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Overview of Human Developmental Sciences

The Human Developmental Sciences major offers the option of completing a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science. Academically, a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Science degree are equally valued. Both offer the students who earn them the opportunity to continue their education at the graduate degree level, and most academic or professional tracks will not require one degree over the other -- it is far more important that you focus on the specific classes you need for your future academic preparation, and choose the program which has the right fit for you. Typically, Bachelor of Arts degrees in any discipline allow students to sharpen their communication and writing skills. By comparison, a Bachelor of Science degree typically fosters analytical skills and can incorporate a specialization within the subject matter. All of the courses listed within the B.S. for Human Developmental Sciences -- such as the methods elective -- can be taken for B.A. elective credit, so the BS degree is not required to take advantage of advanced research opportunities.

HDS Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

The HDS Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) 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 (B.A.):  28 units / 7 Courses
  • Upper-Division Requirements (B.A.):  52 units / 12 courses

HDS Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

The HDS Bachelor of Science (B.S.) 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 (B.S.): 32 units / 8 courses
  • Upper-Division Requirements (B.S.): 56 units / 13 Courses