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Online Bachelor's Degree

Gerontology & Aging Services

Gerontology and Aging Services
Bachelor of Science
  • 120 credits
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • All courses available online
  • Required internship (can be virtual)
  • $324 per credit (in-state)
  • $499 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $250 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
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Join the rapidly growing labor force serving the healthcare needs of an aging population.

With an online bachelor’s degree in gerontology and aging services from University of Maryland Global Campus, you’ll learn about the physiological, social, psychological, and health aspects of aging, and gain an understanding of programs, services, and policies that impact how we age and live as older adults. The curriculum, designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars, will provide you with hands-on experiences in the aging services sector in preparation for a career that improves quality of life for this important and growing segment of the population.

Total Credits Required: 120

Required Major Courses: 33 Credits

  • (3 Credits, GERO 100)
  • (3 Credits, GERO 301)
  • (3 Credits, GERO 302)
  • (3 Credits, GERO 306)
  • (3 Credits, GERO 311)
  • (3 Credits, GERO 320)
  • (3 Credits, GERO 338)
  • (3 Credits, GERO 342)
  • (3 Credits, GERO 390)
  • (3 Credits, GERO 427)
  • (3 Credits, GERO 486A)
    You must take this Workplace Learning course concurrently with a new internship or work project related to your academic program. Prior program approval is required.

Related Required Course

The following may be applied to general education requirements:

  • (3 Credits, STAT 200)

General Education Courses: 41 Credits

Review the options available to fulfill the 41 credits of general education coursework for bachelor's degrees.

Minor and Elective Courses: 46 Credits

Review a list of available academic minors or see the course catalog or Schedule of Classes to help you select elective courses.

Sequence Course Requirement(s) Fulfilled
1 (3 Credits, PACE 111S) General Education: Research & Computing Literacy
2 (1 Credit, LIBS 150) General Education: Research & Computing Literacy
3 (3 Credits, WRTG 111) General Education: Communication
4 (3 Credits, IFSM 201) General Education: Research & Computing Literacy
5 (3 Credits, NUTR 100) General Education: Biological & Physical Sciences
6 (3 Credits, GERO 100) Major
7 (3 Credits, SPCH 100) General Education: Communication
8 (3 Credits, STAT 200) General Education: Math; Major
9 (3 Credits, WRTG 112) General Education: Communication
10 (3 Credits, GERO 301) Major
11 (3 Credits, HUMN 100) General Education: Arts & Humanities
12 (4 Credits, BIOL 103) General Education: Biological & Physical Sciences
13 (3 Credits, BEHS 103) General Education: Behavioral & Social Sciences
14 (3 Credits, ARTH 334) General Education: Arts & Humanities
15 3-credit elective course Elective
16 (3 Credits, ECON 103) General Education: Behavioral & Social Sciences
17 (3 Credits, GERO 302) Major
18 3-credit elective course Elective
19 (3 Credits, GERO 306) Major
20 3-credit elective course Elective
21 (3 Credits, GERO 311) Major
22 3-credit elective course Elective
23 (3 Credits, GERO 320) Major
24 (3 Credits, WRTG 391) General Education: Communication
25 3-credit elective course Elective
26 (3 Credits, GERO 338) Major
27 3-credit elective course Elective
28 3-credit elective course Elective
29 (3 Credits, GERO 342) Major
30 3-credit elective course Elective
31 3-credit elective course Elective
32 (3 Credits, GERO 390) Major
33 3-credit elective course Elective
34 3-credit elective course Elective
35 (3 Credits, GERO 427) Major
36 3-credit elective course Elective
37 3-credit elective course Elective
38 3-credit elective course Elective
39 3-credit elective course Elective
40 (3 Credits, GERO 486A) Major
41 (1 Credit, CAPL 398A) Elective

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These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2024–2025 academic year. For prior year requirements, visit our catalog archive.

Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

In addition to the specific course requirements outlined on each bachelor’s degree webpage, UMGC maintains certain requirements for all bachelor’s degrees.

Program Highlights

Develop skills and gain knowledge through coursework that draws from the expertise and experience of our respected faculty.

Industry Snapshot

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.

Nursing Jobs
There are more than 1.6 million people employed in the nursing care facilities industry in the United States as of 2020.
Source: IBIS World | “Nursing Care Facilities in the U.S. Employment Statistics 2005-2026" | 2020

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Additional Program Information

This program is ideal for individuals who already have some healthcare experience or experience with the aging population.

Sigma Phi Omega (Gerontology & Aging Services)

Sigma Phi Omega recognizes excellence among students studying gerontology and aging, and acknowledges the outstanding service of professionals who work with or on behalf of older persons. The society provides a link between educators, practitioners, and administrators in various settings. It is available to undergraduate students. To be eligible, you must be in at least your second term of enrollment at UMGC, have completed a minimum of 12 credits, and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3. Membership is open to undergraduate students majoring or minoring in gerontology and aging services, social science majors focusing on gerontology, and students in related fields with an interest in aging. For more information, please email


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