Minor Requirements

BYU offers a Minor in Gerontology to supplement students' training in their major field. Declare the minor in your Academic Advisement Office.

Student Opportunities

Gerontology students are eligible for scholarships, service awards, internships, and research opportunities.

BYU Gerontology is on Facebook and Instagram!

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for Gerontology Program information and updates. Facebook: GerontologyBYU Instagram: @byugerontology.

Conference

The 29th Annual Gerontology Conference was held March 13th and 14th. Photos and videos will be on the Conference page soon.

Senior Games

Gerontology and other health students travel to St. George, Utah each fall to provide health screenings for the participants of the Huntsman World Senior Games. Find out how you can get involved.

Research Grants

Funding from the BYU Gerontology Program is available for BYU faculty who are conducting research related to the physical, psychological, or social aspects of aging in the later years. Josue Gonzalez and Allen Weinert are students doing Alzheimer’s disease research in Scott Weber’s lab.

News


The Benefits of Older Adult Group Activities

Older adults who participate in group activities such as exercising or learning to play an instrument gain benefits beyond the skills they are focused on. This article is a study review of Dr. Sam Tsugawa’s research on music teaching and learning among older adults. The review has been published with The Good Men Project. The author, Sammi Trujillo, is the Public Scholar Writer for the BYU Gerontology Program. She will graduate this year with a Bachelor's degree in Family Studies, with an emphasis on public writing in the social sciences. You can read her article here. Dr. Tsugawa’s article can be found on our Faculty Research page

Persistence pays off for 70-year-old film graduate

Graduating at age 70, Chestnut’s story is unlike any other.

Events


Student Social

On Wednesday, January 16th, all Gerontology Minor students and Gerontology Club members were invited for pizza and socializing as we jumped into a new year and a new semester. We also gave a gift to all our students who are graduating this year.

Sending Students to Miami

Two BYU Gerontology students recently went to Miami Jewish Health Systems in Florida to work with Dr. Marc Agronin, his staff, and the residents of their facility. They received exceptional hands-on training. We have finished accepting applications for this internship opportunity in 2019. 

Click here for more information.

Study Abroad in Italy

The Society, Behavior, & Health International Studies Program, led by BYU Professor Julianne Holt-Lunstad, invites students to the Italian island of Sardinia for an exceptional learning experience. Dr. Holt-Lunstad is an Affiliate of the Gerontology Program. Part of the experience includes interviews with centenarians in this "Blue Zone." Watch the incredible video.