Gerontology: Aging & Older Adulthood


Gerontology is the study of aging and older adulthood. Students are generally interested in working to improve the lives and well-being of older individuals, typically through areas such as case management, housing, long term care, services and supports, physical health, and social opportunities. Our program offers the only Bachelors in Gerontology in the state of Oregon. Our mission is to provide students with a multidisciplinary foundation of core knowledge and skills drawn from the fields of gerontology, psychology, social work, health, political science, communications, and business. Students will gain competence in accessing, evaluating and integrating sources of knowledge within the field. They will develop and refine essential skills through service-learning and practicum experiences. Graduates will apply such knowledge and skills in a manner consistent with an understanding of professional standards and practice.

 New Gerontology: Aging and Older Adulthood

Undergraduate Certificate 

Beginning Fall 2020

With the increase in older adult populations in Oregon and across the globe, trained professionals in a broad array of career fields will need to understand the physical, cognitive, and social changes that occur as we age.  The Gerontology: Aging and Older Adulthood Undergraduate Certificate will help students learn more about aging in context; develop important competencies related to organizations and businesses that serve older adults; and enhance their career and graduate school outcomes. The student learning outcomes include:

1.  Explain the cognitive, physical, and social changes associated with older adulthood

2.  Identify how an understanding of aging complements career paths


Core Courses – 12 Credits

GERO 320:  Introduction to Aging (Credits: 4)

GERO 360:  Cognitive and Physical Changes in Aging (Credits: 4)

GERO 455:  Social Ties and Aging (Credits: 4)

Choose One – 4 Credits

GERO 340 Intersectionality: Inequalities & Vulnerabilities in Older Adulthood (Credits: 4)

GERO 410 Practicum I (Credits: 4)

GERO 415 Aging in Our Physical and Social Environments (Credits: 4)

GERO 420 Global Aging (Credits: 4)

GERO 425 Reminiscence, Life Review, and Aging (Credits: 4)

GERO 430 Palliative Care and Chronic Illness (Credits: 4)

GERO 460 Housing and Long-Term Care for Older Adults (Credits: 4)

GERO 480 Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias Management (Credits: 4)

GERO 484 Death, Dying and Grief (Credits: 4)

Total Credits: 16


For more information, contact Dr. Margaret Manoogian, Department Head, Gerontology: Aging and Older Adulthood at, 503-751-4201.


Additional Questions?

Gerontology Department Head:


Dr. Margaret Manoogian | (503) 751-4201


Behavioral Sciences Division Chair:

Dr. Ethan McMahan | (503) 838-8634


Division Administrative Assistant:

Michelle Gallagher | (503) 838-8344