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The rapid “aging” of our population touches almost every sector of science and society essential to successful human and community functioning, including healthcare, public health, behavioral health, recreation and leisure, finance, government and policy, public planning, engineering, media and communications, among others. Each of these sectors faces considerable challenges in adapting to the rapid growth in the size of the older adult population and the increasing length of human life. This includes addressing the needs and desires of individuals in phases of life that previously did not exist or were only experienced by a minority of the population. 


Center for Successful Aging

The program initial efforts’ will be headed by Iveris L. Martinez, Ph.D., of the Archstone Foundation Endowed Chair in Gerontology and director of the Center for Successful Aging at Long Beach State; Dr. Gail Farmer, former associate dean for research and former chair in the Department of Health Science; Dr. Grace Reynolds, Professor of Health Care Administration Department, and Dr. Vennila Krishnan, associate professor of physical therapy and director of the school’s CRAB Laboratory


Gerontology is the study of aging. It includes the study of the physical, mental, and social changes in older people as they age; the investigation of the changes in society resulting in our aging population,as well as societal influences on how people age; and the application of this knowledge to policies and programs.

Family & Consumer Science

Family & Consumer Science (FCS) is currently the largest department on the CSULB campus, with over 2200 majors, minors, graduate and certificate students.  Our faculty, many of whom are noted in their fields, are devoted to serving and teaching students.  Our valued lecturers have vast experience in their field and enthusiastically share this information in the classroom.


The Department of Kinesiology offers programs of study for students wishing to prepare for professional careers in physical education teaching (Adapted, Elementary, and Secondary) or related disciplines (Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Fitness, Kinesiotherapy, Sport Psychology and Coaching, Sports Management). The Department also serves the needs of students completing majors in other fields who find that certain aspects of Kinesiology are important to their professional objectives and personal interests.

School of Nursing

The School of Nursing is a student-centered program whose mission is to educate undergraduate and graduate students to become quality professionals for entry into practice in diverse community settings. Students are taught to develop an understanding of self and others, and to develop the ability to work with colleagues to identify and resolve the health of individuals and families in a changing society.
Undergraduate Programs

Public Policy and Administration

The Graduate Center for Public Policy & Administration offers a NASPAA accredited MPA degree that is geared toward enhancing the excellence of public service in Southern California. The on-campus program offers students the convenience of evening and weekend classes in a challenging, yet comfortable academic environment. In addition to the general MPA degree, the GCPPA also offers options in Urban Administration or Public Works Administration as well as various certificate programs.