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These course descriptions are not being updated as of August 1, 2016. Current course descriptions are maintained in LionPATH.

Meteorology (METEO)

METEO 003 (GN) Introductory Meteorology (3) Nontechnical treatment of fundamentals of modern meteorology and the effects of weather and climate. A student who took METEO 002 may take the laboratory part of this course for 1 credit only.

METEO 003 Introductory Meteorology (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

The objectives of the course are for students to gain a better understanding of atmospheric structure and processes so they can better apply the weather information they encounter. Students will learn to read the sky so they can make their own short-term forecasts and adjust their behavior accordingly. When presented with a weather forecast containing caveats, they will have a better feeling for what controls the evolution of a developing system so they can understand why a certain degree of hedging is necessary. Students will be better able to assess the validity of the commonly expressed concerns about climate change and deteriorating air quality. Each semester, the several sections of METEO 003 at University Park use material and exercises drawn from a common textbook such as A World of Weather: Fundamentals of Meteorology by J.M. Nese and L.M. Grenci. The lecture, taught by an instructor, is supported by weekly labs that are taught by different people, normally student teaching assistants.

General Education: GN
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Natural Sciences
Effective: Spring 2003

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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