ATM 102. Introduction To Weather And Climate. 3 Credit Hours.

The structure, physics, dynamics and thermodynamics of the atmosphere. Weather, weather forecasting, climate and climate change.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ATM 103. Survey of Modern Meteorology. 3 Credit Hours.

Dynamics and thermodynamics of the atmosphere as they relate to contemporary issues in meteorology. Overview of numerical weather prediction techniques and new technologies for monitoring weather and climate. Open to majors or minors with permission of instructor.
Prerequisites: MTH 108 or MTH 113 or MTH 140 or MTH 141 or MTH 161 or MTH 171 or MTH 162 or MTH 172.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ATM 118. Current Weather Topics. 2 Credit Hours.

Weather-and Climate-related phenomena such as hurricanes, severe storms, global warming, and acid rain. (Notes and analysis materials provided)
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ATM 220. Climate And Global Change. 3 Credit Hours.

The Earth's climate system and the role of natural and anthropogenic processes in shaping climate change.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

ATM 243. Weather Forecasting. 3 Credit Hours.

Application of physical principals to weather forecasting. Use interpretation of computer-generated forecast guidance products of the U.S. Weather Service.
Prerequisite: ATM 103 or MSC 103 and MTH 108 or higher.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ATM 265. Atmospheric Chemistry. 3 Credit Hours.

ATM 265 is focused on those aspects of environmental chemistry of most relevance to meteorology students. The class fulfills the American Meteorological Society (AMS) chemistry expectations for a Bachelor’“”•–—˜s Degree in Meteorology, and in addition, addresses further recommendations from the AMS. AMS expects knowledge of atomic structure and chemical bonding, and, of the properties of gases. Recommended ‘’“”•–—˜beyond the basics’“”•–—˜ goals include air quality and environmental science applications. ATM 265 fulfills the chemistry requirement for the undergraduate meteorology program. Students interested in pursuing upper-level chemistry courses, including MSC 215 (Chemical Oceanography), and pre-med majors, are recommended to take CHM 111 to meet requirements for the Meteorology B.S. Degree.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ATM 303. Meteorological Instrumentation and Observation. 3 Credit Hours.

Techniques for measuring meteorological variables at the ground and in the free atmosphere.
Prerequisite: ATM 103, and PHY 101 or PHY 205.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ATM 305. Atmospheric Thermodynamics. 3 Credit Hours.

Equation of state; water vapor and moist air thermodynamics; phase changes and latent heat; buoyancy and atmospheric convection; thermodynamic diagrams. Prerequisites: PHY 205
Prerequisite: PHY 205.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ATM 306. Advanced Principles In Broadcasting Meteorology. 3 Credit Hours.

Broadcast meteorology including the production of professional weather briefings and weather news for on camera delivery. Emphasis on accurately communicating complex meteorological concepts, use of computer graphics, and on-camera delivery.
Prerequisite: ATM 103. Or Requisite: Permission of Instructor.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ATM 307. Introduction To The Physics Of Climate. 3 Credit Hours.

The Physical mechanisms which govern the earth’“”•–—˜s climate and climate variability.
Prerequisite: ATM 305 or MSC 305.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ATM 321. Scientific Programming In The Atmospheric Sciences. 3 Credit Hours.

An introduction to scientific programming in a linux environment using the FORTRAN 90/95 language with specific applications to Meteorology. Prerequisites: CSC 120.
Prerequisite: CSC 120.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ATM 371. Readings In Atmospheric Science. 1-2 Credit Hours.

Library research with faculty supervision. Bibliography to be submitted in preparation for laboratory and/or field research project.
Components: DIS.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

ATM 405. Atmospheric Dynamics I. 3 Credit Hours.

Derivation and scaling of the equations of atmospheric motion; hydrostatic and geostrophic balance; circulation and vorticity.
Prerequisite: MSC 305 Or ATM 305 and MTH 310 Or Permission of Instructor.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ATM 406. Atmospheric Dynamics II. 3 Credit Hours.

Baroclinic and barotropic instability; boundary layer dynamics; mathematical principles of numerical weather prediction; maintenance of the general circulation.
Prerequisite: MSC 405 or ATM 405.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ATM 407. Weather Analysis. 4 Credit Hours.

Three-dimensional analysis of synoptic-scale weather systems; application of the fundamental laws of atmospheric dynamics to observed weather patterns; practical questions of worldwide data exchange and display.
Prerequisite: ATM 305 or MSC 305.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ATM 409. Cloud Physics, Radiation, and Remote Sensing. 3 Credit Hours.

