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METEOROLOGY (MET)
 
MET 140 Introduction to Meteorology 3 cr
This course focuses on introducing the student to the basic concepts of meteorology. Major topics include the structure of our atmosphere, heat balance, meteorological measurements, atmospheric stability, and wind circulations on both the global and local scales. Other areas covered may include an introduction to air masses, fronts, and precipitation processes. The analysis of U.S. government weather charts is also introduced.
 
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 or 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 or GEO 353. Minimum Grade of "C" needed in course prerequisite.
 
MET 353 General Meteorology 3 cr
An overall view of the field of meteorology for science majors and minors. This course uses a quantitative approach to study the composition of the atmosphere, atmospheric processes, global circulation, and storm development. Laboratory exercises pay particular attention to hands-on analysis of meteorological charts (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), 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 or MA 233 and PH 201 or PH 216. 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 adiabatic processes, thermodynamic diagrams, atmospheric stability, and precipitation processes. Additional topics include atmospheric composition and aerosols, radiation 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. Analysis of data collected by instruments and instrument systems. 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 354 and PH 202. 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. Prerequisites: MET 353/GEO 353. Minimum Grade of "C" needed in course prerequisite.
 
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 410 Meteorological Phenomenology (W) 3 cr
This class is an introduction to reading meteorological journal and professional writings and to writing some of the standard scientific forms common in both operational and research meteorology: summaries, conference abstracts, and scientific journal articles. The students will engage in brief examination of some of the fundamental phenomena in the atmosphere through selected journal articles and write about these topics in an appropriate manner as inquisitive meteorologists. Prerequisites: EH 102, MET 353, MET 354 or 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 through IDL (Interactive Data Language). 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, continuity and analysis. Prerequisites: MET 355, MET 356 (may be taken simultaneously with 454) 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 mid-latitude cyclones, fronts, and severe weather events, using computer model forecasts, and daily weather discussions. Prerequisite: MET 454. Minimum grade of "C" needed in course prerequisite. Fee. This course serves as a capstone class for meteorology majors.
 
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, global warming, ozone hole and chaos theory. Prerequisites: EH 102, 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 1-4 cr
Departmental seminar investigating a special field of meteorology. (Topic announced prior to registration.) May be repeated when content varies. Prerequisite: Requires 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: Requires permission of the instructor.
 
MET 495 Mesonet Internship 1 cr
Students will learn various aspects of mesonet (mesoscale weather station network) operation and maintenance. Students will take part in routine weather station site visits, emergency site visits when a sensor malfunctions, and quality control of incoming data. Once a year every weather station receives a complete retrofit where all sensors are replaced with freshly calibrated sensors. If such a retrofit occurs during the semester of a student's internship, the student will be given the opportunity to take part in this process as well. A large component of this course will consist of field work. Depending on student schedules and mesonet behavior, time will also be spent in the lab performing manual data quality control using the USA Mesonet website. Prerequisite: MET 353.
     
MET 496 Internship in Meteorology 1-3 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.
 
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 354 and MET 359. Minimum grade of "C" needed in course prerequisites.
 
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 MET 355. Minimum grade of "C" needed in course prerequisites.
 
 

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