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Human Developmental Sciences Program

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5320 AP&M, Muir College
http://hdsciences.ucsd.edu

All courses, faculty listings, and curricular and degree requirements described herein are subject to change or deletion without notice.

The Human Developmental Sciences Major

The scientific study of human development focuses on issues of growth, development, and behavioral change across the lifespan. The Human Developmental Sciences Program (HDS) is interdisciplinary, incorporating courses from the Departments of Anthropology, Biology, Cognitive Science, Communication, Education Studies, Ethnic Studies, History, Linguistics, Literature, Psychology, Sociology, and Urban Studies and Planning Program. The HDS curriculum is designed to emphasize the idea of development as an essential perspective from which to understand human behavior. The courses cover a broad spectrum of issues in human development: from brain and perceptual development, to reasoning and problem solving, to social interaction and the evolution of cultural systems. HDS unifies and coordinates the excellent research and teaching resources currently available on campus in this area and profiles the factors that influence the ways in which humans develop and change.

Human development is a very large field, but there is a set of basic questions that serve to define and integrate it: What underlies the development of human knowledge? To what extent is the capacity to know, indeed the concepts themselves, encoded in the genes? How is the role of learning and environmental influences accounted for? How do we learn? What are the ways in which children become competent participants in their social groups? What is the origin and nature of social interaction and organization?

The study of human development has become increasingly central to a wide range of important issues affecting infants, young children, adolescents, and adults, as well as the changing structure of the American family and public policy on children, health, and education. An understanding of the processes that underlie human development is crucial to our evaluation of these issues and to our ability to offer avenues for remediation of the attendant problems. There are three major areas of study within HDS: biological development, cognitive and language development, and sociocultural development. These areas consider issues that pertain to development of specific neural and cognitive processes and development within a larger social and cultural context.

Degrees offered for students majoring in human developmental sciences include the following:

  • Human Developmental Sciences Bachelor of Arts
  • Human Developmental Sciences Bachelor of Science
  • Human Developmental Sciences Bachelor of Science with a Specialization in Equity and Diversity
  • Human Developmental Sciences Bachelor of Science with a Specialization in Healthy Aging

Career Guidance

A degree in human developmental sciences is designed to impart fundamental skills in critical thinking, comparative analysis, research analysis, and written expression. It offers training of special interest to those considering admission to graduate or professional schools and careers in medicine, law, education, counseling, clinical psychology, public health, public policy, public administration, or social work. The bachelor of arts (BA) provides broad-based preparation for many fields with solid grounding in both theory and methodology in the discipline of human development, while providing a great deal of curricular flexibility. The bachelor of science (BS) requires completion of more rigorous preparatory course work and can be taken within a specialization. It is designed to incorporate additional methods, practicum, apprentice/observation hours, or experiential learning that may be needed for admission to graduate programs or advanced professional training. Students are advised to see an HDS adviser for assistance in selecting a curriculum that best suits their academic and professional objectives.

A human developmental sciences major can offer preparation for teaching in elementary schools. However, if you are interested in earning a California teaching credential from UC San Diego, contact the Education Studies Minor (EDS) for information about prerequisite and professional preparation requirements. It is recommended you contact EDS as early as possible in your academic career.

Areas of Specialization

An HDS major may elect to receive a BS in human developmental sciences with an area of specialization. The areas of specialization are intended to provide majors with guidance in choosing elective courses and to make the specific interests and training of a major clear to prospective employers and graduate schools. Specifying an area of specialization is optional; however, students should take into consideration when planning for their specialization that all approved courses are not necessarily offered every year.

To major in human developmental sciences with an area of specialization, the student must fulfill the requirements for the BS degree and must choose elective course work from a list of approved courses for that area of specialization. The following areas of specialization are currently offered by the program:

Specialization in Equity and Diversity

This area of specialization bridges theory and practice to provide more comprehensive scholarship in equity and diversity from a developmental perspective. 

Specialization in Healthy Aging

This area of specialization is intended to equip students with the knowledge to work specifically with the aging population in medicine, research, and industry; with families; and within our communities.

