280A for 10 credits or FT 280 for 8 credits and GRN 280A for 2 credits


Degree candidates who have related work experience with aging adults may petition to substitute one credit for every 70 hours worked toward the required internship credits.


Or any writing course for which WR 121 is a prerequisite.

See a full list of program electives in the catalog.

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