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Cornell University    
  Jan 22, 2018
Courses of Study 2017-2018
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AEM 2770 - Excursions in Computational Sustainability

(crosslisted) CS 2770 , INFO 2770  
(SBA-AG) (CU-SBY)     
Spring. 3 credits. Student option grading.

Prerequisite: students are expected to have basic knowledge of probability theory and calculus.

C. Gomes, B. Selman.

Balancing environmental, economic, and societal needs for a sustainable future encompasses problems of unprecedented size and complexity. Computing and information science can play an important role in addressing critical sustainability challenges faced by present and future generations. The goal of the course is to introduce students to a range of sustainability challenges and to computational methods that can help address such challenges. Sustainability topics include sustainable development, biodiversity and wildlife conservation, poverty mitigation, food security, renewable resources, energy, transportation, and climate change. In the context of these sustainability topics, the course will introduce students to mathematical and computational modeling techniques, algorithms, and statistical methods. The course is at the introductory undergraduate level. Students are expected to have basic knowledge of probability theory and calculus.

Outcome 1: Students will be able to identify notions of sustainability as they arise in ecology, geology, economics, and other biological, physical, and social sciences.

Outcome 2: Students will be able to mathematically interpret and calculate levels of sustainability.

Outcome 3: Students will learn how to problem solve techniques of sustainability via computational models, algorithms, and statistical methods.

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