Gerontology Certificate

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.


CourseTitleTypically Offered
HSCI 423Health and Wellbeing of Older AdultsEvery Spring
PSYC 329Psychology of Adulthood and AgingEvery Winter
SOC 330Social GerontologyEvery Term


CourseTitleTypically Offered
ANTH 331Anthropology of Human DevelopmentEvery Term
ANTH 340Anthropology of Health, Illness, HealingEvery Spring
HSCI 310Health and Human SexualityOnce per Year
HSCI 342Nutrition for Your HealthEvery Term
HSCI 367Human Disease MechanismsEvery Term
HSCI 399Community Service (2 units) (B)
HSCI 550Health Aspects of Death and DyingOnce per Year
PSYC 301Psychology of Human SexualityEvery Term
PSYC 372Psychology of Death and DyingEvery Fall (Palm Desert)
PSYC 540Work, Retirement, LeisureEvery Spring
SOC 340Sociology of the FamilyEvery Term
SOC 355Medical SociologyTwice per Year
SOC 418Sociology of Social WelfareTwice per Year
SOC 434Community OrganizationEvery Term
SOC 484Social CaseworkEvery 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.