Gerontology students will develop robust skill sets and knowledge necessary to research, analyze, and demonstrate leadership in the field. As a Gerontology student you will be challenged to address professionally and effectively the needs of an aging global community. The program prepares you for a choice of careers, including public health, administration, policy, research and education. 

Coursework is interdisciplinary, pulling together various aspects of the aging experience and challenges to give you a holistic understanding. You’ll get hands-on training, with experiential learning on the social, psychological and biological aspects of aging. 

The mission of the Gerontology program is to produce the next generation of problem-solvers, innovators and entrepreneurs in the field of gerontology and aging services--leaders who will affect change in our global community. Our vision is to recognize the inherent value of aging populations and support healthy, active aging; optimal quality of life; and necessary interaction with the community.

The Department of Gerontology offers a degree program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Gerontology. As an Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education Program of Merit, the department also prepares students for the pursuit of graduate education in gerontology or a related discipline. 

Program of Merit

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Gerontology focuses on the human aging process and aged human populations, using the knowledge and methodologies of biology, health sciences and social sciences. It includes instruction through a multidisciplinary approach to develop, transmit, and apply gerontology knowledge to current and future issues of our aging society. With a bachelor's degree in Gerontology, students are prepared for graduate study, whereby they may assume administrative and research positions. Also, a Bachelor of Science degree prepares students for employment in community and government agencies, retirement communities, and the network of aging services/healthcare agencies.

To be accepted, you must meet the admission requirements of Bethune-Cookman University as described in the Admissions and Enrollment Services section of this catalog. In addition, students changing majors, must have a cumulative GPA of 2.500 or higher.

A grade of “C” or higher must be earned in all major courses.

Student Organizations

Gerontology Student Association

Affiliated Organizations

Gerontological Society of America (GSA)
Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) 

The Minor in Gerontology consists of 18 Hours, all of which must be completed at Bethune-Cookman University

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