Minor in Gerontology

The Minor in Gerontology provides students with an interdisciplinary understanding of the many aspects of the aging process and gives them the knowledge to pursue a career in the growing field of gerontology. The Gerontology Minor also provides opportunities for students to see the connection between learning about aging and working with older adults in the community.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • describe biological, social, or psychological aspects of the aging process
  • articulate the importance of engagement in social justice for people of all ages


20 units

Required (12 units)

  • BIOL 108 Biology of Human Aging *
  • BIOL 109 Laboratory in Biology of Human Aging *
  • KIN 335 Physical Activity and Aging
  • PSYC 339 Adulthood and Aging **

* Kinesiology and Nursing majors, and Neuroscience minors may substitute BIOL 115/116 Survey of Human Physiology and Lab
* Biology majors may substitute BIOL 320 Human Physiology or BIOL 414 Evolution

** See course instructor to waive prerequisites

Electives (8 units - 2 courses)

Students must obtain permission from the Gerontology Minor Faculty Coordinator before taking an elective.

  • COMS 368 Communication and Aging *
  • DANC 360 Dance in the Community
  • KIN 325 Exercise and Disease Prevention
  • HS 301 Death and Dying: Exploring New Paradigms
  • NURS 222 Applied Assessment and Nursing Fundamentals I: Health and Wellness **
  • NURS 272 Applied Assessment and Nursing Fundamentals II: Alterations in Health and Illness **
  • PHIL 240 Ethics (Biomedical Issues section only)
  • PSYC 396 Psychology Practicum, with a placement working with older adults
  • PSYC 302 Psychology of Prejudice

* See Course Instructor to waive prerequisites.
** for Nursing majors only

Contact Info

Department of Psychology

Mon-Fri, 8:30a.m. - 5p.m.

Kalmanovitz Hall G65 (415) 422-6151 (415) 422-2517