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Penn State Brandywine

Begin Date: Fall 1998
End Date: Fall 2016

Gerontology Minor

Intercollege Program (GERON)
University College: Penn State Brandywine, Penn State DuBois, Penn State Shenango

Contact: College of Health and Human Development, Devon M. Thomas,

The intercollege minor in Gerontology is designed for students to gain an in-depth understanding of the aging process and old age. With the growth of the number of older people in the population, increased need has arisen for people with knowledge of the aging process in a variety of professional and occupational roles. In conjunction with the student's major, the minor prepares students for entry-level human service positions working with the elderly, or for graduate or professional school programs including communication disorders, counseling, health planning and administration, medicine, psychology, recreation and park management, and social work where knowledge of the aging process and problems of older people is relevant. Eighteen credits are required for the minor, including at least 6 credits at the 400 level. Advising is available through Mrs. Devon M. Thomas, 315 Health and Human Development Building, University Park, PA 16802 (814-863-8000,

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)


HD FS 249 GS(3) (Sem: 3-8)

BIOL 155 GN(3) or BIOL 409(3) (Sem: 1-7)
SOC 435 (HD FS 434)(3) or HD FS 445 (PSYCH 416)(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 9 credits, at least 6 at the 400 level, from ADTED 460(3), ANTH 473(3), BB H 302 US(3), BB H 316(3), BB H 410(3), BB H 440 US;IL(3), CN ED 415(3), H P A 101(3), H P A 440 US;IL(3), H P A 442(3), HD FS 413(3), HD FS 445 (PSYCH 416)(3), HD FS 446(3), HD FS 447(3), KINES 481W(3), NURS 464(3), NUTR 451(3), NUTR 456(3), R P M 462(3), R SOC 497(3), SOC 023 GS(3), SOC 174(3), SOC 423(3), SOC 435(3) (Sem: 3-8)

Note: Students may enroll in special topics courses (297, 497) that focus on aging or old age, with faculty permission. With faculty approval, students may also enroll for independent studies in their major department to write a senior thesis focused on an issue of aging.


Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 1998

Blue Sheet Item #: 26-03-068

Review Date: 6/14/07

UCA Revision #1: 8/16/06



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