Courses in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences (Division 241)

Although AOSS 202 is offered through the College of Engineering, the course is approved by LSA to earn LSA credits and may be used to meet Natural Science distribution requirements. Other Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space 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 AOSS 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.


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