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Bachelor of Arts in Human Developmental Sciences

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Human Developmental Sciences provides broad-based preparation for many fields with solid grounding in both theory and methodology in the discipline of human development, while providing a great deal of curricular flexibility.

Lower-Division Course Requirements

7 courses (28 units)

Introduction to Human Development (1 Course)

HDP 1 - Introduction to Human Development

(0ffered only once per year, in fall)

Statistics (1 Course)

One course selected from the following approved list:
  • PSYC 60 - Introduction to Statistics
  • COGS 14B - Intro to Statistical Analysis
  • BIEB 100 - Biometry
  • ECON 120 - Econometrics A
  • POLI 30 - Political Inquiry
  • MATH 11 - Elementary Probability and Statistics

Formal Skills (1 Course)

One course selected from the following approved list:
  • PHIL 10 - Introduction to Logic
  • PHIL 12 - Logic and Decision Making
  • LIGN 17 - Making and Breaking Codes
  • Or one course selected from the MATH 10 or MATH 20 sequence
  • MATH 10 (A, B or C) - Calculus
  • MATH 20 (A, B or C) - Calculus for Science and Engineering

Biological Sciences (2 Courses)

Two courses selected from the following approved list:
  • ANTH 2 - Human Origins (formerly ANLD 2)
  • BILD 1 - The Cell
  • BILD 2 - Multicellular Life
  • BILD 3 - Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
  • BILD 7 - The Beginning of Life
  • BILD 10 - Fundamental Concepts of Modern Biology
  • BILD 12 - Neurobiology and Behavior
  • BILD 18 - Human Impact on the Environment
  • BILD 20 - Human Genetics in Modern Society
  • BILD 26 - Human Physiology
  • BILD 38 - Dementia, Science, and Society
  • COGS 11 - Introduction to Cognitive Science: Minds and Brains
  • COGS 17 - Neurobiology of Cognition
  • PSYC 2 - General Psychology: Biological Foundations

Social Sciences (2 Courses)

Two courses selected from the following approved list:
  • ANTH 1 - Introduction to Culture (formerly ANLD 1)
  • ANTH 3 - World Prehistory (formerly ANLD 3)
  • CAT 1 - Culture, Art and Technology I
  • CAT 2 - Culture, Art and Technology II
  • COMM 10- Introduction to Communication (formerly COGN 20)
  • COGS 1 - Introduction to Cognitive Science
  • FPMH 40 - Introduction to Public Health
  • FPMH 50 - Primary care and Public Health
  • HILD 7A, B, or C - Race and Ethnicity in the United States (only one can be used)
  • LIGN 4 - Language as a Cognitive System
  • LIGN 7 - Sign Language and Its Culture
  • LIGN 8 - Languages and Cultures in America
  • LIGN 101 - Introduction to the Study of Language
  • MMW 11 - Prehistory and the Birth of Civilization
  • MMW 12 - The Great Classical Traditions
  • MMW 121 - Exploring the Premodern World
  • MMW 122 - Exploring the Modern World
  • PSYC 1 - Psychology
  • PSYC 3 - General Psychology: Cognitive Foundations
  • PSYC 6 - General Psychology: Social Foundations
  • PSYC 7 - General Psychology: Developmental Foundations
  • SOCI 1 - Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCI 20 - Social Change in the Modern World

Upper-Division Course Requirements

12 courses (52 units)

Core Series (4 Courses)

A total of 4 courses with at least 1 course from each Domain is required.

