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Program Learning Objectives

  1. Students completing core courses should demonstrate breadth of knowledge in developmental science and application of research and theory to “real-world” problems relevant to children, youth, and families. 
  2. Students should be able to understand scientific principles, think critically, and interpret, design, and conduct developmental science research. 
  3. Students will develop intrapersonal knowledge and interpersonal skills to contribute to building a society responsive to multicultural and global concerns.
  4. Students should demonstrate competence in writing and in oral and interpersonal communication skills. 
  5. Students will develop skills and experience to enable them to succeed personally and professionally. 

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No major or support courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

CD 102Orientation to the Child Development Major2
CD 131Observing and Interacting with Children4
CD 230Preschool Laboratory4
CD/PSY 254Family Psychology4
CD/PSY 256Developmental Psychology4
CD 302Developmental Science Technology Lab2
CD 304Infant and Toddler Development4
CD 305Early and Middle Childhood Development4
CD/PSY 306Adolescence4
PSY 323The Helping Relationship4
CD 329Research Methods in Child Development4
CD 356Behavioral Disorders in Childhood4
Child Development Electives
Select from the following:12
Developmental Issues in Education
Learning in Out-of-School Time
Children, Adolescents & Technology
Interpersonal Relationships in Childhood and Adolescence
Assessing Children's Development and Environments
Child Abuse and Neglect
Supervised Fieldwork and Internship
Select from the following:10
Supervised Fieldwork Internship
Advanced Supervised Fieldwork Internship
Research Internship
Advanced Research Internship
CD 424Children's Development in Diverse Cultures4
CD 450Perspectives on Child and Adolescent Development4
CD 461Senior Project Seminar2
CD 462Senior Project2
Select one of the following (B2): 14
General Biology
Biology of Sex
Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
Select one of the following (B5): 14
Human Genetics
Behavioral Genetics
Select one of the following (E): 14
General Psychology
General Psychology
STAT 217Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods (B1) 14
Select one of the following:4
Intergroup Dialogues (D5) 2
Psychology of Gender
Multicultural Psychology (USCP)
Cross-Cultural International Psychology
The Social Psychology of Prejudice (USCP)
(See GE program requirements below.)56
Free Electives26
Total units180

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 16 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • Minimum of 12 units required at the 300 level.
Area ACommunication
A1Expository Writing4
A2Oral Communication4
A3Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing4
Area BMath, Science, and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Mathematics/Statistics (4 units in Support plus 4 units in GE) 14
B2Life Science (4 units in Support) 10
B3Physical Science4
B4One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
B5Area B elective (select one course from B1-B5) (4 units in Support) 10
B7Upper-division elective4
Area CArts and Humanities
C3Fine/Performing Arts4
C4Upper-division elective4
Area D Society and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)4
D2Political Economy4
D3Comparative Social Institutions4
D5Upper-division elective 24
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
ELower-division elective (4 units in Support) 10
Total units56