Gerontology Program Requirements

 

BYU offers an undergraduate minor in Gerontology. Students are able to double count classes, internships, and research projects for their major and minor.

 

Step 1: Go to the College Advisement Center for your major to declare the Gerontology Minor.

Step 2: Seek course approval for an internship or research project by emailing us with the course number and project description.

Step 3: Complete 12 credit hours selected from core and elective courses, and complete an internship or mentored research course that focuses on older adults.

  

*Must take pre-requisites before registering for this particular course

Requirement 1: Internship or Mentored Research Course
(Seek course approval by emailing us at gerontology_info@byu.edu. Complete 3 credits in the college your major is in.)


Internships qualify if working with adults age 50 and older. Examples of internship credit courses:

 

  • EXDM 496R: Senior Internship
  • EXSC 399R: Exercise and Wellness Internship
  • HLTH 496R: Academic Internship*
  • NEURO 496R: Neuroscience Academic Internship
  • NURS 491: Nursing Capstone*
    • And NURS 492: Clinical Practicum for Capstone Nursing*
  • PDBIO 399R: Academic Internship: Physiology and Developmental Biology
  • PSYCH 399R: Academic Internship*
  • PSYCH 496R: Academic Internship
  • SFL 399R: Academic Internship
  • SOC 399R: Academic Internship
  • STDEV 399R: Health Professions Internship
  • Contact the Internship Coordinator for your college if you have a major not listed here.

Research projects qualify if focusing on issues relating to people age 50 or older. Examples of mentored research credit courses:

 

  • EXDM 490R: Topics in Experience Design and Management
  • EXSC 497R: Undergraduate Research and Study
  • HLTH 491R: Mentored Research
  • NEURO 449R: Undergraduate Research Experience
  • PDBIO 495R: Advanced Undergraduate Research in Physiology and Developmental Biology*
  • PSYCH 499R: Independent Research
  • SFL 403R: Research/Creative Works Practicum
  • SOC 497R: Directed Research in Sociology
  • Other Mentored Research approved by your Academic Advisor

Requirement 2: Core Courses
(Complete 6 credits)


  • EXSC 387: Lifestyle and Chronic Disease Prevention
  • HLTH 466: Health and the Aging Process
  • NEURO 205: Neurobiology*
  • NURS 291: Nursing Care of the Older Adult*
    • And NURS 292: Clinical Practicum for Nursing Care of the Older Adult*
    • And NURS 293: Communication Lab for Nursing Majors*
  • NURS 333 OR SOC 333: End-of-Life Care
  • PDBIO 305: Human Physiology (with lab)*
    • OR PDBIO 362: Advanced Physiology (PDBIO Majors should take this course)*
  • PSYCH 220: Human Development: Life Span
  • PSYCH 322: Developmental Psychology: Adulthood*
  • SFL 334: Adult Development and Aging in the Family*
  • SOC 365: Sociology of Aging

Requirement 3: Elective Courses
(Complete 6 credits)


  • COMD 430: Medical Speech Pathology
  • EXSC 221: Science of Wellness
  • FIN 200: Personal Finance
  • FIN 418: Financial Planning
  • HLTH 314: Health, Disease and Their Determinants
  • HLTH 320: Advanced First Aid and Safety
  • HLTH 450: Women's Health Issues
  • NDFS 100: Essentials of Human Nutrition
  • NDFS 424: Nutrition Through the Life Cycle
  • NEURO 380: Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PDBIO 205: Human Biology
  • PDBIO 210: Human Anatomy Independent Study (with virtual lab)
    • OR PDBIO 220: Human Anatomy (with lab)
  • PDBIO 365: Pathophysiology
  • PDBIO 561: Physiology of Drug Mechanisms
  • PDBIO 565: Endocrinology
  • PSYCH 342: Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYCH 381: Behavioral Neurobiology
  • SFL 210: Human Development
  • SFL 260: Family Finance
  • Other electives approved by the committee. Email gerontology_info@byu.edu.

 

Nursing Majors can earn a Minor in Gerontology by doing their capstone in anything other than pediatrics or labor & delivery.