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Human Development

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

  • Bachelor of Science

Are you interested in the ways that biology and the environment affect how people change, from birth through adulthood? Human development explores the developmental process in humans throughout the life cycle. Students in this major learn about the social, emotional and cognitive development of humans, all within the context of everyday lives, families and communities. The major emphasizes hands-on learning experiences.

Major Requirements

You'll begin your studies with a thorough grounding in the biological sciences, social sciences, nutrition and fundamental training in human development observation techniques. At the upper division level, you'll study normal and unusual patterns of development in children and adults. At least one hands-on practicum course is required, and many students choose to supplement this course with an additional internship.

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Degree Outcomes


  • Child Care Director
  • Community Health Educator
  • Counselor
  • Human Resources Director
  • Teacher
  • Nurse
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician
  • Social Worker

Graduate Study

  • Human development and family studies
  • Education
  • Social work
  • Medicine
  • Counseling

Alumni Employers

  • Child Development Centers, Inc.
  • UC Davis MIND Institute
  • Fostering Success and Significance
  • Yolo Adult Day Health
  • Empower Yolo
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