Developmental Psychology

Course Description

This is a pre-professional program designed around an interdisciplinary major with study in life-span human development, life sciences and psychology. The focus of the major is the physical and psychological development of the individual from conception to death. Theoretical study will concentrate on psychological functions of cognition, emotion, perception, social, moral and spiritual development and physiological processes relating to behavior. Students completing the major will be strongly encouraged to pursue graduate study in a variety of areas including: psychology (clinical, developmental, school, health, research); medicine and related health areas; and human services (delivery systems, health care policy formation, agency administration.) When coupled with appropriate studies in the area of religion, students may qualify for admission to seminaries.

Major Competencies

  • ¬†Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of human behavior through the basic principles of developmental psychology across the life span in an interdisciplinary context within the biological, psychological, human development and laboratory settings.
  • Graduates will be able to conduct evaluative archival research in the field of developmental psychology.
  • Graduates will be able to articulate in an interdisciplinary context how human development, psychology and human biology relate in the study of human behavior.

Courses

Part 1: General Education Core
(See Core Studies Requirements)

Part 2: Developmental Psychology Major

Prerequisites: PSY 140/141, BIO 221, 222

44 credits: 20 credits in residence, 24 credits upper division. Required:

HD 311 Prenatal through Early Childhood 3
HD 312 Mid-Child though Adolescent 3
HD 313 Adult, Aging, and Dying 3
PSY 300 Neuroscience and Behavior 4
PSY 314 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 401 History and Systems of Psychology 3
Y 402 Personality Theory 3
BIO 250 Genetics 3
BIO 420 Mammalian Physiology 4
BIO 421 Elements of Gross Anatomy 4
MA 342 Statistical Methods 3
PHS 211 General Chemistry I 4
PHS 212 General Chemistry II 4