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Gerontology Certificate Requirements

A grade of C or better is required in all Gerontology Certificate coursework to count towards the certificate. In addition, the GPA for Gerontology Certificate coursework must be 3.0 or higher.

Please use USU's unofficial GPA Calculator to compute Gerontology Certificate GPA: http://www.usu.edu/advising/gpa/Files/GPACalculatorExcel2011.htm

All Gerontology course work must carry a letter grade. Gerontology courses may not be taken pass/fail.


Required courses (6 credits):

  1. FCHD 3540: Adult Development and Aging (3 credits; Prerequisites: FCHD 1500 and Junior Standing)
  2. FCHD 4240: Social and Family Gerontology (3 credits; Prerequisites: FCHD 2400 and 3540)
    NFS 4480: Community Nutrition (3 credits; Prerequisite: NFS 1020)

Elective courses (6 credits):

Students pick six additional credits from a list of approved courses across various majors and departments. Students are encouraged to choose electives that will be most applicable to their chosen field of study.

In elective courses, if a student is given an option to choose a topic for a paper or project, the student is encouraged to choose a topic related to adulthood and aging.

Other courses not listed are subject to approval by Gerontology Certificate Coordinator, who will need to see the syllabus, and may ask to see assignments and a writing sample from the course.

Practical Experience

FCHD 4970: Gerontology Practicum (3 credits; Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment with FCHD 4240 or NFS 4480)
The Gerontology Practicum requires that students work 150 hours in a professional setting of their choice, which deals directly with the aging population. Course registration is ONLY open for current Gerontology Certificate students. The goal of the practicum is to provide students with "hands-on" experience working with an older population, while also giving them training for future job opportunities. The practicum arrangements are coordinated by Grant Bartholomew.
Email: grant.bartholomew@usu.edu
Phone: (435) 797-1593

Integrative Paper

FCHD 4940: Gerontology Integration (1 credit; Prerequisites: FCHD 3540, FCHD 4240/NFS 4480; FCHD 4970)
As students near the end of their certificate requirements, they write an 8-10 page paper on an approved topic of their choice, in which they integrate their academic knowledge and their practical experiences within their chosen field of study. In this course you will work one-on-one with the gerontology certificate coordinator. Course registrations is only open for current Gerontology Certificate students, and these students will need permission to register for this course. Please send an e-mail to the Gerontology Certificate coordinator (beth.fauth@usu.edu) during the registration period, and the coordinator and academic advisor will allow for registration.

Service and Professional Development

Students participate in USU's Student Gerontology Association (SGA) for ten hours to meet the requirements of the Gerontology Certificate. Most students elect to participate for at least two semesters (5 hours of club-related activity each semester). SGA is a club that meets regularly and conducts service projects with older adults in the community. The club also arranges activities which foster career development, such as inviting speakers to campus to talk about jobs in aging, or touring facilities or organizations that work with older adults. Students who are not located at USU's Logan campus can meet this requirement by participating in 10 hours of volunteer service within their own community. All students in SGA submit their activity hours to the club officers. A student is automatically added to the SGA membership and list serve when they are accepted into the Gerontology Certificate Program. Any USU student, regardless of whether they are seeking the Grontology Certificate or not, can participate as a club member. To be added to club membership, please e-mail beth.fauth@usu.edu.