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Gerontology Certificate

Coordinator Eric Vogelsang, PhD (Sociology) (909) 537-5575 Office: SB-429


Between 2010 and 2050, the number of older adults (aged 65-plus) in the United States is projected to rise from 40 million to 84 million; and will soon represent one out of every five Americans. This remarkable and unprecedented societal change will create numerous and unique opportunities for those interested in occupations related to the field of aging.

The Certificate in Gerontology at CSUSB is designed for students from a variety of disciplines, and with a variety of career goals. Although traditionally completed by students in Sociology, Psychology, and Health Science, this certificate is open to all majors. Successful completion of the certificate will not only impart competency in gerontology, but it will also expose the student to a range of perspectives in this emerging interdisciplinary field.


The candidate is responsible for filing an application with the Office of Records, Registration and Evaluations for granting of the certificate. The candidate must also notify the certificate program coordinator when required course work is completed. Undergraduates must earn a grade point average of 2.0 (2.5 for postgraduates) in certificate courses.

The certificate is awarded on the student’s transcript, upon confirmation that the requirements for that program have been satisfied.

Course Requirements

Certificate requirements are outlined on the following page. Certificate course requirements may be the same ones used to satisfy major, minor, credential or general education requirements.

CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENT: 18 units (6 classes)


Note: Students are highly encouraged to take all three core courses. However, one or two substitutes may be made with coordinator approval.



Core Requirements (9)  
Nine units chosen from: 9

HSCI 4023

Health and Wellness of Older Adults  

SOC 3300

Aging and The Lifecourse  

PSYC 3329

Psychology of Adulthood and Aging  

KINE 3600

Physical Activity and Aging  
Electives (9)  
Nine units chosen from: 9

HSCI 3060

Medical Care Organizations  

HSCI 3067

Human Disease Mechanisms and Pathophysiology  

HSCI 3204

Public Health Nutrition  

HSCI 3556

Housing, Institutions, and Land Use  

HSCI 4550

Health Aspects of Death and Dying  

HSCI 5753

Field Experience in Health Science (with Gerontology component)  

PSYC 3303

Parenting and Family Relations  

PSYC 3318

Health Psychology  

PSYC 3324

Developmental Psychobiology  

PSYC 3345

Cross-Cultural Psychology  

PSYC 5540

Work, Retirement, and Leisure  

PSYC 5575

Internship (with Gerontology component)  

SOC 3400

Sociology of Families  

SOC 3550

Medical Sociology  

SOC 3560

Sociology of Mental Health  

SOC 4180

Social Welfare in the U.S.  

SOC 4340

Community Organization  

SOC 5751

Internship and Practicum (with Gerontology component)  

KINE 3100

Introduction to Adapted Physical Activity  

KINE 3400

Psychology and Sociology of Human Movement  

KINE 3810

Sport and Exercise Nutrition  

KINE 4400

Exercise Testing and Prescription  

KINE 4700

Clinical Exercise Physiology

(A) Other courses may be substituted with documentation of the class containing agingrelated content; along with approval of the certificate coordinator.

(B) This two-credit course must be combined with KINE 360 (2 credits) to count as one elective.

(C) Although not required, an internship or field experience is highly recommended, and would count as an elective course towards the certificate. The internship must have an aging component and be approved by the certificate coordinator. The internship can be in any subject or discipline as long as it meets these requirements.