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Undergraduate Courses

ESC 2000C. Earth Science for EC/EE Teachers (4).

ISC 3076. Science, Technology, and Society (3).

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SCE 4939r. Seminar in Contemporary Science, Mathematics, and Science Education (1).

Note: for descriptions of the above courses, see interdisciplinary science courses listed in the “College of Arts and Sciences” chapter of the General Bulletin.

MET 1010. Introduction to the Atmosphere (3). Structure of the atmosphere; weather processes and weather systems, including climatic processes. Credit may not be received in this course if student has already received credit in 2000-level or higher MET courses.

MET 1010L. Introductory Meteorology Laboratory (1). Prerequisites: MAC 1105 or equivalent; college-level algebra. Corequisite: MET 1010. Two (2) hours per week. Data analysis, instruments, and weather system models.

SCE 4835C. Teaching Earth and Space Science (3). This course examines the pedagogical content knowledge needed to teach earth/space science.

Introductory Courses for Majors

MET 2101. Physical Climatology (3). Corequisite: MET 2700. Global distribution of principal climatic elements with emphasis on physical causes. Statistical analysis of distributions of climatological variables.

MET 2507C. Weather Analysis and Forecasting (2). Prerequisite: MET 2700. This course is an introduction to meteorological observations, data, codes, and scalar analysis practices. Weather applications software systems and computing environments for meteorological analysis and weather forecasting techniques are examined.

MET 2700. General Meteorology (3). Prerequisites: CHM 1045C, MAC 2311. Corequisite: PHY 2048C. Atmospheric structure and composition; weather and circulation systems; physics of atmospheric processes, including thermodynamics of dry and moist air.

MET 3949r. Cooperative Education Work Experience (0). (S/U grade only.)

Required Courses for Majors

MET 3220C. Meteorological Computations (3). Prerequisites: MAC 2312, MET 2101, 2700. Solution of meteorological problems using computer and statistical programs; distributions of meteorological variables; meteorological programming.

MET 3300. Introduction to Atmospheric Dynamics (3). Prerequisites: MAC 2312 (“C–” or better); MET 2700 (“C” or better). This course will examine a variety of topics, including equations of motion, mass conservation, thermodynamics, vorticity, and geostrophic, gradient and thermal winds.

MET 4301. Atmospheric Dynamics I (4). Prerequisites: MET 3300 (“C” or better); MAP 2302 or 3305. Corequisite: MET 4420. Acceleration in rotating curvilinear coordinates; momentum, continuity, and energy equations; geostrophic, gradient, and thermal winds; generalized coordinates; circulation and vorticity theorems; scale analysis; Reynolds stresses; Prandtl and Ekman layers; developing baroclinic systems.

MET 4302. Atmospheric Dynamics II (4). Prerequisite: MET 4301. Linear perturbation theory; sound, gravity, and Rossby waves; numerical weather prediction; baroclinic and barotropic instability; energetics. An introduction to theory of partial differential equations applied to meteorological problems also is presented.

MET 4420. Atmospheric Physics I (3). Prerequisites: PHY 2048C, 2049C; MET 2700 (“C” or better); MAC 2313. Classical equilibrium thermodynamics; first and second law, entropy, phase changes, potentials. Physics of moist air; physics of aerosols; condensation of water vapor on aerosols.

MET 4450. Atmospheric Physics II (3). Prerequisite: MET 4420; Microphysics and dynamics of clouds; growth of ice crystals. Radiative processes in the atmosphere; radiative transfer equation, absorption by gases, Rayleigh scattering.

MET 4500C. Synoptic Lecture-Laboratory I: Basic Analysis Techniques (3). Prerequisites: MET 2507C (“C” or better), 3300; or consent of instructor. Corequisites: MET 4301 or 5311; MET 4420; CGS 3460 or other programming language. Analysis of scalar and vector fields, introduction to the three-dimensional structure of atmospheric systems, and thermodynamic diagrams.

MET 4501C. Synoptic Lecture-Laboratory II: Four-Dimensional Structure (4). Prerequisites: MET 4301 or 5311; MET 4420, 4500C; STA 2122 or equivalent. Synoptic calculation and four-dimensional analysis of weather systems.

Elective Courses for Majors

MET 3520r. Current Weather Discussion (1). (S/U grade only.) Prerequisite: MET 2700. Discussion of facsimile analysis and prediction materials. Three meetings per week. May be repeated to a maximum of four (4) semester hours.

MET 3940r. Weathercasting (1). (S/U grade only.) Prerequisite: MET 1010 or Corequisite: MET 2700. Practice in preparing and presenting weathercasts for radio and television. May be repeated to a maximum of four (4) semester hours.

MET 4159r. Selected Topics in Meteorology (1–3). Prerequisite: MET 2700 (“C” or better). Corequisites: MET 2101, 3300; or consent of instructor. Selected topics in meteorology and climatology not covered in other courses. May be repeated for different material to a maximum of twelve (12) semester hours.

MET 4400C. Meteorological Instrumentation and Observations (3). Prerequisites: PHY 2048C and MET 2700, both with a grade of “C” or better. Two (2) hours lecture, three (3) hours laboratory. Theory and practice of calibration and operation of basic sensors. Measurement of temperature, heat flow, fluid flow, pressure, and moisture.

MET 4705. Operational Meteorology (2). Prerequisite: MET 4500C. This course introduces observational analysis products used in operational weather forecast offices. Topics include applications of radar and satellite data, the various applications of numerical weather prediction, and types of weather forecasts.

MET 4900r. Honors Work (1–6). May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.

MET 4905r. Directed Individual Study (1–3). May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.

MET 4945r. Meteorology Internship (1–9). (S/U grade only.) Prerequisite: Instructors approval. May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours. Supervised internship individually assigned to accommodate students background and objectives. Credit proportional to scope and significance of work.