Gerontology, Associate of Arts Degree Major
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.
Associate Degree Requirements
Complete at least 60 units of acceptable college work with a minimum of 12 units completed in residence at Coastline. Earn an overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher from all colleges attended and a 2.0 or higher grade point average at Coastline.
*Students must be in good academic standing (not on probation and/or disqualification) during the semester graduation is petitioned.
Program of Study
Complete the required courses in one of the programs as detailed In the Academic/Career/Certificate Programs section of this catalog. All coursework must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
Complete one of the three General Education options below:
Option 1 — Coastline General Education: designed for students pursuing an Associate degree and who may or may not be planning to transfer to a four-year university. The degree is transferable to many colleges and universities.
Option 2—CSU GE Breadth: designed for students who are planning to transfer to a university in the CSU system. It may also be appropriate for transfer to some independent colleges and universities.
Option 3—IGETC: designed for students who are planning to transfer to a university in the CSU or UC system. It also may be appropriate for transfer to some independent colleges and universities.
Global and Multicultural Studies Requirement
Complete at least 2.5 units from any Global and Multicultural Studies courses. See what courses fulfill the Global and Multicultural Studies Requirement.
Requirements for the Major
|Required Core 1|
|Students will complete all of the following:|
|BIOL C120||Biology of Aging||3|
|or GERO C122||Biology of Aging|
|GERO C220||Professional Issues in Gerontology||3|
|PSYC C170||Psychology of Aging||3|
|or GERO C170||Psychology of Aging|
|SOC C120||Introduction to Gerontology||3|
|or GERO C121||Introduction to Gerontology|
|Program Electives 1|
|Select six units of the following:||6|
|Nutrition and Aging|
or GERO C225
|Nutrition and Aging|
|Care of Frail Elderly|
|Aging in a Multicultural Society|
|Careers in Gerontology - A Field Practicum|
or GERO C223
|Helping Theories and Intervention Strategies|
|Introduction to Crisis Intervention|
|Probate Administration/Estate Planning|
|Subtotal for Major||18|
|Total Units for Major Preparation||18|
|Degree Option 1, 2, or 3||Varies|
|Electives to satisfy unit requirement||Varies|
|Total Degree Units||60|
Some courses in the program are not offered every semester. GERO C131 Home Care, GERO C273 Careers in Gerontology - A Field Practicum, and GERO C240 Aging in a Multicultural Society are offered once per year, usually in the fall semester. GERO C220 Professional Issues in Gerontology 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.