Developmental Science Curriculum

All graduate students complete the general psychology core, the research skills core, a master’s thesis, and a doctoral dissertation. Developmental science students also attend a weekly research seminar, complete a first-year project, and complete advanced coursework as indicated under the headings “First-Year Project” and “Advanced Coursework.”

The department also offers a combined cognitive-developmental science curriculum.

General Psychology Core

  • Two of: PY 648 Cognitive Development, PY 647 Social Development, PY 652 Lifespan Development
  • Two of: PY650 Cognition and Learning, PY629 Biological Bases of Behavior, PY670 Perception or PY672 Advanced Social Psychology

Research Skills Core

  • PY607 Research Methods in Psychology
  • PY602 Advanced Statistics I
  • PY603 Advanced Statistics II
  • PY604 Multivariate Methods of Analysis, BER646 Structural Equation Modeling, PY693 statistics topics, or approved alternative statistics course (must be individually approved in advance by the Graduate Statistics Committee)

Developmental Core

  • Seminar in Developmental/Human Developmental topics (9 hours; 3-6 hours in PY and 3-6 hours in HDFS). Note: PY hours must be filled by PY 693 seminars on Developmental Psychology topics. HDFS hours may be filled by HD664 Family Crises, HD561/562 Theories/Dynamics of Families, HD 535 Parent/Child Relationships, or a pre-aprroved alternative.
  • Two of: HD602 Infant Development, HD603 or BEP655 Adolescent Development, HD512 Adult Development or equivalent course

First-Year Project

  • HD598 or PY598 Graduate Research (3-6 hours) during the first year of study

Advanced Coursework

  • PY695 Teaching of Psychology
  • Elective (3 hours) in focus area if applicable
  • PY625 Developmental Science Proseminar (4 hours)

Thesis and Dissertation Hours

  • HD599 or PY599 Thesis Research (6 hours)
  • HD699 or PY699 Dissertation Research (18 hours)