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Applied Baccalaureate Degrees in either Psychology or Gerontology are now available at WOU!


The Applied Baccalaureate (AB) Degree option is for transfer students who have completed at least 60 quarter credits of a non-transfer associate degree program, such as an Associate of Applied Science (AAS).

To be admitted to the Applied Baccalaureate degree track at WOU students must:

  • either complete an Associate of Applied Science degree (or other terminal/non-transfer associate degree) or have a minimum of 60 quarter units toward an Associate of Applied Science degree (or other terminal/non-transfer associate degree);

Placement of transfer units into the AB curriculum will be determined in consultation with the academic advisor for the specific AB program.


The Applied Baccalaureate is NOT open for the following students.

  • Traditional students currently enrolled at WOU (e.g., a student who started higher education at WOU).
  • Students who earned a transfer degree such as an AAOT.
  • Students who have pursued and/or have completed an Oregon Transfer Module (OTM), Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree (AAOT), Associate of Science/Oregon Transfer Business degree, Associate of Science degree or an Associate of General Studies degree (AGS).

These students should follow the traditional BA, or BS, degree tracks.


To earn an Applied Baccalaureate (AB) Degree in Gerontology, students must complete or meet the following requirements:

  • AB Basic Requirements, AB Core Curriculum, and Other Requirements
  • Gerontology Major: 58 credits.
  • Academic Minor: Optional; minimum of 12 upper division credits unless otherwise stated.
  • Minimum of 180 credit hours including 62 upper division credits.
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA in all work completed at WOU.
  • Residence minimum of 45 of last 60 hours completed through WOU.
  • Maximum 124 community college transfer credit including vocation technology.

Applied baccalaureate degrees are distinguished by a focus on serving the needs of adults who already hold an associate’s degree and now desire to pursue a bachelor’s degree in order to advance their careers or, in some cases, to change careers.   Most commonly the associate’s degree held by the adult is an Associate of Applied Science (AAS).   These degrees provide the knowledge and skills needed by students to start a career immediately after completing the degree rather than preparing them to continue to upper division courses and a bachelor’s degree.   It is easiest to consider the scenario where those who have received an AAS degree, started a career based on this degree, and later have decided that they would like a bachelor’s degree.  These adults may have some of the following career aspirations:

·       To increase their responsibility level but remain focused on a technical career.

·       To move into supervision or management.

·       To obtain the advantages associated with a liberal arts degree including general broader knowledge and more advanced thinking and problem solving skills, possibly including a desire to continue to pursue a graduate degree.

–from Oregon Joint Board of Education steering committee report, April 19, 2010


Applied Baccalaureate degrees are offered in:  (Note, catalog copy will list only

degrees that have been approved by the Academic Strategies Committee)


Computer Science




Information Systems

International Business





Applied Baccalaureate Core Curriculum

Mission statement

The AB Core provides students with a general education core experience to help them develop a foundation of basic knowledge for a more healthy and successful personal and professional life.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrated understanding of the liberal arts and their role in a diverse society.

2. Demonstrated effective use or oral, written and computational skills.

3. Demonstrated ability to interact collaboratively.

The AB Core is a required part of all AB degrees and comprises a minimum of 36 of the 180 credit hours necessary for graduation.  Math, computer science, cultural diversity, quantitative literacy and writing intensive course requirements, where applicable, are tailored to the various applied baccalaureate degrees offered at WOU.

It is critical that students consult with the Academic Advising and Learning Center or their academic advisor as they select AB Core courses to avoid mistakes that may prolong their time in college.


Applied Baccalaureate Degree Program Basic Requirements


Major Requirements

The Gerontology major should be planned with a gerontology advisor. The Gerontology major consists of 58 hours of focused coursework beyond introductory coursework (there are no hidden prerequisites in the required coursework).

For a full description of each of the courses listed here, visit the course descriptions page or browse the WOU Academic Course Catalog.


Required Courses (42 hours)


  • PSY 201 General Psychology I (4 credits)
  • PSY 202 General Psychology II (4 credits)
  • PSY 301W Introduction to Research Methods (4 credits)
  • GERO 320 Introduction to Gerontology (4 credits)
  • GERO 360 Cognitive and Physical Changes in Aging (4 credits)
  • GERO 410W Practicum I (4 credits)
  • GERO 411 Practicum II (6 credits)
  • GERO 430D Palliative Care and Chronic Illness (4 credits)
  • GERO 455 Social Ties & Aging (4 credits)
  • GERO 460 Retirement/LTC Housing for the Elderly (4 credits)

Elective Courses (16 hours)


Elective Portion A (select at least 2 courses)


  • GERO 370 Aging & Mental Health (4)
  • GERO 407 Seminar (4)
  • GERO 480 Alzheimer’s Disease and
    Other Dementias Management (4)

Elective Portion B (select at least two courses)


  • PSY 311 Developmental Psycholgoy
  • PSY 423 Interviewing and Appraisal
  • PSY 439 Positive Psychology
  • PSY 445 Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • PSY 446 The Psychology of Leadership (4)
  • PSY 451 Behavioral Neuroscience (4)
  • PSY 460 Cognitive Neuroscience (4)
  • PSY 461 Psychopharmacology (4)
  • PSY 483 Adulthood and Aging (4)
  • PSY 484 Death, Dying, and Grief (4)
  • ANTH 395 Medical Anthropology
  • BA 211 Financial Accounting (4)
  • BA 310 Principles of Marketing (3)
  • BA 391 Human Resource Management (3)
  • HE 227 Community and Public Health (4)
  • HE 325 Nutrition (4)
  • HE 375 Epidemiology (4)
  • HE 411 Health Communication (4)
  • HE 434W Diseases (4)
  • HE 485W Bioethics and Public Health (4)
  • HST 484 Health, Medicine and Gender in Historical Perspective (4)
  • PS 350 Introduction to Public Policy (3)
  • PS 430 The Aging Society (3)
  • PS 433 Healthcare Politics and Policy (3)






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