Courses in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science (Division 241)

Although A&OS 202 and 203 are offered through the College of Engineering, the courses are approved by LS&A to earn LS&A credits and may be used to meet Natural Science distribution requirements. There is no specific relationship between A&OS 202 and 203 though the courses complement each other and, in turn, complement offerings in the Geological Sciences Department. Other Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences courses are listed in the College of Engineering Bulletin, and in the Time Schedule as part of the offerings of the College of Engineering in the A&OS subsection and may be elected by LS&A students as a pat of non-LS&A course work. These other courses do not help meet LS&A distribution requirements. Students who have a serious professional interest in the field should consult the department (2233 Space Research Building, 764-3335).

202. Weather and Climate. (3). (NS).
Section 001.
The focus of the course is on understanding the basic nature and behavior of the earth's atmosphere. Students learn to relate observable features of day-to-day weather to atmospheric motions and other characteristics revealed on the daily weather maps. They learn, also, to appreciate the forces which shape and change the climate and to understand the processes which produce atmospheric optical phenomena. The course studies the atmosphere as a natural resource, stressing both its limitations in the transport and deposition of air pollutants and the potential climate response to those pollutants. About ten minutes of each class period are devoted to description of current weather with the aid of same-day maps. A weather observation log and report is prepared by each class member. Three hour exams are given at 3-4 week intervals. These account for 60% of the course grade, the weather log/report 20%, and homework assignments the remainder. (Samson)

Section 002. Focus of the course is on understanding the basic nature and behavior of the earth's atmosphere through comprehension of weather maps and charts. Students learn to relate observable features of day-to-day weather and of climate to atmospheric motions and other characteristics revealed on the daily weather maps. They learn, also, to appreciate the atmosphere as a natural resource and to understand its limitations in the transport and diffusion of air pollutants. About ten minutes each class hour are devoted to description of current weather with aid of same-day maps. Students learn to plot and analyze weather maps. A report on the weather and climate of a particular place of personal interest is prepared by each. Hour examinations are given at 3-4 week intervals. These account for about 60% of course grade, the report about 20%, and weather map analyses and homework assignments the remainder. (Portman)

203. The Oceans. (3). (NS).

This course, which presents an overview of the four broad subfields of modern oceanography: (1) Physical Oceanography, (2) Geological Oceanography, (3) Chemical Oceanography, and (4) Biological Oceanography will draw examples from contemporary issues facing the world's oceans. Topics such as man's extension into the sea; aquaculture; economic potential of the sea's living and mineral resources; the law of the sea; intelligence in the sea; and whale and dolphin communication will serve to enhance the understanding of basic scientific principles. The format of the course will be lecture supplemented by readings in The World Ocean and a paperback novel, The Frail Ocean. Three hour exams and a final will be given. (Meadows)


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