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.

Requirements

Completion of 18 credits in gerontology related courses with grades of 2.0 or higher.

Required Courses (15 credits)

  • Introduction to Gerontology (GRNT 3000)
  • Psychology of Aging (PSY 3510/GRNT 4630)
  • Sociology of Aging (SOC 4620/GRNT 4620)
  • Biomedical Aspects of Aging (HSCI 2800)
  • Professional Field Expertise in Gerontology (GRNT 4980)*

Elective Courses (3 credits)

  • Family Communications (COMM 2600)
  • Integrative Concepts in Aging (GRNT 2300)
  • Biomedical Ethics (PHL 3130)
  • Philosophy of Death and Dying (PHIL 3160)
  • Aging, Physical Activity and Health (HSCI 4740)
  • Sociology of Death and Dying (SOC 4670)
  • Psychology and Health (PSY 3060)
  • Death and Dying (HSCI 4540)
  • Women and Aging International (GRNT 3560)*
  • Professional Field Expertise in Gerontology (GRNT 4980)*

*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