Program Learning Objectives
- 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.
- Students should be able to understand scientific principles, think critically, and interpret, design, and conduct developmental science research.
- Students will develop intrapersonal knowledge and interpersonal skills to contribute to building a society responsive to multicultural and global concerns.
- Students should demonstrate competence in writing and in oral and interpersonal communication skills.
- 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 102||Orientation to the Child Development Major||2|
|CD 131||Observing and Interacting with Children||4|
|CD 230||Preschool Laboratory||4|
|CD/PSY 254||Family Psychology||4|
|CD/PSY 256||Developmental Psychology||4|
|CD 302||Developmental Science Technology Lab||2|
|CD 304||Infant and Toddler Development||4|
|CD 305||Early and Middle Childhood Development||4|
|PSY 323||The Helping Relationship||4|
|CD 329||Research Methods in Child Development||4|
|CD 356||Behavioral Disorders in Childhood||4|
|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|
|Advanced Research Internship|
|CD 424||Children's Development in Diverse Cultures||4|
|CD 450||Perspectives on Child and Adolescent Development||4|
|CD 461||Senior Project Seminar||2|
|CD 462||Senior Project||2|
|Select one of the following (B2): 1||4|
|Biology of Sex|
|Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology|
|Select one of the following (B5): 1||4|
|Select one of the following (E): 1||4|
|STAT 217||Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods (B1) 1||4|
|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)|
|GENERAL EDUCATION (GE)|
|(See GE program requirements below.)||56|
Required in Support; also satisfies GE.
If a GE course is used to satisfy a support requirement, additional units of free electives may be required to complete the 180 unit requirement.
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.
|A3||Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing||4|
|Area B||Math, Science, and Quantitative Reasoning|
|B1||Mathematics/Statistics (4 units in Support plus 4 units in GE) 1||4|
|B2||Life Science (4 units in Support) 1||0|
|B4||One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course|
|B5||Area B elective (select one course from B1-B5) (4 units in Support) 1||0|
|Area C||Arts and Humanities|
|Area D||Society and the Individual|
|D1||The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)||4|
|D3||Comparative Social Institutions||4|
|D5||Upper-division elective 2||4|
|Area E||Lifelong Learning and Self-Development|
|E||Lower-division elective (4 units in Support) 1||0|
Required in Support; also satisfies GE.
Requirement may be fulfilled if a GE course is used to fulfill a support requirement. If so, additional units of free electives may be needed to complete the total units required for the degree.