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Bachelor of Science in Human Developmental Sciences with a Specialization in Healthy Aging

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Human Developmental Sciences with a Specialization in Healthy Aging is intended to equip students with the knowledge to work specifically with the aging population in medicine, research, industry, with families, and within our communities. Please note that all classes taken for this Bachelor of Science specialization must be taken for letter grades.

Lower-Division Requirements

8 courses (32 units)

Introduction to Human Developmental Sciences (1 Course)

HDS 1 - Introduction to Human Developmental Sciences

(0ffered fall and spring)

Statistics (1 Course)

One course selected from the following approved list:
  • HDS 60 - Introduction to Statistical Analysis
  • PSYC 60 - Introduction to Statistics
  • COGS 14B - Intro to Statistical Analysis
  • MATH 11 - Elementary Probability and Statistics

Formal Skills (2 Courses)

Two courses selected from the following approved list:
  • Option 1: Two courses from the MATH 10 or MATH 20 sequence
  • Option 2: One course from the MATH 10 or MATH 20 sequence, and one computer programming course from the approved list: CSE 7, CSE 8A, CSE 11

Biological Sciences (2 Courses)

Two courses selected from the following approved list:
  • ANTH 2 - Human Origins
  • BILD 1 - The Cell
  • BILD 2 - Multicellular Life
  • BILD 3 - Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
  • BILD 12 - Neurobiology and Behavior
  • BILD 20 - Human Genetics in Modern Society
  • BILD 26 - Human Physiology
  • BILD 38 - Dementia, Science, and Society (note: cannot overlap with specialization coursework)
  • COGS 17 - Neurobiology of Cognition

Social Sciences (2 Courses)

Two courses selected from the following approved list:
  • ANTH 1 - Introduction to Culture
  • ANTH 3 - World Prehistor
  • CAT 1 - Culture, Art and Technology I
  • CAT 2 - Culture, Art and Technology II
  • COMM 10- Introduction to Communication
  • COGS 1 - Introduction to Cognitive Science
  • FMPH 40 - Introduction to Public Health
  • FMPH 50 - Primary care and Public Health
  • HILD 7A, B, or C - Race and Ethnicity in the United States (only one can be used)
  • LIGN 4 - Language as a Cognitive System
  • LIGN 7 - Sign Language and Its Culture
  • LIGN 8 - Languages and Cultures in America
  • LIGN 101 - Introduction to the Study of Language
  • MMW 11 - Prehistory and the Birth of Civilization
  • MMW 12 - The Great Classical Traditions
  • MMW 121 - Exploring the Premodern World
  • MMW 122 - Exploring the Modern World
  • PSYC 1 - Psychology
  • PSYC 2 - General Psychology: Biological Foundations
  • PSYC 3 - General Psychology: Cognitive Foundations
  • PSYC 6 - General Psychology: Social Foundations
  • PSYC 7 - General Psychology: Developmental Foundations
  • SOCI 1 - Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCI 20 - Social Change in the Modern World

Upper-Division Requirements

13 courses (56 units)

Core Series (4 Courses)

A total of 4 courses with at least 1 course from each Domain is required.

Domain 1 - The Biological Basis of Human Development (one required):

  • HDS 110 - Brain and Behavioral Development (Prerequisite: HDS 1 or PSYC 101).
  • HDS 111 - Evolutionary Principles of Development (Prerequisite: HDS 1 or ANTH 2 or BILD 3).
  • ANBI 111 - Advanced Principles of Human Evolution (Prerequisite: Upper division standing).
  • BIPN 144 - Developmental Neurobiology (Prerequisites: Upper division standing. Students should have a strong background in biology).
Domain 2 - The Cognitive and Linguistic Basis of Human Development (two required, one from each area):
  • 2A. Social-Cognitive Development (one required)
    • HDS 121 - The Developing Mind (Prerequisites: HDS 1 or COGS 1).
    • HDS 122 - Development of Social Cognition (Prerequisites: HDS 1 or equivalent).
    • PSYC 187 - Development Social Cognition (Prerequisite: Upper division standing).
  • 2B. Language Development (one required)
    • HDS 120 - Language Development (Prerequisites: HDS 1 or LIGN 4 or equivalent).
    • COGS 156 - Language Development (Prerequisites: Upper-division standing and background in developmental psyc and/or linguistics is recommended).
    • LIGN 171 - Child Language Acquisition (Prerequisite: LIGN 101 or Upper division standing or consent of instructor).
Domain 3 - The Socio-cultural Basis of Human Development (one required):
  • HDS 133 - Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Developmental Science (Prerequisite: HDS 1 or PSYC 1).
  • ANSC 126 - Childhood and Adolescence (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • ANSC 168 - The Human Condition (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • COMM 112C - The Idea of Childhood (Prerequisite: COMM 10 or HDS 1).
  • HITO 126 - History of Childhood

Development Courses (3 Courses)

Three courses - one course from each domain is required.

