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Child Psychology B.S.

Institute of Child Development
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2016
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 50 to 52
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
Child psychology focuses on behavioral development from the prenatal period to maturity in the areas of cognition, ethology, genetics, language, learning, perception, and social behavior. The Institute of Child Development, housed in the College of Education and Human Development, offers a bachelor of arts, a bachelor of science, and a minor in child psychology through the College of Liberal Arts (CLA). All undergraduate child psychology courses are considered CLA courses and count toward the CLA graduation requirements. Majors may not receive a second major or baccalaureate degree in psychology. The bachelor of science program places a stronger emphasis on research in the field of developmental psychology. With a combination of intensive training in developmental psychology and in-depth directed research, the program prepares students for graduate study in psychology, education, medicine, law, sociology, and other behavioral sciences.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 2 courses before admission to the program.
An introduction to psychology course must be completed before admission into the major. Students may formally declare the major with CPSY 2301 in progress.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Preparatory Courses
Introduction to Psychology
PSY 1001 - Introduction to Psychology [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
Introduction to Child Psychology
CPSY 2301 - Introduction to Child Psychology (4.0 cr)
or CPSY 3301 - Introduction to Child Psychology for Social Sciences (4.0 cr)
General Requirements
All students in baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Students may earn no more than one undergraduate degree in child psychology: a BA, a BS, or a minor. Students may combine the BS in child psychology with the minor in psychology. CLA degrees require that students complete 48 credits of upper-division coursework taken at the 3xxx, 4xxx, or 5xxx level. All incoming CLA freshmen must complete the appropriate first year experience course sequence.
Foundational Courses
Take two courses for a total of 7 to 8 credits.
CPSY 3308W - Introduction to Research Methods in Child Psychology [WI] (4.0 cr)
EPSY 3264 - Basic and Applied Statistics [MATH] (3.0 cr)
or SOC 3811 - Social Statistics [MATH] (4.0 cr)
or STAT 3011 - Introduction to Statistical Analysis [MATH] (4.0 cr)
or PSY 3801 - Introduction to Psychological Measurement and Data Analysis [MATH] (4.0 cr)
Core Courses
Take a minimum of 9 courses and 27 credits. Take CPSY 4310 for a minimum of 3 credits.
CPSY 4310 - Special Topics in Child Development (1.0-4.0 cr)
CPSY 4331 - Social and Personality Development (3.0 cr)
CPSY 4329 - Biological Foundations of Development (3.0 cr)
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· CPSY 4311 - Behavioral and Emotional Problems of Children (3.0 cr)
· CPSY 4313W - Disabilities and Development [WI] (4.0 cr)
Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:
· CPSY 4341 - Perceptual Development (3.0 cr)
· CPSY 4343 - Cognitive Development (3.0 cr)
· CPSY 4345 - Language Development and Communication (3.0 cr)
Note: CPSY 4996 may be taken for a maximum of 3 credits.
Take 3 or more course(s) from the following:
· CPSY 1334 - Global Issues on Children and Youth in Society [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· CPSY 4302 - Infant Development (3.0 cr)
· CPSY 4303 - Adolescent Psychology (3.0 cr)
· CPSY 4336 - Development and Interpersonal Relationships (3.0 cr)
· CPSY 4996 - Field Study in Child Psychology (1.0-4.0 cr)
Directed Research
Take a minimum of 6 credits of CPSY 4994.
CPSY 4994 - Directed Research in Child Psychology (1.0-4.0 cr)
Senior Project
Non-Honors Sequence
CPSY 4347W - Senior Project [WI] (2.0 cr)
or Honors Sequence
Honors students seeking to fulfill the honors thesis need to take CPSY 3360H in the fall of their junior year. CPSY 4994V should be taken for 2 credits, and it is typically taken in both fall and spring of a student's senior year.
CPSY 3360H - Child Psychology Honors Seminar (2.0 cr)
CPSY 4994V - Directed Research in Child Psychology (Honors Thesis) [WI] (1.0-6.0 cr)
Upper Division Writing Intensive within the Major
Students are required to take one upper division writing intensive course within the major. If that requirement has not been satisfied within the core major requirements, students must choose one course from the following list. Some of these courses may also fulfill other major requirements.
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· CPSY 3308W - Introduction to Research Methods in Child Psychology [WI] (4.0 cr)
· CPSY 4313W - Disabilities and Development [WI] (4.0 cr)
· CPSY 4347W - Senior Project [WI] (2.0 cr)
 
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PSY 1001 - Introduction to Psychology (SOCS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00518 - PSTL 1281/Psy 1001/Psy 1001H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Scientific study of human behavior. Problems, methods, findings of modern psychology.
CPSY 2301 - Introduction to Child Psychology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01677
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to the science of child behavior; review of theory and research.
CPSY 3301 - Introduction to Child Psychology for Social Sciences
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01677 - CPsy 2301/CPsy 3301
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
The science of child behavior; review of theory and research. Designed for majors in psychology, sociology, and related disciplines; not suggested for child psychology majors.
CPSY 3308W - Introduction to Research Methods in Child Psychology (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Techniques used in the study of child development; emphasis on collection, organization, and analysis of data. prereq: 2301, Psy 1001
EPSY 3264 - Basic and Applied Statistics (MATH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02317
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introductory statistics. Emphasizes understanding/applying statistical concepts/procedures. Visual/quantitative methods for presenting/analyzing data, common descriptive indices for univariate/bivariate data. Inferential techniques.
