Health Studies: Gerontology Emphasis | Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Williams Baptist University in Walnut Ridge, Ark., offers the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Health Studies degree with an emphasis in gerontology.

Course offerings in the health studies curriculum are designed to:

  1. Provide pre-professional training for students planning careers in health studies with an emphasis in working with senior adults;
  2. Prepare students for teaching;
  3. Provide the basic foundation for graduate study in health studies.

The health studies degree program at Williams Baptist University provides a strong background for students interested in pursuing careers in health professions.

Williams Baptist University’s Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Health Studies gives you a broad background in gerontology with personalized help in focusing your studies towards your personal career goals.

The program provides a supportive, Christian environment with opportunities for students to explore science and faith issues and to combine science research with Christian faith through creation care projects.


Dr. Paterson is an absolutely phenomenal professor… [she] does an amazing job at preparing students for the future.

– Rachel, 2017 Grad

Program Distinctives

This interdisciplinary degree includes courses in biology, psychology, business, physical education and Christian ministries and could be suitable for a student whose primary interest is in any of those areas, not just someone interested in health professions.

For example, someone interested in medicine would need electives in chemistry and physics and may want additional upper level science classes. Someone interested in a career in psychology, such as counseling, will need psychology electives. Those interested in Christian ministries need to tailor their degree for future careers or further study.

Our faculty work with students to tailor a degree program to specific graduate and professional programs or careers, never using a one-size-fits-all or cookie-cutter approach. Classes are small and all students can receive help directly from faculty as they work through upper level and challenging classes in which mastery is important. Students can receive free individual tutoring as they prepare for critical standardized tests such as the MCAT and GRE. Students interested in individual projects and research and do independent research with a faculty mentor.

Hands-on Opportunities

There is a Natural Sciences internship class in which students can earn credit working with a mentor in a professional field. These internships are generally unpaid and we look for the placement that is most appropriate for a particular student. Many of the positions are observational because most direct patient care and health laboratory work requires certification or a license. However, we can find hands-on positions in certain areas for students who desire more than observation. Students can also do independent research with a faculty mentor in the faculty member’s area of expertise. Students interested in this option should read the faculty biography pages for more information about our faculty and may contact professors directly to discuss their options.


After Graduation

Our students have pursued a wide range of careers. WBU graduates work as physicians, physician assistants, pharmacists, physical therapists and occupational therapists, among many other options. Our students have attended a range of programs, including UAMS College of Medicine, Harding University College of Pharmacy, Harding University Physician Assistant Program, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center College of Dentistry, Southern College of College of Optometry, University of Central Arkansas Physical Therapy Program and many others inside and outside of Arkansas.