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.


20 units

Requirements Checklist: Gerontology Minor

Required (12 units)

  • BIOL 108 Biology of Human Aging *
  • BIOL 109 Laboratory in Biology of Human Aging *
  • KIN 335 Interdisciplinary Study of Human Aging
  • PSYC 339 Physical Activity & Aging **

Requirement Substitutions

* Biology Majors may substitute BIOL 320: Human Physiology or BIOL 414 Evolution.

** Nursing, Kinesiology, and Neuroscience majors may substitute BIO 115/116 (Survey of Human Physiology & Lab)

Electives (8 units - 2 courses)

Students must obtain permission from the Gerontology Minor Faculty Coordinator.

  • COMS 368 Communication and Aging **
  • DANC 360 Dance in the Community
  • KIN 325 Exercise and Disease Prevention
  • HS or THRS 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