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CPSY 4302 - Infant Development

The goal of this undergraduate course is to survey the field of infant development, its theories and methods. Students will be provided with a framework for understanding and critically evaluating how researchers study infants, including the methodological, practical, and ethical issues they face. The course will review what is known about prenatal and perinatal development as well as the physical, cognitive, and social/ emotional development of infants through the second year of life. Toward that end, students will learn about the environmental, biological, and genetic factors that contribute to physical, motor, language, social, and emotional development of the infant.

Who should take this course?

Students who are interested in learning about the Biological, physical, perceptual, motor, emotional, social, and cognitive development from the prenatal period through the second year of life. This class will also provide students with insights into the impacts that the first two years of life can have on development across the lifespan.

Students who are interested in pursuing careers or graduate work working with, or on behalf of, infants including health fields, psychology, sociology, social work.

What degree requirements might this class fulfill?

Child Psychology B.A.
Child Psychology B.S.
Child Psychology Minor

For official information about how this class would fulfill major requirements or college requirements, please consult your college adviser and your APAS. Access to your APAS report can be found under the Academics tab on MyU.

CPsy 2301 Introductory Child Psychology or instructor consent

Grading Basis:
A-F or audit


Terms this class is typically offered:
Spring and Summer (online)

Instructors who teach this class:
Jed Elison

Sample syllabus
Link to PDF

Have additional questions about this class or need a permission number? Contact Meghan Eliason, Child Psychology Adviser, at