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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
Research Internship
Advanced Research Internship
Supervised Fieldwork Internship
Advanced Supervised Fieldwork 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 (Upper-Division B): 14
Human Genetics
Behavioral Genetics
Select one of the following (E): 14
General Psychology
General Psychology
STAT 217Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods (B4) 14
Select one of the following:4
Intergroup Dialogues
Psychology of Gender
Multicultural Psychology (USCP)
Cross-Cultural International Psychology
The Social Psychology of Prejudice (USCP)
(See GE program requirements below.)56
Free Electives 226
Total units180

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 16 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • If any of the remaining 56 units is used to satisfy a Major or Support requirement, additional units of Free Electives may be needed to complete the total units required for the degree.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • A grade of C- or better is required in one course in each of the following GE Areas: A1 (Oral Communication), A2 (Written Communication), A3 (Critical Thinking), and B4 (Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning). 
Area AEnglish Language Communication and Critical Thinking
A1Oral Communication4
A2Written Communication4
A3Critical Thinking4
Area BScientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Physical Science4
B2Life Science (4 units in Support) 10
B3One lab taken with either a B1 or B2 course
B4Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (4 units in Support) 10
Upper-Division B (4 units in Support) 10
Area CArts and Humanities
Lower-division courses in Area C must come from three different subject prefixes.
C1Arts: Arts, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theater4
C2Humanities: Literature, Philosophy, Languages other than English4
Lower-Division C Elective - Select a course from either C1 or C24
Upper-Division C4
Area DSocial Sciences - Select courses in Area D from at least two different prefixes
D1American Institutions (Title 5, Section 40404 Requirement)4
D2Lower-Division D4
Upper-Division D4
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
Lower-Division E (4 units in Support) 10
Area F Ethnic Studies
F Ethnic Studies4
GE Electives in Areas B, C, and D
Select courses from two different areas; may be lower-division or upper-division courses.
GE Electives8
Total units56