Gerontology

What is Gerontology?
Gerontology is the study of aging and older adults. With an understanding of gerontology, you will be able to work in a variety of settings interacting directly with older adults or in positions where you will be able to assist communities and policy makers to address the needs of this population indirectly through program development and public policy initiatives. An expected increase in the elderly population will result in expanded career opportunities for gerontology professionals.

Gerontology at BMCC
The Gerontology Program at BMCC is co-coordinated by the Health Education Department and the Department of Social Sciences, Human Services & Criminal Justice. Students enrolled learn an interdisciplinary approach that addresses the social, psychological, biological and health-related changes of aging. Mandatory field work further equips students with the skills necessary to respond appropriately to the needs of this elderly population.

Careers Paths in Gerontology
Employment opportunities for gerontologist exist in hospitals, clinics, long term care facilities, mental health programs, managed care organizations, federal, state and local government agencies, nonprofit organizations and private practice.

Gerontologists often work in the capacity of :

Continuing Your Education
You can continue your education in this specialized area by pursuing a bachelor degree at a senior college with a gerontology program, such as CUNY at York College, SUNY at Oneonta College or St. John’s University.

Common Core

Required Common Core

12
Total Required Common Core

Flexible Core 3

18
Total Flexible Core
30
Total Common Core

Curriculum Requirements

3
HUM 101
Introduction to Human Services and Social Work
3
HED 310
Aging, Health and Culture: Global Perspectives

or

or

3
PSY 210
Psychology of Death and Dying

Choose 9 credits from:

3
BIO 283
Biology of Aging
30
Total Curriculum Requirements
60
Total Program Requirements

Footnotes:
1 Consult with an advisor on which courses to take to satisfy these areas.
2 These areas can be satisfied by a STEM variant.
3 No more than two courses in any discipline or interdisciplinary field can be used to satisfy Flexible Core requirements.

Notes:
Please note, these requirements are effective the 2017-2018 catalog year. Please check your DegreeWorks account for your specific degree requirements as when you began at BMCC will determine your program requirements.

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