Atmospheric radiation; absorption and scattering principles of remote sensing of the atmosphere; cloud microphysics; nucleation, coalescence, ice crystal growth, atmospheric electricity and lightning.
Prerequisite: MSC 305.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ATM 411. Projects In Atmospheric Science. 1-3 Credit Hours.

Individual, independent research projects with faculty supervision. A formal written report is required that satisfies signed contract with faculty supervisor.
Components: THI.
Grading: SUS.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, & Summer.

ATM 412. Undergraduate Thesis in Atmospheric Science. 1 Credit Hour.

Students will write a formal thesis summarizing the results of independent research carried out under faculty supervision.
Pre-requisite: Or Co-requisite: ATM 411 And permission of instructor.
Components: THI.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, & Summer.

ATM 511. Geophysical Fluid Dynamics I. 3 Credit Hours.

The basic equations of state, continuity, and motion. Topics include wave motions, group velocity, theory of stratified fluids and internal waves turbulence.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ATM 532. Broadcast Meteorology. 3 Credit Hours.

Students will learn the proper techniques involved in preparing and presenting a complete and professional weathercast with a heavy emphasis on communication skills, computer graphics, and on-camera delivery.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ATM 533. Atmospheric Boundary Layer. 3 Credit Hours.


Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ATM 551. Introduction to Atmospheric Science. 3 Credit Hours.

Thermodynamics of dry and moist processes; elementary dynamical meteorology; description of weather systems and phenomena on all scales; structure and mechanics of the general circulation. Corequisite: MPO 552.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ATM 553. Climate Change. 3 Credit Hours.

Overview of the physical processes which regulate the earth's climate and response to forcing.
1 year of Calculus 1 year Physics.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ATM 560. Tropospheric Chemistry I. 3 Credit Hours.

Process-Oriented lower atmospheric chemistry. Topics include photochemical oxidant formation, nighttime chemistry, air-sea exchange, cloud droplet and aerosol reactions, physical properties of aerosols, and transport properties of the troposphere.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ATM 561. Tropical Atmosphere and Ocean. 3 Credit Hours.

Observed structure of large-scale tropical circulations, incuding the Trades, t he intertropical Convergence Zone, the Walker circulation, and equatorial wave disturbances. An overview of tropical climate, including El Nino/Southern Oscil lation, and tropical monsoons is included as well as the formation, structure, and dynamics of tropical cyclone interactions between tropical convection and l arge-scale circulations, equatorial waves, and flow instabilities.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ATM 562. Advance Weather Forecasting. 3 Credit Hours.


Prerequisite: ATM 243, ATM 305, and ATM 405.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ATM 563. Mesoscale Meteorology and Severe Storms. 3 Credit Hours.

Course topics include the structure and dynamics of clouds, thunderstorms, and mesoscale convective systems, radar and satellite observations of clouds and precipitation, severe storm forecasting, mesoscale disturbances, frontal and orographic clouds, and precipitation.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

ATM 581. Special Topics. 1-4 Credit Hours.

Lectures, research projects or directed readings in special topics related to M eteorology and Physical Oceanography.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

ATM 582. Special Topics. 1-4 Credit Hours.

Lectures, research projects or directed readings in special topics.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

ATM 583. Special Topics. 1-4 Credit Hours.

Lectures, research projects or directed readings in special topics related to Atmospheric Sciences.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, & Summer.

ATM 584. Special Topics. 1-4 Credit Hours.

Lectures, research projects or directed readings in special topics related to Atmospheric Sciences.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, & Summer.

ATM 585. Special Topics. 1-4 Credit Hours.

Lectures, research projects or directed readings in special topics related to Atmospheric Sciences.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, & Summer.

ATM 611. Geophysical Fluid Dynamics I. 3 Credit Hours.

The basic equations of state, continuity, and motion. Topics include wave motions, group velocity, theory of stratified fluids and internal waves turbulence.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ATM 615. Numerical Weather Prediction. 3 Credit Hours.

Review of fundamental equations and principal wave solutions. Course topics include finite differences, the filtering problem, the equivalent-baratropic model, multi-level primitive equation models, model initialization and verification, and models currently used by the weather service.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

ATM 624. Applied Data Analysis. 3 Credit Hours.


Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

ATM 631. Physical Meteorology. 3 Credit Hours.

