Eric Vogelsang, PhD (Sociology)
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.
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.
|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 (A)
|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.