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Penn State DuBois

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)


HDFS 249 GS(3) (Sem: 3-8)

BIOL 155 GN(3) or SOC 35(3) and SOC 435 (HDFS 434) (3) or HDFS 445 (PSYCH 416) (3) (Sem: 1-7)

Select 9 credits from: ADTED 460(3), AYFCE/CIED 845(3) (must be approved by the graduate school), BBH 316(3), BBH 410(3), BBH/HPA 440 US;IL(3), BIOL 155 GN(3), CAS 421(3), HPA 101(3), HPA 332(3), HPA 442(3), HDFS 413(3), HDFS 445 (PSYCH 416)(3), HDFS 446(3), HDFS 447(3), HM 306(3), KINES 465(3), KINES 481(3), NURS 115(1), NURS 310(3), NURS 464(3), RM 401(3), SOC 35(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: Fall Semester 2016

Blue Sheet Item #: 45-01-004

Review Date: 8/23/16

UCA Revision #1: 8/16/06



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