Nature and Nurture: Human Development and the Environment

Fall 2023
Freshman Only
Class Size: 46
14 Credits per quarter
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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 use the twin lenses of developmental psychology and human biology to examine the interaction between humans and our environments, from the beginning of life through adolescence.

This program will be an on-campus program with lectures, workshops, small group seminar discussions and yoga/anatomy sessions. 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. At the end of the program, students will be ready be for future studies in psychology, biology, and human health.

Topics will be covered through texts, workshops, seminars, and discussion. The hands-on yoga/anatomy sessions will include lectures and palpation. 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 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.


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Academic details

Fields of Study
Preparatory for studies and careers in

Studies or careers in biology, psychology, teaching, and health-related fields.

Maximum Enrollment
Class Standing
Special Expenses

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


In Person or Remote
In Person
Time Offered
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