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Certificate in Gerontology

Interested students should contact Dr. Maria Claver at 562-985-4495 or maria.claver@csulb.edu

This program is designed to educate individuals as gerontology specialists within a major area of study. Graduates work in community programs, health services organizations, government agencies, and the private sector.

The Certificate in Gerontology may be earned in conjunction with a baccalaureate degree or awarded subsequent to earning a bachelor's degree. Up to six units of courses taken in the student's major department may be approved to satisfy certificate requirements as may general education and elective courses also used to complete the bachelor's degree if they contain appropriate gerontology content.

Please be aware that this program is not eligible for Financial Aid unless pursued concurrently with a degree program.

Requirements

1. Consult with the Gerontology Certificate Coordinator to add the Certificate in Gerontology to the major program of study.

2. A bachelor's degree in any major (may be taken concurrently)

3. A minimum GPA of 2.5

4. 24 units distributed as follows

  • A. Take 15 required units including the following:
    • GERN 400 Perspectives on Gerontology (3) (meets GE Capstone requirement)
      *"C" or better required.
      Prerequisites: GE Foundation, one or more Exploration courses, and upper-division standing.
    • GERN 401 Human Aging (3)
      Prerequisites: GERN 400 or equivalent and upper division standing or consent of instructor.
    • ANTH 454 Culture and Aging (3)
      *"C" or better required.
      Prerequisites: None.
    • GERN 492G Internship in Gerontology (3)
      Prerequisites: Student must be a Gerontology Minor or Gerontology Certificate candidate; approval of the Gerontology Advisor.
  • Take one of the following:
    • PSY 365 Psychology of Adult Development and Aging (3)
      *"C" or better required.
      Prerequisites: PSY 100.
    • HDEV 357 Approaches to Adulthood Through Aging (3) (meets GE Capstone requirement)
      *"C" or better required.
      Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements, upper-division standing, ANTH 120 or HDEV 180 or PSY 100 or SOC 100.
  • B. Take a minimum of nine units chosen in consultation with the Gerontology Certificate Coordinator from a list of approved elective courses (three to six units of appropriate coursework in the major field may partially fulfill this requirement). Three units may be fulfilled by taking GERN 497 or an approved substitute.

5. Application for the Certificate in Gerontology through completion of the appropriate Program Planner in consultation with the Gerontology Certificate Coordinator. This must be done in the semester prior to the completion of the certificate to assure timely issuance.


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