The aging baby boomer population is driving some of the fastest growth in healthcare jobs in the country. This group has enormous clout across many industries, including health, finance, marketing, policy, housing, transportation, and education. In fact, by 2030, when the last baby boomers turn 65, one in five Americans will be 65 or older.

In the Bachelor of Science in gerontology and aging services program at University of Maryland Global Campus, you’ll gain a foundation in the physiological, social, and psychological aspects of aging, coupled with an understanding of programs, services, and policies related to aging and older adults, so that you can care for and serve this population.

This program is ideal for individuals who already have some healthcare experience or experience with the aging population. This is also a great degree for those looking to make a career change into a secure field.

These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2020–2021 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.

This program is also available as a minor.

About the Gerontology and Aging Services Bachelor's Degree

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Access, interpret, and apply research findings related to biological, psychological, and social processes in the context of aging
  • Analyze the impact of factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, and social class on the aging process
  • Analyze the development of policies related to aging and their impact on services and organizations for older adults, both locally and nationally
  • Apply knowledge to work with older adults in a chosen area of practice
  • Practice within the legal and ethical standards of the aging services field

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Design a health promotion campaign to promote wellness among older adults
  • Analyze case studies of aging services to identify key problems and propose reasonable solutions
  • Consider how their own aging process will be affected by issues related to work and retirement, healthcare, public policies, caregiving, and ageism

Gerontology and Aging Services Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Courses in the Major

Total Credits Required: 120

Required Major Courses

  • GERO 100
  • GERO 301
  • GERO 302
  • GERO 306
  • GERO 311
  • GERO 320
  • GERO 338
  • GERO 342
  • GERO 390
  • GERO 427
  • GERO 486A

Related Required Course

The following may be applied to general education or elective requirements:

  • STAT 200

General Education Requirements

UMGC outlines the options available to fulfill the 41 credits of general education coursework for bachelor's degrees on the General Education Requirements webpage.

In addition to the major, elective, and general education courses and requirements outlined on this page, please review the overall bachelor's degree requirements.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for a number of gerontological careers in areas that include program management, program and policy analysis, services development, and housing and facilities management.

Student Clubs and Organizations

    Type: Honor society
    Available To: Undergraduate

    Pi Gamma Mu is the international honor society that recognizes outstanding scholarship in the social sciences at UMGC. Students interested in anthropology, criminal justice, economics, gerontology, history, political science, social psychology, sociology, and women's studies may qualify for membership. The society recently named UMGC's Maryland Theta chapter to its Roll of Distinction, the highest honor that the society grants.

    Type: Honor society
    Available To: Undergraduate

    Sigma Phi Omega is a national academic honor and professional society in gerontology. It was established in 1980 to recognize excellence among students studying gerontology and aging and to acknowledge the outstanding service of professionals who work with or on behalf of older persons. The society provides a much-needed link between educators, practitioners, and administrators in various settings where older persons are served. Sigma Phi Omega seeks to promote scholarship, professionalism, friendship, and services to older persons and to recognize exemplary attainment in gerontology and aging studies and related fields.