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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.

Please note that all classes taken for an HDS major or minor must be taken for letter grades.

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

Specializations in Equity and Diversity

The HDS Equity and Diversity Specialization addresses the need for more in-depth and comprehensive coursework covering issues of “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.” This curricular track bridges theory and practice, and provides a forum for the discussion of diversity-related topics and ideas in relation to human development. As an interdisciplinary undergraduate program, HDS feels it is critical for equity and inclusion issues to be uniquely understood from a developmental perspective, in which the needs of all groups are considered from an intersectional lens (i.e. race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social class, dis/ability, age) in relation to growth and change across the lifespan. Additionally, given the increasing focus on engaging in culturally sustaining practices across professional fields, this specialization seeks to better prepare students to engage with these pressing social issues when they leave the University.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Human Developmental Sciences with a specialization in Equity and Diversity

The B.S. specialization in Equity and Diversity degree provides coursework 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.

  • Lower-Division Requirements (B.S.):  32 units / 8 courses
  • Upper-Division Requirements (B.S.):  56 units / 13 Courses

Minor in Human Developmental Sciences with a specialization in Equity and Diversity

The Minor specialization in Equity and Diversity includes core coursework selected from broad-based developmental science classes, as well as specific coursework in Equity and Diversity, including one practicum. The selection of Equity and Diversity coursework for this minor is similar to the concentration in the major specialization.

  • Lower-Division Requirements: 1 course
  • Upper-Division Requirements: 6 Courses