Courses in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science (Division 241)

Although A&OS 202-203 are offered through the College of Engineering, the courses generate 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. Students who have a serious professional interest in the field should consult the department (2233 Space Research Building, 764-3335).

202. Weather and Climate. Not part of a departmental sequence. (3). (NS).

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. Hourly 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. (Section 001 Stet; Section 002 Stet)

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

The course presents an overview of the four broad subfields of oceanography: (1) Physical Oceanography, the nature and causes of ocean circulation, waves, and tides; (2) Geological Oceanography, 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 in Thurman, Introductory Oceanography (3rd ed.). Three hourly exams and a final will be given. (Section 001 Rea; section 002 Meyers)

 


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