PSY 215 : Human Development

Surveys major developmental theories and patterns of change and continuity from birth to death in human subjects. Emphasizes biological, cognitive, and emotional development through the lifespan. Examines cultural influences on development.


Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

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Course Outcomes

Students should be able to:

  • Utilize knowledge of variables that influence development throughout the life span and apply this knowledge to become more effective parents, professionals, and citizens of the global community.
  • Relate the scientific knowledge of development from conception to death including the biological, emotional, cognitive, and psychosocial influences in order to make effective personal and professional decisions.
  • Evaluate research using a multidisciplinary view of development that includes cross-cultural perspectives.
  • Apply critical thinking to analyze and problem solve the developmental concerns from birth to death.
  • Utilize knowledge of prenatal and child development, cognitive foundations of intelligence, and emotional development throughout the lifespan to evaluate and improve human potential.

Additional Information

This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Social Sciences/AAS, Social Sciences/AGS, Social Sciences/AS, Social Sciences/AAOT, Social Sciences/ASOT-B.

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