Electromagnetic and acoustic wave propagation, absorption, and emission. Application to remote sensing, basic physics of dry aerosols, clouds and precipitation, fundamentals of atmospheric electricity, charge separation processes, and electrical field effects are also discussed. Other topics include air pollution physics, dispersal, and removal of particulate and gaseous materials from natural and anthropogenic sources.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

ATM 633. Atmospheric Boundary Layer. 3 Credit Hours.


Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ATM 646. Presentation Bootcamp. 1 Credit Hour.


Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ATM 651. Introduction to Atmospheric Science. 3 Credit Hours.

Thermodynamics of dry and moist processes; elementary dynamical meteorology; description of weather systems and phenomena on all scales; structure and mechanics of the general circulation. Corequisite: MPO 552.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ATM 653. Climate Change. 3 Credit Hours.

Overview of the physical processes which regulate the earth's climate and response to forcing.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ATM 660. Tropospheric Chemistry I. 3 Credit Hours.

Process-Oriented lower atmospheric chemistry. Topics include photochemical oxidant formation, nighttime chemistry, air-sea exchange, cloud droplet and aerosol reactions, physical properties of aerosols, and transport properties of the troposphere.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ATM 661. Tropical Atmosphere and Ocean. 3 Credit Hours.

Observed structure of large-scale tropical circulations, incuding the Trades, t he intertropical Convergence Zone, the Walker circulation, and equatorial wave disturbances. An overview of tropical climate, including El Nino/Southern Oscil lation, and tropical monsoons is included as well as the formation, structure, and dynamics of tropical cyclone interactions between tropical convection and l arge-scale circulations, equatorial waves, and flow instabilities.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ATM 662. Advance Weather Forecasting. 3 Credit Hours.

Students will learn the skills needed in researching and preparing a professional weather forecast. There are a plethora of forecast resources available online. Students will learn about using these forecast resources and share resources of their own. Specifically we will cover topics such as the basics of atmospheric meteorology, large and small scale weather forecasting, operational weather forecasting, tropical weather, severe weather, nor’“”•–—˜easters, lake effect snow, oscillations and various other weather phenomena. During the course of the semester a couple of Guest speakers in various parts of the field will visit to discuss relevant topics.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ATM 663. Mesoscale Meteorology and Severe Storms. 3 Credit Hours.

Course topics include the structure and dynamics of clouds, thunderstorms, and mesoscale convective systems, radar and satellite observations of clouds and precipitation, severe storm forecasting, mesoscale disturbances, frontal and orographic clouds, and precipitation.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

ATM 681. Special Topics. 1-4 Credit Hours.

Lectures, research projects or directed readings in special topics related to M eteorology and Physical Oceanography
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

ATM 682. Special Topics. 1-4 Credit Hours.

Lectures, research projects or directed readings in special topics.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

ATM 683. Special Topics. 1-4 Credit Hours.

Lectures, special projects or directed readings in special topics related to Atmospheric Sciences.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, & Summer.

ATM 684. Special Topics. 1-4 Credit Hours.

Lectures, special projects or directed readings in special topics related to Atmospheric Sciences.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, & Summer.

ATM 685. Special Topics. 1-4 Credit Hours.


Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, & Summer.

ATM 711. Geophysical Fluid Dynamics II. 3 Credit Hours.

The focus of this course is on the effects of stratification, on time variable phenomena, and on the interacation between large-scale circulation and mesoscal e eddies. Course topics include quasi-geostrophic scale analysis, Rossby waves, barotropic and baroclinic instability, wave-mean flow interaction and non-geos trophic waves.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ATM 712. Large Scale Ocean Circulation: Models and Observations. 3 Credit Hours.

Course topics include theoretical models of the oceanic current systems, wind-driven and thermohaline circulation, effects of bottom topography, and lateral bounding.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.

ATM 724. Statistical Modeling of Geophysical Fields. 3 Credit Hours.

An advanced course in statistical modeling, analysis, and assimilation of geophysical data. Emphasis is placed on practical applications, computer software, and new nonstandard techniques.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ATM 731. Air-Sea Interaction. 3 Credit Hours.


Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ATM 732. Climate Dynamics. 3 Credit Hours.

Basic understanding of the Earth's Climate System and its variability on time scales ranging from weeks to millennia. Topics include internal atmospheric variability, coupled ocean-atmosphere interactions, and the theory, observations and modeling of climate change.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

ATM 734. Cloud Physics And Radiative Transfer. 3 Credit Hours.