Domain 1 - The Biological Basis of Human Development (one required):

  • HDP 110 - Brain and Behavioral Development (Prerequisite: HDP 1 or PSYC 101).
  • HDP 111 - Evolutionary Principles of Development (Prerequisite: HDP 1 or PSYC 101).
  • ANBI 111 - Advanced Principles of Human Evolution (Prerequisite: ANTH 2 or equivalent).
  • BIPN 144 - Developmental Neurobiology (Prerequisites: Upper division standing. Students should have a strong background in biology).
Domain 2 - The Cognitive & Linguistic Basis of Human Development (two required, one from each area):
  • 2A. Social-Cognitive Development (one required):
    • HDP 121 - The Developing Mind (Prerequisites: HDP 1).
    • HDP 122 - Social Development (Prerequisites: HDP 1).
    • PSYC 187 - Development Social Cognition (Prerequisite: PSYC 101).
  • 2B. Language Development (one required)
    • HDP 120 - Language Development (Prerequisites: HDP 1. Background in developmental psychology and/or linguistics is recommended).
    • COGS 156 - Language Development (Prerequisites: Upper-division standing and background in developmental and/or linguistics is recommended).
    • LIGN 171 - Child Language Acquisition (Prerequisite: LIGN 101 or consent of instructor).
Domain 3 - The Socio-cultural Basis of Human Development (one required):
  • HDP 133 - Socio-Cultural Foundations of Human Development (Prerequisite: HDP 1 or PSYC 1).
  • ANSC 126 - Childhood and Adolescence (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • ANSC 168 - The Human Condition (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • COMM 112C - The Idea of Childhood
  • HITO 126 - History of Childhood

Development Courses (5 Courses)

A total of 5 courses with at least 1 course from each Domain is required.

Domain 1 - Biological Development:

