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METEOROLOGY (MET)
 
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. Core Course. Corequisite: MET 140L.
 
MET 140L Introduction to Meteorology Lab 1 cr
Laboratory exercises associated with MET 140. Corequisite: MET 140. 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: MET 353/GEO 353. Minimum Grade of "C" needed in course prerequisite. 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. Minimum Grade of "C" needed in course prerequisite.
 
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. Minimum Grade of "C" needed in course prerequisites. Fee.
 
MET 354 Dynamic Meteorology I 3 cr
Dynamic meteorology is the study of atmospheric motions that control our weather and climate. Using fundamental laws of physics (fluid dynamics and thermodynamics to be specific), a set of mathematical equations that describe how the atmosphere behaves, is derived. These equations are too complex to solve analytically, but with certain assumptions they can be simplified to find approximate solutions. Even though approximate, these solutions still give useful information about the current state of the atmosphere and its evolution in to the future. Forecasting rules and techniques are based on the theories derived in dynamic meteorology. Thorough understanding of these theories is invaluable to becoming a skilled forecaster. Prerequisites: MA 126 and PH 201. Minimum Grade of "C" needed in course prerequisites.
 
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. Minimum Grade of "C" needed in course prerequisite.
 
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 355. Minimum Grade of "C" needed in course prerequisite.
 
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/GEO 353. Minimum Grade of "C" needed in course prerequisite.
 
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/GEO 353, MET 354 and MET 357. Minimum Grade of "C" needed in course prerequisites.
 
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/GEO 353. Minimum Grade of "C" needed in course prerequisite.
 
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. Minimum Grade of "C" needed in course prerequisite.
 
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. Prerequisites: MET 354 and MET 355. Minimum Grade of "C" needed in course prerequisites.
 
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. Minimum Grade of "C" needed in course prerequisite.
 
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. Minimum Grade of "C" needed in course prerequisites. 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. Principles of numerical forecast models and their interpretation are stressed. Special attention will be placed on predicting and monitoring severe weather events, using computer model forecasts, and daily weather discussions. Prerequisite: MET 454. Minimum Grade of "C" needed in course prerequisite. 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/GEO 341 and MET 353/GEO 353. Minimum Grade of "C" needed in course prerequisites.
 
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. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
 
MET 494 Directed Studies 1-4 cr
Independent research in field, laboratory, or library under the direction of a member of the meteorology faculty. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
 
MET 496 Internship in Meteorology 1-2 cr
On-the-job learning through occupational, professional, or research work with an approved firm, agency, or meteorology faculty member. Open only to meteorology majors. Prerequisite: Permission of department chair. 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: Permission of department chair.
 
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.
 
 

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