This class provides a modern update to what has traditionally been labeled as "Physical Meteorology": the fundamental physical processes that can occur in one day or less, and within one 1km or less. Such small-scale processes include aerosol, cloud and precipitation physics, and the radiative transfer through the atmosphere. We add to this a consideration of the interactions of aerosols and clouds with the larger meteorological field, as only through understanding the covariations between the aerosol and cloud physics and the larger-scale dynamical/thermodynamical fields can each influence be identified. Current issues pertinent to climate and to weather will be explored , and modeling approaches treated. The radiative transfer unit will develop a deeper appreciation of the concepts and mathematical tools, with exposure to radiative transfer codes.The course is split into 2 halves: the first half covers cloud physics, the 2nd half covers atmospheric radiation. Spring break provides a neat division of the two halves. The course assumes knowledge at the Wallace and Hobbs level.The course work will include computer programming and some computer literacy is assumed.
Prerequisite: MPO 551.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ATM 750. Reaction Kinetics and Molecular Dynamics. 3 Credit Hours.

Theories and experimental techniques for studying kinetics in the gas-phase, association, unimolecular and bimolecular reactions, chain reactions, flames, statistical theories, potential energy surfaces, collision dynamics, kinetics in solution and the solid-state, experimental methods, diffusion-controlled processes, transition state theory, thermal decomposition, and nucleation are discussed.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ATM 752. Vortex Dynamics. 3 Credit Hours.

This course will cover fundamental to advanced topics in vortex dynamics. A review of fluid dynamics and vorticity in two dimensions will be followed by studies of vortex dynamics in three-dimensional, incompressible flow and in three-dimensional, stratified flow.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

ATM 761. Tropospheric Chemistry II. 3 Credit Hours.

Chemical and physical properties of tropospheric aerosols. Topics include properties of aerosols, dynamics of single aerosol particles, thermodynamics of aerosols, nucleation theory, aerosol growth, heterogeneous processes, dynamics of aerosol populations, and radiative properties of atmospheric aerosols.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ATM 762. Computer Models in Fluid Dynamics. 3 Credit Hours.

Course topics include numerical techniques of dealing with dynamic problems in meteorology and oceanography. Dynamic prediction models, initial data conditioning, computational stability, and error estimates are also included.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ATM 764. Atmospheric and Oceanic Turbulence. 3 Credit Hours.

Structure and dynamics of planetary boundary layers, turbulent transport processes, Fickian and statistical theories of turbulence, influence of stratification, and rotation on turbulent motion are discussed.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ATM 765. General Circulation of the Atmosphere. 3 Credit Hours.

Course topics include structure and behavior of planetary scale motions, energy, momentum, and moisture budgets of the general circulation, and models of the general circulation and climatic change.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

ATM 767. Spectral And Finite Element Methods In Computational Fluid Dynamics. 3 Credit Hours.


Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

ATM 768. Enso Dynamics, Prediction And Predictability. 3 Credit Hours.

This course will provide students with a comprehensive observational and mechanistic understanding of the El Nino and the Southern Oscillation (ENSO) phenomen a and how ENSO impacts the natural variability of the global climate system. Topics will include: Observations and theories of the seasonal and interannual changes in the ocean circulation and temperature, and interactions with the atmosphere; equations of motion and theories of tropical ocean and atmosphere circulation; tropical wave dynamics; large scale air-sea coupling; mechanisms for EN SO: delayed oscillator theory, recharge oscillator theory, slow SST modes; ENSO prediction and predictability; ENSO-monsoon-Indian Ocean intersctions; Global climate response to ENSO; decadal ENSO variability; ENSO in a changing climate. This course has a phenomenological focus, which complements current MPO course offerings. In particular, students who have taken dynamic and physical meteorology, ocean general circulation or geophysical fluid dynamics will be exposed to how general theory (e.g., wave dynamics) relates to particular phenomena an d current research foci. In addition, student will have the opportunity to design and implement numerical hypothesis testing experiments.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

ATM 774. Advanced Studies. 1-4 Credit Hours.

Supervised study of special interest to graduate students.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

ATM 805. MPS Internship. 1-6 Credit Hours.


Components: PRA.
Grading: SUS.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, & Summer.

ATM 810. Master Thesis. 1-6 Credit Hours.

The student working on his/her master’“”•–—˜s thesis enrolls for credit, in most departments not to exceed six, as determined by his/her advisor. Credit is not awarded until the thesis has been accepted.
Components: THI.
Grading: SUS.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, & Summer.

ATM 830. Doctoral Dissertation. 1-12 Credit Hours.


Components: THI.
Grading: SUS.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, & Summer.