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Gerontology (GERO)
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Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Gerontology Committee:

Professors Carol A. Barnes (Psychology), Robert B. Bechtel
(Psychology), John T. Boyer (Internal Medicine), Herbert E.
Carter (Emeritus, Biochemistry), Roger M. Enoka (Exercise and
Sport Sciences), Audrey L. Holland (Speech and Hearing Sciences),
Theodore H. Koff (Public Administration and Policy), William A.
Stini (Anthropology), Charles W. Weber (Nutrition and Food

Associate Professors Keith F. Meredith, Chair, Patricia C.
Fairchild (Exercise and Sports Sciences), Donna R. Iams (Family
and Consumer Resources), Jessie V. Pergrin (Emerita, Nursing),
Pamela G. Reed (Nursing), Stella Mae Smith (Special Education and

Assistant Professors Iris R. Bell (Psychiatry), Christine M.
Sheehy (Nursing)

Because of its multidisciplinary nature, courses in gerontology
are located in a number of departments. The Graduate
Interdisciplinary Program in Gerontology plays a facilitating
role in the coordination and development of aging studies and
will guide students who wish to include an emphasis in
gerontology in their course of study. Although the program offers
neither an undergraduate nor graduate major, it is possible for
students to include an emphasis in gerontology in several ways.
Students may choose to incorporate courses into their regular
degree program to supplement work in their major field. In
addition they can pursue a gerontological focus through work in a
practicum, internship, independent study or thesis. While no
formal recognition is offered, it is possible to obtain a rich
background in gerontology in this way.

Formal recognition for gerontological study is available at both
undergraduate and graduate levels. In the College of Arts and
Sciences an undergraduate may satisfy requirements for a minor or
for Subject Area III in interdisciplinary studies by following an
approved curriculum. At the graduate level the Program offers a
doctoral minor which is most appropriate for students in areas
such as education, administration, health, nutrition, and the
social and behavioral sciences. A minimum of 15 units is
required. In addition it is possible for graduate students to
obtain formal recognition through the Gerontology Certificate
Program, an 18-unit course of study similar to that offered in
many other colleges and universities in this country. The program
is designed primarily for individuals planning to enter or to
continue in a profession which involves provision of services
and/or administration of programs for the aging. 

Students should consult with the major department about
developing a gerontological emphasis within the major field
through course work, research, thesis and dissertation. This most
commonly occurs in the following academic units: Counseling and
Guidance, Psychology, Special Education and Rehabilitation,
Speech and Hearing Sciences, the School of Family and Consumer
Resources, the School of Public Administration and Policy, and
the Colleges of Education, Nursing and Pharmacy. In addition,
graduate work with a strong gerontological focus is available in
human services administration (M.P.A.) and nursing/geriatric
nurse practitioner (M.S.).

Courses in other departments identified as having content which
deals specifically with elderly and with aging processes include:
COUN 570, 571, EXSS 566, FS 413, 613, 636; I D 405/505, PA 423,
524, 527, 593f; PSYC 421/521, 427/527, and SER 415/515, 455/555,

Students wishing further information should contact the
coordinator at the address above.

238. Theories of Biological Aging  (2) II (Identical with N FS

413. Issues in Aging (3) II (Identical with FS 413) 

435. Adult Development and Aging (3) I (Identical with PSYC 435)
May be convened with 535.

437. Gerontology: A Multidisciplinary Perspective (3) I II
(Identical with PSYC 437) May be convened with 537.

447. Perspectives in Geriatrics Laboratory (1) II (Identical with
PHPR 447) May be convened with 547.

448. Perspectives in Geriatrics (2) II (Identical with PHPR 448)
May be convened with 548.

457. Law of the Elderly (2) II (Identical with PA 457) May be
convened with 557.

470a. Human Adaptability (3) I (Identical with ANTH 470a) May be
convened with 570a.

535. Adult Development and Aging (3) I (Identical with PSYC 535)
May be convened with 435.

537. Gerontology: A Multidisciplinary Perspective (3) I II
(Identical with PSYC 537) May be convened with 437.

547. Perspectives in Geriatrics Laboratory (1) II (Identical with
PHPR 547) May be convened with 447.

548. Perspectives in Geriatrics (2) II (Identical with PHPR 548)
May be convened with 448.

557. Law of the Elderly (2) II (Identical with PA 557) May be
convened with 457.

570a. Human Adaptability (3) I (Identical with ANTH 570a) May be
convened with 470a.

576. Communicative Aspects of Aging (2) I (Identical with SP H

589. Health of the Older Adult  (3) I (Identical with NURS 589)

613. Issues in Aging (3) II (Identical with FS 613).

636. Economics of Aging (3) I (Identical with FS 636).

695. Colloquium
a. Research in Gerontology (1) I II (Identical with PHPR 695a)

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