Gerontology Option A.A.S.

Abby Jackson

What Is Human Services – Gerontology?

This degree provides opportunities for students interested in obtaining knowledge and skills specific to working with older adults and with internship opportunities that provide real work experience. Through this program students learn about the physical, biological, psychological, social and cultural aspects of aging.

Individuals will also acquire knowledge of current strategies to serve individuals, families and communities experiencing problems and preparing for issues related to a growing proportion of older adults. Students will learn to assist individuals with changing roles and relationships with family, friends and other informal supports, productive roles and within organizations. With this degree, students have the educational foundation to successfully work with seniors as they continue to grow to almost one-fourth of the total population over the next 30 years.  

Human services professionals with a Gerontology Option A.A.S. degree help older clients stay in their own homes by coordinating services to help older people meet their day-to-day needs. There is a growing demand for human service professionals to provide community-based support services, as well as to work with older people in a continuum of care communities. 

People interested in this program should enjoy working with people. They should possess good verbal and oral communications and problem-solving skills and have a positive attitude about themselves and others. 

Occupational Outlook

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the number of human service professionals working with the elderly will grow by nearly 70 percent through 2020, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. 

Sources: Occupational Outlook Handbook

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Human Services Careers – Gerontology

SCC graduates with an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in gerontology are employed in a broad range of careers including, but not limited to: aging and disability services specialist, community welfare worker, elder care specialist, geriatric care manger and patient advocate.

Gerontology careers can be found in business, recreation, government, health services, housing, research and development, law, medicine or myriad other occupational niches who must increasingly take into account a significant proportion of older persons among their clientele and target populations.

Salary Outlook

In the state of Missouri, employees working in community and social service occupations earn an average of $39,080 per year, depending on emphasis, education, experience and employer.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, earnings increase significantly as a worker’s degree of education rises.

Degree Name: Gerontology Option A.A.S.
Degree or Program: Human Service
Degree Type: Associate of Applied Science Degree

This program provides students with a basic social science framework and perspective for pursuing a career in human services. The program also provides currently employed human services workers the opportunity to upgrade their skills.

General Education Requirements: 24-25
Mathematics Mat 105 or higher

Applied Math or higher


Communication ENG 101
ENG 125
SPE 101

English Composition I
Business Writing
Oral Communication


Social Science

HIS 101 or
HIS 102 or
HIS 115 or
HIS 270 or
POL 101 or
POL 102

U.S. History to 1877
U.S. History Since 1877
U.S. History Since 1945
History of Missouri
American Government
State & Local Government

Natural Science

Any BIO, CHM, or PHY

Humanities Any Humanities 3
Elective BTC/CPT 103 Microcomputer Applications 3
HMS 100 Introduction to Human Services 3

HMS 101 Theories and Skills 3
HMS 102 Policy and Politics 3
  HMS 201 Human Services Practicum I* 3
HMS 202 Human Services Practicum II* 3
HMS 203 Human Services Practicum Seminar I 3
HMS 204 Human Services Practicum Seminar II 3
HMS 298 Human Services Capstone 1
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 151 Gerontology 3
SOC 210 Sociology of Health and Healthcare 3
SOC 251 Aspects of Aging 3
PSY 225 Psychology of Aging 3

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Abby Jackson

“I was raised around educators and knew from an early age I had a passion for helping others.”

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Program Contact

Sylvia Malta

Office Info

Office Hours

7:45 a.m.-4:15 p.m.

Office Location

Social Sciences Building, Room 1104

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