Education Abroad

Students are often able to participate in the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP) and UC San Diego’s Opportunities Abroad Program (OAP) while still making progress toward the major. Students interested in studying abroad should see an HDS adviser to discuss curriculum plans and appropriate courses. It is strongly recommended that students obtain HDS preapproval for study abroad courses that are intended to count toward the major. Information on EAP/OAP is detailed in the Education Abroad Program section of the UC San Diego General Catalog. Interested students should contact the Study Abroad UC San Diego office in the International Center and visit the website at http://studyabroad.ucsd.edu/. Financial aid is applicable and special study abroad scholarships are available.

Prerequisites for Human Developmental Sciences Majors

Candidates for a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science in human developmental sciences must fulfill the general-education and graduation requirements of Marshall, Muir, Revelle, Roosevelt, Sixth, or Warren College in addition to the following human developmental sciences major requirements.

Grade Requirements for HDS Majors

A minimum grade point average of 2.0 is required in the major. Students must receive a grade of C– or better in any course counted toward fulfillment of the major requirements. All courses taken to satisfy the program’s lower- and upper-division requirements must be taken for a letter grade. HDS 1, HDS 150, HDS 181, and HDS 191 must be taken in residence. No substitutions will be approved.

Lower-Division Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts

1. Introduction to Human Developmental Sciences: HDS 1

2. One statistics course selected from the approved list: HDS 60, PSYC 60, COGS 14B (formerly COGS 14), BIEB 100, ECON 120A, POLI 30, or MATH 11

3. One formal skills course selected from the approved list: PHIL 10, PHIL 12, LIGN 17, or one course from the MATH 10 sequence or MATH 20 sequence

4 and 5. Two biological sciences courses selected from the approved list: ANTH 2, BILD 1, BILD 2, BILD 3, BILD 7, BILD 10, BILD 12, BILD 18, BILD 20, BILD 26, BILD 38, COGS 11, COGS 17, PSYC 2

6 and 7. Two social sciences courses selected from the approved list: ANTH 1, ANTH 3, CAT 1, CAT 2, COMM 10, COGS 1, FMPH 40, FMPH 50, one course from the HILD 7A, B, or C sequence (only one allowed), LIGN 4, LIGN 7 LIGN 8, LIGN 101, MMW 11, MMW 12, MMW 121, MMW 122, PSYC 1, PSYC 3, PSYC 6, PSYC 7, SOCI 1, SOCI 20

Upper-Division Major Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts

  1. Two Methods courses
  2. Four Core Series courses
  3. Five Development Series courses
  4. HDS 150
    (Full information follows)

A. Methods Courses

  1. HDS 181. Experimental Projects in Human Development Research
  2. HDS 191. Field Research in Human Development

B. Core Series Courses

(Four courses selected from the approved list required, at least one from each DOMAIN)

Domain 1: The biological basis of human development

HDS 110. Brain and Behavioral Development

HDS 111. Evolutionary Principles of Human Development

ANBI 111. Advanced Principles of Human Evolution

BIPN 144. Developmental Neurobiology

Domain 2: The cognitive and linguistic basis of human development (Two required—one from each area)
A. Social-Cognitive Development (One required)

HDS 121/COGS 110. The Developing Mind

HDS 122. Social Development

PSYC 187. Development of Social Cognition

B. Language Development (One required)

HDS 120. Language Development

COGS 156. Language Development

LIGN 171. Child Language Acquisition

Domain 3: The sociocultural basis of human development

HDS 133. Sociocultural Foundations of Human Development

ANSC 126. Childhood and Adolescence

ANSC 168. The Human Condition

COMM 112C. The Idea of Childhood

HITO 126. History of Childhood

C. Development Series Courses

(Five courses required: one from each domain, and two electives)

Domain 1: Biological Development

ANBI 116. The Evolution of Primate Reproduction

ANBI 140. The Evolution of the Human Brain

ANBI 159. Biological and Cultural Perspectives on Intelligence

ANBI 173. Cognition in Animals and Humans

ANTH 102. Humans are Cultural Animals

BICD 100. Genetics

BICD 112. Stem Cells and Regeneration

BICD 130. Embryos, Genes, and Development

BIPN 134. Human Reproduction

BIPN 144. Developmental Neurobiology

BIPN 148. Cellular Basis of Learning and Memory

COGS 115. Neurological Development and Cognitive Change

COGS 184. Modeling the Evolution of Cognition

PSYC 132. Hormones and Behavior

PSYC 168. Psychological Disorders of Childhood

PSYC 171. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory

Domain 2: Cognitive and Language Development

COGS 154. Communication Disorders in Children and Adults

COMM 100A. Communication, the Person, and Everyday Life

COMM 168. Bilingual Communication

EDS 119/LIGN 119. First and Second Language Learning: From Childhood through Adolescence

