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What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

4 years

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus, Clarkston, Online

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

Students may enter the program in the fall, spring or summer.


Gerontology, B.I.S.

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) in Gerontology offers students an opportunity to learn about aging across the life course. Gerontology courses draw from a variety of disciplines to expose students to issues, knowledge and research about aging processes, older people and the complex needs of our rapidly aging society.

Faculty members associated with the Gerontology Institute come from business, law, the social and biological sciences, and the health and human service professions. They bring a diverse, interdisciplinary perspective to our instructional programs and are engaged in a wide range of research in areas such as long-term care, assisted living, ethnicity and aging, health and health disparities, learning and memory, retirement, aging among minorities, intergenerational caregiving and marketing to seniors.

Students who major in Gerontology must select a concentration in one of two allied fields: Behavioral and Social Sciences or Health and Health Services.

Program Details

High School Seniors and Recent Graduates
If you’re a senior in high school or if you graduated from high school within the last two years, you’ll apply to begin your bachelor’s degree program using Georgia State’s Common Application.

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International students
International applicants are those students who are in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa (B-1, H-1, J-1, etc.), students who are living outside the U.S. and who will require an F-1 visa to study in the United States, students who are in the process of applying for Permanent Residency status but have not yet received the Permanent Residency card or students who have been educated outside the U.S.

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Transfer students
If you’re already in college but need a change, transferring to Georgia State can provide you with the opportunities you need to succeed — in school and after graduation.

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Please see the Undergraduate Catalog for a detailed schedule of required courses for the major.

Georgia State tuition information can be found at Student Financial Services.

Students who receive the B.I.S. in Gerontology are prepared to make an impact in the behavioral and social sciences or health and health services allied fields.



The major provides students with knowledge and skills that will prepare them for career opportunities in the field of aging, such as entry-level professional jobs in direct services to older persons in nutrition programs, senior centers, volunteer programs, nursing homes, and residential and assisted-living facilities.

The program also prepares students for admission to graduate and professional degree programs, including gerontology, medicine, nursing, psychology, public administration, sociology and social work in which they plan to pursue a specialization in gerontology.


Department Offices
1 Park Place
Suite 605
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

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Director of Undergraduate Studies
Dr. Chivon Mingo
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Mailing Address
P.O. Box 3984
Atlanta, GA 30302-3984

College of Arts & Sciences Lockup25 Park Pl NE #2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

The information shared provides an overview of Georgia State’s offerings. For details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more, refer to the university catalogs.