BS Child Development

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Program Learning Objectives

  1. Learn about theories and research that have helped us to understand how children and adolescents develop physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually.
  2. Study how children and youth affect and are affected by the formal and informal environments in which they grow.
  3. Gain experience working with children and youth of different ages and backgrounds in various settings.
  4. Develop expertise in the use of digital technologies to access, create, and disseminate information related to the learning and development of children and youth.
  5. Develop an understanding of multicultural and anti-discrimination issues and how to lead children and youth into an appreciation of diversity.
  6. Develop skills in research, leadership, effective communication, and community building.

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 304Infant and Toddler Development4
CD 305Early and Middle Childhood Development4
CD/PSY 306Adolescence4
PSY 323The Helping Relationship4
CD 329Research Methods in Child Development4
CD 350Developmental Issues in Education4
or CD 351 Learning in Out-of-School Time
CD 401Perspectives on Child and Adolescent Development4
CD 413Children, Adolescents & Technology6
CD/PSY 417Interpersonal Relationships in Childhood and Adolescence4
CD 424Children's Learning and Development in Diverse Families and Communities4
CD/PSY 431Assessing Children's Development and Environments4
Select from the following:8
Supervised Fieldwork Internship
Advanced Supervised Fieldwork Internship
Research Internship
Advanced Research Internship
CD 461Senior Project Seminar2
CD 462Senior Project2
BIO 302Human Genetics (B5) 14
or PSY 344 Behavioral Genetics
PSY 201General Psychology (D4) 14
or PSY 202 General Psychology
STAT 217Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods (B1) 14
Select from the following:4
Intergroup Dialogues
Psychology of Gender
Multicultural Psychology
Cross-Cultural International Psychology
The Social Psychology of Prejudice
(See GE program requirements below.)60
Free Electives28
Total units180

Required in Support; also satisfies GE.

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 12 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 BScience and Mathematics
B1Mathematics/Statistics (4 units in Support plus 4 units in GE) 14
B2Life Science4
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
Area CArts and Humanities
C3Fine/Performing Arts4
C4Upper-division elective4
Area D/E Society and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)4
D2Political Economy4
D3Comparative Social Institutions4
D4Self Development (CSU Area E) (4 units in Support) 10
D5Upper-division elective (not PSY courses)4
Area FTechnology
FUpper-division elective4
Total units60

Required in Support; also satisfies GE.