Gerontology (Minor)

Degree Type
Area of Interest
Health and Human Services
Degree Level
College of Engineering, Letters, and Sciences

The Viterbo University gerontology minor serves the purpose of broadening the student’s understanding of the aging process. This multidisciplinary minor examines the biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging. Gerontology includes courses in nursing, sociology, social work, nutrition and dietetics, psychology, religious studies, biology, and philosophy. The population is aging—in this region, the United States, and the rest of the world. The number of people over the age of 65 is expected to increase from 37.9 million in 2007, to 71.5 million in 2030. Worldwide, there is an expected increase of 140 percent by 2030, representing a global challenge. A minor in gerontology from Viterbo University is an effective way to obtain secondary knowledge that will be extremely transferrable onto the job market, in careers ranging from nursing to social work. The total credits of the minor requirements are 15. Transfer course, waivers and/or substitutions, and prerequisite courses could modify these credit totals.



    SOCL 244 and twelve credits from BIOL 104, 203, HMGT 320, 330, NURS 231, NUTR 280, 340, 374, PHIL 321, PSYC 220, 320, SOCL 301, 487, SOWK 210, 332, 341. Eight credits must be unique to the minor.