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 LSA to earn LSA 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 LSA students as a part of non-LSA course work. These other courses do not help meet LSA 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).

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. A term paper or weather observation log and report will be required of each class member. Three hour exams are given at 3-4 week intervals. These account for 60% of the course grade, the term paper 20%, and homework assignments the remainder. (Portman and Samson)

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

SECTION 001 THE OCEANS. The course presents an overview of the four broad sub-fields of oceanography: (1) physical oceanography, the nature of water, ocean circulation, and waves and tides; (2) geological oceanography, the nature and origin of sediments and rocks of the ocean floor, and theories of sea-floor spreading and plate tectonics; (3) chemical oceanography, what is in the water and how it gets there; and (4) biological oceanography, the ecology and food web of the oceans. A final part of the course considers the ocean's present uses a food resource, mineral resource, and a dumping ground and the international politics involved with these aspects of man's endeavors. The format of the course is lecture supplemented by reading assignments. Three hourly exams and a final will be given.

SECTION 002 THE OCEANS. 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 text. Three hourly exams and a final.


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