LIGN 179. Second Language Acquisition

PSYC 101. Introduction to Developmental Psychology

PSYC 130. Delay of Gratification

PSYC 136. Cognitive Development

PSYC 141. Evolution and Human Nature

PSYC 146. Language and Conceptual Development

PSYC 156. Cognitive Development in Infancy

PSYC 168. Psychological Disorders of Childhood

PSYC 172. Psychology of Human Sexuality

PSYC 173. Psychology of Food and Behavior

PSYC 180. Adolescence

PSYC 187. Development of Social Cognition

PSYC 190. Parenting

Domain 3: Sociocultural Development

ANBI 159. Biological and Cultural Perspectives on Intelligence

ANSC 101. Aging: Culture and Health in Late Life Human Development

ANSC 125. Gender, Sexuality, and Society

ANSC 126. Childhood and Adolescence

ANSC 127. Discourse, Interaction, and Social Life

ANSC 167. Rituals and Celebrations

COMM 102C. Practicum in New Media and Community Life

COMM 126. Children and Media

EDS 115. Cognitive Development and Education

EDS 117/SOCI 117. Language, Culture, and Education

EDS 118. Adolescent Development and Education

FMPH 110. Health Behavior and Chronic Diseases

FMPH 120. Health Policies for Healthy Lifestyles

HDS 171. Diverse Communities in a Life Span Approach to Human Development

HDS 175. Power, Wealth, and Inequality in Human Development

LTWL 114. Children’s Literature

LTWL 116. Adolescent Literature

LTWL 177. Literature and Aging

PSYC 180. Adolescence

PSYC 190. Parenting

SOCI 116/LIGN 174. Gender and Language in Society

SOCI 129. The Family

SOCI 131. Sociology of Youth

SOCI 159. Special Topics in Organizations and Institutions (Only when topic is approved for HDS major)

SOCI 161. Sociology of the Life Course

USP 145. Aging—Social and Health Policy Issues

D. HDS 150. Senior Seminar

(HDS students should enroll in this course in their senior year.)

Lower-Division Requirements for all Bachelor of Science Majors

1. Introduction to Human Development: HDS 1

2. One statistics course selected from the approved list: HDS 60, PSYC 60, COGS 14B, or MATH 11

3 and 4. Two formal skills courses, selected from the following:

  • Option 1: Two courses from the MATH 10 or MATH 20 sequence
  • Option 2: One course from the MATH 10 or MATH 20 sequence, and one computer programming course from the approved list: CSE 7, CSE 8A, CSE 11

5 and 6. Two biological sciences courses selected from the approved list: ANTH 2, BILD 1, BILD 2, BILD 3, BILD 12, BILD 20, BILD 26, BILD 38, COGS 17

7 and 8. Two social sciences courses selected from the approved list: ANTH 1, ANTH 3, CAT 1, CAT 2, COMM 10, COGS 1, FMPH 40, FMPH 50, one course from the HILD 7A-B-C sequence (only one allowed), LIGN 4, LIGN 7, LIGN 8, LIGN 101, MMW 11, MMW 12, MMW 121, MMW 122, PSYC 1, PSYC 2, PSYC 3, PSYC 6, PSYC 7, SOCI 1, SOCI 20

Upper-Division Major Requirements for the HDS Bachelor of Science

  1. Three Methods courses
  2. Four Core Series courses
  3. Five Development Series courses
  4. HDS 150
    (Full information follows.)

