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Gerontology

Become a service professional for one of Canada’s fastest growing populations.

With Canada’s population aging rapidly, quite similar to several Western countries, working with older adults and familiarity with aging and age-friendly practices will become more common in all areas of employment.

The aging of Baby-Boomers has created new opportunities for careers in Gerontology. Many of our graduates have successful careers as human service professionals, researchers, program directors, administrators and small business owners.

Academic Advisor

Sara MacDonald

Telephone: 705-675-1151 ext 4201

Email: SZMacDonald@laurentian.ca

Office: A-305C Arts Building

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We offer three- and four-year Bachelor of Arts programs in Gerontology, as well as a three-year BA degree in distance education that is the first of its kind in Canada. All program options may be combined with program options from other disciplines offered at Laurentian University.

Ontario High School Applicants

Program Prerequisites:

  • 1 grade 12 English U/M course; 5 other grade 12 U/M courses
  • A minimum overall average of 70% in the 6 best grade 12 U/M courses


Additional information for applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses.

Additional information for applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate.

 

Applicants from outside an Ontario High School 

International Students

Canadian High School Applicants from outside Ontario

Applicants from Colleges

Applicants from other Universities

Mature Students

1. Know what type of OUAC application you will need to complete

The Ontario Universities Application Center (OUAC) processes applications for admission to Laurentian University.

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If you are currently attending an Ontario high school, you will be required to use the 101 Application.

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Out of province applicants, international students, mature students, and college and university transfers will complete the 105 Application.

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For Current Students

The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.


 

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Gerontology

Total 120 credits

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.

 

Specialization in Gerontology  (ALSO OFFERED ONLINE STARTING SEPTEMBER 2020)

All students entering a BA program as of September 2017 are required to take 6 credits each of linguistic awareness, scientific literacy and indigenous content as per the regulations.

GERO 1016E     Introduction to Gerontology I: Understanding Aging Today

GERO 1017E     Introduction to Gerontology II: Caring For the Elderly in Canada
GERO 2016E     Optimal Aging I

GERO 2017E     Optimal Aging II

GERO 3016E     Critical Skills for the Gerontologist I

GERO 3017E     Critical Skills for the Gerontologist II

GERO 3107E     Internship in Gerontology

GERO 3126E     Applied Research Methods in Gerontology I

GERO 3127E     Applied Research Methods in Gerontology II

21 credits of Gerontology electives (see list of electives)

 

Option A – THESIS STREAM

GERO 4015E     Thesis

and 2 of the following courses (total of 6 credits):

     GERO 4301E     Seminar Course
     GERO 4236E     Aging and Human Physical activity
     GERO 4206E     Analysing Public Policy for Canada's Diverse Aging Population     
     GERO 4257E     Gerosex II 
     GERO 4306E     Service Delivery of Long-Term Care

     GERO-4096E     Directed Studies

 

Option B – COURSE STREAM

4 of the following courses (total of 12 credits):

     GERO 4301E     Seminar Course
     GERO 4236E     Aging and Human Physical activity
     GERO 4206E     Analysing Public Policy for Canada's Diverse Aging Population     
     GERO 4257E     Gerosex II  
     GERO 4306E     Service Delivery of Long-Term Care

 

Note:    Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

Major in Gerontology   (ALSO OFFERED ONLINE STARTING SEPTEMBER 2020)

All students entering a BA program as of September 2017 are required to take 6 credits each of linguistic awareness, scientific literacy and indigenous content as per the regulations.

 

GERO 1016E     Introduction to Gerontology I: Understanding Aging Today

GERO 1017E     Introduction to Gerontology II: Caring For the Elderly in Canada

GERO 2016E     Optimal Aging I

GERO 2017E     Optimal Aging II

GERO 3016E     Critical Skills for the Gerontologist I

GERO 3017E     Critical Skills for the Gerontologist II

GERO 3107E     Internship in Gerontology

GERO 3126E     Applied Research Methods in Gerontology I

GERO 3127E     Applied Research Methods in Gerontology II

 

1 of the following courses (3 credits):   

     GERO 3306E     Dementia Studies
     GERO 3326E     Food and Nutrition
     GERO 3327E     Ethical Issues for the Elderly     
     

4 of the following courses (12 credits total):   

     GERO 4301E     Seminar Course
     GERO 4236E     Aging and Human Physical activity
     GERO 4206E     Analysing Public Policy for Canada's Diverse Aging Population     
     GERO 4257E     Gerosex II 
     GERO 4306E     Service Delivery of Long-Term Care

  

Notes:

Students must complete a minimum of a minor (24 credits) or a second major (42 credits) from among their elective credits.

Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program. 

 

 

Bachelor of Arts (General) in Gerontology

Total 90 credits

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.

 

Concentration in Gerontology  (ALSO OFFERED ONLINE)

All students entering a BA program as of September 2017 are required to take 6 credits each of linguistic awareness, scientific literacy and indigenous content as per the regulations.

GERO 1016E     Introduction to Gerontology I: Understanding Aging Today

GERO 1017E     Introduction to Gerontology II: Caring For the Elderly in Canada

GERO 2016E     Optimal Aging I

GERO 2017E     Optimal Aging II

GERO 3016E     Critical Skills for the Gerontologist I

GERO 3017E     Critical Skills for the Gerontologist II

GERO 3107E     Internship in Gerontology

15 credits of Gerontology electives

 

Note:    Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

Minor in Gerontology  (ALSO OFFERED ONLINE)

GERO 1016E     Introduction to Gerontology I: Understanding Aging Today

GERO 1017E     Introduction to Gerontology II: Caring For the Elderly in Canada

12 credits of GERO, at least 6 of which must be at the 3000 or 4000 level

6 credits from the list of electives

 

Certificate in Gerontology  (ALSO OFFERED ONLINE)

The Certificate is only available to students not pursuing a degree in Gerontology (30 credits)

GERO 1016E     Introduction to Gerontology I: Understanding Aging Today

GERO 1017E     Introduction to Gerontology II: Caring For the Elderly in Canada

GERO 2016E     Optimal Aging I

GERO 2017E     Optimal Aging II

18 credits of Gerontology electives

 

List of Gerontology Electives

All GERO courses in addition to the following courses:

ANTR 2016E     Human Biological Variation, Adaptations and Health    

ANTR 2136E     Work and Livelihoods Across Cultures

ANTR 3046E     Environmental Anthropology

ACCT 1001E     Understanding and Using Financial Information

COST 2606E     The Decorated Body As Communication

COST 2246E/RLST 2246E     The Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication I

COST 3127E     Communication Research

INDG 3256E      Aboriginal Health and Wellness

RLST 3336E      Food, Ritual and Religion

SOCI 2036E       Family Sociology I

SOCI 3817E       Sociology of Aging

SWLF 2106E     Political Economy of Social Welfare

SWLF 2107E     Human Service Organizations

WGSX 2357E    Women and Aging

WGSX 2456E    Women’s Health Issues

 

GERO-1016EL - Introduction to Gerontology I: Understanding Aging Today GERO-1017EL - Introduction to Gerontology II: Caring For the Elderly in Canada GERO-2016EL - Optimal Aging I GERO-2017EL - Optimal Aging II GERO-2206EL - Men and Aging GERO-2226EL - End-Of-Life: Care With Older Adults GERO-2246EL - Art Therapy and Aging GERO-2257EL - Gerosex I GERO-2236EL - Fit for Life: Physical Activity and Aging GERO-3016EL - Critical Skills for the Gerontologist I GERO-3017EL - Critical Skills for the Gerontologist II GERO-3106EL - Counselling Older Adults GERO-3107EL - Internship in Gerontology GERO-3126EL - Reseach Literacy for Gerontology I
GERO-3127EL - Applied Research Methods in Gerontology II GERO-3206EL - Ethnogerontology GERO-3207EL - Health Challenges in Aging GERO-3216EL - The Aging Body GERO-3301EL - Clinical Gerontology I GERO-3302EL - Clinical Gerontology II GERO-3306EL - Dementia Studies GERO-3307EL - Music Therapy and Aging GERO-3326EL - Food and Nutrition in Later Life GERO-3327EL - Mental Health and Aging GERO-3806EL - Special Topics in Gerontology GERO-4206EL - Public Policy for A Culturally Diverse Aging Population GERO-4236EL - Analysing Physical Activity and Aging GERO-4257EL - Gerosex II

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