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Gerontology Department

Behavioral Sciences Division

Major Requirements

The Gerontology major should be planned with a gerontology adviser. 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)
  • PSY 320 Introduction to Geropsychology (4 credits)
  • GERO 360 Cognitive and Physical Changes in Aging (4 credits)
  • GERO 410 Practicum I (4 credits)
  • GERO 411 Practicum II (6 credits)
  • GERO 430 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 two courses)

  • GERO 370 Aging & Mental Health (4)
  • GERO 407 Seminar (4)
  • GERO 409 Practicum
        (up to 4 hours can count toward the major)
  •  GERO 440 Health Care Operations (4)
  •  GERO 470 Regulatory and Clinical Operations of
                        Long Term Care (4)
  •  GERO 480 Alzheimer's Disease and
                        Other Dementias Management (4)
  • PSY 420 Advanced Topics in Geropsychology (4)

Elective Portion B (select at least two courses)

  • 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)

Contact

Gerontology (503) 838-8344 | or e-mail: gero@wou.edu
Location: Todd Hall 325

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