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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014

Atmospheric Sciences

Atmospheric and Oceanic Science (AOSC)
3417 Computer and Space Sciences Building, 301-405-5391

This minor will provide a general background in meteorology as offered by the lower level courses, and a solid background in atmospheric physics (AOSC 431) and atmospheric dynamics (AOSC 432), as offered by two required courses. It is aimed at non-majors who might consider graduate work in meteorology, or prepare them for the very favorable job market in the Washington, D.C. area, where a background in meteorology can be an important asset.  Students attempting this minor will need a strong background in mathematics, physics and chemistry at the level of MATH 240 or 461, PHYS 270 and PHYS 271; CHEM 135 (preferred) or CHEM 131, which are prerequisites for the required courses. Students interested in taking this minor program should contact the undergraduate advisor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science for advising.  This minor is not open to students who major in Physical Sciences with a concentration in meteorology, or who major in Physics within the Physics-Meteorology area of concentration.

This minor will require 15 credits. All courses presented for the minor must be passed with a grade of "C-" or better.

The students must choose two electives from:

  • AOSC 123 Causes and Consequences of Global Change
  • AOSC 200 Weather and Climate
  • AOSC 400 Physical Meteorology of the Atmosphere

The following two courses are required:

  • AOSC 431 Atmospheric Thermodynamics
  • AOSC 432 Dynamics of the Atmosphere and Ocean

One elective from:

  • Other 400 level courses offered in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science on a regular basis, or from a list of non-permanent electives that will be offered by research scientists, regular faculty from Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, or members of the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC)
  • Courses offered by the Departments of Geology and Geographic Sciences, such as:
    • GEOL 437 Global Climate Change: Past and Present
    • GEOL 452 Watershed and Wetland Hydrology
    • GEOG 446 Applied Climatology
    • GEOG 447 Advanced Biogeography
    • GEOG 472 Remote sensing

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