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Approved CoursesThe following list includes undergraduate courses that have been approved as of June 2010. Courses added after that date do not appear in this list. Courses eliminated after that date may still appear. Not every course is offered regularly. Students should consult the Schedule of Classes at www.testudo.umd.edu to ascertain which courses are actually offered during a given semester.
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Courses in "AOSC-Atmospheric and Oceanic Science"
AOSC - Atmospheric and Oceanic Science
AOSC 123 Causes and Implications of Global Change (3) Also offered as: GEOG123, GEOL123. Credit only granted for: AOSC123, GEOG123, GEOL123, or METO123. Formerly: METO123. This course offers a unique experience in integrating physical, chemical, geological and biological sciences with geographical, economic, sociological and political knowledge skills toward a better understanding of global change. Review of environmental science relating to weather and climate change, acid precipitation, ozone holes, global warming and impacts on biology, agriculture and human behavior. Study of the natural, long-term variability of the global environment, and what influence mankind may have in perturbing it from its natural evolution. Concepts of how physical, biological and human behavioral systems interact, and the repercussions which may follow from human endeavors. The manner in which to approach decision and policy making related to issues of global change.
AOSC 200 Weather and Climate (3) Three hours of lecture and one hour of discussion/recitation per week. Prerequisite: MATH110 or MATH115. Recommended: Concurrent enrollment in AOSC201. Formerly: METO200. Broad survey of the state of knowledge and problems of atmospheric science. Origin and structure of the atmosphere, meteorological observations, weather maps, forecasting, satellites, energetics, wind, general circulation, storms, severe weather, climate change, air pollution.
AOSC 201 Weather and Climate Laboratory (1) Two hours of laboratory per week. Corequisite: Concurrently enrolled in AOSC200. Formerly: METO201. Laboratory exercises to supplement AOSC200, including weather observations, weather map analysis, use of the Internet, forecasting practice and climate modeling.
AOSC 346 Cycles in the Earth System (3) Prerequisite: GEOG123, AOSC123, GEOL123, or MATH140; or permission of CMNS-Atmospheric & Oceanic Science department. Recommended: PHYS171, PHYS141, PHYS161, or MATH141. Also offered as: GEOG346, GEOL346. The Earth System operates through some fundamental cycles such as water, energy, and the carbon cycles. This course will build on GEOL/GEOG/AOSC123 starting with concept of feedbacks within the Earth System, global energy balance and the Greenhouse Effect. A brief introduction to the atmospheric and oceanic circulation will lead to the water cycle connecting the land, ocean, and atmosphere to the Earth System. Introduction to the Global carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur cycles will be followed by the concept of long-term climate regulation and short-term climate variability. The concepts of cycles, feedbacks, forcings, and responses in the Earth System will be applied to Global Warming and Ozone Depletion.
AOSC 375 Introduction to the Blue Ocean (3) Also offered as: GEOL375. Credit only granted for: GEOL375 or METO375. Introduction to physical, chemical, and biological properties of the ocean. Role of the ocean in climate as a component of the Earth system. El Nino and the ocean, imipact of global warming on the ocean and marine habitats including fisheries.
AOSC 386 Experiential Learning (3-6) Restriction: Junior standing or higher; and Must have a learning proposal approved by the Office of Experiential Learning Programs, faculty sponsor and student's internship sponsor. Formerly: METO386.
AOSC 400 Physical Meteorology of the Atmosphere (3) Prerequisite: 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (PHYS171, PHYS161, MATH141); or permission of CMNS-Atmospheric & Oceanic Science department. Formerly: METO400. The application of basic classical physics, chemistry and mathematics to the study of the atmosphere. Composition of the atmosphere; energy sources and sinks (radiation in the atmosphere; radiative balance and radiative forcing of atmospheric processes); atmospheric thermodynamics; clouds and precipitation physics; atmospheric electricity and optics; mesoscale processes (e.g., orographic mesoscale phenomena and instabilities); airmass boundaries; severe weather, tropical cyclones; storms; global circulation.
AOSC 401 Climate Dynamics and Earth System Science (3) Prerequisite: AOSC400 or AOSC200; or permission of instructor. Formerly: METO401. The global weather and climate system; the natural variability of the atmosphere-ocean-biosphere; carbon cycle and biogeochemistry. Potential human effects: greenhouse effects, deforestation, acid rain, ozone depletion, nuclear winter. Social, political and economic effects of changes in global environment. Policy options.
