Major Requirements

Preparatory Requirements

UC Davis students who wish to change their major to Human Development must complete the following courses with a combined grade point average of at least 2.500.

All of the following courses must be taken for a letter grade:

  • Psychology 1
  • Statistics 10 or 13 or Psychology 41 or Sociology 46A and 46B
  • One course from Anthropology 1, 2 or 15
  • One course from Biological Sciences 2A, 10, 101; Microbiology 10; Molecular and Cellular Biology 10; or Neurobiology,
  • Physiology, and Behavior 10, 12 or 101

Preparatory Subject Matter

  • Anthropology (ANT 1, ANT 2, or ANT 15) Any 2 of the 3 (8-9 units)
  • Biology (BIS 2A, BIS 10, MIC 10, or NCB 12) one (3-5 units
  • Genetics (MCB 10 or Bio Sci 101*) one (4 units)
  • History (HIS 17A, HIS 17B, HIS 72A, HIS 72B or POL 1) one (4 units)
  • Philosophy (PHI 5, PHI 15, PHI 30, PHI 31, PHI 32, or PHI 38) Any 2 of the 5 (8 units)
  • Physiology (NPB 10, NPB 101 or PSC 101) one (4-5 units)
  • Psychology (PSC 1) (4 units)
  • Statistics (STA 10, STA 13 or PSC 41 or SOC 46 A&B) one (4-5 units)

Depth Subject Matter

  • Life-span Development and Family (HDE 100A, 100B, & 100C) ALL (12 units)
  • Assessment (HDE 120) (4 units)
  • Biological Processes (BIS 101*, NUT 111AY(AV), PSC 121, HDE 117) one (3-5 units)
  • **Socio-cultural Processes (HDE 102, 110, 130, 160 or 162) one (4 units)
  • **Cognitive Processes (HDE 101, 103, 132, 161 or 163) one (4 units)
  • **Practicum (HDE 140 & 140L, or 141, 142, or 143) one (4 units)
  • Restricted Electives (19-20 Units chosen in consultation with faculty advisor or from approved list of courses.)

*BIS 101 cannot be used to satisfy both the prep and depth matter requirements. ** At least ONE course from among these groupings (Socio-Cultural Processes, Cognitive Processes, and Practicum) must focus on childhood/ adolescence (HDE 101, 102, 103, 110, 130, 132) and ONE must focus on adulhood/aging (HDE 117, 143, 160, 161, 162, 163).

Written/Oral Expression

One year (3 quarters) of English (one course must be an upper division course at UC Davis or equivalent 4 year institution). Test given by Letters and Science not applicable.

Restricted Electives for Depth Subject Matter

Restricted Electives pdf

Sample of Academic Plans to Complete HDE Major

3 year HDE Major Plan

PLEASE BE ADVISED:  Attempting to complete the major in 3 years will require multiple quarters with heavy course loads. Only students especially capable and dedicated should attempt to complete the major in 3 years, with the recommendation of an academic advisor.         

Your academic plan will differ depending on previous credit received, prerequisites taken for upper division restricted electives, your course schedule, and available offerings.

4 year HDE Major Plan

This is a sample academic plan for students who would like to complete Human Development major in 4 years.  Your academic plan will differ depending on previous credit received, prerequisites taken for upper division restricted electives, your course schedule, and available offerings.