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Joan Amby, assistant professor of family studies
Melody Madlem, assistant professor of health education
Jeffrey M. Penick, assistant professor of psychology
Elizabeth M. Street, professor of psychology
The psychology department coordinates the interdisciplinary gerontology major leading to the Bachelor of Science degree as well as a gerontology minor for students majoring in other fields of study. The major, which includes both theoretical and practical components, is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in service to older people or who wish to learn more about this increasingly important segment of the population. Field experience in public or private agencies concerned with the elderly is a part of the major.
The major prepares students for a variety of professional and para-professional employment opportunities in community education, government agencies, senior centers, nursing homes, retirement villages, hospitals, personnel and business administration and retirement programs. Prerequisites for the major: for FCSF 435, prerequisite FCSF 234 or permission; for NUTR 441, prerequisite NUTR 245; for PSY 452, PSY 313 or 314 recommended.