AOSC 424 Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Ocean (3) Prerequisite: 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (PHYS171, PHYS161, MATH141); or permission of instructor. Many of the properties of the atmosphere, ocean, and land surface are most easily observed from satellite remote sensing. This course will provide students with a hands-on introduction to a variety of passive and active sensing techniques and sensors observing our changing environment. Topics include: orbital dynamics and electromagnetic properties of the atmosphere and surface; atmospheric emission characteristics and scattering; chemical composition and spectroscopy; temperature retrievals; detection and retrieval of aerosol, cloud and rain; ocean surface properties; sea surface temperature and color; active sensing of wind stress, sea level, and internal waves; time-dependent gravity; properties of vegetation and ice.
AOSC 431 Atmospheric Thermodynamics (3) Prerequisite: 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (PHYS171, PHYS161, MATH141). Recommended: MATH246. Credit only granted for: AOSC431 or METO431. Formerly: METO431. Classical thermodynamics applied to both the dry and the moist atmosphere. Composition; phase changes of water; stability concepts; Properties of aerosols and clouds, cloud nucleation and precipitation processes, atmospheric electricity, cloud and precipitation chemistry.
AOSC 432 Large Scale Atmospheric Dynamics (3) Prerequisite: AOSC431. Corequisite: Concurrently enrolled in MATH246. Credit only granted for: AOSC432, METO432, or AOSC632. Formerly: METO432. The physics of the atmospheric motions that control mid-latitude weather; physics of hurricanes; mathematics of climate change.
AOSC 433 Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate (3) Prerequisite: CHEM131, CHEM135, or CHEM146. And MATH241; or permission of CMNS-Atmospheric & Oceanic Science department. Also offered as: CHEM433. Credit only granted for: AOSC433, AOSC633, CHEM433, or CHEM633. Formerly: AOSC434. The effects of human activity on atmospheric composition, focused on global warming, the carbon cycle, air pollution, and the ozone layer. Fundamentals of atmosphereic chemistry (spectroscopy, kinetics, isotopic analysis, and biogeochemical cycles) are related to the modern understanding of climate change, air quality, and ozone depletion, based on resources such as satellite missions, field campaigns, and scientific assessments published by international agencies. We also examine how society's energy needs could be met, in the future, in a manner with less impact on atmospheric composition than the present heavy reliance on combusion of fossil fuels.
AOSC 434 Air Pollution (3) Prerequisite: MATH241; or permission of CMNS-Atmospheric & Oceanic Science department. Formerly: METO434. Production, transformation, transport and removal of air pollutants. The problems of photochemical smog, the greenhouse effect, stratospheric ozone, acid rain and visibility. Analytical techniques for gases and particles.
AOSC 470 Synoptic Meteorology (3) Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in AOSC431 and AOSC432. Credit only granted for: AOSC470, AOSC600, or METO600. Atmospheric properties and observations, meteorological analysis and charts, operational numerical forecasts. Application of quasigeostrophic theory, baroclinic instability, midlatitiude and mesoscale weather systems. Tropical meteorology. Weather forecasting using numerical and statistical models. Prediction of weather phenomena on the global, syoptic, meso, and local scales. Analysis of surface and upper air data; Norwegian cyclone model; introduction to weather forecasting.
AOSC 493 Senior Research Project I (3) Prerequisite: Permission of CMNS-Atmospheric & Oceanic Science department. Restriction: Must be in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science program. Or must not be in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science program; and permission of instructor. Technical writing and oral presentation skills. Planning, writing, and presenting a plan for research in the geosciences.
AOSC 494 Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Seminar (1) Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in AOSC431 and AOSC432. Exposure to a wide range of contemporary topics in atmospheric, oceanic, and climate sciences, to foster research interests and promote critical thinking through the weekly AOSC departmental seminar series.
AOSC 498 Senior Research Project II (3) Prerequisite: AOSC493. The project will be based on the research or development plan created in AOSC493. It may be completed with the approval of a faculty advisor in conjunction with an internship. Final written thesis and oral defense will be expected.
AOSC 499 Special Problems in Atmospheric Science (1-3) Prerequisite: Permission of CMNS-Atmospheric & Oceanic Science department. Repeatable to 6 credits. Formerly: METO499. Research or special study in the field of meteorology and the atmospheric and oceanic sciences.