Gerontology

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What is Gerontology?

Gerontology is the study of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging. The SJSU Gerontology Program helps students gain an understanding of the aging process and the social implications of an aging society and prepares them for careers working with older adults, their families, and other caregivers. Aging is a vital issue because the older population in the United States is increasing significantly. By 2050, nearly 80 million individuals will be over the age of 65, creating an unprecedented demand for aging and health/long-term care services and professionals with aging expertise and skills.

Our Mission

Our Mission is to enable students to gain a broad understanding of the aging process and the social implications of an aging society. We prepare individuals for professional careers in services and programs benefiting older adults, their families, and other caregivers.

The Gerontology Program is housed in the Health Science Department. The interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary program draws from courses in 10 departments and is designed to meet varied student needs and interests. A wide range of interesting and challenging courses are available each semester.