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Atmospheric Science Fall 2018 Courses

The following undergraduate and graduate Atmospheric Science courses will be offered for the Fall 2018 semester. Select class title to view descriptions, instructors, sections, and more. View the official University of Kansas Schedule of Classes for filtering options. Not every class is offered every semester. View future course offerings on our Semester Planning page. 

ATMO 105 Introductory Meteorology
A lecture and laboratory course introducing students to the atmosphere, weather and climate phenomena, and their controlling physical processes. Topics covered include: the structure of the atmosphere, energy and energy budgets, climate and climate change, air pollution, clouds and precipitation, pressure and wind systems, severe weather, and weather forecasting. LEC.
Spring 2019
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Rahn, David
TuTh 02:30-03:45 PM LIN 317 - LAWRENCE
5 60321
LBN
MW 08:00-09:50 AM LIN 225 - LAWRENCE
5 73416
LBN
MW 10:00-11:50 AM LIN 225 - LAWRENCE
5 60323
LBN
TuTh 10:00-11:50 AM LIN 225 - LAWRENCE
5 73417
LBN
MW 12:00-01:50 PM LIN 225 - LAWRENCE
5 60324
LBN
TuTh 08:00-09:50 AM LIN 225 - LAWRENCE
5 60325
LBN
TuTh 12:00-01:50 PM LIN 225 - LAWRENCE
5 60322
LEC
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
5 68145

ATMO 220 Unusual Weather
An introductory lecture course which surveys the general principles and techniques of atmospheric science and illustrates their application through discussions of natural but unusual weather phenomena such as blizzards, hurricanes, tornados, and chinooks, of the effects of air pollution on weather, and of intentional human alteration of the atmosphere. LEC.
Spring 2019
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 68144

ATMO 321 Climate and Climate Change
This course is designed to introduce students to the nature of the Earth's physical climate. It introduces the basic scientific concepts underlying our understanding of our climate system. Particular emphasis is placed on energy and water balances and their roles in evaluating climate change. The course also evaluates the impact of climate on living organisms and the human environment. Finally, past climates are discussed and potential future climate change and its impact on humans is evaluated. (Same as GEOG 321.) Prerequisite: ATMO 105 or GEOG 104. LEC.
Spring 2019
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 72271

ATMO 499 Honors Course in Atmospheric Science
Open to students with nine hours of upper level credit in Atmospheric Science, an average of at least 3.5 in all Atmospheric Science courses, and an overall average of at least 3.25. Includes the preparation of an honors paper and its defense before a committee of a least two regular faculty members. LEC.
Spring 2019
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Braaten, David
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-3 64086
LEC Brunsell, Nathaniel
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-3 64687
LEC Mechem, David
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-3 65635
LEC Rahn, David
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-3 68398
LEC Stachnik, Justin
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-3 72264

ATMO 505 Weather Forecasting
A first course in synoptic meteorology designed to introduce students to weather analysis and forecasting through the application of hydrodynamic and thermodynamic principles to operational analysis and forecasting. Topics include analysis and interpretation of surface and upper-air observations and data from satellites, radars, and wind profilers; chart and sounding analysis; and three-dimensional, conceptual models of weather systems. The course includes student-led weather briefings and analysis exercises. Prerequisite: ATMO 105 and MATH 125 or MATH 115. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2019 semester.

ATMO 606 Forecasting Practicum - Private Industry
Practical experience in private industry working with current and/or archived meteorological data. Possibilities include the preparation of forecasts for TV stations and meteorological consulting firms, and working with environmental consulting firms to assess air pollution hazards. May be repeated two times for credit. Credit for ATMO 605, ATMO 606, and ATMO 607 is limited to a total of eight hours, six of which may be counted toward a degree in atmospheric science. Prerequisite: ATMO 605. INT.
Spring 2019
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
INT Rahn, David
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2 66894

ATMO 607 Forecasting Intern - National Weather Service
Practical experience working in a National Weather Service forecasting center in analyzing weather data and preparing weather forecasts. May be repeated two times for credit. Credit for ATMO 605, ATMO 606, and ATMO 607 is limited to a total of eight hours, six of which may be counted toward a degree in atmospheric science. Prerequisite: ATMO 605. INT.
Spring 2019
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
INT Rahn, David
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2 66895

ATMO 640 Dynamic Meteorology
This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of fluid dynamics necessary for understanding large scale atmospheric motions. Fundamental physical laws of conservation of mass, momentum and energy are examined and applied to atmospheric flows. Rotation in the atmosphere is examined quantitatively in terms of both circulation and vorticity. Prerequisite: MATH 127 and PHSX 214 or PHSX 212 and PHSX 236. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2019 semester.

ATMO 650 Advanced Synoptic Meteorology
Analysis and interpretation of synoptic weather charts including treatment of numerical weather forecasting. Prerequisite: ATMO 630 and ATMO 660. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2019 semester.

ATMO 680 Physical Meteorology
This course is designed to enhance the student's understanding of atmospheric processes through the study of these processes at molecular through micro scales. Topics include the properties and behavior of gases; transfer processes; phase change; solar and earth radiation; cloud drop, ice crystal and precipitation formation; atmospheric electricity; stratospheric chemistry. Prerequisite: MATH 223; PHSX 214, or PHSX 212 and PHSX 236. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2019 semester.

ATMO 690 Special Problems in Meteorology
Prerequisite: Nine hours in meteorology. IND.
Spring 2019
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Braaten, David
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 60328
IND Brunsell, Nathaniel
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 64500
IND Mechem, David
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 65636
IND Rahn, David
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 68399
IND Stachnik, Justin
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 72265

ATMO 697 Seminar for Seniors
Current research in atmospheric science will be discussed. May be repeated for a total of two credit hours. Prerequisite: Senior level in atmospheric science. LEC.
Spring 2019
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Rahn, David
M 04:00-05:15 PM LIN 405 - LAWRENCE
1 60329

ATMO 699 Undergraduate Research
Work on a research project under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite: Nine credit hours in atmospheric science. May be taken up to three times for credit. IND.
Spring 2019
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Braaten, David
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2 60330
IND Brunsell, Nathaniel
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2 64501
IND Mechem, David
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2 65637
IND Rahn, David
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2 68400
IND Stachnik, Justin
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2 72266

ATMO 710 Atmospheric Dynamics
Presentation of contemporary approaches to the study of atmospheric dynamics. May include methodologies that provide insight into global, synoptic, mesoscale or microscale motions. Prerequisite: ATMO 660 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2019 semester.

ATMO 898 Readings in Atmospheric Science
Independent readings of special problems in Atmospheric Science. IND.
Spring 2019
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Braaten, David
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 72276
IND Brunsell, Nathaniel
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 72277
IND Mechem, David
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 72278
IND Rahn, David
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 72279
IND Stachnik, Justin
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 72280

ATMO 899 Master's Thesis
Thesis credit. Graded on a satisfactory progress/limited progress/no progress basis. THE.
Spring 2019
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
THE Braaten, David
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-10 66631
THE Brunsell, Nathaniel
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-10 66633
THE Mechem, David
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-10 66635
THE Rahn, David
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-10 69001
THE Stachnik, Justin
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-10 72267

 

 

 


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