Welcome new Human Development students!

On Monday, August 21st, we will welcome you into our Department, and provide you with an overview of the major.

Freshmen - First Semester
We strongly recommend the following courses:

  • HD 1150 Introduction to Human Development:  Infancy and Childhood (required)
  • PSYCH 1101 Introduction to Psychology
  • An introductory course in Biology. If you are NOT a pre-med student, enroll in BIOG 1140: Foundations of Biology.  This course is offered only in Fall semesters so we suggest you take it in your first semester, if you can. Don't stress over it - just be sure it's on your radar. (Pre-meds see below.)

  • First year Writing Seminar (submit your ballot)
  • One additional class
  • A physical education class (required for freshmen)

Special Advice for Premeds
Plan to attend the Premed/Predent/Prehealth Orientation- Sunday, August 20th, 1PM, MVR G71
- G73.
Here's why:

  • You'll get the most accurate answers to your questions.
  • Pre-med advisers can help you get the classes you need BEFORE classes begin.
Click here to explore Cornell's excellent pre-med course options.


Transfer Students - First Semester

The first year guidelines (above) are also relevant for you. Consult your Graduation Summary (login required) to determine your unmet requirements.

(Please Note: Students who transfer to Human Development should follow the curriculum sheet issued for the year in which they transferred.   For example, a sophomore who transferred to HD in Fall 2017 would follow the 2017-2018 curriculum sheet.)

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