School of Applied Sciences

The University of Mississippi

Applied Gerontology

Helping our aging population live their best life


The School of Applied Sciences will open admission to a new B.S. in Applied Gerontology degree program on July 1, 2018. The B.S. in Applied Gerontology prepares students to be competitive in a variety of aging-related occupational venues or admission to a variety of graduate degree programs. Students are required to complete an official minor from another discipline or declare a second major to provide expanded academic exposures.

About the Program

This program is designed to provide a program of study to meet the career goals of a broad spectrum of students—some wanting to work in health care, some wanting to specialize in eldercare or gerontology within a future graduate or professional program—but all wanting a competitive edge into the job market of the future. There is a documented population shift coming due to longer lifespans. This degree prepares students to move effectively into the future labor workforce. Its unique inter-professional educational (IPE) structure prepares students to have a very comprehensive educational foundation, including classroom instruction and diverse community engagement experiences, to provide service-learning exposures and prepare them to interact effectively with elders and the professionals and organizations providing services to them.

About the Faculty

The curriculum will be taught by faculty from diverse disciplines. Dr. Teresa Carithers (right) serves as the Program Director and Mrs. Marcia Cole (left) serves as the Director of Internships and Community Engagement.

For questions or more information about the program, call (662) 915-7900 or e-mail