What is Gerontology?

Gerontology is the study of aging and older adults. As an interdisciplinary field of study, Gerontology integrates knowledge from biology, psychology, and sociology and other areas of expertise like communication and counselling, end of life care, and human sexuality. The program is comprised of core courses and varied electives that prepare students for successful careers as human service professionals, researchers, program directors, and administrators.

As students of Gerontology, our graduates will have a good appreciation of:

  • Social, psychological, and biological theories in gerontology.
  • The differences between abnormal and normal age-related changes.
  • The consequences of these changes on the individual’s ability to interact with their physical and social environments.
  • Key changes in social roles, social supports, and policies that occur with aging.
  • The diversity in aging adults in Canada in the context of ethnicity, culture, gender, and sexuality.
  • The ethics of research and the significance of quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Contribution of research to the generation of knowledge in gerontology.


Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary Schools:

  • 1 grade 12 4U English
  • 5 other grade 12 4U/M courses

BA Graduation Requirements (as of 2017)

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