Course Description

Agriculture and food industries are a subject of growing interest in terms of their resource requirements, ecological impacts, and sustainability. This course will provide a foundation in some of the methods of modeling and analysis used to study food systems. We will address several types of approaches, generally building in complexity, starting with net balances of production and consumption and continuing through modeling food production capacity, foodshed analyses, life cycle assessment, and system dynamics and integrated modeling. Students will learn what types of questions are best addressed through modeling approaches, the methods used to conduct food systems models, and the data required to complete the analyses. In addition, they will have opportunities to conduct simple analyses through in-class exercises. Finally, students will learn how models might be relevant to the development of policy related to local and regional food systems or dietary changes to reduce environmental impact. Pre-requisite: Introductory GIS course or instructor’s consent. The pre-requisite may not be taken concurrently with NUTR 342. Recommended: NUTR 233 Agricultural Science and Policy I AND NUTR 333 Agricultural Science and Policy II.

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Section Title
Food Sys. Modeling & Analysis
9:30AM to 12:30PM
Jan 27, 2020 to May 04, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Boston Health Sciences Campus
Instruction Method
On Campus  
Available for Credit
3 credit(s)
Section Notes

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript - Bachelor's + 3.0 GPA. You will be contacted after registration for required evidence of immunization; please contact lucia.fenney@tufts.edu with any questions regarding immunizations. Please note that courses cannot be repeated and students may only enroll in 4 NUTR, 2 NUTB, or 1 NUTC course prior to matriculation.

Pre-requisites: introductory GIS course or instructor permission. Recommended: NUTR 233 Agricultural Science and Policy I AND NUTR 333 Agricultural Science and Policy II.

Instructor Approval:During registration, you will be asked to explain how you meet the pre-requisites for this course and to describe any relevant experience. The instructor will use this information to confirm your enrollment or will otherwise be in touch with you.

Refund Policy: Course Policy 1

Remission Eligibility: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply.

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