Postprint version. Published in American Journal of Physics, Volume 69, Issue 5, May 1, 2001, pages 591-597.
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We describe the implementation of a new laboratory-based interdisciplinary undergraduate course on nonlinear dynamical systems. Geometrical methods and data visualization techniques are especially emphasized. A novel feature of the course is a required laboratory where the students analyze the behavior of a number of dynamical systems. Most of the laboratory experiments can be economically implemented using equipment available in many introductory physics microcomputer-based laboratories.