Degrees - Gerontology

Gerontology - Associate of Arts Degree Major

3_AA_GEROMA

The Gerontology major is designed to provide students with an interdisciplinary approach to studying the human aging process from sociological, psychological, and biological perspectives. If you would like an overview of the field of aging while completing your A.A. Degree, the gerontology major is a good option. Many of the courses are cross disciplinary and, therefore, count towards the major as well as the general education requirements for the A.A. Degree. Coursework will also transfer as electives or general education requirements to a four-year institution. Aging studies may be pertinent to degrees such as Human Services, Gerontology, Psychology, and Social Work.

PROGRAM LEVEL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply major theories and principles to everyday life and determine the impact of these theories on the individual and/or society as a whole.
  • Follow directions and apply effective communication skills in a variety of settings.
  • Support opinions/ideas using solid research principles.

Requirements for the Major

All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

Students will complete all of the following:

Course ID Name Units
BIOL C120 Biology of Aging 3.0
GERO C220 Professional Issues in Gerontology 3.0
PSYC C170 Psychology of Aging 3.0
SOC C120 Introduction to Gerontology 3.0
Subtotal 12.0

Program Electives*

Select 6 units from the following:

Course ID Name Units
ENGL C131 Directed Autobiography 3.0
FN C225 Nutrition and Aging 3.0
GERO C123 Activity Leadership 3.0
GERO C124 Public Policy and Aging 3.0
GERO C230 Care of Frail Elderly 3.0
GERO C240 Aging in a Multicultural Society 3.0
GERO C273 Careers in Gerontology: A Field Practicum 3.0
GERO C281-C284 Work Based Learning 1.0-4.0
HLTH C223 Healthy Aging 3.0
HSVC C100 Introduction to Human Services 3.0
HSVC C101 Helping Theories and Intervention Strategies 3.0
HSVC C102 Introduction to Crisis Intervention 3.0
LAW C142 Probate Administration/Estate Planning 3.0
LAW C148 Elder Law 1.5

And/or other courses related to the aging field numbered C100 or above, as approved by the Gerontology Department.

Course Group Units
Subtotal Electives 6.0
Subtotal for Major 18.0
Total for Degree 60.0

*Some courses in the program are not offered every semester. GERO C273 is offered once per year, usually in the fall semester. GERO C120 Professional Issues and GERO C130 Techniques of Working with the Frail are offered once per year, usually in the spring semester. Plan your full schedule with the timing of your courses in mind.

Gerontology - Associate of Arts Degree or Certificate of Achievement

3_AA_GERO or 3_CL_GERO

Gerontology, the interdisciplinary study of aging, offers students an understanding of their own aging and of society's response to the increasing population of older people. Biological, psychological, and sociological aspects of aging are explored. The coursework for the Certificate of Achievement in Gerontology will provide information about the aging process and training to work in services and agencies that interact with older people. Many of the courses are cross disciplinary and, therefore, can count towards the Certificate of Achievement as well as the general education requirements for the A.A. Degree. Coursework will also transfer as elective and general education requirements to a four-year institution.

Students have the option of completing the 21-unit Certificate of Achievement in Gerontology on its own or in conjunction with the A.A. degree. Those seeking new careers in gerontology and/or transfer to a four-year institution should complete the Associate of Arts Degree requirements in conjunction with those for the Gerontology Certificate of Achievement.

Coastline College students completing the A.A. Degree and Gerontology Certificate of Achievement qualify for our degree partnership with CSUF. For information about the Coastline College/Cal State Fullerton degree partnership in human services and gerontology call (714) 241-2613 at Coastline College or Human Services Office, CSUF, (714) 278-2255.

Coastline College and CSU Long Beach have a partnership that allows a maximum of 6 units (SOC C120 and 3 units of elective courses) to be applied to CSULB's 15 unit Gerontology Minor. Contact (714) 241-6213 at Coastline College or the Gerontology Department at CSULB for further information.

PROGRAM LEVEL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply major theories and principles of the field to everyday life and determine the impact of these theories on the aging individual and/or society as a whole.
  • Apply effective communication skills in a variety of settings.
  • Support opinions/ideas using solid research principles.

Students will complete all of the following:

Course ID Name Units
BIOL C120 Biology of Aging 3.0
GERO C220 Professional Issues in Gerontology 3.0
PSYC C170 Psychology of Aging 3.0
SOC C120 Introduction to Gerontology 3.0
Subtotal 12.0

Red Cross Standard First Aid/CPR Card**

Program Electives***

Select a minimum of 6 units from the following:

Course ID Name Units
ENGL C131 Directed Autobiography 3.0
FN C225 Nutrition and Aging 3.0
GERO C131 Home Care 3.0
GERO C190-195 Issues in Gerontology 0.5-3.0
GERO C230 Care of Frail Elderly 3.0
GERO C240 Aging in a Multicultural Society 3.0
HLTH C223 Healthy Aging 3.0
LAW C142 Probate Administration/Estate Planning 3.0
LAW C148 Elder Law 1.5
Subtotal Electives 6.0

And/or other courses related to the aging field number C100 or above, as approved by the Gerontology Department.

Program Field Courses*

Complete the following course:

Course ID Name Units
GERO C273 Career in Gerontology: A Field Practicum 3.0
Subtotal Field Courses 3.0
Total for Certificate 21.0
Total for Degree 60.0

*Some courses in the program are not offered every semester. GERO C131 Home Care, GERO C273 Practicum, and GERO C240 Aging in a Multicultural Society are offered once per year, usually in the fall semester. GERO C220 Professional Issues and GERO C230 Care of Frail Elderly are offered once per year, usually in the spring semester. Plan your full schedule with the timing of your courses in mind.

**Additional Requirement: Students must obtain a current Red Cross Standard First Aid/CPR Card.

***Students wishing to work in Home Care should select GERO C131 and GERO C230 as their electives.

Federal Gainful Employment Disclosure

Use the link below to view Coastline Community Colleges Federal Gainful Employment Disclosure for this program. These reports provide you, the student, with important information regarding the costs, benefits, and potential employment options of our degree and certificate programs.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

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