|Descriptions of Atmospheric Sciences Classes
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ATMS 1001. INTRODUCTION TO WEATHER AND CLIMATE I. 3 cr.
An introduction to the science of meteorology with an emphasis on the physical processes working within weather systems. Global climate change and air pollution. Policy implications of meteorology and climate research.
ATMS 1002. INTRODUCTION TO WEATHER AND CLIMATE II. 3 cr.
Introduction to basic meteorology, forecasting, and societal impacts of severe and hazardous weather. Phenomena studied include hurricanes, thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail, lightning, winter storms, floods, and droughts.
ATMS 1003. BASIC METEOROLOGY LABORATORY I. 1 cr.
A laboratory course designed to expose students to basic uses of
meteorological data from the surface, upper air, radars, and satellites. Topics include surface and upper-air map analysis,
fronts and cyclones, and severe weather.
ATMS 1004. BASIC METEOROLOGY LABORATORY II. 1 cr.
A laboratory course designed to expose students to basics of climatology.
Topics include atmospheric elements, the Earth's energy balance, climate regions, and global climate change. Prerequisite: Credit
or registration in ATMS 1002 and 1003.
ATMS 1006. INTRODUCTION TO CLIMATE CHANGE. 3 cr.
An introduction to the Earth's climate and components of the climate system. Topics include the Earth system, past climates, natural and anthropogenic climate change.
ATMS 2000. WEATHER ANALYSIS AND FORECASTING. 2 cr.
Introduction to short-range weather prediction and scalar analysis practices at the synoptic, regional, and local scale. Weather observing techniques; temperature and precipitation forecasting concepts and practice, weather map analysis and discussions; numerical guidance; soundings and stability. Prerequisites: ATMS 1003 and MATH 1013.
ATMS 2005. GENERAL METEOROLOGY. 3 cr.
Structure of the earth's atmosphere, distribution of temperature and precipitation,
composition of the atmosphere, extratropical synoptic scale disturbances, introduction to thermodynamics, clouds and storms.
Prerequisites: 1003 and MATH 1013.
ATMS 3003. ATMOSPHERIC THERMODYNAMICS. 3 cr.
Introduction to classical and statistical thermodynamics as it applies to dry and
moist atmospheric phenomena. Ideal Gas Law, First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics. Thermodynamic potentials and
diagrams. Moisture variables. Prerequisites: ATMS 2005 and credit or registration in MATH 1031 and PHYS 2007.
ATMS 3005. DYNAMIC METEOROLOGY I. 3 cr.
Introduction to atmospheric kinematics, dynamics, and coordinate systems. Fundamental forces; equations of motion; scale analysis; mass conservation; geostrophic and thermal winds; idealized flows; circulation and vorticity. Prerequisites: PHYS 2007 and credit or registration in ATMS 3003 and MATH 2032.
ATMS 3006. DYNAMIC METEOROLOGY II. 3 cr.
Application of kinematics, dynamics, and thermodynamics in diagnosing synoptic-scale weather systems. Quasi-geostrophic theory; cyclogenesis and frontogenesis; jet dynamics; linear perturbation theory; atmospheric waves; baroclinic instability. Prerequisites: C or better in ATMS 3003 and ATMS 3005.
ATMS 3007-3008. METEOROLOGY LABORATORY. 1 cr. each.
Two hours of laboratory each, to accompany 3005-3006. The application of techniques, charts and diagrams in the analysis and study of meteorological practices and phenomena. Prerequisites: ATMS 2005 and credit or registration in ATMS 3005 and 3006.
ATMS 3010. FUNDAMENTALS OF CLIMATIC ANALYSIS. 3 cr.
Fundamentals of the tabulation and analysis of climatic data, including computer data processing and statistical methods. Prerequisites: ATMS 2005.
ATMS 3015. PHYSICAL METEOROLOGY. 3 cr.
Introduction to physical principles underlying atmospheric radiation, cloud physics and precipitation processes. Prerequisites: ATMS 3003 and PHYS 2008.
ATMS 3020. METEROLOGY SEMINAR. 1 cr. Maximum, 4 cr.
Discussion and application of weather forecasting theories and techniques to current weather situations. Leading and participating in forecast map discussions. Forecast verification. Prerequisites: Credit or registration in ATMS 2000 and ATMS 2005.
ATMS 3050. SPECIAL TOPICS IN OPERATIONAL METEROLOGY. 3 cr.
Provides the students with work experience at a National Weather Service Forecast Office. Grade of CR (Credit) or NC (No Credit)
will be awarded. Prerequisites: ATMS 3003 and credit or registration in ATMS 3005.
ATMS 3060. HUMAN AND ATMOSPHERE INTERACTION. 3 cr.
An interdisciplinary course that serves as the atmospheric sciences and University Capstone. Projects focus on anthropogenic impacts on and interaction with the atmosphere or impacts of the atmosphere on humans. Prerequisites: All core curriculum courses, ATMS 2005, and junior standing.
ATMS 4003. SYNOPTIC METEOROLOGY LABORATORY. 4 cr.
Application of dynamics and thermodynamics to weather analysis and forecasting theory and practice with an emphasis on communication skills. Thermodynamic diagrams; analysis of scalar and vector fields; synoptic-scale weather systems; numerical weather prediction. Prerequisites: C or better in ATMS 3005.
ATMS 4004. MESOSCALE METEOROLOGY. 3 cr.
Application of dynamics, thermodynamics, and forecasting techniques in diagnosing the organization of mesoscale and convective phenomena. Mesoscale instabilities; air mass boundaries; boundary layer dynamics; low-level jets; severe thunderstorms; tornadoes; mesoscale convective systems; mountain waves. Prerequisites: ATMS 3006 and 4003.
ATMS 4007. METEOROLOGICAL INSTRUMENTATION AND DATA. 3 cr.
A survey of the characteristics of meteorological instrumentation and techniques for machine (computer) processing meteorological
data. Introduction to remote sensing techniques employing meteorological satellites and weather radar. Prerequisites: ATMS 3003 and
ATMS 4009. SEVERE STORMS. 3 cr.
An introduction to the dynamic and thermodynamic structure of severe local storms, including thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hail storms and a survey of techniques for forecasting the occurrence and movement of these storms. Prerequisites: ATMS 3006 and 3015.
ATMS 4011. TROPICAL METEOROLOGY. 3 cr.
An examination of the structure and dynamics of the tropical atmosphere. Convection in the tropics, tropical cyclones (hurricanes) and an introduction to monsoon circulation. Prerequisites: PHYS 2007 and credit or registration in ATMS 3003.
ATMS 4015. MICROMETEOROLOGY. 3 cr.
Introduction to the physical processes in the atmospheric surface boundary layer. Influence of low level atmospheric turbulence on the diffusion of heat, water vapor (evaporation), and atmospheric pollutants. Prerequisites: ATMS 3006 and 3015.
For Undergraduates and Graduates
ATMS 4050. ATMOSPHERIC POLLUTION. 3 cr.
A study of elements, effectsand meteorology of air pollution including the "Greenhouse" effect,
acid rain, and ozone depletion problems. Air pollution modeling and prediction is also covered. Prerequisites: Completion of
freshman mathematics requirements and CHEM 1007.