Learn about the aging population, one of the most significant demographic phenomena of the 21st century which will shape significant public policies including healthcare, social services, housing, transportation, and much more. 

Gerontology is the multidisciplinary study of older adults and the physical, social, and psychological aspects of aging. It examines how individuals, families, and communities are impacted by the process of aging.

About gerontology

The gerontology minor is for third and fourth year undergraduate students who want to add a degree in aging to their academic careers. It is a great choice for anyone who expects to work with seniors or who simply enjoys learning about older adults. The interdisciplinary courses look at how individuals, families, and communities are impacted by the process of aging.

Our postbaccalaureate diploma program provides a tailored curriculum for individuals intending to gain coursework-based educational training in gerontology.

Admission requires a minimum of 60 units with a 2.0 or higher cumulative grade point average (GPA).

Students must complete at least two of the following prerequisite courses or obtain a minimum C grade in GERO 300 or B grade in GERO 101.

  • BPK 105 Fundamentals of Human Structure and Function (3)
  • BPK 142 Introduction to Kinesiology (3)
  • PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology I (3)
  • PSYC 102 Introduction to Psychology II (3)
  • SA 150 Introduction to Sociology (S) (4)
  • STAT 203 Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences (3)
  • HSCI 100 Human Biology (3)
  • HSCI 130 Foundations of Health Science (4)

Career pathways

Gerontology is one of the high-growth areas of the 21st century. More than 14 per cent of the population, or five million Canadians, are over 65. That number will double in the next 25 years. This population bulge will have a big impact on the health care sector and a variety of companies and services as they begin to “gerontologize” products and services.

The Department of Gerontology is a community of faculty, researchers, and students looking at aging from an interdisciplinary perspective.  Issues covered in courses and research include:

  • Health and aging
  • Aging and the built environment
  • Technology and aging
  • Sociology and aging

Classes are held at the Simon Fraser University campus in Vancouver and we offer opportunities to gain experience working with seniors in the Lower Mainland through our practicum and internship programs.

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Dr. Andrew Sixsmith describes GERO 411: International Perspectives on Aging.

Dr. Barbara Mitchell describes GERO 408: Families over the Life Course.


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Programs available

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Get in touch

Got questions about gerontology? Please contact Anne Marie Barrett, Manager, Academic and Administrative Services in the Department of Gerontology.

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