2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Health and Human Development

Revised Last Updated: 11/17/2008

Fall and Winter quarters

Faculty: Scott Coleman educational psychology, Carrie Margolin cognitive psychology, Nancy Cordell biology

Faculty Signature Required: Winter quarter (14 credits only)

Major areas of study include human biology (without lab), lifespan developmental psychology, nutrition, anthropology, human evolution, empirical research on health, and personal finance.

Class Standing: Sophomores or above; transfer students welcome.

Accepts Winter Enrollment: This program will accept new students (for 14 credits only) who have appropriate background. Contact faculty at Academic Fair or by email. New students should expect to complete some catch-up work during the December break.

Humans are spectacularly complex and their healthy development is a remarkable, multi-faceted and sometimes elusive achievement. An average adult's body contains roughly 10 trillion cells, each cell intricate and sensitive enough to its environment to be an organism unto itself. The human nervous system alone contains hundreds of billions of cells, forming trillions of electrical connections and serving as the foundation for an immensely complex consciousness capable of thousands of thoughts and feelings per day. And this biological and psychological complexity is only the beginning. For example, we also develop highly intricate social units — families, tribes, political, ethnic and religious communities, etc. — each with its own history and structure. In this interdisciplinary program, we will study the multi-dimensional topic of human development and its relationship to health.

Health and Human Development will build a background in human biology and psychology affording students the knowledge to help make informed analytical choices in their own lives. In the fall we'll look at life-span human development from prenatal to adolescence and in the winter, from adulthood through aging to mortality. Concurrently, we'll cover development and aging health, as well as human evolutionary development, from biological, psychological and cross-cultural perspectives. Attaining good health is a multifaceted process; therefore, our exploration of healthy lifestyles will include an exploration of biological, psychological, financial, and spiritual health.

The program format will include workshops, lectures, films, seminars, guest presentations and group and individual projects, including a required personal health project. We will focus on clarity in oral and written communication, quantitative skills and the ability to work across significant differences.

Credits: 16 per quarter

Enrollment: 75

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Special Expenses: $16 for copies winter quarter. Up to $120 for a privately obtained physical from a qualified health care professional, depending on the nature of the personal health project. All students are required to do a personal health project; but not all students will need a physical.

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in biology, psychology, anthropology, the health professions, human services and education.

Planning Units: Scientific Inquiry, Society, Politics, Behavior and Change

Program Revisions

Date Revision
May 2nd, 2008 Nancy Cordell has joined the faculty team in this program.
November 17th, 2008 Restriction against joining program winter quarter added.