Major Transfer Guide for Developmental Psychology

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science

The Department Website provides information about major and minor options and requirements, the major declaration process, departmental advising contact information, and more. If you have specific questions about the major, you can contact the departmental advising office.

Recommendations from the Major Department

Courses to prepare for the major

At UMTC, CPSY is the designator for Developmental Psychology courses. The major changed from Child Psychology to Developmental Psychology in August 2019.

The BA and BS Developmental Psychology majors have one introductory CPSY course that is required for both majors: CPSY 2301 - Introduction to Child Psychology. CPSY 3301 - Introduction to Child Psychology for Social Sciences, is an alternative to CPSY 2301.  CPSY 3301 is intended for students who are deciding between Developmental Psychology and Psychology as a major. Neither course has a prerequisite. CPSY 2301 or 3301 are the only prerequisites for higher level CPSY courses.

The BS Developmental Psychology major also requires PSY 1001 - Introduction to Psychology.

A grade of C- or better is required in all courses approved to satisfy major requirements.

See the catalog for all courses in the major.

Remember, when using Transferology to plan courses for the major, look for courses that transfer as direct equivalents to UMTC major courses.

Requirements to declare the major

In CLA, each department has a process to declare the major. This is a necessary step for the major to be added to the student record. New transfer students do not declare their majors until after they attend orientation.

To declare a BA or a BS Developmental Psychology major, students are required to meet with the Developmental Psychology departmental advisor. Students are required to have CPSY 2301 or 3301 ( or an approved transfer course) completed or in progress to declare the major.

It is not required to be a declared Developmental Psychology major to have access to upper division CPSY courses; however, some upper division CPSY courses do have PSY 1001 and/or CPSY 2301 or  3301 as prerequisites.

You are encouraged to meet with the Developmental Psychology departmental advisor during your first semester in CLA to discuss your interest and declaration.  This meeting allows the departmental advisor to assist you in planning your major courses, and makes sure that you know about the opportunities within the major, such as research and scholarships.

Limits on the use of transfer credits towards the major

Lower division coursework –  Other than CPSY 2301, there are only two other CPSY 1xxx-level courses, CPSY 1334 - Global Issues on Children in Society, that can be used towards either the BA or the BS Developmental Psychology major. The majority of major requirements are satisfied with upper division coursework (3xxx - 4xxx level).

Major residency requirement – Developmental Psychology requires at least 12 credits of upper division credits (3xxx-level or higher) in the major be completed with UMTC coursework.

If you have taken a course at your institution called "Lifespan Development," "Child and Adolescent Development,"  "Developmental Psychology," or "Human Development," make sure to check Transferology to see if the course has been evaluated as equivalent to CPSY 2301. If there is no equivalency noted, we recommend you submit the course for evaluation for equivalency. If a student takes multiple introductory courses from the child development, lifespan development or developmental psychology areas at their previous institution, they can only count one in our major.

The BA and BS Developmental Psychology majors have a requirement of a 3xxx-level statistics course. The Developmental Psychology Department will accept statistics courses from a variety of disciplines (e.g., Sociology, Psychology, Statistics). Review the UMTC courses that satisfy the statistics requirement as listed in the catalog, and check Transferology to look for equivalent courses at your current institution.

Transfer courses are evaluated by the department for use towards the major. Check Transferology to see if an evaluation already exists for the courses you would like to use toward the major.  If you find a course that has not been evaluated you can submit the course for review. A copy of the course syllabus is required.

Additional information and recommendations

Developmental Psychology, with its focus on child and developmental psychology, is considered a distinct area of study at UMTC and is not part of the Psychology major or department. Faculty, research, and courses in the Institute of Child Development focus mainly on the prenatal through early adulthood stages of life, though lifespan development is also covered in the department. The majority of major courses are offered by the Developmental Psychology department.

If you select the BA Developmental Psychology major, the CLA second language requirement is part of the degree. Depending on your prior knowledge with languages, making progress with this requirement in advance of transferring can create more room in your class schedule for major courses later.  Be sure to talk with a CLA transfer advisor about any questions you have about completing the CLA Second Language requirement.

The BA major requires students to complete either an internship or directed research credits within their major, and the BS major requires directed research credits (and internship credits can be an elective in the major). There is information about internships and directed research, and other student resources, on the department’s website.

While a minor is not required, many students majoring in Developmental Psychology complete minors in Speech Language Hearing Science, Psychology (there are limits to overlaps with courses), Sociology, or Public Health in CLA. In addition to these CLA minors, there are interesting options available through other UMTC colleges, such as Neuroscience (CBS) or Family Social Science and Social Work (CEHD). Take time to explore your options.

The Developmental Psychology Undergraduate Program encourages prospective students to contact the departmental advisor with any questions.