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Geroscience Minor


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The Geroscience Minor provides students with the opportunity to supplement their education with a life course perspective of aging processes. The minor includes a specific focus on active participation in research and course work that emphasizes current research discoveries in geroscience. The core curriculum of this minor includes GERO 300 , GERO 301 , and 8 units of directed research credit for participating in hands-on research with a faculty mentor. GERO 300  is an introduction to geroscience research and is meant to be taken prior to working in a lab. This course will expose emerging undergraduate geroscholars to the breadth of research opportunities at USC by some of the worlds experts in all domains of gerontology. This course is meant to help students decide which area of research is more exciting for them and to help them choose potential research groups to rotate in during the spring semester. GERO 301  enables students to effectively read current scientific literature and present a literature review to their peer group. This course will be taken after a minimum of two semesters of research in a mentors lab; once a student is more familiar with the field and the research methodologies for that discipline.

This program is multidisciplinary in nature, It allows students to survey the biological, sociological, political and psychological aspects of aging, which provides a critical understanding of the current issues facing the field. Students choose one elective course based on their research area; undergraduate researchers working with biogerontologists will take GERO 315g A Journey into the Mind , which is designed to help non-science majors appreciate how important science is to their lives and to gain an applied understanding of how science goes about getting data to support ideas about how the brain works, and how that results in how we all behave; while researchers working with social gerontologists will take GERO 340 Policy, Values, and Power in an Aging Society , which studies how Americans’ political values affect public policy and includes a discussion of landmark legislation that explores the social contract between generations and role of governments in social welfare. Lastly, students will choose one additional course from a collection of electives, including two of our most popular courses on diversity in aging (GERO 380m  and GERO 435m ). 

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