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MET 340 Introduction to Meteorology 4 cr
Analysis of weather phenomena and patterns on a global and local scale. Major topics include the heat balance, stability, precipitation processes, cyclonic activity, severe weather and forecasting techniques. Particular attention is devoted to the jet stream and its effect on surface weather. (Identical to GEO 340.) Prerequisite: GEO 101. Fee.
MET 341 Climatology 3 cr
Analysis of global climate as aggregate weather. Component elements, factors controlling distribution, resulting area patterns, and climatic classification are studied. (Identical to GEO 341.) Prerequisite: GEO/MET 340 or MET 353. Fee.
MET 342 Severe Weather 3 cr
A study of the causes, structure, and impact of tornadoes, hurricanes, thunderstorms and other severe weather systems. Prerequisite: GEO 101 or MET 353.
MET 353 General Meteorology 4 cr
An overall view of the field of meteorology for science majors. The course uses a quantitative approach to study the composition of the atmosphere, atmospheric processes, global circulation, and storm development. Corequisite: MA 125. Fee.
MET 354 Dynamic Meteorology I 3 cr
A quantitative study of solar and terrestrial radiation and the processes that result from the unequal heating of the earth's surface and the atmosphere. A special emphasis is placed on adiabatic processes, thermodynamic diagrams, and atmospheric stability. Kinematic properties of atmospheric flow are also examined. Prerequisite: MA 126 or permission of department chair.
MET 355 Dynamic Meteorology II 3 cr
The circulation of the atmosphere and the structure of storms is quantitatively analyzed using equations of atmospheric flow. The jet stream, atmospheric waves, mid-latitude cyclones, and the concept of vorticity are given considerable attention. Prerequisite: MET 354.
MET 356 Physical Meteorology 3 cr
A detailed investigation of atmospheric aerosols, the disposition of radiant energy, the earth's radiation budget, precipitation processes, atmospheric optics and electricity. Prerequisite: MET 354.
MET 357 Meteorological Instrumentation 2 cr
Design, calibration, use, and maintenance of existing and newly developed meteorological instruments and instrumentation systems as well as remote sensing applications. Prerequisite: MET 353.
MET 358 Radar Meteorology 3 cr
The course is designed to give the student a three-fold introduction to weather radar and its value in the workplace. Basic radar principles and assumptions applicable to all radars are presented: the Doppler function and limitations are covered in depth with final emphasis on properly utilizing weather radar in an operational setting. Prerequisites: MET 353 and MET 354.
MET 401 Weather Forecasting I 2 cr
A course specifically designed for students minoring in meteorology. Students are introduced to weather forecasting concepts and methods. Prerequisite: MET 353.
MET 402 Weather Forecasting II 2 cr
A course specifically designed for students minoring in meteorology. Weather forecasting techniques are discussed with an emphasis on the use of meteorological models and severe weather forecasting. Prerequisite: MET 401.
MET 454 Synoptic Meteorology I 6 cr
Principles of dynamic meteorology are applied to current surface and upper air analyses of frontal cyclones. An emphasis is placed on forecasting techniques, daily weather discussions, and continuity and analysis. Prerequisites: MET 355. Fee.
MET 455 Synoptic Meteorology II 6 cr
Through the use of surface and upper air analysis, satellite and radar imagery, and the principles of atmospheric dynamics, convective weather systems are studied and forecast. Special attention will be placed on predicting and monitoring severe weather events, using computer model forecasts, and daily weather discussions. Prerequisites: MET 454. Fee.
MET 456 Applied Climatology (W) 3 cr
Training in the application of climatology to solve real world problems. In addition to an examination of present day climate patterns, their causes, and mechanisms, the course focuses on the El Nino, recent and past climates, the natural and human impact on the earth's energy balance, Greenhouse warming and chaos theory. Prerequisites: MET 341 and 353.
MET 490 Special Topics 2-4 cr
Meteorology topics not covered in current meteorology courses.
MET 492 Seminar 2-4 cr
Departmental seminar investigating a special field of meteorology. (Topic announced prior to registration.) May be repeated once when content varies.
MET 494 Directed Studies 1-4 cr
Independent research in field, laboratory, or library under the direction of a member of the meteorology faculty.
MET 496 Internship in Meteorology 1-2 cr
On-the-job learning through occupational or professional work with an approved firm or agency. Open only to meteorology majors. Prerequisite: Permission of department chair.

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