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Fall 2012

Meteorology Courses:

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MET101 - Introduction to Meteorology
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Explores atmospheric phenomena such as the nature and variability of the wind, temperature, cloud and precipitation as well as the Earth's energy budgets. Emphasis is placed upon the various terminology and tools that meteorologists employ to observe, study and predict storm systems, the development and movement of fronts, as well as thunderstorms and tornadoes. Includes a laboratory component to construct and analyze weather maps and charts involving surface and upper-level atmospheric soundings. Two class hours, two lab hours. Prerequisite: Completion of the Genesee Community College math proficiency.

Lecture: 2 hrs.
Lab: 2 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
Upon successful completion of the course, based upon quizzes, homework, final exam, and laboratory work, students will be able to:

1. Analyze data appropriate to the field of meteorology.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of the methods scientists use to explore natural phenomena, including observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence, and employment of mathematical analysis.*
3. Gather and analyze weather data from meteorological instruments.
4. Budget solar radiation indicating impacts on heat and temperature.
5. Utilize forecasting tools and prognostics to predict local and regional weather.*
6. Diagram how air masses meet along fronts based on global winds.
7. Chart the development stages of tropical and mid-latitude cyclones.
8. Use an adiabatic chart to track moisture levels and atmospheric stability.
9. Describe the common sources and effects of atmospheric pollution.

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Content Outline:
GENERAL TOPICS OUTLINE:

Composition and structure of the atmosphere
Solar Radiation and the Seasons
Energy and temperature
Atmospheric pressure and wind
Atmospheric moisture
Clouds
Precipitation processes
Atmospheric circulation and pressure distributions
Air masses and fronts
Mid-latitude cyclones
Lightning, thunder, and tornadoes
Tropical storms and hurricanes
Forecasting and Analysis
Air pollution
Climate and climate changes
Atmospheric Optics





Effective Term: Fall 2012