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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Atmospheric Chemistry

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

This minor will provide the students with a general background in meteorology as offered by the lower level required courses, and a background on issues in atmospheric chemistry.  This minor track is intended for students who might pursue careers where background in atmospheric chemistry is needed, such as air pollution, atmospheric chemistry, and environmental issues.  It is aimed at students that might consider graduate work in atmospheric chemistry, or prepare them for a very favorable job market in the Washington 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 MATH240 or 461, PHYS270 and PHYS271, CHEM481 (preferred), CHEM135 or 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.  This minor is not open to students who major in Physical Sciences with a concentration in Meteorology, or who major in Physics within the Meteorology Physics area of concentration.

A total of 15 credits is required.  All courses presented for the minor must be passed with a grade of "C-" or better.

The students must choose two electives from:

  • AOSC123 Causes and Consequences of Global Change
  • AOSC200 Weather and Climate
  • Any AOSC 400 level course offered below as elective

The following two courses are required:

  • AOSC431 Atmospheric Thermodynamics
  • AOSC433 Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate, or AOSC434 Air Pollution

One elective from:

  • CHEM474 Environmental Chemistry
  • GEOL471 Geochemical Methods of Analysis
  • 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 Geography and Geology such as:

GEOG446 Applied Climatology
GEOG447 Advanced Biogeography
GEOG472 Remote Sensing
GEOL437 Global Climate Change: Past and Present
GEOL452 Watershed and Wetland Hydrology

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