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Gerontology Minor or Non-Degree Certification

Become an expert in the physical, psychological and social aspects of aging, and gain skills for a career enhancing the lives of older people.

You may declare your program upon applying for admission, filling out our minor declaration form or by contacting the department at

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Bachelor of Integrated Studies

WSU’s Bachelor of Integrated Studies program allows you to earn your degree in three academic areas, including emphases in social work and gerontology.

BIS Application Process

Bachelor of Science or Arts in Social Work

Step 1: Apply for Admission

Apply to WSU

Step 2: Complete Prerequisites

You must complete 60–63 semester hours (or equivalent), including the following prerequisite courses for general education, behavioral and social sciences, human development and social work.

General Education Prerequisites

Complete the following categories of general education requirements:

  • Composition requirements
  • American Institutions requirements
  • Quantitative Literacy requirements
  • Computer & Information Literacy requirements

General education prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better, with a total GPA of 2.5 or better.

General Education Requirements

Behavioral and Social Science Prerequisites

  • ANTH 1000, Introduction to Anthropology (3)
  • PSY 1010, Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • SOC 1010, Introduction to Sociology (3)

Human Development Prerequisites

  • ZOOL 1020, Human Biology (3)
Any transfer course in this area must contain only human biology content. Courses with animal or plant content are not acceptable. This requirement may be taken prior to or concurrently with SW 2100, Human Behavior and the Social Environment I.

Social Work

  • SW 1010, Introduction to Generalist Social Work (3)
  • SW 2100, Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (3)

You must complete SW 1010 before you can enroll in SW 2100. You may apply to the social work program while you’re enrolled in SW 2100.

Step 3: Agree to the Code of Ethics

Prior to applying to the social work program, you must review and agree to abide by the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics.

Step 4: Apply to the Program

You may apply to the social work program while enrolled in or upon completing SW 2100, Human Behavior and the Social Environment. Upon applying to the program, you must:

  • You must be declared a social work major upon applying. Fill out our online form to declare your major.
  • Submit recent college transcripts (must be complete transcripts)
  • Be reviewed and accepted by the Department Admissions Committee
  • Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 or better

Program Application

When to Apply

Social work applications are taken every semester. You will be notified by letter of your acceptance. 

If you want to start in the semester...

Apply during or before this semester... Application deadline
Fall 2020 Spring/Summer 2020 June 5, 2020
Spring 2021 Fall 2020 October 23, 2020
Summer 2021 Spring 2021 March 16, 2021
Fall 2021 Spring/Summer 2021 June 4, 2021

Note: A second review for your continuation in the program will take place prior to entering SW 4860, Social Service Field Experience I.


Contact your academic advisor to make sure you’re on track to apply for your program.