In this socially relevant course, you will learn to use computer simulation models to create sustainable environmental policies from a Systems Thinking perspective. Systems Thinking is the art and science of making reliable inferences about the behavior of complex systems. Based on class interest, you will study four of these six enduring and profound environmental models: (1) predator-prey interdependency, (2) consumption of scarce resources, (3) population dynamics, (4) spread of epidemics, (5) limits to growth, and (6) global warming. For each of these models, you will analyze the underlying assumptions on which they are built, and then use computer simulation to create policies that make them sustainable over the long- term. These models will provide you with a wealth of knowledge about how complex environmental systems behave. The full syllabus is available under the Expanded Course Description on the Registrar’s website.
One environmental course at 100 level, junior standing