HDP Bachelor of Arts

The HDP Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree 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 Requirements (BA):  28 units / 7 Courses

  • Upper-Division Requirements (BA):  52 units / 12 courses

The Human Development Program Bachelor of Arts major requires approval to be admitted. If you are unaware of our admission requirements please read them before submitting a request to declare Human Development as your major.

BA Requirements Overview

HDP Pre-major (Lower-Division Requirements) (7 courses):

  • Introduction to Human Development (HDP 1)
  • Statistics
  • One formal skills
  • Two biological sciences
  • Two social sciences

HDP Major (Upper-Division Requirements) (12 courses):

HDP Core Series (4 upper-division courses):
  • Biological Basis of Human Development
  • Social-Cognitive Basis of Human Development
  • Linguistic Basis of Human Development
  • Socio-cultural Basis of Human Development
HDP Development Series (5 upper-division courses):
  • Courses selected from Biological Development, Cognitive & Linguistic Development, and Socio-Cultural Development (at least one from each category).
HDP Senior Seminar (HDP 150):
  • Special topics seminars, providing advanced-level study on subfields of human development (must be taken in-residence).
HDP Methods of Research (HDP 181 and HDP 191):
  • Courses designed to introduce students to the philosophy and methods of developmental research in both laboratory and real-world settings (must be taken in residence).

Bachelor of Arts Courses

Lower Division

Introduction to Human Development

HDP 1 - Introduction to Human Development
(0ffered only once per year, in fall)

Statistics

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

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
  • 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
  • FPMU 40 - Introduction to Public Health
  • FPMU 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

Core Series (4 courses 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 required; at least 1 from each Domain)

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
  • FPMU 110 - Health Behavior and Chronic Diseases (Prerequisite: FMPU 40 and upper-division standing).
  • FPMU 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 HDP 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 Courses (2 courses required)

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 HDP 191 Page for details.

Senior Seminar

HDP 150 - Advanced Human Development (Prerequisites: Fulfillment of 8 LD courses, completion of 3 Core Series courses, and HDP 181).
  • Must be an approved HDP major with senior standing. Priority given to graduating seniors.
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SPECIAL NOTE

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