Dec 05, 2020  
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BI 381 - The New Sciences of Complexity


3 credits
Introduces an array of topics currently becoming unified in the new interdisciplinary field of complex systems. Explores how a holistic systems approach and common analytical tools may be applied to such diverse areas as ecology, economics, genetics, physics, and social science to yield insights not obtained through a reductionist scientific approach. Topics include chaos, emergent properties, fractals, scaling, self-organization, feedback, and networks. The computer-based laboratory emphasizes emergent behavior of agent-based modeling simulations and visualization of other complex phenomena. Three hours of lecture. Does not fulfill biology major or minor requirements. Approved for University Studies (Integration - Strand H). Prerequisite(s): Completion of all lower division University Studies requirements



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