Course Descriptions

GEOG 1112: Introduction to Weather and Climate
Atmospheric composition and structure, clouds, precipitation, and atmospheric motion and winds. Organized weather systems, including air masses, fronts, and severe weather. Discussion of global climates includes circulation, wind systems, climate classification, and climate change. [3 hours]
GEOG 1112L: Introduction to Weather and Climate Laboratory
Optional laboratory for Introduction to Weather and Climate. [1 hour, 2 hour lab]
GEOG 2120H: Introduction to Weather and Climate (Honors)
Atmospheric composition and structure, clouds, precipitation, and atmospheric motion and winds. Organized weather systems, including air masses, fronts, and severe weather. Discussion of global climates includes circulation, wind systems, climate classification, and climate change. [3 hours]
GEOG 3110: Climatology
Climatology from local to global scales. Topics include radiation/heat exchanges, the hydrologic cycle, global climate patterns, climate change, measurement and data sources, relationships of climate with ecosystem processes, and human activities, and climate forecasting. [3 hours]
GEOG 3120 - 3120L: Weather Analysis and Forecasting
The collection, display, and application of weather data. The use of meteorological instruments, codes, maps, atmospheric soundings, and thermodynamics diagrams. Interpretation of weather maps using basic meteorological principles. Prerequisite: GEOG 1112. [3 hours, 2 hour lecture and 2 hour lab]
GEOG 3130: Atmospheric Hazards
The causes, impacts and policies regarding hazards due to atmospheric phenomena, including hurricanes, tornadoes, windstorms, extreme temperature and precipitation events, and climate change. [3 hours]
GEOG 4/6040: Global Environmental Change during the Quaternary
Chronology and geomorphic, isotopic, and palynological evidence of Quaternary paleoclimates. The effects of past climatic changes upon present landscapes, historic short-term fluctuations in temperature and precipitation, and possible explanations for climatic change are emphasized. Prerequisite: GEOG 3010 or permission of department. [3 hours]
ENGR (GEOG) 4/6111 - 4/6111L: Atmospheric Thermodynamics
An introduction to atmospheric thermodynamics with emphasis on the first and second laws of thermodynamics, equation of state for gases, moisture variables, adiabatic and diabatic processes of dry and moist air, phase changes of water, and atmospheric statics. Prerequisite: MATH 2500 and (PHYS 1212-1212L or PHYS 1312-1312L). Pre or Corequisite: MATH 2700 and (CHEM 1211 or CHEM 1311H or CHEM 1411) and (CSCI 1301-1301L or ENGR 1140). [3 hours, 2 hour lecture and 3 hour lab]
GEOG (ENGR) 4/6112: Atmospheric Dynamics
A quantitative investigation of large-scale atmospheric motion. Equations of motion are derived from basic physical laws. Concepts of vorticity, quasi-geostrophic theory, and general circulation are addressed. Prerequisite: (GEOG 1112 and GEOG 1112L and MATH 2200) or permission of department. [3 hours]
GEOG 4/6114: Atmospheric Dynamics II
A quantitative investigation of atmospheric phenomena, including boundary-layer dynamics; balanced dynamics theory; atmospheric waves; geostrophic adjustment theories; atmospheric instabilities and cyclogenesis theories; frontogenesis theories; jet stream dynamics; introduction to finite difference methods; survey of tropical dynamics and middle atmosphere dynamics. Prerequisite: GEOG(ENGR) 4112/6112 or permission of department. [3 hours]
ENGR (PHYS) 4/6131-4/6131L: Introductory Atmospheric Physics
An introduction to the physics of the atmosphere with emphasis on the laws of radiation, solar and terrestrial radiation, surface and atmospheric energy balances, cloud physics, precipitation formation, and atmospheric optical and electrical phenomena. Prerequisite: MATH 2500 and (PHYS 1212-1212L or PHYS 1312-1312L). Pre or Corequisite: MATH 2700 and (CHEM 1211 or CHEM 1311H or CHEM 1411) and (CSCI 1301-1301L or ENGR 1140). [3 hours, 2 hour lecture and 3 hour lab]
