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Program Learning Objectives

  1. Appreciation of the importance of scientific research for addressing human concerns
  2. Develop skills as critical consumers of research
  3. Knowledge of various theoretical perspectives on development from conception through adolescence
  4. Ability to think critically and problem solve regarding important issues in the field of child and adolescent development
  5. Ability to use various methods appropriate for the study and assessment of children and adolescents
  6. Understanding of the role of technology in developmental science
  7. Development of professional skills (e.g., interpersonal, oral and written communication, leadership) and awareness of ethical standards
  8. Appreciation of human diversity and multicultural perspectives

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.

MAJOR COURSES
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
or PSY 432 Psychological Testing
Select two of the following:8
Supervised Fieldwork Internship
Advanced Supervised Fieldwork Internship
Research Internship
Advanced Research Internship
CD 461Senior Project Seminar2
CD 462Senior Project2
SUPPORT COURSES
STAT 217Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods (B1) 14
BIO 302Human Genetics (B5) 14
PSY 201General Psychology (D4) 14
or PSY 202 General Psychology
Select from the following:4
Multicultural Psychology
Cross-Cultural International Psychology
The Social Psychology of Prejudice
Select from the following:4
Abnormal Psychology
Language and Cognitive Development
Behavioral Disorders in Childhood
Learning
Child Abuse and Neglect
GENERAL EDUCATION (GE)
(See GE program requirements below.)60
FREE ELECTIVES
Free Electives24
Total units180
1

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
C1Literature4
C2Philosophy4
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
1

Required in Support; also satisfies GE