Courses

Courses in atmospheric and environmental sciences are taught on a two-year rotation. Please use this link to see a PDF document of the Course Rotation List: ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE COURSE ROTATION  

Topics included in a course of study in the atmospheric and environmental sciences include the following; for a complete description of the course topic, please check out the link to the current school catalog on the right side of this page.

ATM 201 Introduction to Atmospheric Sciences (3-0) 3 credits
ATM 401/501 Atmospheric Physics (3-0) 3 credits
ATM 403/503 Biogeochemistry  (3-0) 3 credits
ATM 404/504 Atmospheric Thermodynamics (2-0) (3-0) 2 or 3 credits
ATM 405/505 Air Quality (3-0) 3 credits
ATM 406/506 Global Environmental Change  (3-0) 3 credits
ATM 419/519 Computing Methods In Atmospheric Sciences (3-0) 3 credits
ATM 430/530 Radar Meteorology (3-0) 3 credits
ATM 450 Synoptic Meteorology I (3-0) 3 credits
ATM 455/555 Synoptic Meteorology II  (3-0) 3 credits
ATM 460/560 Atmospheric Dynamics (3-0) 3 credits
ATM 515 Earth Systems Modeling  (3-0) 3 credits
ATM 520 Remote Sensing For Research (3-0) 3 credits
ATM 540 Atmospheric Electricity (3-0) 3 credits
ATM 570 Wildfire Meteorology (3-0) 3 credits
ATM 603 Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions  (3-0) 3 credits
ATM 612 Atmospheric Chemistry    (3-0) 3 credits
ATM 625 Scaling In Geosciences       (3-0) 3 credits
ATM 643 Precipitation Physics And Cloud Modification (3-0) 3 credits
ATM 644 Numerical Dynamics And Prediction (3-0) 3 credits
ATM 651 Measurement And Instrumentation (3-0) 3 credits
ATM 660 Atmospheric Dynamics II      (3-0) 3 credits
ATM 670 Boundary Layer Processes (3-0) 3 credits
ATM 673 Mesometeorology      (3-0) 3 credits
ATM 690 Seminar  (1-0) 1 credit
ATM 798 Master's Thesis  

In addition, there are sessions of independent study at each level which include directed study, problems, readings, directed readings, special problems, and special projects. Students complete individualized plans of study which include significant one-on-one student-teacher involvement. The faculty member and students negotiate the details of the study plans. Enrollments are usually 10 or fewer students. Meeting frequency depends upon the requirements of the topic. May be repeated up to a total of 3 credit hours.      

From time to time, a course may be offered as a special topics course, which includes current topics, advanced topics, and special topics. This course is devoted to a particular issue in a specified field. Course content is not wholly included in the regular curriculum. Guest experts may serve as instructors. Enrollments are usually 10 or fewer students with significant one-on-one student-teacher involvement. May be repeated up to a total of 5 credit hours.

(Page updated 12/13/2013)

 

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