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Department of Human Development and Family Studies

The Gerontology Interdisciplinary Minor is a cooperative effort among faculty from different departments and colleges of CSU who share a common interest in gerontology, the study of human aging. The primary purpose of the program is to provide students with background academic knowledge and practicum/ internship experience to work effectively with and for older adults in a variety of settings, and to enter professions in which there is a need to combine insight and skills derived from their major with knowledge about older individuals and the aging process.

For information about the program, please consult with your academic advisor or the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Minor.  

Students must satisfactorily complete the total credits required for the minor. Minors and interdisciplinary minors require 12 or more upper-division (300- to 400-level) credits.

Additional coursework may be required due to prerequisites.

Effective Fall 2016

Students must satisfactorily complete the total credits required for the minor. Minors and interdisciplinary minors require 12 or more upper-division (300- to 400-level) credits.

Additional coursework may be required due to prerequisites.

A grade of C or better is required in each course that is a core requirement for the interdisciplinary minor. 

Core Requirements15-18
HDFS 201Perspectives in Gerontology3
HDFS 312Adult Development-Middle Age and Aging3
SOWK 371ESocial Work with Selected Populations: Social Gerontology3
FSHN 444Nutrition and Aging1-3
or FSHN 459 Nutrition in the Life Cycle
HES 444Successful Aging: Role of Physical Activity2-3
or HES 434 Physical Activity Throughout the Lifespan
Select a minimum of 3 credits internship/field placement directly related to aging from the following:3
Internship in Human Services
Field Placement: Human Development and Family Studies
Field Placement: Pre-Health
Field Placement: Prevention/Intervention Science
Field Placement: Leadership/Entrepreneurship
Field Placement
Elective Courses3-6
Principles of Human Physiology
Behavioral Genetics
Medical Nutrition Therapy
Community Nutrition
Death, Dying, and Grief
Couple and Family Studies
Families in the Legal Environment
Population Health and Disease Prevention
Physical Activity Throughout the Lifespan
Introductory Genetics: Applied/Population/Conservation/Ecological (GT-SC2)
Introductory Genetics: Molecular/Immunological/Developmental (GT-SC2)
Introduction to Music Therapy
The Disability Experience in Society
Philosophical Issues in the Professions: Caring Professions
Philosophy of Aging
Group Study
Abnormal Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Group Study: Applied Social Psychology
Group Study: Cognitive Psychology
Group Study: Counseling/Clinical Psychology
Group Study: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Group Study: Perceptual and Brain Sciences
Group Study: Special Topics in Psychology
Social Stratification
Social Work with Selected Populations: Adult Offenders
Social Work with Selected Populations: Substance Abusers
Social Welfare Policy
Program Total Credits21-23