Nature and Nurture: Human Development and the Environment

Fall Open
Class Standing
Ada Vane
Paul Przybylowicz

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 is coordinated with Greener Foundations for first-year students. Greener Foundations is Evergreen’s in-person 2-quarter introductory student success course sequence, which provides first-year students with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive at Evergreen. Students expected to take Greener Foundations will be prompted to register for a 2-credit Greener Foundations course in addition to this 14-credit program during registration. Students will be prompted to register for Greener Foundations with their new winter program to complete the 4-credits of Greener Foundations.

Fall Anticipated Credit Equivalencies

4 - Developmental Psychology

4 - Human Biology

3 - Introductory Anatomy 

3 - Persuasive Writing


Course Reference Numbers

Fr (14): 10082

Academic Details

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


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


In Person (F)

See definition of Hybrid, Remote, and In-Person instruction

Schedule Details
SEM 2 A1107 - Workshop