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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


College of Letters and Science


ATM SCI Atmospheric Sciences



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100 Survey of Meteorology. 3 cr. U. Introduction to the composition, structure, energetics, and general circulation of the atmosphere. Analysis of weather systems. 2 hrs lec, 2 hrs lab-dis.|Counts as repeat of 3 cr Atm Sci 100 taken for 4 cr. Prereq: none.
106 Principles and Forecasting of the Weather. 3 cr. U. What makes the weather, general circulation of the atmosphere, analysis of meteorological data and their use in predicting the weather.|Prereq: none.
108 Rain and Snow. 3 cr. U. Study of precipitation properties and processes in the atmosphere. Structure of precipitating systems ranging from small to large scale.|Prereq: none.
109 Thunderstorms, Tornadoes and Hurricanes. 3 cr. U. The study of basic processes that lead to dry and moist convection. Characteristic atmospheric structure and cloud microphysical processes that produce thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes.|Prereq: none.
110 The Origin, Composition, and Structure of the Planetary Atmospheres. 3 cr. U. Origin of the solar system, its planets, and planetary atmospheres.|Prereq: none.
194 First-Year Seminar: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U. Specific topics are announced in the Schedule of Classes each time the class is offered.|Open only to freshmen. Students may earn cr in just one L&S First-Year Sem (course numbers 192, 193, 194). Prereq: none.
199 Independent Study. 1-3 cr. U. For further information, consult dept chair.|Retakable to 6 cr max. Prereq: 2.5 gpa; writ cons instr, dept chair, & asst dean for SAS.
240 Introduction to Meteorology. 3 cr. U. Quantitative approach to understanding fundamental concepts in meteorology. Radiation, heat balance of the atmosphere, thermodynamics, horizontal motion, general circulation, atmospheric observations, clouds, weather map analysis.|Not open for cr to students with Atm Sci 201. Prereq: Physics 209(P) & 214(P); Math 232(C).
289 Internship in Atmospheric Sciences, Lower Division. 1-6 cr. U. Application of basic knowledge of Atmospheric Sciences in business, organizational, educational, political or other appropriate setting.|One cr earned for academic work based on 40 hrs in internship. Retakable to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st; 2.50 gpa; cons supervising faculty member.
297 Study Abroad: (Subtitled). 1-12 cr. U. Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work level, content, and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared course work.|Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
299 Ad Hoc: (Subtitled). 1-6 cr. U. Course created expressly for offering in a specified enrollment period. Requires only dept & assoc dean approval. In exceptional circumstances, can be offered in one add'l sem.|Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: none; add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
330 Air-Pollution Meteorology. 3 cr. U/G. Pollutant sources and sinks, fundamental pollutant chemistry, monitoring techniques, averaging boundary layers and turbulence, diffusion theories, diffusion models, regional and global-scale pollution problems.|Prereq: Atm Sci 240(P); Chem 102(P); stats course recom.
350 Atmospheric Thermodynamics. 3 cr. U/G. Radiant energy, sensible heat, and atmospheric thermodynamics; the gas laws; hydrostatic and psychrometric equations; dry and moist convection; clouds and their physical and energy relations. Optional field exercise.|Prereq: jr st; Physics 220(P); Math 232(P); Atm Sci 240(P).
351 Dynamic Meteorology I. 3 cr. U/G. The role of dynamics in atmospheric physics; equations of motion; symmetric circulation models; gravity waves; Rossby waves, quasi-geostrophy; introduction to instability of atmospheric flows.|Prereq: jr st; Atm Sci 240(P); Math 233(P).
352 Dynamic Meteorology II. 3 cr. U/G. Circulation, vorticity, potential vorticity; shallow water equations: Poincare, Kelvin, and Rossby waves, energy and enstrophy; quasi-geostrophy for a stratified atmosphere; barotropic and baroclinic instability.|Prereq: jr st; Atm Sci 351(P); Math 234(P).
360 Synoptic Meteorology I. 4 cr. U/G. Fundamental principles; synoptic-scale structure and dynamics; equivalent barotropic model; vertical motions; introduction to and application of quasi-geostrophic theory.|Prereq: jr st; Math 232(P); Physics 210(P); Atm Sci 240(P).