A. Methods Courses

  • HDS 181. Experimental Projects in Human Development Research
  • HDS 191. Field Research in Human Development
  • Methods Elective, selected from the following list:
    • COGS 120. Interaction Design
    • COMM 102C. Practicum in New Media and Community Life
    • EDS 130. Introduction to Academic Mentoring of Elementary/School Students
    • EDS 131. Early Childhood Development and Education
    • EDS 136. Introduction to Academic Tutoring of Secondary School Students
    • FMPH 102. Biostatistics
    • HDS 193. Advanced Research in Human Development
    • HDS 194B. Honors Thesis
    • SOCI 110. Qualitative Research in Educational Settings

B. Core Series Courses

(Four courses selected from the approved list required, at least one from each DOMAIN)

Domain 1: The biological basis of human development

HDS 110. Brain and Behavioral Development

HDS 111. Evolutionary Principles of Human Development

ANBI 111. Advanced Principles of Human Evolution

BIPN 144. Developmental Neurobiology

Domain 2: The cognitive and linguistic basis of human development (Two courses required—one from each area)
A. Social-Cognitive Development (One required)

HDS 121/COGS 110. The Developing Mind

HDS 122. Social Development

PSYC 187. Development of Social Cognition

B. Language Development (One required)

HDS 120. Language Development

COGS 156. Language Development

LIGN 171. Child Language Acquisition

Domain 3: The sociocultural basis of human development

HDS 133. Sociocultural Foundations of Human Development

ANSC 126. Childhood and Adolescence

ANSC 168. The Human Condition

COMM 112C. The Idea of Childhood

HITO 126. History of Childhood

C. Development Series Courses

(Five courses required: one from each domain, and two electives)

Domain 1: Biological Development

ANBI 116. The Evolution of Primate Reproduction

ANBI 140. The Evolution of the Human Brain

ANBI 159. Biological and Cultural Perspectives on Intelligence

ANBI 173. Cognition in Animals and Humans

ANTH 102. Humans Are Cultural Animals

BICD 100. Genetics

BICD 112. Stem Cells and Regeneration

BICD 130. Embryos, Genes, and Development

BIPN 134. Human Reproduction

BIPN 144. Developmental Neurobiology

BIPN 148. Cellular Basis of Learning and Memory

COGS 115. Neurological Development and Cognitive Change

COGS 184. Modeling the Evolution of Cognition

Domain 2: Cognitive and Language Development

COGS 154. Communication Disorders in Children and Adults

COMM 100A. Communication, the Person, and Everyday Life

COMM 168. Bilingual Communication

EDS 119/LIGN 119. First and Second Language Learning: From Childhood through Adolescence

LIGN 179. Second Language Acquisition

PSYC 101. Introduction to Developmental Psychology

PSYC 130. Delay of Gratification

PSYC 132. Hormones and Behavior

PSYC 136. Cognitive Development

PSYC 141. Evolution and Human Nature

PSYC 146. Language and Conceptual Development

PSYC 156. Cognitive Development in Infancy

PSYC 168. Psychological Disorders of Childhood

PSYC 171. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory

PSYC 172. Psychology of Human Sexuality

PSYC 173. Psychology of Food and Behavior

PSYC 180. Adolescence

PSYC 187. Development of Social Cognition

PSYC 190. Parenting

Domain 3: Sociocultural Development

ANBI 159. Biological and Cultural Perspectives on Intelligence

ANSC 101. Aging: Culture and Health in Late Life Human Development

ANSC 125. Gender, Sexuality, and Society

ANSC 126. Childhood and Adolescence

ANSC 127. Discourse, Interaction, and Social Life

ANSC 167. Rituals and Celebrations

COMM 102C. Practicum in New Media and Community Life

COMM 126. Children and Media

EDS 115. Cognitive Development and Education

EDS 117/SOCI 117. Language, Culture, and Education

EDS 118. Adolescent Development and Education

FMPH 110. Health Behavior and Chronic Diseases

FMPH 120. Health Policies for Healthy Lifestyles

HDS 171. Diverse Communities in a Life Span Approach to Human Development

HDS 175. Power, Wealth, and Inequality in Human Development

LTWL 114. Children’s Literature

LTWL 116. Adolescent Literature

LTWL 177. Literature and Aging

PSYC 180. Adolescence

PSYC 190. Parenting

SOCI 116/LIGN 174. Gender and Language in Society

SOCI 129. The Family

SOCI 131. Sociology of Youth

SOCI 159. Special Topics in Organizations and Institutions (Only when the topic is approved for the HDS major.)

