HDP Bachelor of Science (BS)

The HDP Bachelor of Science (BS) degree is designed for those considering advanced graduate level study or other professional engagement in the health sciences, therapy, rehabilitation, or research. The BS requires additional coursework.

  • Lower-Division Requirements (BS): 32 units / 8 courses

  • Upper-Division Requirements (BS): 56 units / 13 Courses

The Human Development Program Bachelor of Science 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.

BS Requirements Overview

HDP Pre-major (Lower-Division Requirements) (8 courses):

Includes the seven preparatory requirements of the BA—with targeted selections in biology and statistics—plus an additional quarter of calculus or computer programming for a total of eight courses.
  • Introduction to Human Development (HDP 1)
  • Statistics
  • Two formal skills
  • Two biological sciences
  • Two social sciences

HDP Major (Upper-Division Requirements) (13 courses):

Includes the 12 major requirements of the BA—with targeted selections in biology—plus an additional research study (see below) for a total of 13 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 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).
  • Methods Elective: Self-Designed Research Study/Practicum Experience:
    • A third methods/practicum requirement, selected and designed for future professional interests. Options include a variety of courses within traditional lab or field research environments, as well as well as research studies supported within apprenticeships, internships, or professional observations necessary for field specializations.

Bachelor of Science 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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

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 and 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 and declared Human Development major, pre-majors may add 1st day of class).
    • 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).
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 HDP 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
  • 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

Methods Elective

  • HDP 193 Advanced Research in Human Development (Prerequisite: Approved Research Proposal).
  • HDP 194B Honors Thesis (Prerequisite: Approved Honors Proposal).
  • ANSC 172 Life-History Seminar and Practicum
  • COGS 120 Intro to Human-Computer Interaction Design (Prerequisite:  CSE 8A or CSE 11).
  • COMM 102C Practicum in New Media and Community Life
  • COMM 102D Practicum in Child Development
  • EDS 131 Introduction to Early Childhood Education (Prerequisite: department approval).
  • FMPU 102 Biostatistics (Prerequisite: FPMU 40; PSYC 60 or MATH 11).
  • SOCI 110 Qualitative Research in Educational Settings

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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