Gerontology


Gerontology Certificate

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The Gerontology certificate uses a multidisciplinary approach by drawing required coursework from the sociology and psychology curriculum, electives from multiple disciplines, and an internship or practicum from the major, when possible, to prepare the student to support the diverse needs of older people. 

The student must complete the following three courses (9 credits):

  • SOCY B303 - Principles of Gerontology (3) (cross-listed as PSYC B303 and HMSV B303)
  • SOCY B313 - Sociology of Aging (3)
  • PSYC B328 - Psychology of Aging (3)

The student must complete a semester-long internship focused on aging and later life, approved by the gerontology certificate coordinator, preferably as part of the internship or practicum included within their major:

  • HMSV B290 - Human Services Internship I (3) (or HMSV B298 or HMSV B490 or HMSV B492)
  • HPRO B480 - Internship in Health Promotion (3)
  • NURS B202 - Introduction to Professional Nursing (6)*
  • NURS B326 - Adult Health Nursing (6)*       
  • PSYC B495 - Internship in Psychology (3)
  • SOCY B495 - Internship in Sociology (3)

The student selects any two courses (6 credits) from the following list, which include an aging component, at least one of which should be relevant to the student’s major:

  • HPRO B315 - Lifespan Development (3)
  • NURS B360 - Gerontological and Rehabilitation Nursing (3)
  • PHIL B312 - Bioethics (3)
  • PSYC B209 - Human Growth and Development (3)
  • PSYC B302 - Learning and Memory (3)
  • PSYC B321 - Life Span Developmental Psychology (3)
  • PSYC B361 - Biological Psychology (3)
  • PSYC B401 - Cognitive Psychology (3)
  • SOCY B301 - Introduction to Gender Studies (3)
  • SOCY B305 - Sociology of the Family (3)
  • SOCY B315 - World Population: Problems and Polices (3)
  • SOCY B341 - Sociology of Death and Dying (3)
  • SOCY B356 - Sociology of the Body (3)
  • SOCY B360 - Sociology of Medicine and Health (3)

Total Certificate Credit Hours (18)*