GEOG 4/6120: Synoptic Meteorology/Climatology
Theory and observations to understand mid-latitude weather systems. Focus is on application of quasi-geostrophic theory in weather forecasting. Analysis and interpretation of weather maps and numerical models. Development and life cycle of cyclones, fronts, and jet streams. Prerequisite: GEOG 3120-3120L or permission of department. [3 hours]
GEOG 4/6121: Weather Forecasting Seminar
A weather forecasting practicum that provides an opportunity for students to obtain real-time, real-world experience forecasting conventional weather parameters at selected cities in the United States. Pre or Corequisite: GEOG 3120-3120L. [1-3 hours, repeatable]
GEOG 4/6140: Satellite Meteorology/Climatology
Application of satellite remote sensing in meteorology and climatology. Applications include clouds, atmospheric water vapor and precipitation, the Earth's radiation budget, sea and land surface temperatures. Prerequisite: (GEOG 1111 and GEOG 1111L) or (GEOG 1112 and GEOG 1112L) or (GEOG 2110H and GEOG 2110L) or permission of department. [3 hours]
GEOG 4/6150: Physical Climatology
Advanced, quantitative study of Earth's physical climate. Includes global energy balance, surface-atmosphere energy exchanges, surface hydrology and water budget at various temporal and spatial scales. Methods of measuring and modeling are discussed. Case studies are used to illustrate how the physical processes govern the climate system. Prerequisite: GEOG 3110 or GEOG 3120-3120L or GEOG 4140/6140 or GEOG 4160/6160 or ENGR(GEOG) 4161/6161-4161L/6161L or GEOG(ENGR) 4112/6112 or permission of department. [3 hours]
GEOG 4/6160: Applied Climatology in the Urban Environment
Do cities create their own thunderstorms? Will pollution from emerging mega-cities change climate? Exploration of fundamental concepts of the urban-climate system, observational and modeling strategies for studying the urban-climate system, and context for how human activity in the built environment is changing Earth's weather and hydro-climate. Prerequisite: GEOG 3110 or GEOG 3120-3120L or permission of department. [3 hours]
ENGR (GEOG) 4/6161 - 4/6161L: Environmental Microclimatology
An introduction to the interactions between the biosphere and atmosphere. Energy, moisture, and carbon exchange in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum with applications to managed and natural environments. The impact of weather and climate on humans and domesticated animals. Elementary turbulent exchange theory will be introduced. Prerequisite: (MATH 2500 or MATH 2700) and (PHYS 1211-1211L or PHYS 1311-1311L) and [(BIOL 1103 and BIOL 1103L) or (BIOL 1104 and BIOL 1104L) or BIOL 1107-1107L or (PBIO 1210 and PBIO 1210L) or (PBIO 1220 and PBIO 1220L)]. [4 hours, 3 hour lecture and 3 hour lab]
GEOG 4/6170 - 4/6170L: Mesoscale and Radar Meteorology/Climatology
Fundamental theory, analysis, and exercises on mesoscale weather phenomena and principles of radar meteorology. A major topical focus will be thunderstorms, mesoscale convective systems, and tornadic supercells. Other topics will include mesoscale classification, observing systems, the boundary layer, circulations, flooding, mesoscale tropical systems, mesoscale modeling, short-range forecasting/nowcasting, and mesoscale climatology. Prerequisite: GEOG 3120-3120L. Pre or Corequisite: MATH 2250. [3 hours, 2 hour lecture and 2 hour lab]
GEOG (ENGR) 4/6180: Topics in Atmospheric Sciences
Special interest topics in atmospheric sciences. [3 hours, repeatable]
GEOG 4/6911: Collaborative Research in Atmospheric Science
Collaborative research on outstanding research problems in the atmospheric sciences. [3 hours, repeatable]
GEOG 8120: Seminar in Climatology
Advanced topics in physical climatology such as climate change, microclimatology, urban climatology or synoptic climatology. Specific topics may vary. Prerequisite: GEOG 4120/6120 or GEOG 4140/6140 or GEOG 4160/6160 or permission of department. [3 hours, repeatable]