Certificate and Minor in Gerontology

The Gerontology certificate/minor is an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to enhance the qualifications and skills of students and practicing professionals entering or already in careers that involve working with or providing services to older adults. Any student interested in this Vancouver campus program should contact the Academic Coordinator for Human Development (360 546-9710).

Required courses:

A minimum of 18 semester credits, which must include the following:

HD 305Gerontology3Cr.
Biol 140Nutrition for Living3
Pol S 436Disability, Aging, and Public Policy3
Psych 490Cognition and Memory3

Elective courses:

At least 6 additional semester credits from the following courses:

Biol 407 /
W ST 407
Biology of Women
(prerequisites: Biol 102 or 106 and Chem 105 or 106)
3Cr.
HD 360Death and Dying3
HD 412Adult Development and Learning3
HD 498Field Placement (required for the Certificate)3
Neuro 301Exploring the Brain
(prerequisite: Chem 101 and Biol 107)
3
Nurs 477Health Care Ethics2-3
Psych 320Health Psychology3
Psych 363Psychology of Aging3
Psych 372Introduction to Physiological Psychology
(prerequisite: Biol 102 or 107)
3
Soc 556Sociology of Aging
(permission required)
3

NOTE: A final grade of C or better is required in all courses.