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Gerontology, Undergraduate Minor


University of Nebraska at Omaha

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    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

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The online Gerontology undergraduate minor uses a multidisciplinary approach to discover the many issues and opportunities facing the worlds rapidly increasing aging population, including independence, health changes and end-of-life planning. Gerontology is the study of the physical, psychological and social aspects of aging.

What can a gerontology minor do for you?

  • You gain knowledge of the physical, psychological and social aspects of aging.
  • With the knowledge gain, you also learn about the challenges of aging and how to address these.
  • You gain insight into working with older adults.
  • This degree can be a valuable companion to your other degree(s) and will give you an edge over other candidates.

The program is offered by the University of Nebraska at Omaha Department of Gerontology which conducts relevant research in conjunction with local and federal agencies that serve the public and its changing needs. Research areas include the neuroscience of aging, end-of-life planning, aging prisoners, resiliency and public policy.

Career Outlook: According to the Administration for Community Living, by 2020, 77 million people will be 60 and older in the U.S. The shift demands qualified professionals who can offer ideas and solutions to address the opportunities of an aging population. The degree allows students to have flexibility with coursework and can be easily paired with other majors and minors in other disciplines to expand career opportunities. The high demand for professionals with expertise in aging is growing and career opportunities are numerous and varied.

A minor in Gerontology, complements many different degree types but is of interest to those in the areas of:

  • Speech-language pathology
  • Social Work
  • Counseling
  • Business

Lyn Holley, Ph.D.

Lyn Meridew Holley, member of the UNO Thompson Learning Community, Graduate Faculty, Native American Studies Faculty and Honors Faculty, has received awards for teaching excellence that include the 2009 UNO Alumni Association Teacher of the Year Award, the 2010 UNO Faculty Service Learning Award and nomination for the 2014 OTICA. Her research interests include public programs and services for the aging, intergenerational relationships, lifespan resilience and long-term staffing policies and programs.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Have earned a high school diploma or GED.

  2. 2.50 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Official transcripts from all previous schools

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

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Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
GERO 2000Introduction to Gerontology3

Course Number: GERO 2000

An introduction course to social gerontology and human development in later life. Emphasis is placed on important elements of aging such as socialization, family interaction, retirement, physical and psychological aging and perceptions of older persons in contemporary society.

GERO 3000Community Resources for Older Adults3

Course Number: GERO 3000

This course is designed to introduce the student to community resources for older adults, to identify the organizations and individuals in the public and private sectors that help support aging in place and to examine the impact of the efforts on older adults at the national, state and local levels. Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Completion of GERO 2000. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

GERO 4460Psychology of Adult Development and Aging3

Course Number: GERO 4460

The focus of this course is on the major social and psychological changes that occur as a function of aging. Both normal and abnormal patterns of developmental change are examined, along with their implications for behavior. Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Junior or senior.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
Select Coursework9

Course Number:

Select coursework based on career objectives and interest areas and consult with a Gerontology academic advisor for a plan of study.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $285.00
  • Fees: $53.75
  • Total: $338.75
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $855.00
  • Fees: $161.25
  • Total: $1016.25

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $440.00
  • Fees: $53.75
  • Total: $493.75
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1320.00
  • Fees: $161.25
  • Total: $1481.25

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What's it like to take a program online?

  • Quality learning experience

    The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

  • Service you expect from a leading University

    Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

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