Gerontology Minor

Students in the Gerontology Minor program will study issues of aging from an interdisciplinary perspective and come to understand the interplay between them, including the health and medical as well as social and psychological needs of older persons. Although this interdisciplinary minor is housed in the School of Social Work, students in other majors may complete the minor in consultation with both the Chair of the Gerontology Minor and the students’ academic advisors in their respective departments. Students must consult with their major advisor to select electives, practicum or volunteer experiences, and to integrate courses that will meet the requirements of the minor.

Minor - Gerontology 

College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 21

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2018-2019


Lower-Division Core Course3
Upper-Division Core Courses9
Gerontology Electives3
Integrating Courses2-3
Practicum Courses3
Total Hours20-21

Lower-Division Core Course

Complete the following course:
PSYX 233Fund of Psychology of Aging3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper-Division Core Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
AHHS 325Introduction to Gerontology3
AHHS 430Health Aspects of Aging3
S W 455Social Gerontology3
Total Hours9

Minimum Required Grade: C- 

Gerontology Electives

Note: A student must take a minimum of 3 elective credits with at least 25% of the content focused on gerontology. Students may petition for approval of another elective course.

Complete one of the following courses:3
Living Well, Health & Disablil
MGS Meeting
Geriatric Health Issues
Special Topics
Medical Law & Ethics
Culture, Health and Healing
Communication in Health Organizations
Communication and Health
Intro Health Economics
Philosophy & Biomedical Ethics
Fund of Memory and Cognition
Psychology of Family Violence
Death, Dying and Grief
Special Topics
Sociology of the Family
Special Topics
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Integrating Courses

Note: A course has been identified that will integrate the core course content with concepts within each student's major. A similar course can be identified in other majors if required. Students can also take NRSG 377 through Montana State University with approval by advisor.

Complete one of the following courses:2-3
Acquired Speech and Language Disorders
Exercise Disease & Aging
Therapeutics I
Development Through the Life Span
Sociology of the Family
Hum Behav & Soc Environ
Total Hours2-3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Practicum Courses

Note: Students can also take NRSG 454 through Montana State University with approval by advisor. Students in majors that do not have access to a practicum course can enroll in AHHS 395 for up to 3 credits of service learning experience compatible with the student's major and interests.

Complete 3 credits from the following courses:3
Geriatric Practicum
Geriatric APPE
Integrated Clinical Experience I
Integrated Clinical Experience II
Field Work Practicum
Coop Education/Internship
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-