Gerontology

A mission/vision statement for the unit: 

As the primary provider of gerontological education and research in the state of Nebraska, the mission of the Gerontology department is to advance the study of aging by educating future, post-secondary instructors, researchers and practitioners in a manner that will prepare them to address the challenges and opportunities of an aging population in areas such as program planning, evaluation and effective service delivery. 

Accreditation information

Program Contact Information:

Department of Gerontology

CPACS 211
(402) 554-2272
unogero@unomaha.edu


Program Website:

Department Website: http://www.unomaha.edu/gero

Undergraduate Programs Website: http://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-public-affairs-and-community-service/gerontology/academics/index.php

General Information Overview of degree programs

 Bachelor of Science in Gerontology:

The Bachelor of Science in Gerontology requires completion of 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.0.  Admission into the program requires a 2.50 GPA.

                General Education:

                All students complete the UNO General Education requirements.

Gerontology Major Requirements:

Gerontology Core: (24 credit hours, each course must be completed with a “C-“ or higher.  No CR/NC can be applied.)

GERO 2000: Intro to Gerontology

GERO 3070: Death & Dying

GERO 4460: Adult Development & Aging

GERO 4470: Mental Health Aspects of Aging

GERO 4550: Health Aspects of Aging

GERO 4670: Programs & Services for the Elderly

GERO XXXX: Biology of Aging (to be developed)

GERO 4690: Working with Minority Elderly

Gerontology Electives: (9 credit hours, each course must be completed with a “C-“ or higher.  No CR/NC can be applied.)

Students choose and additional 9 credit hours of Gerontology coursework, based on interests and career objectives.

Gerontology Practicum: (3 credit hours, course must be complete with a “C” or higher.  No CR/NC can be applied.)

GERO 4940: Practicum (Pre-requisite: 9 credit hours in Gerontology, 2.50 GPA) 

To encourage important real-world experience before graduation, all students complete 156 hours in a practicum site of their choice. 

Statistics: (3 credit hours)

Each student must complete three credit hour course in basic statistics.  Acceptable courses include statistics courses include:  PA/CRCJ/SOWK 3000STAT 3000SOC 2130MATH 1530 and PSYC 3130.  Other statistics courses may be approved by academic advisors.

Research Methods:  (3 credit hours)

Each student must complete three credit hour course in basic research methods.  Acceptable courses include CRCJ 2510 or SOC 2510.  Other research methods courses may be approved by academic advisors.

Area of Concentration or Minor:

Students choose a concentration or minor to complement their degree.  Students may choose any approved UNO minor or from two Gerontology-approved concentrations: Long Term Care Administration or Pre-Health.  Students may also complete a double degree or double major to fulfill this requirement.

If a minor is chosen, students must abide by specific UNO minor requirements.   All courses for Gerontology-approved concentrations must be completed with a “C-“ or higher and no CR/NC is accepted.

Pre-Health Concentration:  (18 credits)        

Gerontology Core Requirements: 6 credits

GERO 4350: Issues in Aging – Nutrition

GERO 4850: Hospice for the Dying & their Families


Select science courses from: 12-14 credits


CHEM 1140/1144:  Fundamentals of College Chemistry + lab (4+1 credits)*

CHEM 1180/1184:  General Chemistry I + lab (3+1 credits)*

CHEM 1190/1194:  General Chemistry II + lab (3+1 credits)

CHEM 2210/2214:  Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry + lab (4+1 credits)

CHEM 2250:  Organic Chemistry I (3 credits)

CHEM 2260/2274: Organic Chemistry II + lab (3+2 credits)

BIOL 1450:  Biology I (5 credits)*

BIOL 1750:  Biology II (5 credits)

BIOL 2140:  Genetics (4 credits)

BIOL 2440:  Biology of Microorganisms (4 credits)

BIOL 2740:  Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)

BIOL 2840:  Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits)

BIOL 3020:  Molecular Biology of the Cell (3 credits)

HPER 3090:  Nutrition (3 credits)

            PE 2400:  Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)*

PE 2500:  Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits)

PHYS 1050/1054:  Introduction to Physics + lab (4+1 credits)*

PHYS 1110/1154:  General Physics I w/ Algebra + lab (4+1 credits)*

PHYS 1120/1164:  General Physics II w/ Algebra + lab (4+1 credits)

PHYS 2110/1154:  General Physics I Calculus level + lab (4+1 credits)

PHYS 2120/1164:  General Physics II Calculus level + lab (4+1 credits)

* denotes a Natural Science general education course. To maximize credits, students may choose to use these courses toward their general education instead and take the more advanced courses for their Pre-Health concentration.  (These will not double count in both Natural Science and the concentration.) 

