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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017


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 courses, a broader background on a wide range of sub-fields in meteorology, and on current issues in climate research, as provided by the two required courses.  This minor is aimed at students who wish to be informed about this field, who may not intend to pursue graduate work in this field, but who might pursue careers where a background in meteorology is important, such as environmental policy, government, and industry.  This minor is not open to students who major in Physical Sciences with a concentration in Meteorology, or who major in Physics with the Physics-Meteorology 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 other 400 level courses offered below as electives

Two required courses:

  • AOSC400 Physical Meteorology of the Atmosphere
  • AOSC401 Climate Dynamics and Earth System Science

One additional elective from:

  • Any 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 Geology and Geographic Sciences, such as:
    • GEOL437 Global Climate Change: Past and Present
    • GEOL452 Watershed and Wetland Hydrology
    • GEOG446 Applied Climatology
    • GEOG447 Advanced Biogeography
    • GEOG472 Remote Sensing

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