Gerontology Minor

Gerontology is the multidisciplinary study of biological, sociological, and psychological aging. The Gerontology minor complements and enhances career opportunities for students in nearly every major or pre-professional program offered at UCCS. Upon completion of the minor, graduating students will be awarded an Academic Certificate in Gerontology.

The Gerontology minor complements and enhances career opportunities for students in nearly every major or pre-professional program offered at UCCS. The minor is recommended to those students who are interested in a career in aging services.

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Completion of 21 credits in gerontology related courses with grades of 2.0 or higher.

Required Courses (15 credits)

  • Introduction to Gerontology (GRNT 300)
  • Psychology of Aging (PSY 351/GRNT 463)
  • Sociology of Aging (SOC 462/GRNT 462)
  • Biomedical Aspects of Aging (HSCI 280)
  • Professional Field Expertise in Gerontology (GRNT 498)*

Elective Courses (6 credits)

  • Family Communications (COMM 260)
  • Health Economics (ECON 466)
  • Health Care Ethics (PHL 417)
  • Philosophy of Death and Dying (PHIL 316)
  • Aging, Physical Activity and Health (HSCI 474)
  • Sociology of Death and Dying (SCO 467)
  • Psychology and Health (PSY 467)
  • Death and Dying (HSCI 454)
  • Women and Aging International (GRNT 356)*
  • Professional Field Expertise in Gerontology (GRNT 498)*

*Three credit hours are required for the minor, and one to three credit hours may be earned as an elective. The course allows students to work with older adults in the community, supervised by gerontology professionals. This field experience enhances the students employment opportunities by proving them with on-the-job experience and giving them visibility in the community.

For more information contact:

The Gerontology Center                                                                                                                                                            4863 North Nevada Avenue Suite 350
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Phone: 719-255-8005
Fax: 719-255-8006
Email: geron@uccs.edu