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Atmospheric Science Spring 2018 Courses

The following undergraduate and graduate Atmospheric Science courses will be offered for the Spring 2018 semester. Select class title to view descriptions, instructors, sections, and more. View the official University of Kansas Schedule of Classes for filtering options. Read more about Atmospheric Science degree curriculum and requirements here. 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 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Rahn, David
TuTh 02:30-03:45 PM LIN 317 - LAWRENCE
5 50348
LBN Tomkins, Laura
MW 08:00-09:50 AM LIN 225 - LAWRENCE
5 65724
LBN Spencer, Trenton
MW 10:00-11:50 AM LIN 225 - LAWRENCE
5 50350
LBN Matheny, Clayton
TuTh 10:00-11:50 AM LIN 225 - LAWRENCE
5 65725
LBN Matheny, Clayton
MW 12:00-01:50 PM LIN 225 - LAWRENCE
5 50351
LBN Spencer, Trenton
TuTh 08:00-09:50 AM LIN 225 - LAWRENCE
5 50352
LBN Tomkins, Laura
MW 02:00-03:50 PM LIN 225 - LAWRENCE
5 50349
LEC Chai, Rodney
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
5 58901

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 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Cady, Timothy
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 58900

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 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Phillips, Cory
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 63732

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 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Braaten, David
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-3 54410
LEC Brunsell, Nathaniel
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-3 55072
LEC Mechem, David
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-3 56149
LEC Rahn, David
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-3 59173
LEC Stachnik, Justin
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2-3 63722

ATMO 521 Microclimatology
A study of climatic environment near the earth-atmosphere interface. Consideration of rural climates in relation to agriculture and urban climates as influenced by air pollution and other factors. Emphasis is on physical processes in the lower atmosphere, distribution of atmospheric variables, the surface energy budget and water balance. (Same as GEOG 521.) Prerequisite: ATMO 105 and MATH 125. LEC.
Spring 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Brunsell, Nathaniel
MW 12:30-01:45 PM LIN 226 - LAWRENCE
3 65714

ATMO 525 Air Pollution Meteorology
A study of background levels and concentrated sources of atmospheric pollution together with considerations of pollution buildup in urban areas as related to particular weather conditions. Inadvertent weather modifications and effects of atmospheric pollution on particular weather events and general climate will be discussed. Prerequisite: ATMO 105, MATH 125, EECS 138 and CHEM 130. LEC.
Spring 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Braaten, David
TuTh 01:00-02:15 PM LIN 228 - LAWRENCE
3 50353

ATMO 605 Operational Forecasting
Students enhance their forecasting expertise by preparing forecasts for presentation to the public through a variety of media. Classroom activities include weekly map discussions and analysis of current weather situations. Forecasting topics such as forecast verification, aviation forecast products, severe weather, flash floods and watches and warnings are examined. 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 505. FLD.
Spring 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
FLD Sanders, Kristopher
TuTh 04:00-05:15 PM LIN 401 - LAWRENCE
2 65537

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 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
INT Rahn, David
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2 57518

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 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
INT Rahn, David
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2 57519

ATMO 630 Synoptic Meteorology
Interpretation, development, and analysis of synoptic charts. Prerequisite: ATMO 505 and ATMO 640. LEC.
Spring 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Stachnik, Justin
TuTh 02:30-03:45 PM LIN 401 - LAWRENCE
3 50354

ATMO 660 Advanced Dynamic Meteorology
Advanced study of the atmosphere including treatment of the vorticity equation. Prerequisite: ATMO 640 and MATH 220 or MATH 320. LEC.
Spring 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Mechem, David
TuTh 09:30-10:45 AM LIN 401 - LAWRENCE
3 55896

ATMO 690 Special Problems in Meteorology
Prerequisite: Nine hours in meteorology. IND.
Spring 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Braaten, David
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 50355
IND Brunsell, Nathaniel
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 54875
IND Mechem, David
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 56150
IND Rahn, David
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 59174
IND Stachnik, Justin
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 63723

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 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Rahn, David
M 04:00-05:15 PM LIN 405 - LAWRENCE
1 50357

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 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Braaten, David
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2 50359
IND Brunsell, Nathaniel
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2 54876
IND Mechem, David
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2 56151
IND Rahn, David
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2 59175
IND Stachnik, Justin
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
2 63724

ATMO 720 Atmospheric Modeling
Illustration and application of contemporary approaches to mathematical and statistical description of atmospheric phenomena. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. LEC.
Spring 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Mechem, David
TuTh 01:00-02:15 PM LIN 405 - LAWRENCE
3 65726

ATMO 898 Readings in Atmospheric Science
Independent readings of special problems in Atmospheric Science. IND.
Spring 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Braaten, David
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 63744
IND Brunsell, Nathaniel
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 63745
IND Mechem, David
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 63746
IND Rahn, David
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 63747
IND Stachnik, Justin
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 63748

 


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