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BA Gerontology Curriculum

All candidates for a degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences must complete the graduation requirements listed in the section of the SDSU General Catalog on “Graduation Requirements.” No more than 48 units in Gerontology courses can apply to the degree. A minor is not required with the major.

Preparation for the Major

Gerontology 101, 250; Biology 100; Child and Family Development 135; Public Health 101; Psychology 101; and Social Work 110. (21 units)

Language Requirement

Competency (successfully completing the third college semester or fifth college quarter) is required in one foreign language to fulfill the graduation requirement. Refer to the section of the general catalog on “Graduation Requirements.”

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

Writing Proficiency Assessment with a score of 10 or above or completing one of the approved upper division writing courses (W) with a grade of C (2.0) or better. See “Graduation Requirements” of the SDSU General Catalog for a complete list of requirements.

International Experience

All gerontology majors are required to participate in an international experience to increase awareness of cross-cultural issues, global health, economic, political, cultural, social services, and health challenges experienced by local populations in international environments. Students participate in residence for two or more weeks (exceptions must be approved by the dean of the college for students who, because of serious and compelling life events or physical limitations, cannot meet this requirement).

Specific details can be found at CHHS Undergraduate International Experience web site.


A minimum of 36 upper division units to include Gerontology 310, 360, 370, 380, 400A, 520, Social Work 391, Social Work 381; and 12 units selected with approval of the adviser: Child and Family Development 335; Gerontology 496, 499, and 596 (when appropriate); Exercise and Nutritional Sciences 433; Psychology 380; Social Work 382, Public Health 362, GENS 420, GERO 400B, COMM 321, SW 483A.


Field Practicum

Field Education is an integral part of the curriculum and a core requirement for the SDSU Gerontology Undergraduate Program. The Undergraduate Field/Practicum learning experiences consist of Gero 400A scheduled over one semester. See the SSW Field site for details.



last updated: 8/17/2017







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