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Department of Applied Gerontology

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

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

Richard A. Lusky, Chair


Professor Ingman. Associate Professors Fairchild, John, Lusky, Yeatts. Assistant Professor Turner.


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 for management positions in the field of gerontology. 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 plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment.

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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 multi-disciplinary 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.

Minority Aging Research Institute

Robert John, Director

The mission of the Minority Aging Research Institute (MARI) in the Department of Applied Gerontology is to increase scholarly and public awareness of contemporary aging issues facing ethnic minority communities at the local, state and national levels. MARI is the only university-endorsed program in Texas that combines gerontology and minority aging concerns and research. Both graduate and undergraduate students are involved in MARI's research and training efforts, and MARI staff are engaged in a variety of minority aging research projects.

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