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MET 140 Introduction to Meteorology 3 cr
This course focuses on introducing the student to basic concepts involved in the analysis of weather phenomena on a global and local scale. Major topics include heat balance, atmospheric stability, precipitation processes, cyclonic activity, severe weather, weather analysis, and very basic weather forecasting techniques. Particular attention is devoted to the analysis of US Government weather charts and diagrams. Fee. Core Course. Corequisite: MET 140L.
MET 140L Introduction to Meteorology Lab 1 cr
Laboratory exercises associated with MET 140. Together, MET 140 and MET 140L count as one laboratory science, partially fulfilling general education requirements.
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: MET 353/GEO 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 (identical to GEO 342). Prerequisite: MET 353/GEO 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 (identical to GEO 353). Prerequisites: MET 140, MET 140L, and MA 112. 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. Prerequisites: MA 126 and PH 201 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, MET 354 and MET 357.
MET 359 Introduction to Television Weather 2 cr
This course gives the students the basic skills necessary for broadcasting weather information on TV. This course will focus on the basic principles and techniques of effective TV weather broadcasting.
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 420 Computer Applications in Meteorology (C) 4 cr
Students will be introduced to computer applications that are commonly used in meteorology. Simple programming skills will be developed using FORTRAN, including UNIX programming, and data visualization. In addition, students will gain experience with the GrADS meteorological graphics package and the MM5 numerical weather model. Although the course will consist of some theory, it will mostly involve hands-on assignments. Prerequisite: MET 355.
MET 442 Tropical Meteorology 2 cr
This course will focus on the structure and behavior of tropical cyclones. Students will be introduced to the physics and dynamics of tropical cyclones and the equations that describe them. In addition, students will be exposed to a research environment where they will utilize scientific journals and participate in a simulated scientific conference. Prerequisite: MET 354.
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, MET 356, or instructor permission. 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. Prerequisite: 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.
MET 497 Broadcast Meteorology Practicum I 3 cr
This course focuses on introducing the student to the ever evolving technology in broadcast meteorology. Emphasis is placed on the application of meteorological data through the use of professional television weather graphics systems in order to develop a "weather story." Particular attention is given to the use of chroma key mechanics/techniques for public viewing. Prerequisite: MET 359.
MET 498 Broadcast Meteorology Practicum II 3 cr
This course focuses on communicating accurate forecasts and other important weather info to the public. Attention is given to fine-tuning the on-air weather presentation style, as well as developing a professional resume tape of weather shows in order to gain employment as a broadcast meteorologist. Special attention is given to severe weather cut-ins and accurately conveying severe weather threats to the public. Prerequisites: MET 497 and permission of department chair.

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