Domain 1 - Biological Development:

  • ANBI 116 - Evolution of Primate Reproduction (Prerequisite: Upper division standing).
  • ANBI 140 - The Evolution of the Human Brain (Prerequisite: Upper division standing).
  • ANBI 159 - Biological and Cultural Perspectives on Intelligence (Prerequisite: Upper division standing).
  • ANBI 173 - Cognition in Animals and Humans (Prerequisite: Upper division standing).
  • ANTH 102 - Humans are Cultural Animals (Prerequisite: Upper division standing).
  • BICD 100 - Genetics (Prerequisites: BILD 1 and BILD 3).
  • BICD 112 - Stem Cells and Regeneration (Prerequisites: BIMM 100).
  • BICD 130 - Embryos, Genes, and Development (Prerequisites: BICD 100, BIBC 100 or BIBC 102 or CHEM 114A or CHEM 114B).
  • BIPN 134 - Human Reproduction (Prerequisites: BIPN 100).
  • BIPN 144 - Developmental Neurobiology (Prerequisites: Upper division standing. Students should have a strong background in biology).
  • BIPN 148 - Cellular Basis of Learning and Memory (Prerequisites: BIPN 100).
  • COGS 115 - Neurological Development and Cognitive Change (Prerequisites: BILD 10 or 12 or COGS 17 or HDS 110).
  • COGS 184 - Modeling the Evolution of Cognition (Prerequisites: COGS 17 or BILD 12).
Domain 2 - Cognitive and Language Development:
  • COGS 154 - Communication Disorders in Children and Adults (Prerequisites: Upper-division standing).
  • COMM 100A - Communication, the Person, and Everyday Life (Prerequisite: COMM 10).
  • COMM 168  - Bilingual Communication (Prerequisite:COMM 10 and one from COMM 100A, 100B, 100C).
  • LIGN 119/EDS 119 - First and Second Language Learning: From Childhood Through Adolescence (Prerequisite: Upper Division Standing or consent of instructor).
  • LIGN 179 - Second Language Acquisition (Prerequisite: LIGN 101 or Upper division standing or consent of instructor).
  • PSYC 101 - Developmental Psychology (Prerequisite: Upper division standing)..
  • PSYC 130 - Delay of Gratification (Prerequisite: Upper division standing).
  • PSYC 130 - Hormones and Behavior (Prerequisites: Upper Division standing).
  • PSYC 136 - Cognitive Development (Prerequisites: PSYC 101, or PSYC 105).
  • PSYC 141 - Evolution and Human Nature (Prerequisites: Upper Division standing).
  • PSYC 146 - Language and Conceptual Development (Prerequisites: Upper Division standing).
  • PSYC 156 - Cognitive Development in Infancy (Prerequisites: PSYC 101 or HDS 1).
  • PSYC 168 - Psychological Disorders of Childhood (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • PSYC 171 - Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (Prerequisite: PSYC 2, 106, or 181 and Upper-division standing).
  • PSYC 172 - Psychology of Human Sexuality (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • PSYC 173 - Psychology of Food and Behavior (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • PSYC 180 - Adolescence (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • PSYC 187 - Development of Social Cognition (Prerequisite: Upper division standing. PSYC 101 recommeded).
  • PSYC 190 - Parenting (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
Domain 3 - Socio-Cultural Development:
  • ANBI 159 - Biological and Cultural Perspectives on Intelligence (Prerequisite: Upper division standing).
  • ANSC 101 - Aging: Culture and Health in Late Life Human Development (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • ANSC 125 - Gender, Sexuality, and Society (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • ANSC 126 - Childhood and Adolescence (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • ANSC 127 - Discourse, interaction and Social life (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • COMM 102C - Practicum in New Media and Community Life. 
  • COMM 102D - Practicum in Child Development.
  • COMM 126 - Children and Media (Prerequisite: COMM 10 and one from COMM 100A, 100B, 100C).
  • EDS 115 - Cognitive Development and Education (Prerequisite: Upper division standing).
  • EDS 117/SOCI 117 - Language, Culture and Education (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • EDS 118 - Adolescent Development and Education (Prerequisite: Upper division standing).
  • FMPH 110 - Health Behavior and Chronic Diseases (Prerequisite: FMPH 40 and upper-division standing).
  • FMPH 120 - Health Policies for Healthy Lifestyles (Prerequisite: FMPH 40 and upper-division standing).
  • HDS 171 - Diversity in Human Development (Prerequisite: Upper division standing).
  • HDS 175 - Power, Wealth, and Inequality in Human Development (Prerequisite: Upper division standing).
  • LTWL 114 - Children's Literature
  • LTWL 116 - Adolescent Literature
  • PSYC 180 - Adolescence (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • PSYC 190 - Parenting (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • SOCI 116/LIGN 174 - Gender and Language in Society (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • SOCI 129 - The Family (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • SOCI 131 - Sociology of Youth (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • SOCI 159 - Special Topics in Organizations and Institutions - NOTE: ONLY WHEN TOPIC IS APPROVED FOR HDS MAJOR (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • SOCI 161 - Sociology of The Life course (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • USP 145 - Aging: Social and Health Policy Issues (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • USP 147. Case Studies in Health-Care Programs/Poor and Underserved Population

