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Behavioral Sciences Division

Program Objectives

Students completing the Gerontology major will:

  1. Have a greater appreciation for the specific needs of older adults.
  2. Know about major demographic and epidemiological trends related to older adults.
  3. Gain knowledge about the cognitive, physical, and social changes associated with older adulthood.
  4. Develop an interdisciplinary perspective by taking courses in health, political science, or communications.
  5. Gain knowledge of end-of-life issues
  6. Have knowledge of the physical, mental and social changes common in older adulthood.
  7. Develop an understanding of the long-term care and housing industry.


Gerontology (503) 838-8344 | or e-mail:
Location: Todd Hall 325