University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

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. This interdisciplinary minor is housed in the College of Health, and students in any major may complete the program. Students must consult with the gerontology advisor in their department to select elective, practicum, and integrating courses that will meet the requirements of the minor.

Minor - Gerontology 


Core Courses12
Integrating Course3
Practicum Course3-6
Gerontology Electives3
Total Hours21-24

Degree Specific Credits: 20-24

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Core Courses

Note: These courses provide students with a common knowledge base through an introduction to gerontology and study of three core areas: social aspects, psychological aspects, and health aspects of aging.

Complete all of the following courses:
AHHS 325Introduction to Gerontology3
AHHS 430Health Aspects of Aging3
PSYX 233Fundamentals of Psychology of Aging3
S W 455Social Gerontology3
Total Hours12

Minimum Required Grade: C- 

Integrating Courses


  • In each of the following majors, a course has been identified that will integrate the core course content with information and concepts within the major. A similar course will be identified in other majors not listed here. 
  • Nursing students may take NRSG 314 (Concepts of Psychosocial Nursing) through Montana State University with approval by advisor.
Complete one of the following courses:3
Acquired Communication and Swallowing Disorders (for Communicative Sciences & Disorders majors)
Exercise Disease & Aging (for Integrative Physiology and Pre-Physical Therapy majors)
Therapeutics I (for Pharmaceutical Science majors) 1
Fundamentals of Psychology of Aging (for Psychology Majors) 2
Human Behavior & Social Environment (for Social Work majors)
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Pharmacy students must complete requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences or another baccalaureate degree to receive a minor.


Psychology students must complete an additional 3 credit elective.

Practicum Courses


  • The courses provide experience working with both well and/or frail older persons.
  • Nursing students may take 409 (Nursing Practice in Chronic Care) 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 3 credits of service learning experience compatible with the student's major and interests.
Complete at least 3 credits from the following courses:3
Geriatric Practicum (for Communicative Sciences & Disorders majors)
Internship (for Integrative Physiology and Pre-Physical Therapy majors)
Geriatric APPE (for Pharmaceutical Science majors)
Internship (for Psychology majors)
Field Work Practicum (for Social Work majors)
Total Hours3

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 or more of the following courses:3
Geriatric Health Care
Medical Ethics
Health & Family Communication
Philosophy & Biomedical Ethics
Fundamentals of Memory and Cognition
Trauma and Resilience
Public Health Nutrition
Special Topics (American Indian Health Issues)
Death, Dying and Grief
Sociology of the Family
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-