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Bachelor of Science in Human Developmental Sciences with a Specialization in Equity
and Diversity

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Human Developmental Sciences with a Specialization in Equity and Diversity is designed for those considering advanced graduate level study or other professional engagement in the health sciences, therapy, rehabilitation, or research and who wish to broaden their understanding of diverse perspectives. Please note that all classes taken for this Bachelor of Science specialization must be taken for letter grades.

Lower-Division Requirements

8 courses (32 units)

Introduction to Human Developmental Sciences (1 Course)

HDS 1 - Introduction to Human Developmental Sciences

(Offered 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
  • MATH 11 - Elementary Probability and Statistics

Formal Skills (2 Courses)

Two courses selected from the following approved list:
  • Option 1: Two courses from the MATH 10 or MATH 20 sequence
  • Option 2: One course from the MATH 10 or MATH 20 sequence, and one computer programming course from the approved list: CSE 7, CSE 8A, CSE 11

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 12 - Neurobiology and Behavior
  • BILD 20 - Human Genetics in Modern Society
  • BILD 26 - Human Physiology
  • BILD 38 - Dementia, Science, and Society
  • COGS 17 - Neurobiology of Cognition

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 2 - General Psychology: Biological Foundations
  • 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 Requirements

13 courses (56 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):

  • HDS 110 - Brain and Behavioral Development (Prerequisite: HDS 1 or PSYC 101).
  • HDS 111 - Evolutionary Principles of Development (Prerequisite: HDS 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 and Linguistic Basis of Human Development (two required, one from each area):
  • 2A. Social-Cognitive Development (one required)
    • HDS 121 - The Developing Mind (Prerequisites: HDS 1 and declared Human Development major, pre-majors may add 1st day of class).
    • HDS 122 - Development of Social Cognition (Prerequisites: HDS 1).
    • PSYC 187 - Development Social Cognition (Prerequisite: PSYC 101).
  • 2B. Language Development (one required)
    • HDS 120 - Language Development (Prerequisites: HDS 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):
  • HDS 133 - Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Developmental Science (Prerequisite: HDS 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 (3 Courses)

Three courses - one 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).
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 130 - Hormones and Behavior (Prerequisites: Upper Division standing).
  • 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 HDS 1).
  • PSYC 168 - Psychological Disorders of Childhood (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • PSYC 171 - Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (Prerequisite: PSYC 2, 106, or 181 and 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).
  • 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).

Equity and Diversity Development Courses (2 Courses)

Two courses - must complete both courses listed below

  • HDS 171 - Diversity in Human Development
  • HDS 175 - Power, Wealth, and Inequality in Human Development

Methods of Research (2 Courses)

These 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).
HDS 181 - Experimental Projects in Human Development Research (Prerequisites: HDS 1, statistics, and must be a declared HDP major).
HDS 191 - Field Research in Human Development (Prerequisites: HDS 1 & HDS 181).
  • Students must submit the pre-enrollment questionnaire one academic year prior to enrollment. See the HDS 191 Page for details

Equity and Diversity Practicum (1 Course)

The Equity and Diversity Practicum is a third methods/practicum requirement. All of the courses available for this requirement are UCSD DEI certified courses and were selected and designed to broaden understanding of diverse perspectives.

One course selected from the following approved list:

  • COMM 102C - Practicum in New Media and Community Life
  • EDS 130 - Introduction to Academic Mentoring of Elementary/School Students
  • EDS 131 - Early Childhood Development and Education (Prerequisite: department approval).
  • EDS 136 - Introduction to Academic Tutoring of Secondary School Students

Senior Seminar (1 Course)

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

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

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