Human Development Major (HDE B.S.)
STARTING Fall 2021

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.
Announcement to HDE major-declared continuing students:
All continuing HDE students in their 2nd, 3rd or 4th year who have decided to follow the new HDE major requirements can meet with an advisor beginning winter quarter 2022 to update their study plans. If otherwise, students can follow the same previous requirements. To calculate your units and courses completed and/or remaining, refer to the HDE Major Evaluation Forms on OASIS under the Degree Worksheet tab.

Entry Requirements

UC Davis students who wish to change the 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 1/1Y
  • Any one of the following Statistics courses: STA 13 or PSC 41
  • Any one of the following Anthropology courses: ANT 1/1Y, 2, or 15
  • Any one of the following Biological Science courses: BIS 2A(1A), 10, 101; MIC 10; MCB 10; NPB 10, 12, 101; PSC 101

UC Davis students who wish to double major with Human Development must complete all the preparatory subject matter courses, and at least one upper division class in each major with a 2.00 GPA or better.

Please watch the videos below (or click on the hyperlinks) to learn the detailed steps you need to take to change your major to HDE or double major with HDE.

Preparatory Subject Matter

Click here to watch the Prep Subject Matter module. 

  • Anthropology: ANT 1/1Y, ANT 2, or ANT 15 (choose 1)
  • Biology: BIS 2A(1A), 10, 101*; MIC 10; MCB 10; NPB 10, 12, 101; or PSC 101 (choose 2)
  • Philosophy: PHI 5, 15, 30, 31, 32, or 38 (choose 2)
  • Psychology: PSC 1/1Y
  • Statistics: STA 13 or PSC 41 (choose 1)

Depth Subject Matter

Click here to watch the Depth Subject Matter module.

  • Life Span Series: HDE 100A, 100B, & 100C 
  • Research Methods: HDE 120
  • Practicum: Any one of the following HDE 140L, or 141, 142, or 143
  • Track Courses (choose 1 track, and take 3 courses listed in the track)
    • Health & Wellbeing Track: HDE 131, 133/133V, 134, 135, 137, 180 
      • Click here to watch a video with more detailed info about this track.
    • Children & Families Across the Lifespan Track: HDE 104, 110/110V, 111, 112, 180
      • Click here to watch a video with more detailed info about this track.
    • General HDE Track: choose any 3 upper division HDE course. Possible options: HDE 101, 102, 104, 110/110V, 111, 112, 117, 130, 131, 133/133V, 134, 135, 137, 161, 163, 180. These courses cannot overlap with Restricted Electives. 
      • Click here to watch a video with more detailed info about this track.
  • Restricted Electives (RE): 19-20 units chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor or from approved list of courses by track. All courses must be taken for a letter grade.

English/Writing Requirement

Click here to watch the English/Writing Requirement module.

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 the College of Letters and Science not applicable.

Two courses from: ENL 3; UWP 1, 48, 49; COM 1, 2, 3, 4; NAS 5; or CMN 1 
One course from: UWP 101, 102 series, 104 series

To calculate your complete and/or remaining units and courses, refer to the "HDE Major Evaluation Form - Effective Fall 2021" on OASIS under the Degree Worksheets tab.

If you would prefer to view the HDE Major Evaluation Form in the form of a PDF, you can download it here.