Introduces the study of our atmosphere. Studies the Earth's dynamic weather systems. Covers structure and compositions of the atmosphere; weather patterns; air masses; and types of weather fronts, weather forecasting, and climates.
Introduces the fundamental principles of meteorological processes and mid-latitude weather forecasting. Focuses on the analysis of surface and upper-air weather maps, of soundings, of satellite and radar imagery to analyze current meteorological conditions. Explores the application of techniques to perform forecasts for basic weather variables such as temperature and precipitation. Course lab fee of $10 applies.
Studies the six major components of the Earth system (i.e., the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, the cryosphere, the geosphere, the exosphere, and the biosphere) and investigates the interdependency and connections of these components, with particular emphasis on the effects on the climate system. Discusses the Earth’s energy balance, the greenhouse effect, and the biogeochemical cycles of some elements and provides an overview of the most important climatic events that occurred during the history of the Earth. Course lab fee of $10 applies.