CURRICULAR GUIDE

Associate in Applied Science

Curriculum Code: 0171  (Effective Fall 1999 - Summer 2004)

This curriculum focuses on the study of the process of aging and the older
person's relationship with society.  Individuals trained in gerontology help
older adults cope with problems, identify the social services needs of older
adults, assist older adults and their families to meet those needs, or assist
with the health and wellness needs of older people.  Completion of this
program will assist in entry-level employment in related jobs, such as senior
citizen activity leader, senior housing manager, senior services worker and
outreach worker.  Two consecutive semesters of field work in an agency serving
older adults is completed during the final year of the program. Not all
courses in this program transfer to all colleges.  Students planning to
transfer should see an academic advisor or counselor before enrolling in any

Students should see the "Course Descriptions" section of this catalog or the
Course Schedule for course prerequisite information.  Basic skills assessment
and advising information may be found on page 8 of this catalog.

General education is an important part of this program and includes a
mathematics competency requirement.  To fulfill the mathematics competency
requirement, students may need to complete specific coursework in mathematics. 
For information on how to fulfill all general education requirements, see page

Contact the Human, Health and Public Service Careers Department, Gannon
Vocational-Technical Center, Room 175, telephone number (517) 483-1410.

REQUIREMENTS                                                 TOTAL: 44 CREDITS
CODE        TITLE                                                 CREDIT HOURS
ANAT 145    Introductory Anat & Physiology                                   4
GERO 100    Introduction to Human Aging                                      3
GERO 101    Programs/Services for Aging                                      3
GERO 203    Physical/Mental Health Aging                                     3
GERO 282    Gerontology Practicum I (See Note 1)                             4
GERO 284    Gerontology Practicum II                                         4
HUSE 100    Introduction to Human Services                                   3
HUSE 101    Personal Dimensions/Human Serv                                   2
SOCL 120    Introduction to Sociology                                        4
SOWK 203    Social Work Interviewing                                         3
SPCH 120    Dynamics of Communication                                        3
WRIT 121    Composition I                                                    4
WRIT 122    Composition II                                                   4

LIMITED CHOICE REQUIREMENTS                                  TOTAL: 19 CREDITS
Complete the indicated number of credits from each CHOICE listed below.

CHOICE 1:   General Education Core Areas                             4 Credits
(See the "GENERAL EDUCATION" section above)
            Writing Core Area (See Note 2)                                   0
            Speech Communication Core Area (See Note 2)                      0
            Science/Technology Core Area (See Note 3)                        4
            Global Perspectives and Diversity Core Area (See Note 2)         0
            Mathematics Competency (See page 22 for information on
            how to fulfill this requirement)

CHOICE 2:   Social Science                                           4 Credits
POLS 120    American Political System                                        4
POLS 121    State and Local Government                                       4
PSYC 200    Introduction to Psychology                                       4

CHOICE 3:   Humanities (See Note 4)                                  8 Credits

CHOICE 4:   Professional Related Courses (See Note 5)                3 Credits
            MINIMUM TOTAL                                                   63

1.    There is an application process and guidelines for admission into the
      field placement component. Students should meet with a program advisor
      to assist in developing a plan to meet all field placement
      prerequisites.  Applications are due by April 1 for admission to Fall
      field placement. Application packets with current requirements are
      available starting in January from the Human, Health and Public Service
      Careers Department, Gannon Vocational-Technical Center, Room 175. 
      Contact a program advisor for further information.
2.    Students completing "REQUIREMENTS" have fulfilled the requirements for
      this Core area.
3.    Students must select a 4 credit course that will also satisfy the
      Science/Mathematics transfer requirement for MACRAO in order to meet
      program requirements.  See the MACRAO Transfer Agreement in the
      "Transfer Information" section of this catalog.
4.    See the MACRAO Transfer Agreement in the "Transfer Information" section
      of this catalog for appropriate humanities courses.
5.    Students may choose from any GERO-prefix courses numbered GERO 128-199.
6.    GERO 282 and GERO 284 must be completed with a minimum 2.5 grade or
      better. All other required GERO, HUSE, and SOWK courses must be
      completed with a minimum 2.0 grade or better.
Students should see course descriptions to find out when departments plan to
offer courses.  Students who for any reason are unable to follow the course
sequence suggested below (for example, those who are part-time, have
transferred in courses from another school, or have prerequisites to fulfill)
should contact an academic advisor or counselor for help with adjustments.
I                 II                III               IV
GERO 100          GERO 101          ANAT 145          GERO 284
GERO 203          SOWK 203          GERO 282          Lim.Ch.1
HUSE 100          SPCH 120          SOCL 120          Lim.Ch.2
HUSE 101          WRIT 122          Lim.Ch.3          Lim.Ch.3
WRIT 121          Lim.Ch.4