Jun 17, 2019  
2017-2018 University Catalog 
2017-2018 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Gerontology Program

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Program Coordinator

Laura Zettel-Watson

Program Office/Website

Humanities 424

Program Council

Susan Cadwallader (Marketing), Barbara Cherry (Psychology), Barbra Erikson (Anthropology), Koren Fisher (Kinesiology), Kristin Kleinjans (Economics), Edythe Krampe (Sociology), Melanie Horn Mallers (Human Services), Mary Read (Counseling), Debra Rose (Director, Center for Successful Aging), Stephanie Vaughn (Nursing), Kathleen Wilson (Kinesiology), Karen Wong (Sociology and Gerontology), Laura Zettel-Watson (Psychology)

Gerontology-Affiliated Faculty

Dana Collins (Sociology), John Doyle (Human Services), Karen Fazio (Health Sciences and Gerontology), Sara Johnson (Anthropology), Dennis Kao (Social Work), Sang June Oh (Mechanical Engineering), Urvi Patel (Gerontology), Michael Perez (Sociology), Jennifer Piazza (Health Sciences), Carter Rakovski (Sociology), Mary Read (Counseling), Carl Renold (Human Services), James Santucci (Comparative Religion), Eriko Self (Psychology), Chandra Srinivasan (Biochemistry), Dominick Sturz (Health Sciences), Eileen Walsh (Sociology)


Gerontology, the study of aging, is a multidisciplinary field that examines the biological, psychological, social and health/fitness aspects of the aging process. The unprecedented growth of the older population has created a growing demand for professionals in a variety of fields who understand issues related to the aging process.

Programs in Gerontology provide students with knowledge and critical understanding of the processes of adult development and aging. They prepare students for a variety of career opportunities in business, government, industry, public and private agencies, health and human services, research and education, and entrepreneurial endeavors. Many career options involve working with healthy and independent older adults, while other positions involve working with older adults who have health problems and other age-related limitations.

Degree Description

The Master of Science in Gerontology is designed to provide a comprehensive learning environment, rich with research and practice opportunities, to produce outstanding gerontologists who meet the needs of the aging population. The program’s cross-disciplinary course of study provides students with the knowledge, skills and critical thinking tools to appreciate and address diverse concerns of adult development and aging. Coursework and internships provide students with a strong foundation in applied and theoretical gerontology, with an emphasis on biological, psychological and social aspects of aging, as well as ethical and cultural considerations of aging. The program prepares students for leadership careers in practice, education, research, advocacy or policy.

Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Programs and Courses Offered


    Master of ScienceNon-Degree



      Courses are designated as GERO in the class schedule.

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