Geosimulation (GEO 869) brings together concepts from complex systems theory, modeling phenomena in space-time using agent representation, along with a good dose of various spatial, social, and environmental agent-based modeling applications. While the course focuses on spatial-social problems, most of the techniques and principles discussed are valid for many other kinds of modeling:

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Example Simulations: Drugs in City, Spread of Parasite among Cattle

673 Auditorium Rd, Room 121

Department of Geography

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI 48824-1117, US

Tel: 517-432-4749


Arika Ligmann-Zielinska Ph.D.


Assistant Professor

People and Environment (ISS 310) focuses on examining the complexity of human-environment systems. The geographic perspective emphasizes location factors, local-to-global scale of changes, spatial distributions and spatial associations. It provides an overview of our planet's open lands and the effort to preserve and manage them through sustainable development Syllabus and Schedule

Geographic Information Systems (GEO 325) is designed to provide fundamental concepts in GIS and to introduce advanced geospatial tools. GIS encompass the production, storage, representation, and analysis of digital spatial information. This course will consider each of these tasks, survey the rapidly growing GIS industry, cover many important principles guiding GIS use and development, and provide you with much hands-on experience with applications.

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