SOCI 161. Sociology of the Life Course

USP 145. Aging—Social and Health Policy Issues

D. HDS 150. Senior Seminar

HDS students should enroll in this course in their senior year.

Upper-Division Requirements for the HDS Bachelor of Science Specialization in Equity and Diversity

The BS specialization in equity and diversity includes the same thirteen course requirements as the traditional BS. However, elective course work has been substituted with the following three concentration courses:

  1. Developmental Course Work in Equity and Diversity (two courses)
    The two development series elective courses in Section C are replaced with the following two concentration courses:
    • HDS 171. Diverse Communities in a Life-span Approach to Human Development (4)
    • HDS 175. Power, Wealth, and Inequality in Human Development (4)
  2. Equity and Diversity Practicum (one course)
    The BS methods elective requirement in Section A will be satisfied with one of the following concentration courses:
    • COMM 102C. Practicum in New Media and Community Life
    • EDS 130. Introduction to Academic Mentoring of Elementary/School Students
    • EDS 131. Early Childhood Development and Education
    • EDS 136. Introduction to Academic Tutoring of Secondary School Students

Upper-Division Requirements for the HDS Bachelor of Science Specialization in Healthy Aging

The BS specialization in healthy aging includes the same thirteen course requirements as the traditional BS. However, elective course work has been substituted with the following three concentration courses:

  1. Developmental Course Work in Healthy Aging (two courses)
    The two development elective courses in Section C must be chosen from our healthy aging series:
    • ANSC 101. Aging: Culture and Health in Late Life Human Development
    • BILD 38. Dementia, Science, and Society
    • LTWL 177. Literature and Aging
    • USP 141A. Life Course Scholars Research and Core Fundamentals
    • USP 145. Aging—Social and Health Policy Issues
  2. Healthy Aging Practicum (one course)
    The healthy aging practicum must be fulfilled by an approved project in one of the following courses (The healthy aging practicum may overlap with HDS 191 or the methods elective):
    • HDS 191. Field Research in Human Development
    • HDS 193. Advanced Research in Human Development
    • USP 141B. Life Course Scholars Capstone Project

Senior Seminar Requirement HDS 150

Seminar for graduating HDS seniors. Readings and discussion of special topics in human developmental sciences. Provides advanced-level study on subfields of human development. Topics vary quarterly. Prerequisites: HDS 1, HDS 181, HDS 191, senior standing, and department approval one quarter prior to enrollment.

Field Research Requirement HDS 191

This course provides students with the opportunity to participate jointly in a research project in conjunction with a mentor/collaborator from a local service site. This applied research experience allows students to design and conduct research projects in a variety of settings ranging from clinical research settings to service oriented placements. In addition to literature research and a final paper at the end of the quarter, students will participate at an off-campus site for a minimum of forty hours during the quarter. Research sites are prearranged one academic year in advance (see the student affairs office or the HDS website for enrollment information). Students’ interests and future career plans are considered for site placement. Various research orientations and methodologies are reviewed in class. Prerequisites: HDS 1, HDS 181, and department approval one academic year prior to enrollment.

Honors in Human Developmental Sciences HDS 194A-B-C

The Human Developmental Sciences Program offers an honors option for those students who have demonstrated excellence in the HDS major. The honors program allows eligible undergraduates to explore advanced issues in the field through an honors thesis on a topic of their choice and under faculty supervision. Eligible students will receive an invitation to participate in the honors program during their junior year. In order to receive an invitation to participate in the honors program, students must have 1) junior standing and 2) maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2, and a 3.5 GPA for courses taken in the HDS major. Students with a GPA lower than 3.5 may request to be admitted by exception if they show promise of success in research or creative activity. Students in the honors program are expected to complete the following additional requirements:

  1. HDS 194A-B-C, a yearlong independent research project, which results in an honors thesis.
  2. Attendance in the Human Development Research Seminar (when offered).
  3. An advanced course in statistics or methods design (when required by their honors adviser.)

