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Gerontology Certificate


Between 2015 and 2060, the number of older adults (aged 65-plus) in the United States is projected to rise from 50 million to 95 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 SociologyHealth ScienceKinesiology, and Psychology, 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 Gerontology Certificate is only available to students who are already enrolled at CSU-SB.

The candidate is responsible for filing an application with the Office of the Registrar (UH-171) for granting of the certificate (cost $25). 

Then, the candidate must 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. The student also received a physical copy of the certificate.


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. 

Under semesters, a total of six classes (3 core classes and 3 elective classes) must be completed to be awarded the certificate 

Up to two of these classes may be transferred from another university, if these classes are upper division and approved by the Gerontology Certificate Coordinator.

For more information, please contact the Gerontology Certificate Coordinator:

Dr. Eric Vogelsang
Director, Center on Aging
Office: SB-447