Basic research in human development is over a century old and well represented in a range of natural, medical, and social sciences. Although a large field, there is a set of basic questions which serve to define and integrate it: What are the factors that influence how humans develop and change? To what extent is this capacity encoded in the genes? How is learning and environmental influences accounted for? How, in fact, do we learn?
The UCSD Human Development Program is interdisciplinary, covering a broad spectrum of issues in biological, psychological, and socio-cultural development. Incorporating the resources of over 12 UCSD Departments, the curricular design emphasizes development as an essential perspective from which to understand human behavior.