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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: 28 units (7 classes)


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


Core Courses
Course Title Typically Offered
HSCI 423 Health and Wellbeing of Older Adults Every Spring
PSYC 329 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging Every Winter
SOC 330 Social Gerontology Every Term


Elective Courses
Course Title Typically Offered
ANTH 331 Anthropology of Human Development Every Term
ANTH 340 Anthropology of Health, Illness, Healing Every Spring
HSCI 310 Health and Human Sexuality Once per Year
HSCI 342 Nutrition for Your Health Every Term
HSCI 367 Human Disease Mechanisms Every Term
HSCI 399 Community Service (2 units) (B)
HSCI 550 Health Aspects of Death and Dying Once per Year
PSYC 301 Psychology of Human Sexuality Every Term
PSYC 372 Psychology of Death and Dying Every Fall (Palm Desert)
PSYC 540 Work, Retirement, Leisure Every Spring
SOC 340 Sociology of the Family Every Term
SOC 355 Medical Sociology Twice per Year
SOC 418 Sociology of Social Welfare Twice per Year
SOC 434 Community Organization Every Term
SOC 484 Social Casework Every Term
*** Internship / Field Experience (C)

(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.