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Complex Adaptive Systems Science Graduate Certificate

Complex Adaptive Systems Science
Graduate Certificate

Complex Adaptive Systems Science
Graduate Certificate

About the CASS Certificate

As part of the PhD program, the new interdisciplinary graduate certificate in complex adaptive systems science (CASS) aims to train the next generation of scientists in advanced concepts and methods needed for approaching interconnected phenomena in the social and life sciences as complex adaptive systems.

This complexity science certificate is closely related to the interdisciplinary PhD concentration in Complex Adaptive Systems Science (CASS). The CASS educational program will be tightly integrated with diverse, ongoing, and university-wide research on complex adaptive systems at Arizona State University, providing scholars with new perspectives and offering a more active role in seeking solutions to a broad array of critical issues facing our society today.


Learning Outcomes

Complex adaptive system concepts and tools can serve as bridges between disciplines, providing a common language, and thereby promoting the interdisciplinary collaborations needed to come to grips with the intellectual and societal challenges of the 21st century. Students will be fluent in the language of complexity while also ensuring they receive a solid foundation in the domain knowledge of existing academic disciplines.

By broadly embedding an understanding of complex adaptive system-relevant approaches into the practice of normal science, students will gain the ability to transform science. The CASS program promotes the development and testing of more robust theory and sophisticated methods in a wider array of research settings. This is needed to develop a deeper understanding of the nature and dynamics of complex adaptive systems, grounded in concrete examples and applications.


Curriculum

A minimum of 15 semester hours is required for a certificate in Complex Adaptive Systems Science.

Requirements and Electives Hours
Required Core Courses: 12
Required Electives: 3
Total Semester Hours Required 15

Required Core Courses (12 hours)

The required core courses will bring students together in an integrated learning environment to form a cadre of diverse backgrounds. The core courses are designed to provide students with methods and theory appropriate to the study of complex adaptive system science. They will explore the link between concepts of sustainability and systems approaches to knowledge, and will develop the integrative methods needed to work on sustainability problems.

  • ASM 570 – Fundamentals of CASS

Choose one from the following mathematics courses:

  • AML 610 – Topics in Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences
  • AML 591 – Probability Theory
  • ASM 591 – Dynamic Modeling in Social and Ecological Systems

Choose one from the following modeling courses:

  • AML 612 – Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences Modeling Seminar
  • AML 591 – Agent Based Modeling
  • ASM 591 – Modeling and Simulating Urban Environments
  • PUP 598 – Modeling and Simulating Urban Environments
  • CSE 561 – Modeling and Simulation Theory and Application
  • PAF 591 – Introduction to Policy Informatics

One course in applying CASS approaches as approved by committee. For example:

  • ASM 591/BIO 591 – Readings in Complexity
  • PAF 591 – Complexity in Public Policy and Management
  • SOS 598 – Social Network Analysis
  • PSY 576 – Dynamical Systems in Psychology
  • PSY 598 – Dynamics in Perception, Action, and Cognition
  • ANB 602 – Current Issues in Animal Behavior
  • BIO 591 – Topics in Mathematics for Life and Sustainability Science
  • BIO 522 – Populations: Evolutionary Ecology
  • BIO 545 – Populations: Evolutionary Genetics

Elective Courses (3 hours)

Research or reading and conference with a CASS faculty member

For more information, email cass-advising@asu.edu

This Complex Adaptive Systems Science Certificate is closely related to the interdisciplinary PhD concentration in Complex Adaptive Systems Science (CASS). Compare the Sustainability CASS programs here.

For more information on CASS programs visit Complex Adaptive Systems Science.