361 Synoptic Meteorology II. 4 cr. U/G. Extension of quasi-geostrophic theory to Q-vectors; isentropic potential voracity applied to mid-latitude weather systems; fronts and jets.|Prereq: jr st; Atm Sci 360(P).
381 Honors Seminar: (Subtitled). 3H cr. U. Selected topics.|Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: soph st; Honors 200(P); cons Honors College dir.
405 Atmospheric Science for in-Service Teachers: 1-3 cr. U/G. Basic, advanced or new topics in atmospheric sciences for in-service teachers.|Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: in-service teacher; add'l prereqs depending on topic.
460 Mesoscale Circulations. 3 cr. U/G. Theory, analysis and forecasting of mesoscale flows, including convective systems, polar lows, terrain and surface-forced flows, jet streams and hurricanes.|Prereq: jr st; Atm Sci 360(R) or cons instr.
464 Cloud Physics. 3 cr. U/G. Formation of cloud droplets, droplet growth by condensation, formation of ice crystals, precipitation processes, weather radars, cloud models.|Prereq: jr st; Physics 210(P); Math 232(P); Atm Sci 350(P).
470 Tropical Meteorology. 3 cr. U/G. Dynamics and energetics of tropical circulations. Origins and evolution of equatorial disturbances and easterly waves. Structure and dynamics of tropical cyclones. Hurricane modeling and prediction.|Prereq: Atm Sci 351(P) or 360(P).
480 The General Circulation and Climate Dynamics. 3 cr. U/G. Historical overview, the zonally symmetric circulation, momentum, heat and water budgets, stationary waves, the El Nino Southern oscillation, global warming, interpentadal variability in the North Atlantic.|Prereq: jr st; Atm Sci 351(P).
497 Study Abroad: (Subtitled). 1-12 cr. U/G. Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work level, content, and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared course work.|Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
499 Ad Hoc: 1-6 cr. U. Course created expressly for offering in a specified enrollment period. Requires only dept & assoc dean approval. In exceptional circumstances, can be offered in one add'l sem.|Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
500 Statistical Methods in Atmospheric Sciences. 3 cr. U/G. Mathematical and statistical tools applicable to the investigation of atmospheric problems; the nature and treatment of atmospheric data.|Prereq: jr st; Atm Sci 240(P) or 350(P), & Math 231(P), 232(P) or cons instr.
505 Micrometeorology. 3 cr. U/G. Surface energy budget; radiation balance and heat transfer; boundary-layer profiles of wind, temperature and moisture; turbulence and boundary-layer fluxes; evapotranspiration; special topics.|Prereq: jr st; Atm Sci 351(P) & 330(P).
511 Seminar in Atmospheric Radiation and Remote Sensing. 3 cr. U/G. Basic laws of radiation, absorption and scattering, weather radar, retrieval of soundings, remote sensing and climate, weather satellites.|Prereq: jr st; Math 232(P); Atm Sci 350(P) & Physics 210(P).
520 Advanced Dynamic Meteorology. 3 cr. U/G. Properties of atmospheric sound, gravity, Rossby waves. Baroclinic instability, cyclogenesis, frontogenesis, and the general circulation. Introduction to numerical prediction.|Prereq: jr st; Math 234(P), Atm Sci 350(P) & 351(P) or equiv.
599 Capstone Experience. 1 cr. U. Student writes a paper under supervision of an advisor on an approved topic not covered in the student's regular course work.|Prereq: sr st; writ cons instr & dept chair.
690 Seminar in Atmospheric Sciences: (Subtitled). 1-3 cr. U/G. Intensive topical studies of currently active problem areas.|Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Satisfies L&S Seminar req. Prereq: jr st; cons instr.
695 Internship in Atmospheric Sciences, Upper Division. 1-6 cr. U. Application of advanced principles of atmospheric sciences in a business, organizational, educational, political or other appropriate setting.|One cr earned for 40 hrs work. Retakable to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st; 300-level or above course in atm sci; 3.0 gpa in the major; cons supervising faculty.
699 Advanced Independent Reading. 1-3 cr. U. Independent meteorological study.|Retakable w/chg in topic to 3 cr max. Prereq: jr st, 2.5 gpa, & writ cons instr, dept chair, & asst dean for SAS.

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