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  Meteorology Major Core Courses
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Course Number Course Title
Meteor 320
Introduction to Atmospheric Science
Meteor 325
Weather Data, Analysis and Quantitative Methods
Meteor 330
Atmospheric Physics
Meteor 352
Climatology
Meteor 430
Atmospheric Dynamics I
Meteor 431
Atmospheric Dynamics II
Meteor 440
Synoptic-Dynamic Meteorology Laboratory
Meteor 451
Synoptic Meteorology
Meteor 452
Mesoscale Meteorology
Meteor 465
Marine and Tropical Meteorology
Meteor 490
Meteorological Interpretation, Analysis, and Integration
Meteor 499
Independent Study
Meteor 499A and B
Independent Study
 Course Descriptions

Meteor 320. Introduction to Meteorology and Aviation Weather. 3(1). A survey course in the fundamentals of meteorology. Emphasis will be placed on flight weather and its impact on aviation. Topics include atmospheric thermodynamics, cloud physics, air masses and weather systems, weather forecasting, severe weather, hazards to aviation, introduction to weather satellites and radar, and an introduction to the near-earth space environment. Administered by the Department of Physics. Final exam. Prereq: Physics 110. Sem hrs: 3 spring.

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Meteor 325. Weather Data, Analysis and Quantitative Methods. 3(1). An introduction to the data sources, objective and subjective data analysis techniques, and quantitative methods used in meteorology. Topics include conventional surface and upper air data, fundamentals of radar and satellite observations, weather map analysis, and quantitative methods covering partial derivatives, vector analysis, kinematic properties of fluid flow, Lagrangian and Eulerian frames of reference, and numerical integration and differentiation. Practical application of the above quantitative techniques to weather charts and vertical atmospheric soundings are emphasized. Administered by the Department of Economics and Geography. Final exam. Prereq: Math 243 (or Math 253). Coreq: Meteor 320. Sem hrs: 3 fall.

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Meteor 330. Atmospheric Physics. 3(1). Classical radiative transfer, thermodynamics and microphysics applied to the atmosphere. Topics include atmospheric absorption and attenuation, the gas laws, the first and second laws of thermodynamics, water-air systems, isobaric, adiabatic and isentropic processes, thermodynamic diagrams, atmospheric statics and vertical stability, atmospheric aerosols, nucleation of water vapor and ice, cloud droplet and ice crystal growth and precipitation generation. Administered by the Department of Physics. Final exam. Prereq: Math 243 (or Math 253) and Meteor 320. Sem hrs: 3 fall.

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Meteor 352. Climatology. 3(1). An introduction to climatology, including fundamental, long-term processes involving energy, moisture and momentum transfer in the earth's climate system. Topics include understanding current world climate patterns and climate change, and applying climatology to enhance human activities. Administered by the Department of Economics and Geography. Final exam. Prereq or Coreq: Soc Sci 112. Sem hrs: 3 spring.

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Meteor 430. Atmospheric Dynamics I. 3(1). An advanced course in atmospheric dynamics. Topics include continuity, thermodynamic energy, the equations of motion, hydrostatic balance, generalized vertical coordinate systems, balanced and unbalanced flows, circulation, vorticity and potential vorticity, and quasi-geostrophic theory. Administered by the Department of Physics. Final exam. Prereq: Meteor 325 and Meteor 330. Sem hrs: 3 spring.

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Meteor 431. Atmospheric Dynamics II. 3(1). Advanced applications of atmospheric dynamics. Topics include advanced quasi-geostrophic applications, baroclinic instability, cyclogenesis, fronts and frontogenesis, atmospheric wave theory and behavior, boundary layer physics, and numerical weather prediction. Administered by the Department of Physics. Final exam. Prereq: Meteor 430. Sem hrs: 3 fall.

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Meteor 440. Synoptic-Dynamic Meteorology Laboratory. 3(1). A laboratory course emphasizing the use of meteorological observations, analyses and forecasts to describe the structure and dynamics of large-scale atmospheric systems. Involves extensive use of conventional surface and upper-air observations, satellite and Doppler radar data, and numerical forecast products in the meteorology laboratory. Administered jointly by the Department of Economics and Geography and the Department of Physics. Final exam. Prereq: Meteor 325 and Meteor 330. Coreq: Meteor 430 and Meteor 451. Sem hrs: 3 fall.

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Meteor 451. Synoptic Meteorology. 3(1). Study of the development and evolution of large-scale weather systems, including surface and upper level pressure, temperature and wind patterns, air masses, fronts, extratropical cyclones and jet streams. Administered by the Department of Economics and Geography. Final exam. Prereq: Meteor 325 and Meteor 330. Coreq: Meteor 430 and Meteor 440. Sem hrs: 3 fall.

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Meteor 452. Mesoscale Meteorology. 4(2). Study of the structure, development and evolution of mesoscale weather systems. Topics include fronts and jet streaks, instabilities, gravity waves, convective storms, squall lines, tornadoes, and mesoscale convective complexes. Introduction to analysis techniques and nowcasting. Extensive use of real-time satellite and Doppler radar data and numerical forecast products in meteorological laboratory. Administered by the Department of Economics and Geography. Final exam. Prereq: Meteor 440 and Meteor 451. Sem hrs: 4 spring.

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Meteor 465. Marine and Tropical Meteorology. 3(1). Introduction to the marine environment including the structure of the ocean environment, visibility at sea, and sea-state and swell forecasting, and to the tropical environment including understanding the interactions between the tropics and mid-latitudes, tropical cyclone structure and tropical cyclone forecasting. Particular emphasis will be placed on how these environments affect joint Naval and Air Force operations. Administered by the Department of Economics and Geography. Final exam or final project. Prereq: Meteor 451. Coreq: Meteor 452. Sem hrs: 3 spring.

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Meteor 490. Meteorological Interpretation, Analysis, and Integration. 3(1). Capstone course in meteorology. Using real-world scenarios, this course assesses the cadet’s ability to integrate and synthesize a wide range of meteorological information to include observational data, analyses, and operational forecasts. Particular attention will be given to weather support for military operations. Administered jointly by the Department of Physics and the Department of Economics and Geography. Final project. Prereq: C1C standing. Sem hrs: 3 spring.

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Meteor 499A. Independent Study. 3(0). Individual research under the direction of a faculty member. Research paper or final project. Prereq: Department permission. Sem hrs: 3 fall or spring.

Meteor 499B. Independent Study. 1.5(0). Sem hrs: 1.5 fall or spring.

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