Petitioning Courses

There are three circumstances under which petitions to receive credit for courses not explicitly approved for the major will be considered (all approved courses are detailed in the UC San Diego General Catalog, HDS section): Requests from transfer students, requests from students planning to study abroad, and exceptional UC San Diego courses identified by a student. In all cases, students are required to submit a petition in writing that clearly describes the course for which they wish to receive HDS major credit, and to attach to the petition as much information as possible about the content of the course (e.g., syllabus, course description, etc.). With the exception of courses petitioned by transfer students, ALL REQUESTS FOR APPROVAL OF COURSES NOT EXPLICITLY LISTED IN THE UC SAN DIEGO GENERAL CATALOG SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BEFORE THE COURSE IS TAKEN BY THE STUDENT.

Transfer Courses

Students transferring from a community college or other university must petition for HDS credit for courses taken at their previous institution. For students transferring from the California Community College System, articulation agreements for many courses have been developed that facilitate the petition process. Please see www.assist.org for more information. Transfer students should make an appointment with an HDS adviser to review courses for which they will most likely receive credit and fill out a written petition for each course.

Study Abroad Courses

Students planning to study abroad may receive credit toward the major for courses taken in another country. IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT STUDENTS RECEIVE PRELIMINARY APPROVAL (BEFORE LEAVING THE COUNTRY) FOR COURSES THEY ARE CONSIDERING TAKING DURING THEIR TIME ABROAD. While the preliminary approval does not guarantee that the actual course will be approved, the great majority of courses for which preliminary approval has been obtained are approved when the actual petition is submitted upon the student’s return.

UC San Diego Courses

Occasionally, students identify a new UC San Diego course that has the potential to fulfill an HDS requirement. Students may petition in writing to request credit for such courses. However, it is important to note that very few such petitions are successful, and students are strongly cautioned to petition and receive approval for such a course BEFORE ENROLLING IN THE COURSE.

Note: Courses are not officially approved for credit until the written petition has been approved by the HDS Executive Committee and signed by the HDS director.

The HDS Minor

A total of seven courses are required to complete a minor in human developmental sciences. These include Introduction to Human Developmental Sciences (HDS 1), and six upper division courses, at least one from each domain. Eligible courses include HDS 110, HDS 111, HDS 120, HDS 121, HDS 122, HDS 133, or any course from the developmental series course list. No more than two upper division courses for the HDS minor can be taken from within a student’s major discipline. Courses must be reviewed and approved by a human development academic adviser. All courses for the HDS minor must be taken for a letter grade.

The HDS Minor in Equity and Diversity

A total of seven courses are required to complete an HDS minor in equity and diversity. All courses for HDS minors must be taken for a letter grade. Courses for the HDS equity and diversity minor include Introduction to Human Developmental Sciences (HDS 1), and the following six upper-division courses:

HDS 110. Brain and Behavioral Development

HDS 122. Social Development

HDS 133. Sociocultural Foundations of Human Development

HDS 171. Diverse Communities in a Life-span Approach to Human Development

HDS 175. Power, Wealth, and Inequality in Human Development

Equity and Diversity Practicum (one course, chosen from the following)

  • COMM 102C. Practicum in New Media and Community Life
  • EDS 130. Introduction to Academic Mentoring of Elementary/School Students
  • EDS 131. Early Childhood Development and Education
  • EDS 136. Introduction to Academic Tutoring of Secondary School Students

The HDS Minor in Healthy Aging

A total of seven courses are required to complete an HDS minor in healthy aging. All courses for HDS minors must be taken for a letter grade. Courses for the HDS healthy aging minor include Introduction to Human Developmental Sciences (HDS 1), and the following six courses:

HDS 110. Brain and Behavioral Development

HDS 122. Social Development

HDS 133. Sociocultural Foundations of Human Development

Healthy Aging Electives (two courses, chosen from the following):

  • ANSC 101. Aging: Culture and Health in Late Life Human Development
  • BILD 38. Dementia, Science, and Society
  • LTWL 177. Literature and Aging
  • USP 141A. Life Course Scholars Research and Core Fundamentals
  • USP 145. Aging—Social and Health Policy Issues

Healthy Aging Practicum (one course, chosen from the following):

  • HDS 193. Advanced Research in Human Development
  • USP 141B. Life Course Scholars Capstone Project

Finish-in-Four Plan

Academic plans for undergraduate majors in all six colleges can be found at http://plans.ucsd.edu/. HDS majors interested in a particular career field should see the HDS student affairs office to develop more specific finish-in-four plans for their particular professional concentration.