Long-Term Care Administration Concentration:  18 credits

Students will be advised to take courses that will prepare them to meet the course requirements for nursing home administrators in Nebraska. 

Gerontology Course Requirements:  9 credits

GERO 4350:  Issues in Aging:  Management & Administration of Aging Programs

GERO 4350:  Issues in Aging:  Senior Housing

GERO 4510:  Long-Term Care Administration

Related Electives:  9 credits

Choose courses from the following courses.  Students must meet all applicable pre-requisites.


ACCT 2000:  Accounting for Non-Business Majors*

ACCT 2010:  Accounting I

ACCT 2020:  Accounting II

ECON 2200:  Microeconomics*

ECON 2220:  Macroeconomics*

GERO 4350:  Issues in Aging:  Financial Management in Long-Term Care

MGMT 3490:  Management

MGMT 3710:  Entrepreneurial Foundations

MKT 3310:  Principles of Marketing

PA 2000:  Leadership & Administration

PA 2170:  Intro to Public Administration

PA 3180:  Elements of Public Management

PA 3200:  Program Planning & Evaluation

PA 3500:  Nonprofit Organizations & Management

RELU 2410:  Real Estate Principles & Practices

CMST 3130:  Speech Communication in Business & the Professions

* Denotes a Social Science course.  Students may choose to use these courses within General Educationor within their concentration.  If using the courses in General Education, this allows more advanced coursework within their concentration area.


Gerontology Course Requirements: 9 credits

GERO 4350: Issues in Aging – Nutrition
GERO 4420: Rec Therapy – Intervention for the Aging
RLS 3500: Foundations in Recreation Therapy

Healthy Aging Concentration:  18 credits

Select courses from: 9 credits

HED 1500: Foundations in Public Health
HED 2070: Drug Awareness
HED 2850: Stress Management
HED 2310: Healthful Living
HED 3080: Sexual Development
HED 3310: General Safety Education
HED 4050: Introduction to Research in Public Health
HED 4130: Community Health
HED 4650:  Global Health
HPER 3090: Nutrition
PE 1800:  Fitness for Living
PE 3900: Motivation for Physical Activity          
RLS 2440: Foundations of Rec & Leisure
RLS 4240:  Recreation Administration
RLS 3500: Foundations in Recreation Therapy

May also choose up 3 courses from: PEA 111S, PEA 111T, PEA 111U, PEA 112D
PEA 112H, PEA 112I, PEA 112L


Double Major or Double Degree in Gerontology:

Due to the multidisciplinary nature of Gerontology, a double major or double degree may be applicable to many programs.  Admission into the program requires a 2.50 GPA.  A double major requires 42 credit hours.

Double Degree in Gerontology:

Students must complete all general education, college requirements and major requirements for two programs with a minimum of 150 credit hours.  Students will receive two diplomas and must meet the University Double Degree requirements outlined in the catalog.   

Double Major in Gerontology:

Students will earn one diploma and will complete all general education, college requirements and major requirements for one program, while completing only Gerontology major coursework for their second major.

Gerontology Core: (24 credit hours, each course must be completed with a “C-“ or higher.  No CR/NC can be applied.)

GERO 2000: Intro to Gerontology

GERO 3070: Death & Dying

GERO 4460: Adult Development & Aging

GERO 4470: Mental Health Aspects of Aging

GERO 4550: Health Aspects of Aging

GERO 4670: Programs & Services for the Elderly

GERO XXXX: Biology of Aging (to be developed)

GERO 4690: Working with Minority Elderly


Gerontology Electives: (9 credit hours, each course must be completed with a “C-“ or higher. No CR/NC can be applied.)

Students choose 3 additional Gerontology courses, based on interests and career objectives.

Gerontology Practicum: (3 credit hours, course must be complete with a “C” or higher.  No CR/NC can be applied.)

GERO 4940: Practicum (Pre-requisite: 9 credit hours in Gerontology, 2.50 GPA)

To encourage important real-world experience before graduation, all students complete 156 hours in a practicum site of their choice. 

Statistics: (3 credit hours)

Each student must complete three credit hour course in basic statistics.  Acceptable courses include statistics courses include:  PA/CRCJ/SOWK 3000STAT 3000SOC 2130MATH 1530 and PSYC 3130.  Other statistics courses may be approved by academic advisors.

Research Methods:  (3 credit hours)

Each student must complete three credit hour course in basic research methods.  Acceptable courses include CRCJ 2510 or SOC 2510.  Other research methods courses may be approved by academic advisors.