Gerontology (A.S.)

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.

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.


An expected increase in the elderly population will result in expanded career opportunities for gerontology professionals. 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. Some careers include Geriatric Case Workers, Residential Counselors, Geriatric Program Coordinators, Eldercare Case Managers, Senior Center Directors, Gerontology Researchers and Policy Analysts.

Transfer Options

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. BMCC has articulation agreements to facilitate your seamlessly continuing your studies at several four year schools.

Academic Program Maps

Required Common Core

Flexible Core3

Curriculum Requirements

HED 302 Health Counseling 3
HED 301 Field Experience in Human Services I 3

HED 270

Death and Dying 3

PSY 210

Psychology of Death and Dying 3

Choose 9 credits from

BIO 283Biology of Aging

Total Curriculum Requirements
Total Program Requirements


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.

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.

Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice Dept.

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