SOC 3811 - Social Statistics (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02148 - Soc 3811/Soc 5811
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
This course will introduce majors and non-majors to basic statistical measures and procedures that are used to describe and analyze quantitative data in sociological research. The topics include (1) frequency and percentage distributions, (2) central tendency and dispersion, (3) probability theory and statistical inference, (4) models of bivariate analysis, and (5) basics of multivariate analysis. Lectures on these topics will be given in class, and lab exercises are designed to help students learn statistical skills and software needed to analyze quantitative data provided in the class. prereq: Credit will not be granted if credit has been received for Soc 5811 (Soc 5811 offered Fall terms only). Undergraduates with strong math background are encouraged to register for 5811 in lieu of 3811. Soc Majors/Minors must register A-F.
STAT 3011 - Introduction to Statistical Analysis (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: (Select a set)
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Standard statistical reasoning. Simple statistical methods. Social/physical sciences. Mathematical reasoning behind facts in daily news. Basic computing environment.
PSY 3801 - Introduction to Psychological Measurement and Data Analysis (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01316 - Psy 3801/Psy 3801H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Descriptive/basic inferential statistics used in psychology. Measures of central tendency, variability, t tests, one-way ANOVA, correlation, regression, confidence intervals, effect sizes. Psychological measurement. Graphical data presentation. Statistical software. prereq: High school algebra, [PSY 1001 or equiv]; intended for students who plan to major in psychology
CPSY 4310 - Special Topics in Child Development
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topics/credits vary. prereq: 2301
CPSY 4331 - Social and Personality Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Development of social relations and personality; research, methodology, and contrasting theoretical perspectives. Survey of findings on interpersonal relationships, the concept of self, prosocial and antisocial behavior, and acquisition of social roles. prereq: 2301, Psy 1001
CPSY 4329 - Biological Foundations of Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Evolutionary theory and behavioral genetics applied to understanding of development of human behavior; formation of species-typical adaptive behavior and individual differences in infancy, childhood, and adolescence. This course is only offered Fall semesters. prereq: 2301 or equiv
CPSY 4311 - Behavioral and Emotional Problems of Children
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Behavioral and emotional problems of children and adolescents; psychopathology contrasted to normal development; symptoms, causes, course, and prevention of common disorders, excluding physical and sensory handicaps. prereq: 2301 or equiv
CPSY 4313W - Disabilities and Development (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Surveys all areas of exceptionality. Mental, hearing, vision, physical, speech, language handicaps. Learning disabilities. Autism. Emotional/behavior disorders. Giftedness. prereq: Psy 1001
CPSY 4341 - Perceptual Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Perceptual learning and the development of sensory and perceptual processes. prereq: 2301
CPSY 4343 - Cognitive Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Cognitive processes; relevant theory, research literature, and methodology. prereq: 2301
CPSY 4345 - Language Development and Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Structure and function of language; factors influencing development; methodological problems, language scales, theories. prereq: 2301
CPSY 1334 - Global Issues on Children and Youth in Society (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Provides an introduction to science, ethics, and ramifications in civic life of controversial issues concerning child or youth development in contemporary societies. Examines topics of ethical and civic concern and interest to parents, society, and young people and how developmental science informs these issues and policies as well as the decisions and actions of citizens in society. Students gain a basic understanding of how developmental research and theory inform policy and practices of societies as well as the individual decisions of parents, teachers, community members, and other citizens that influence the lives of children and youth. This course also examines how social issues influence science and its translation to action. Students will be exposed to a wide range of issues about children and youth that currently confront many societies around the world, and the state of the research evidence pertinent to these issues. Students will also learn how research is translated and disseminated so that it can inform policy and practice.
CPSY 4302 - Infant Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Perceptual, motor, emotional, social, and cognitive development during the first two years of life; the developing infant in his or her social and physical environment. prereq: 2301 or instr consent
CPSY 4303 - Adolescent Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Overview of development in the second decade of life. Interactions of adolescents with family, school, and society. prereq: Psy 1001
CPSY 4336 - Development and Interpersonal Relationships
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Processes and functions of interactions with personal relationships across the lifespan; analysis of theory and research on developmental changes and influences.
CPSY 4996 - Field Study in Child Psychology
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 32.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Independent reading. Varies depending on student's specific area of interest. Students receive credit while interning in metropolitan area. prereq: 4 cr CPsy, instr consent
CPSY 4994 - Directed Research in Child Psychology
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Individual empirical investigation. Students help plan/implement scientific studies, gain experience/expertise in methodology of research. prereq: 4 cr in CPsy, instr consent, dept consent
CPSY 4347W - Senior Project (WI)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Current literature on self-selected developmental topic. Students write a literature review. prereq: CPsy sr
CPSY 3360H - Child Psychology Honors Seminar
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Prerequisites: CPsy honors student
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Acquaints students with the various research projects and activities in the Institute for Child Development and in related departments. Faculty are invited to discuss their research projects with seminar participants. prereq: CPsy honors student
CPSY 4994V - Directed Research in Child Psychology (Honors Thesis) (WI)
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Individual empirical investigation. Students help plan/implement scientific studies while gaining experience/expertise in research methodology. prereq: 4 cr in CPsy, CPsy honors, instr consent, dept consent
CPSY 3308W - Introduction to Research Methods in Child Psychology (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Techniques used in the study of child development; emphasis on collection, organization, and analysis of data. prereq: 2301, Psy 1001
CPSY 4313W - Disabilities and Development (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Surveys all areas of exceptionality. Mental, hearing, vision, physical, speech, language handicaps. Learning disabilities. Autism. Emotional/behavior disorders. Giftedness. prereq: Psy 1001
CPSY 4347W - Senior Project (WI)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Current literature on self-selected developmental topic. Students write a literature review. prereq: CPsy sr