Developmental Psychology

Human development across a lifespan

Warner Pacific developmental psychology major.Our Developmental Psychology degree 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 psychology 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.


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

Part 2: Developmental Psychology Major

Prerequisites: PSY 140/141, BIO 221, 222

45 credits: 21 credits in residence, 27 credits upper division. Required:

HD 311Prenatal through Early Childhood3
HD 312Mid-Child though Adolescent3
HD 313Adult, Aging, and Dying3
PSY 300Neuroscience and Behavior4
PSY 314Abnormal Psychology3
PSY 401History and Systems of Psychology3
PSY 402Personality Theory3
BIO 250Genetics3
BIO 420Mammalian Physiology4
BIO 421Elements of Gross Anatomy4
MA 342Statistical Methods3
PHS 211General Chemistry I4
PHS 212General Chemistry II4

Major Competencies

  • Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of human behavior through the basic principles of developmental psychology across the lifespan 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.

(Updated Sept. 2015)