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The intercollege minor in Gerontology is designed for students to gain an in-depth understanding of the aging process and old age.

Gerontology Minor
Intercollege Program (GERON)

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. A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.
Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR: 18 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (3 credits)
HD FS 249 (GS) ADULT DEVELOPMENT AND AGING ( 3) Physiological, psychological, and social development and intervention from young adulthood through old age. (Sem: 3-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (15 credits)
1. BIOL 055 GN(3) or BIOL 409(3) (Sem: 1-7)

BIOL 055 (GN) INTRODUCTION TO THE BIOLOGY OF AGING ( 3) Examination of human aging from a biological perspective. Population demographics, physiological and pathological changes, and healthy lifestyles are discussed. Students who have passed BIOL 409 may not schedule this course.

or

BIOL 409 BIOLOGY OF AGING ( 3) Mechanisms of the aging process, with special reference to man. Unfavorable progressive changes in molecules, cells, systems, and organisms. Prerequisite: 6 credits in biology

2. SOC 435 (HD FS 434)(3) or HD FS 445 (PSY 445)(3) (Sem: 5-8)

SOC 435 (HD FS 434)(HD FS) SOCIAL GERONTOLOGY ( 3) An analysis of the demographic, social, and cultural factors affecting the aged population in American society. Prerequisite: 3 credits in Sociology

or

HD FS 445 (PSY 445) DEVELOPMENT THROUGHOUT ADULTHOOD ( 3) Processes of development and change of behavior from early adulthood through old age, emphasizing theory, method, and empirical research. Prerequisite: HD FS 249 ; HD FS 312W ; statistics; 6 credits in Human Development and Family Studies, psychology, or sociology.


3. Select 9 credits, at least 6 at the 400 level, from (Sem: 3-8) :

ADTED 460 INTRODUCTION TO ADULT EDUCATION ( 3) History, methods, agencies, program areas, and problems of adult education in the United States. 

ANTH 473 GENETICS OF HUMAN DISEASE ( 3) Human genetic variation and evolution as reflected in disease patterns; methods for assessing and quantifying such disease patterns. Prerequisite: 3 credits in statistics; 3 credits in biology

BB H 302 (US) (AAA S) DIVERSITY AND HEALTH ( 3) Effective Date: FA2006 Examine the relationship of diverse personal and sociocultural factors to health, like socioeconomic class, race-ethnicity, gender, age, and sexual orientation. Prerequisite: PSY 002 or SOC 001 )

BB H 316 FOUNDATIONS AND PRINCIPLES OF HEALTH PROMOTION ( 3) Basic exposure and skills development in theory and practice in health promotion. Prerequisite: BB H 101

BB H 410 DEVELOPMENTAL AND HEALTH GENETICS ( 3) Discussion of genetic influences on development and the interrelationships between genetics and health. Prerequisite: BIOL 033 or BIOL 222 ; STAT 200 , STAT 220 , or STAT 250 

BB H 440 (H P A) PRINCIPLES OF EPIDEMIOLOGY ( 3) Theory of epidemiology and significant case studies; potential applications to health care. Prerequisite: BB H 101 or BIOL 110 or H P A 310 ; STAT 200 or STAT 250

CN ED 415 COUNSELING ADULTS ( 3) Roles of counselors and counseling in the resolution of educational and career problems and opportunities of adults. Prerequisite: COM S 448 , HD FS 249 , HD FS 445 , OR SOC 435

H P A 101 INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH SERVICES ORGANIZATION ( 3) Examination of the social, political, historic, and scientific factors in the development and organization of health services.

H P A 440 (BB H) PRINCIPLES OF EPIDEMIOLOGY ( 3) Theory of epidemiology and significant case studies. Potential application to health care. Prerequisite: BB H 101 or BIOL 110 or H P A 310 ; STAT 200 or STAT 250  

H P A 442  LONG-TERM CARE MANAGEMENT ( 3) Management and policy issues for institutional, community, and home settings for chronic care services. Prerequisite: H P A 332

HD FS 413 DEVELOPMENTAL PROBLEMS IN ADULTHOOD ( 3) Analysis of individual developmental problems from young adulthood through old age and their prevention and modification. Prerequisite: HD FS 129 ; HD FS 249 ; HD FS 312W

HD FS 445 (PSY 445) DEVELOPMENT THROUGHOUT ADULTHOOD ( 3) Processes of development and change of behavior from early adulthood through old age, emphasizing theory, method, and empirical research. Prerequisite: HD FS 249 ; HD FS 312W ; statistics; 6 credits in Human Development and Family Studies, psychology, or sociology.

HD FS 446 PROGRAMS AND SERVICES IN GERONTOLOGY ( 3) Theoretical and historical views of the conceptualization and delivery of programs and services to older persons within a multidisciplinary developmental framework. Prerequisite: HD FS 249 or HD FS 445 ; HD FS 312W

HD FS 447 ISSUES IN GERONTOLOGY ( 3) Analysis of major issues in adulthood and aging, with an emphasis on integration of theory and research. Prerequisite: HD FS 249 or HD FS 445 ; HD FS 312W

KINES 481W SCIENTIFIC BASIS OF EXERCISE FOR OLDER ADULTS ( 3) Study of age-associated physical changes and the effects of exercise on the aging process. Prerequisite: KINES 350

NURS 464 (US;IL) DYING AND DEATH ( 3) Explores attitudes toward death and dying; concept of grief; responsibilities to the dying person and the family. Prerequisite: PSY 002 or SOC 001

NUTR 451 NUTRITION THROUGHOUT THE LIFE CYCLE ( 3) Application of basic principles of nutrition to nutritional and physiological needs throughout the life cycle from prenatal to aging. Prerequisite: NUTR 358 , NUTR 445 . Prerequisite or concurrent: NUTR 446

NUTR 456 COMMUNITY NUTRITION ( 2) Programs and policies of nutrition-related activities of community agencies; factors pertinent to nutrition education. Prerequisite: NUTR 251

R P M 462(3) ?

R SOC 422 (US) FAMILY IN RURAL SOCIETY ( 3) The relationship between the family and rural society, including critical review of theories, research and problems, issues, and trends. Prerequisite: 6 credits in the social sciences

R SOC 497 SPECIAL TOPICS ( 1 - 9)

SOC 023 (GS) POPULATION AND POLICY ISSUES ( 3) Local, national, and international population trends; basic techniques of demographic analysis; population problems; implications for public planning and policy.

SOC 174 PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SOCIOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF DEATH ( 3) An introductory, interdisciplinary approach to the psychology and sociology of death, stressing the significance of, and attitudes toward, mortality.

SOC 423 SOCIAL DEMOGRAPHY ( 3) Social demographic perspectives on fertility, mortality, morbidity, migration, population density, demographic transitions, social mobility, family, the aged, and minorities. Prerequisite: SOC 023 or SOC 422

SOC 435 (HD FS) SOCIAL GERONTOLOGY ( 3) An analysis of the demographic, social, and cultural factors affecting the aged population in American society. Prerequisite: 3 credits in Sociology 

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.


If you are interested in Penn State Shenango's program, please contact:

Human Development & Family Studies
--Dr. William McGuigan--Sharon Hall 309, (724) 983-2914
-- wmm11@psu.edu

For admissions information, contact the Penn State Shenango Admissions Office at (724) 983-2803.


Also: Advising is available through Pamela D. Evock, 211 South Henderson, University Park, PA 16802, (814) 863-8000, pde1@psu.edu.