Healthy Aging Coursework (2 Courses)

Two courses - must complete two classes from the list below

  • ANSC 101 - Aging: Culture and Health in Late Life Human Development (Prerequisite: Upper-division standing).
  • BILD 38 - Dementia, Science, and Society (as specialization--cannot overlap with lower division requirements)
  • LTWL 177 - Literature and Aging
  • USP 141A. Life Course Scholars Research and Core Fundamentals.
  • USP 145 - Aging—Social and Health Policy Issues.

Methods of Research (2 Courses)

These courses are designed to introduce students to the philosophy and methods of developmental research in both laboratory and real-world settings (must be taken in residence).

HDS 181 - Experimental Projects in Human Development Research (Prerequisites: HDS 1, Statistics,  and a minimum of three upper-division HDS major courses, at least one in each domain. Department approval required to enroll. HDS majors only).

HDS 191 - Field Research in Human Development (Prerequisites: HDS 181 and Department approval required to enroll. HDS majors only).
  • Students must submit the pre-enrollment questionnaire one academic year prior to enrollment. See the HDS 191 Page for details
  • HDS 191 can be used to complete the Healthy Aging Practicum requirement when students choose an approved field site focusing on Aging populations (see next section).  Healthy Aging Practicum credit for an HDS 191 project is subject to approval.

Healthy Aging Practicum/Methods Elective (1 Course)

The Healthy Aging Practicum requirement can be completed through one of two ways:

  1. Through an approved Healthy Aging project for the Methods Elective requirement for the BS.
  2. With an approved site placement in HDS 191 that focuses on aging populations.

Students who use their the Methods Elective requirement to complete the Healthy Aging practicum can do so through one of the following courses:


Note: Students who choose to complete the Healthy Aging practicum requirement with HDS 191 rather than one of the above courses must still complete a Methods Elective for their BS degree. This can be completed with ANY of the courses listed for the traditional BS degree, including the following non-specialization options:
  • HDS 193 Advanced Research in Human Development - (Prerequisite: Approved Research Proposal).
  • HDS 194B Honors Thesis - (Prerequisite: Approved Honors Proposal).
  • COGS 120 - Intro to Human-Computer Interaction Design (Prerequisite:  CSE 8B or CSE 11 or DSC 30 and COGS 1 or DSGN 1).
  • COMM 102C - Practicum in New Media and Community Life
  • EDS 130 - Introduction to Academic Mentoring of Elementary/School Students
  • EDS 131 - Early Childhood Development and Education (Prerequisite: department approval).
  • EDS 136 - Introduction to Academic Tutoring of Secondary School Students
  • FMPH 102 - Biostatistics in Public Health (Prerequisite: FPMH 40; PSYC 60 or MATH 11).
  • SOCI 110 - Qualitative Research in Educational Settings

Senior Seminar Capstone (1 Course)

The Senior Seminar Capstone is a special topics seminar that provides advanced-level study on subfields of human development (must be taken in-residence).

HDS 150 - Senior Seminar (Prerequisites: HDS 181, senior Standing, and department approval).

  • Must be an approved HDS major with senior standing. Priority given to graduating seniors in their final quarter.