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Gerontology, BGS

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Program Description

US News Best Online Programs Bachelor'sAn online bachelor's degree in gerontology prepares students to work with aging adults, healthy or ill, and their families. 

Gerontology students study the human aging process and the biological, behavioral, and social changes associated with aging, along with the services that assist in the aging process. It will also provide the necessary knowledge to pursue an advanced degree, if desired.

Careers in Gerontology

Students with a degree in gerontology may find careers in:

  • Healthcare
  • Government administration or public policy
  • Retirement communities
  • Education or human services
  • Research
  • Businesses
  • Counseling or community centers

Maximize Prior Learning

Get a head start on your degree using what you have already learned. The online Bachelor of General Studies degree program accepts transfer credit from all regionally accredited colleges and universities, as well as non-traditional credit from formal training experiences which have been evaluated and approved by specific agencies and committees.

Delivery Format

Home Campus: University of Nebraska Omaha

Method of Delivery: 100% Online - what's this?Program can be completed fully at a distance. Courses are asynchronous, meaning students and instructor may access content at any time and do not have to be connected to the Internet at the same time. If your program includes an internship or practicum, experiences may be completed in the student's local area.

All online courses are accessed via the Internet and use a learning management system. Technology requirements may vary by program and course, but all campuses have basic recommended requirements. High-speed Internet is required.

Interaction with professors and other students may include:

  • E-mail
  • Online discussion boards
  • Phone or video conferencing
  • Other forms of electronic and print communication

Supplemental materials for some courses may include:

  • Printed material and scanned documents
  • Digital resources accessed through university libraries
  • Videos accessed via the Internet, CDs or DVDs
  • Other media

To be successful, students taking online classes should be reasonably comfortable using a computer and the Internet. Learn more about online student tips for success.

For Military Students


  • Credit for military training, including 10 credit hours for those who have completed basic training and served at least one year on active duty
  • Scholarships just for active duty military, veterans, and military spouses
  • Policies and programs that support military during times of deployment, PCS, or demanding work schedules
  • Ranked 2nd nationwide for military and veteran student support, according to Military Times magazine
  • Access to the Office of Military and Veteran Services, a one-stop student support office and advocate for any current or prospective UNO students that have a military affiliation

Academic Year 2014 - 2015

Tuition rates are effective for the academic year listed. Tuition is subject to change.

Nebraska Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$250.00$25.00$9.00$4.00$288.00
3 credit hour$750.00$75.00$27.00$12.00$864.00

Non-Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$463.50$25.00$9.00$4.00$501.50
3 credit hour$1,390.50$75.00$27.00$12.00$1,504.50
Non-resident tuition for some courses in this program may be higher than listed. Please contact a BGS adviser for more information, listed on the Admissions tab of this page.


Note: In addition to the costs outlined above, students will be assessed a $57.75 registration fee each semester they enroll in courses.

Tuition listed in the table above is for BGS area of concentration courses. Tuition for distance education courses in other subject areas, or offered by other colleges may be different. Distance education tuition may range as follows:

  • Undergraduate courses for Nebraska residents: $244.00 - $309.50 per credit hour 
  • Undergraduate courses for non-resident students: $335.00 - $885.00 per credit hour 
  • Graduate courses for Nebraska residents: $311.00 - $394.00 per credit hour  
  • Graduate courses for non-resident students: $393.00 - $1,075.75 per credit hour

For more information visit the UNO Student Accounts page, or contact a program adviser listed on the Admissions tab of this page.

To complete the online Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree, students are required to:

  • Earn a minimum of 120 total credit hours
  • Earn 24 of your last 48 credit hours from UNO
  • Earn 30 credit hours at the 3000-4000 level, including nine hours from UNO in your area of concentration
  • Maintain a minimum 2.00 grade point average

In addition, students pursing the BGS degree may:

  • Earn up to 65 credit hours from non-traditional sources such as basic training/active duty military service or certain approved formal training experiences
  • Transfer to UNO, up to 64 credit hours from regionally accredited post-secondary colleges and universities

For more information contact a program representative, listed under the Admissions tab. 
 

BGS General Requirements     
English composition and writing     9 credit hours
Intermediate Algebra or equivalent     3 credit hours
Public speaking     3 credit hours

Natural & Physical sciences 
(8 hours from two disciplines,
 one course with a lab) 

   8 credit hours
Humanities & Fine Arts                 9 credit hours
Social & Behavioral sciences     9 credit hours
Optional

 

 1-9 credit hours

Gerontology BGS Requirements    30 credit hours
GERO 2000 Introduction to Gerontology 3 credit hours
GERO 4460 Psychology of Adult Development and Aging 3 credit hours
GERO 4670 Programs and Services 3 credit hours
GERO Electives 18 credit hours
GERO 4940 Practicum 3 credit hours

 

Course Name
Course #
Credits
Core Courses

Introduction to Gerontology

GERO 2000
3
An introduction to social gerontology and human development in later life; emphasis is on important elements of aging, such as socialization, family interaction, retirement, physical and psychological aging, and perceptions of older persons in contemporary society.

Psychology of Adult Development and Aging

GERO 4460
3

The focus of this course is on the major social and psychological changes that occur as a function of again. Both normal and abnormal patterns of developmental change are examined, along with their implications for behavior.

Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing

Programs and Services for the Elderly

GERO 4670
3

This course is provided to give the student an historical overview of programs for the elderly; examines the national policy process as it relates to the older American; and review the principles and practices relative to the existing national programs for the aged.

Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing

Practicum

GERO 4940/8940
3
This course provides the opportunity to students to share field experiences; to obtain guidance concerning various relationships with agency, staff and clients; and to develop a broadly based perspective of the field of aging.

University of Nebraska online programs have the same quality instructional faculty as on campus; individuals from a variety of backgrounds, who embody the combined qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience.

Julie L. Masters, Ph.D, Chair and Professor

Karl D. Kosloski, Ph.D., Professor

Lyn M. Holley, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Kyle Kercher, Ph.D., Professor

Christopher M. Kelly, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Guidelines for Admittance

 To participate in this program the student must:

  • Be at least 21 years old or active duty military personnel
  • Have earned a high school diploma or GED

 

Application Checklist

1. Apply and be admitted to the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

You may also be required to complete the online scholarship application in order to be considered for any UNO scholarships.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester:   August 1 
Spring Semester:   December 1
Summer Semester   June1

All web applications must be submitted by midnight of the appropriate date and all paper applications must be postmarked no later than the respective deadline for students to be considered for admission.

Applications not received by the appropriate deadline will be returned to the student and fees paid will be refunded. Students will need to submit a new application for a future term.  

Contact

Online Worldwide Educational Representative 
Phone: 888.622.0332 
E-mail: online@nebraska.edu
 
Division of Continuing Studies Office 
Phone: 402.554.2370
E-mail: unodcs@unomaha.edu
 
Office of Military and Veteran Services
Phone: 402.554.2349 
E-mail: unovets@unomaha.edu

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