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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: ENVS 220
Course Title: *Introduction to Atmospheric Sciences
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: An introduction to the study of weather and climate. Cross-listed as GEOG 220. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): Sophomore standing.
Course Rotation for Day Program:

Occasional offering. 

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

By Danielson, et al (McGraw-Hill)
The Atmosphere: An Introduction to Meteorology
By Lutgens, F., & E. Tarbade (Prentice Hall)
Understanding Weather and Climate
By Aguado, E., & S. Burt (Prentice Hall)
Course Objectives
  • To understand the atmospheric processes causing local, short-term, large-scale climatic patterns and change.
    Measurable Learning
  • Outline the events leading to the origin and composition of the atmosphere.
  • Discuss the distribution of atmospheric mass and gaseous constituents.
  • Describe temperature, wind and precipitation patterns.
  • Apply gas laws to atmospheric thermodynamics.
  • Name and illustrate surface and upper-level weather elements.
  • Describe atmospheric aerosol and cloud processes.
  • Identify different cloud morphologies.
  • Distinguish characteristics of extreme storms.
  • Apply the principles of radiative transfer.
  • Describe the concept of global energy balance.
  • Discuss the influence of planetary rotation on circulation.
  • Describe the atmospheric general circulation.
    Topical Outline:
  • Origins and composition of the atmosphere
  • Effects of heat imbalance, air pressure, humidity, etc.
  • Clouds -- different types
  • Precipitation
  • Flow of wind
  • Air masses, fronts, etc.
  • Local and tropical storms
  • Air pollution
  • Weather forecasting
  • Local and global climate

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 30

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Frank Somer Date: April 7, 2015
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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