2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
    Aug 09, 2022  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ECON 256 - Modeling Ecological-Economic Systems

Models are simplified representations of the real world which can be used to convey information, generate and test hypotheses, and make predictions about what will happen in the future.  This course introduces students to the art and science of systems modeling with a focus on coupled natural-human systems.  Lectures help students learn how to translate “word problems” into integrated systems of model components using mathematical equations.  Labs provide students with hands-on experience in the design and construction of working models using computerized spreadsheets (Microsoft Excel).  Applications will be drawn from a range of natural resource economics issues including multiple-use forestry, fish and wildlife harvesting, and water resource management. Math 120 or equivalent recommended.

Prerequisites: ECON 010  ECON 011  ECON 160  (minimum grade of C- needed for ECON 160)

Anticipated Terms Offered: spring bi-annually