  • ANBI 116 - Evolution of Primate Reproduction (Prerequisite: ANTH 2 and upper division standing).
  • ANBI 140 - The Evolution of the Human Brain
  • ANBI 159 - Biological and Cultural Perspectives on Intelligence (Prerequisites: Upper-division standing, any one of the following: ANTH 2, or ANTH 42, or BILD 3 or consent of instructor).
  • ANBI 173 - Cognition in Animals and Humans (Prerequisites: Upper-division standing, ANTH 2 or equivalent).
  • ANTH 102 - Humans are Cultural Animals (Prerequisites: Upper-division standing, ANTH 2 or equivalent).
  • BICD 100 - Genetics (Prerequisites: BILD 1 or equivalent; Prerequisites for BILD 1: CHEM 6A & CHEM 6B; CHEM 6B may be taken concurrently).
  • BICD 112 - Stem Cells and Regeneration (Prerequisites: BIMM 100).
  • BICD 130 - Embryos, Genes, and Development (Prerequisites: BICD 100, BIBC 100 or BIBC 102. BICD 110 or BIMM 100 strongly recommended).
  • BIPN 134 - Human Reproduction (Prerequisites: BIBC 102 and BICD 100).
  • BIPN 144 - Developmental Neurobiology (Prerequisites: Upper division standing. Students should have a strong background in biology).
  • BIPN 148 - Cellular Basis of Learning and Memory (Prerequisites: BIPN 100).
  • COGS 115 - Neurological Development and Cognitive Change (Prerequisites: BILD 10, or equivalent, COGS 17 or HDP 110).
  • COGS 184 - Modeling the Evolution of Cognition (Prerequisites: Programming ability, calculus, and consent of instructor).
  • PSYC 130 - Hormones and Behavior (Prerequisites: Upper Division standing).
  • PSYC 171 - Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (Prerequisite: PSYC 2, 106, or 181 and Upper-division standing).
  • PSYC 168 - Psychological Disorders of Childhood (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
Domain 2 - Cognitive and Language Development:
  • COGS 154 - Communication Disorders in Children and Adults (Prerequisites: Upper-division standing).
  • COMM 100A - Situated Practices (previously COHI 100 - Introduction to Communication and the Individual ) (Prerequisite: COMM 10 or consent of instructor).
  • COMM 168 (previously COHI 114) - Bilingual Communication (Prerequisite:COMM 10 and two from COMM 100A, 100B, 100C).
  • COMM 110E (previously COHI 119) - Learning to Read (Prerequisite: COMM 10 or consent of instructor).
  • COMM 110I (previously COHI 121) - Literacy, Social Organization, and the Individual (Prerequisite: COMM 100A, COMM 100B, HDP 1 or consent of instructor).
  • LIGN 119/EDS 119 - First and Second Language Learning - From Childhood Through Adolescence (Prerequisite: Upper Division Standing or consent of instructor).
  • LIGN 179 - Second Language Acquisition (Prerequisite: LIGN 101 or consent of instructor).
  • PSYC 101 - Introduction to Developmental Psychology (Prerequisite: PSYC 60).
  • PSYC 130 - Delay of Gratification (Prerequisites: COGS 101B, PSYC 101, or PSYC 105).
  • PSYC 136 - Cognitive Development (Prerequisites: COGS 101B, PSYC 101, or PSYC 105).
  • PSYC 141 - Evolution and Human Nature (Prerequisites: Upper Division standing).
  • PSYC 146 - Language and Conceptual Development (Prerequisites: Upper Division standing).
  • PSYC 156 - Cognitive Development in Infancy (Prerequisites: PSYC 60 and either PSYC 101or HDP 1).
  • PSYC 168 - Psychological Disorders of Childhood (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • PSYC 172 - Psychology of Human Sexuality (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • PSYC 173 - Psychology of Food and Behavior (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • PSYC 180 - Adolescence (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • PSYC 187 - Development of Social Cognition (Prerequisite: PSYC 101).
  • PSYC 190 - Parenting (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
Domain 3 - Socio-Cultural Development:
  • ANBI 159 - Biological and Cultural Perspectives on Intelligence (Prerequisite: Any one of the following: ANTH 2, ANTH 42, BILD 3, or consent of instructor).
  • ANSC 101 - Aging: Culture and Health in Late Life Human Development (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • ANSC 125 - Gender, Sexuality, and Society (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • ANSC 126 - Childhood and Adolescence (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • ANSC 127 - Discourse, interaction and Social life (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • ANSC 167 - Rituals and Celebrations (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • COMM 102C - Practicum in New Media and Community Life (Prerequisite: HDP 1 or COMM 100A).
  • COMM 102D - Practicum in Child Development (Prerequisite: HDP 1 or COMM 100A or PSYC 101).
  • COMM 126 - Children and Media (Prerequisite: COMM 10 or consent of instructor).
  • EDS 115 - Cognitive Development and Education
  • EDS 117/SOCI 117 - Language, Culture and Education (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • EDS 118 - Adolescent Development and Education
  • FPMH 110 - Health Behavior and Chronic Diseases (Prerequisite: FMPU 40 and upper-division standing).
  • FPMH 120 - Health Policies for Healthy Lifestyles (Prerequisite: FMPU 110 and upper-division standing).
  • HDP 171 - Diversity in Human Development
  • LTWL 114 - Children's Literature
  • LTWL 116 - Adolescent Literature
  • PSYC 180 - Adolescence (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • PSYC 190 - Parenting (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • SOCI 116/LIGN 174 - Gender and Language in Society (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • SOCI 129 - The Family (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • SOCI 131 - Sociology of Youth (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • SOCI 159 - Special Topics in Organizations and Institutions- NOTE: ONLY WHEN TOPIC IS APPROVED FOR HDS MAJOR (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • SOCI 161 - Sociology of The Life course (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • USP 145 - Aging - Social and Health Policy Issues (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).

Methods of Research Courses (2 Courses)

The Methods of Research courses are designed to introduce students to the philosophy and methods of developmental research in both laboratory and real-world settings (must be taken in residence).

 

HDP 181 - Experimental Projects in Human Development Research (Prerequisites: HDP 1, statistics, and must be a declared HDP major).

HDP 191 - Field Research in Human Development (Prerequisites: HDP 1 & HDP 181).

  • Students must submit the pre-enrollment questionnaire one academic year prior to enrollment. See the HDP 191 Page for details.

Senior Seminar (1 Course)

The Senior Seminar course is a special topics seminar that provides advanced-level study on subfields of human development (must be taken in-residence).

 

HDP 150 - Advanced Human Development (Prerequisites: Fulfillment of 8 LD courses, completion of 3 Core Series courses, and HDP 181).

  • Must be an approved HDS major with senior standing. Priority given to graduating seniors.