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Gerontology, Associate of Arts Degree Major

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Banner Code: 3_AA_GEROMA
Control Number: 18217

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:

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

Associate Degree Requirements

Unit Requirement

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 Requirements for the Major section of this catalog. All coursework must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

General Education

Complete one of the three General Education options below (visit the General Education page for details):

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

Course Title Units
Required Core 1
Students will complete all of the following:
BIOL C120Biology of Aging3
or GERO C122 Biology of Aging
PSYC C170Psychology of Aging3
or GERO C170 Psychology of Aging
SOC C120Introduction to Gerontology3
or GERO C121 Introduction to Gerontology
GERO C220Controversies and Ethical Issues in Aging3
Program Electives 1
Select six units of the following:6
Nutrition through the Lifecycle
Nutrition through the Lifecycle
Home Care
Care of Frail Elderly
Aging in a Multicultural Society
Careers in Gerontology - A Field Practicum
Healthy Aging
Healthy Aging
Helping Theories and Intervention Strategies
Introduction to Crisis Intervention
Probate Administration/Estate Planning
Elder Law
Subtotal for Major18
Requirement Units
Total Units for Major Preparation 18
Degree Option 1, 2, or 3 Varies
Electives to satisfy unit requirement Varies
Total Degree Units 60