At the USC Leonard Davis School, you can earn an undergraduate gerontology degree, opt for our accelerated five-year undergraduate/graduate degree program, or minor in aging.
As a small school within a large research university, we ensure that our students receive rigorous, highly personalized educational experiences studying with some of the world’s leading experts in fields such as biology, neuroscience, psychology, sociology and public policy.
Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Aging
Our interdisciplinary curriculum focuses on biological and social development across the lifespan. Students have two options: the Social Science track or the Health Science track.
Bachelor of Science in Lifespan Health
This degree is for students who plan to get a graduate degree and/or career in medicine, pharmacy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology, or related fields. The curriculum covers the biological and medical aspects of health, including disease prevention, detection, and treatment.
Some undergraduate students prefer to focus on another field or subject area and minor in gerontology or geroscience. They can choose to pursue a Minor in Gerontology: Individuals, Societies, and Aging; a Minor in Gerontology: Science, Health, and Aging; or a Minor in Geroscience.
Individuals, Societies, and Aging
Rooted largely in behavioral and social science, Individuals, Societies, and Aging is geared to students working toward careers in business, engineering, communication, arts and sciences, or cinema/television.
Science, Health, and Aging
Science, Health, and Aging is designed for students who want careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, biological sciences, public health, or other health-related fields. This program focuses on the neurology, physiology, and health issues of aging.
The Minor in Geroscience 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.
Progressive Degree Program
Undergraduates with a GPA of at least 3.0 have the opportunity to complete both their undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years. They apply for admission to this program in their junior year.
Whether you just decided to become a gerontology major or you just decided to become a Trojan, we want to hear from you! Gerontology is a vibrant, interdisciplinary field, and we take pride in finding ways for our students to make the most of their unique experiences and backgrounds.
Transferring to USC or to gerontology from another school or major is an exciting opportunity that will allow you to come to one of the most flexible disciplines with a fresh perspective. If you’re dreaming of making the world a better place for the older adults of today and the future, there’s no better time than starting now.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Conducting research at USC Leonard Davis is a great way to get to know faculty, graduate students, and other undergraduates who share similar academic and career interests. Students participating in research at our school have published papers, presented at conferences and won numerous awards. Learn more about opportunities to contribute to the exciting research taking place at the USC Leonard Davis School. Some positions may include funding from our school, university or outside sources and be open to applicants from across USC and/or from outside institutions.
A close-knit community in the center
of a world-class city
Here, the world of gerontology comes to you. We’re a small, intimate school rooted in a world-class research university — all located in one of the most vibrant cities on earth. Our students come from around the country and globe and are united in a desire to make the world better for people of all ages. Whether joining us online or on-campus in Los Angeles, USC Leonard Davis School students bring learning to life. Exciting opportunities abound to publish research, travel abroad, intern with influential organizations and advocate for older adults.