Major Requirements

Human Development Major

All classes that you are taking to satisfy major requirements (i.e., lower and upper division classes, English classes, and restricted electives) must be taken for a letter grade.

Entry 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 2.50 or higher and be in good academic standing: 

  • Psychology 1
  • Any one of the following Statistics courses: STA 13 or STA 10 or PSC 41 or SOC 46A&B
  • Any one of the following Anthropology courses: ANT 1, 2, or 15
  • Any one of the following Biological Science courses: MCB 10 or BIS 101; BIS 2A or 10; NPB 10, 12, or 101; PSC 101; MIC 10

Preparatory Subject Matter

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

Depth Subject Matter

  • Life Span Series: HDE 100A, 100B, & 100C 
  • Assessment: HDE 120
  • Biological Processes: Any one of the following BIS 101*, NUT 111AY(AV), PSC 121 or HDE 117
  • Socio-Cultural Processes: Any one of the following HDE 102, 110, 130, 160 or 162
  • Cognitive Processes: Any one of the following HDE 101, 103, 132, 161 or 163
  • Practicum: Any one of the following HDE 140 & 140L, or 141, 142, or 143
  • 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 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.

Two courses from: ENL3, UWP 1, 18, 19, 101, or 104 A-D or E,  UWP 102, COM 1,2,3,4, NAS 5, or CMN 1                                                                                            
Additional English required course for Major: UWP101, 102, 104A–F     

Restricted Electives for Depth Subject Matter

Restricted Electives