Department of Applied Gerontology

Main Office
Chilton Hall, 273
P.O. Box 310919
Denton, TX 76203-0919
(940) 565-2765
Fax: (940) 565-4370

Web site:

Academic Advising
Chilton Hall, 273C
(940) 565-3449

Richard A. Lusky, Chair


Professors Eve, Ingman. Associate Professors Lusky, Turner. Assistant Professor Harding.


Established in 1967, the Department of Applied Gerontology offers programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels to prepare students for careers in the field of aging. Career opportunities for graduates exist in retirement and long-term care facilities, government planning agencies and community service programs, as well as business and industry.

Flexible scheduling of courses allows currently employed professionals to earn either a degree or a certificate while maintaining their employment.

The department conducts research on various social, psychological and policy aspects of aging; organizes continuing education programs for people employed in the field of aging; and provides technical assistance to groups and organizations in the field.

Programs of Study

The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the following areas:

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science degree is designed to prepare students to work with older people in a wide variety of settings. A faculty adviser works closely with each student to develop an individualized, career-oriented course of study.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science must meet the following requirements.

1. Hours for the Degree: Completion of a minimum of 128 semester hours; 42 hours must be advanced.

2. General University Requirements: See "General Degree Requirements " in the Academics section of this catalog.

3. University Core Curriculum: Minimum 47 semester hours. See specific degree plan for exact hours.

4. Major/Minor Requirements (Professional Development Areas): Minimum of 42 hours in at least three areas, one of which must be applied gerontology; minimum of 12 hours in each area.

5. Occupational Specialization: 24-36 semester hours in related fields. Certain requirements of the UNT Core Curriculum may be included in the Occupational Specialization.

6. Electives: Sufficient electives may be selected, with the approval of the academic adviser, to fulfill the 128-hour requirement for the degree.

7. Other Course Requirements: Minimum of 12 hours of laboratory science in at least two different fields.

Major in Applied Gerontology

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment. Students are responsible for meeting all course prerequisites.

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Summary of Degree Requirements:

Major/Minor (Professional Development Areas; includes courses in applied gerontology): 42

Occupational Specialization: (minimum) 24


English 6

Mathematics 3

Natural Sciences 8

Visual and Performing Arts 3

Humanities 3

U.S. History 6

Political Science 6

Social and Behavioral Sciences 3

Wellness 3

Communication 3

Cross-cultural, Diversity and Global Studies 3

Additional Laboratory Science: 4

Free Electives: 6-12


42 hours must be advanced; 24 of the 42 must be taken at UNT.

24 of the last 30 hours must be completed at UNT.

Supplemental Information for BS with a Major in Applied Gerontology

Suggested Second and Third Professional Development Areas

Each Professional Development Area consists of a minimum of 12 semester hours. Suggested Professional Development Areas to complement the applied gerontology major include (but are not limited to) behavior analysis, business administration, communication studies, health promotion, merchandising and hospitality management, psychology, public administration, recreation, rehabilitation, social work, sociology, and speech and hearing sciences. Transfer students with sufficient semester hours of course work in other fields related to applied gerontology (e.g., mental health, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy) may use these fields as Professional Development Areas. Specific courses for the Professional Development Areas are chosen with the approval of the academic adviser.


AGER 4840-4850, Studies in Aging Field Practicum, should be taken at or near the end of the student's degree program. Students must complete AGER 3480, 4550 and 4780 before enrolling for AGER 4840-4850

Minor in Applied Gerontology

Undergraduate students majoring in such compatible fields as social and behavioral sciences, merchandising and hospitality management, recreation or administration may develop a multidisciplinary minor (18 semester hours) in applied gerontology in consultation with an adviser. AGER 3480, 4550 and 4780 are required for the minor.

Graduate Degrees

The department offers the Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees with majors in administration of long-term care and retirement facilities, administration of aging organizations and applied gerontology. Graduate courses in aging are open to students in master's and doctoral programs in related fields. For information, consult the Graduate Catalog.

A certificate program is available for those desiring credentials in the field of aging. Eighteen semester hours of graduate-level courses in aging must be completed to qualify for the certificate.

Courses of Instruction

All Courses of Instruction are located in one section at the back of this catalog.

Course and Subject Guide

The "Course and Subject Guide," found in the Courses of Instruction section of this book, serves as a table of contents and provides quick access to subject areas and prefixes.

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