Nature and Nurture: Human Development and the Environment

Winter 2022
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 46
14 Credits per quarter
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This program is a repeat of the same program in fall quarter. Students who took this program in fall should not take it in winter. 

This program incorporates Greener Foundations. Greener Foundations is Evergreen’s 2-quarter introductory student success course, which provides all first-year students with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive at Evergreen. First year students will get 14-credits from this program, and 2-credits from a Greener Foundations course. First year students will need to register for the 14-credit program CRN PLUS Greener Foundations (CRN 20008). 

Only one land animal thrives from the Arctic tundra to the Saharan desert, from the Himalayas to the islands of Oceania. As humans, we shape our environments and these environments shape us. This introductory, one-quarter program will focus on how our environment affects our health and psychological development. We will use the twin lenses of developmental psychology and human biology to examine the interaction between humans and our environments.

Using real-world examples, we will explore child development and the influence of environment on development from both psychological and biological perspectives. We will also study human anatomy and physiology to deepen our understanding of the human body and to examine how our habits and actions affect our physical and mental development.

Topics will be covered through texts, workshops, seminars, hands-on anatomy and yoga sessions, and lectures. Students will be expected to research topics, write papers, and give presentations, both individually and in small groups. Student progress will be assessed through discussions, written assignments, exams, individual and group projects, and participation in program activities.

This program will be a hybrid program with on-campus, small group seminar discussions and workshops and remote lectures and yoga anatomy sessions. To successfully participate in this program, students will need reliable high-speed internet access, a computer and a smartphone or digital camera. 

Students can expect our hybrid teaching to be a blend of about 32 hours a week of asynchronous (self-paced) and 8 hours a week of on-campus activities. At the end of the program, students will be ready be for future studies in psychology, biology, and human health.


Winter 2022 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (14): 20053
Fr (14): 20054

Academic details

Fields of Study
Preparatory for studies and careers in

teaching, biology, psychology, and health-related fields.

Maximum Enrollment
Class Standing


Special Expenses

Students will need the following: yoga mat, blanket, yoga strap, lacrosse ball, and a set of colored pencils.


Time Offered
Schedule Evergreen link
see Schedule Evergreen for detailed schedule

First Meeting



Date Revision
2021-12-13 This program is now open to all class levels (was Fr-So)
2021-05-10 Required fee removed
2021-04-22 This program is now 14 credits