Jun 04, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Aging Sciences B.S.

(CIP = 30.1101) (AGE)

The Bachelor of Science degree in Aging Sciences entails 36 credit hours of required coursework. In this program, the course of study provides students with an education in aging sciences and some exposure to the various career opportunities in the field of aging. This degree is especially appropriate for students who plan to pursue graduate or professional work in aging, allied health or a related field, or who plan to work with older adults in careers such as care management, social services, or program development.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

  • STA X122 Social Science Statistics or QMB X150 or STA X014 or STA X023 or STA X024 or QMB X100

FOR ALL MAJORS: Students are strongly encouraged to select required lower division electives that will enhance their general education coursework and that will support their intended baccalaureate degree program. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area.

Total Major Hours:36

Required Capstone Course

Students will choose one.

Note: These courses are School capstone experience courses and do not qualify to meet the General Education requirement.

Grading Requirement

A grade of lower than “C-” in Aging Sciences courses will not be counted toward fulfilling the requirements for the major.

Other Requirements

Concentration in Aging Sciences/Gerontology are available in the following majors:

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IIDS 2912 , IDS 4914  or IDS 4910  courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

Internship Opportunities

Students who have completed a major portion (usually in the final 2 semesters of the program) of the Aging Sciences program of study may opt to apply for an internship to fulfill a capstone requirement leading to graduation. Internships are selective and awarded to students who demonstrate considerable professional readiness and have developed well-defined professional goals that will be enriched and advanced through an internship. Internships are typically worth 3 credit hours.

Advising Information

Contact the undergraduate advisor as early as possible in your career at the University of South Florida. Students should plan to meet frequently with the advisor to plan courses and field work that will prepare the student for career goals.

Undergraduate Advisor: Jessica Wall: jwall5@usf.edu.

Aging Sciences Faculty

Director: R. Andel; Professors: B.J. Small, W.E. Haley, K. Hyer, V. Molinari; Associate Professors: D.J. Dobbs, H. Meng; Assistant Professor: L. Soomi; Instructor: B. Stanback; Research Assistant Professor: L. Peterson; Courtesy and Adjunct Professors: H. Caywood, Jr., M.J. Etten, G. Holder, L. Milne, H. Osman, S. Runge, J. Smith, P. Stiles, L. Volicer; Professors Emeriti: J. Garcia, W.P. Mangum, C. L. McEvoy, L. Polivka, S.L. Reynolds, S.V. Saxon

Plan of Study

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