Courses Offered

ATM SCI 100 - Survey of Meteorology (3 units; U)
Concepts and principles of meteorology; cyclones, fronts, thunderstorms, tornadoes, air pollution, and climate. Interpretation of weather maps, charts, and forecasts. 2 hrs lec, 2 hrs lab-dis. Counts as repeat of 3 cr Atm Sci 100 taken for 4 cr. Prereq: none.
ATM SCI 106 - Principles and Forecasting of the Weather (3 units; U)
What makes the weather, general circulation of the atmosphere, analysis of meteorological data and their use in predicting the weather. Prereq: none.
ATM SCI 108 - Rain and Snow (3 units; U)
Study of precipitation properties and processes in the atmosphere. Structure of precipitating systems ranging from small to large scale. Prereq: none.
ATM SCI 109 - Thunderstorms, Tornadoes and Hurricanes (3 units; U)
The study of basic processes that lead to dry and moist convection. Characteristic atmospheric structure and cloud microphysical processes that produce thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes. Prereq: none.
ATM SCI 110 - The Origin, Composition, and Structure of the Planetary Atmospheres (3 units; U)
Origin of the solar system, its planets, and planetary atmospheres. Prereq: none.
ATM SCI 194 - First-Year Seminar: (3 units; U)
Specific topics are announced in the Schedule of Classes each time the class is offered. Open only to freshmen. Students may earn cr in just one L&S First-Year Sem (course numbers 192, 193, 194). Prereq: none.
ATM SCI 199 - Independent Study (1-3 units; U)
For further information, consult dept chair. May be retaken to 6 cr max. Prereq: 2.5 gpa; writ cons instr, dept chair, & asst dean for SAS.
ATM SCI 240 - Introduction to Meteorology (3 units; U)
Quantitative approach to understanding fundamental concepts in meteorology. Radiation, heat balance of the atmosphere, thermodynamics, horizontal motion, general circulation, atmospheric observations, clouds, weather map analysis. Not open for cr to students with Atm Sci 201. Prereq: Physics 209(P) & 214(P); Math 232(C).
ATM SCI 289 - Internship in Atmospheric Sciences, Lower Division (1-6 units; U)
Application of basic knowledge of Atmospheric Sciences in business, organizational, educational, political or other appropriate setting. One cr earned for academic work based on 40 hrs in internship. May be retaken to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st; 2.50 gpa; cons supervising faculty member.
ATM SCI 297 - Study Abroad: (1-12 units; U)
Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work level, content, and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared course work. May be retaken w/chg in topic. Prereq: acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
ATM SCI 299 - Ad Hoc: (1-6 units; U)
Course created expressly for offering in a specified enrollment period. Requires only dept & assoc dean approval. In exceptional circumstances, can be offered in one add'l sem. May be retaken w/chg in topic. Prereq: none; add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
ATM SCI 330 - Air-Pollution Meteorology (3 units; U/G)
Pollutant sources and sinks, fundamental pollutant chemistry, monitoring techniques, averaging boundary layers and turbulence, diffusion theories, diffusion models, regional and global-scale pollution problems. Prereq: Atm Sci 240(P); Chem 102(P); stats course recom.
ATM SCI 350 - Atmospheric Thermodynamics (3 units; U/G)
Radiant energy, sensible heat, and atmospheric thermodynamics; the gas laws; hydrostatic and psychrometric equations; dry and moist convection; clouds and their physical and energy relations. Optional field exercise. Prereq: jr st; Physics 210(P); Math 232(P); Atm Sci 240(P).
ATM SCI 351 - Dynamic Meteorology I (3 units; U/G)
The role of dynamics in atmospheric physics; equations of motion; symmetric circulation models; gravity waves; Rossby waves, quasi-geostrophy; introduction to instability of atmospheric flows. Prereq: jr st; Atm Sci 240(P); Math 233(P).
ATM SCI 352 - Dynamic Meteorology II (3 units; U/G)
Circulation, vorticity, potential vorticity; shallow water equations: Poincare, Kelvin, and Rossby waves, energy and enstrophy; quasi-geostrophy for a stratified atmosphere; barotropic and baroclinic instability. Prereq: jr st; Atm Sci 351(P); Math 234(P).
ATM SCI 360 - Synoptic Meteorology I (4 units; U/G)
Fundamental principles; synoptic-scale structure and dynamics; equivalent barotropic model; vertical motions; introduction to and application of quasi-geostrophic theory. Prereq: jr st; Math 232(P); Physics 210(P); Atm Sci 240(P).
ATM SCI 361 - Synoptic Meteorology II (4 units; U/G)
Extension of quasi-geostrophic theory to Q-vectors; isentropic potential vorticity applied to mid-latitude weather systems; fronts and jets. Prereq: jr st; Atm Sci 360(P).
ATM SCI 381 - Honors Seminar: (3 units; U)
Selected topics. May be retaken w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: soph st; Honors 200(P); cons Honors College dir.
ATM SCI 405 - Atmospheric Science for in-Service Teachers: (1-3 units; U/G)
Basic, advanced or new topics in atmospheric sciences for in-service teachers. May be retaken w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: in-service teacher; add'l prereqs depending on topic.
ATM SCI 460 - Mesoscale Circulations (3 units; U/G)
Theory, analysis and forecasting of mesoscale flows, including convective systems, polar lows, terrain and surface-forced flows, jet streams and hurricanes. Prereq: jr st; Atm Sci 360(R) or cons instr.
ATM SCI 464 - Physical Meteorology: Cloud Physics (3 units; U/G)
Formation of cloud droplets, droplet growth by condensation, formation of ice crystals, precipitation processes, weather radars, cloud models. Prereq: jr st; Physics 210(P); Math 232(P); Atm Sci 350(P).
ATM SCI 470 - Tropical Meteorology (3 units; U/G)
Dynamics and energetics of tropical circulations. Origins and evolution of equatorial disturbances and easterly waves. Structure and dynamics of tropical cyclones. Hurricane modeling and prediction. Prereq: Atm Sci 351(P) or 360(P).
ATM SCI 480 - The General Circulation and Climate Dynamics (3 units; U/G)
Historical overview, the zonally symmetric circulation, momentum, heat and water budgets, stationary waves, the El Nino Southern oscillation, global warming, interpentadal variability in the North Atlantic. Prereq: jr st; Atm Sci 351(P).
ATM SCI 497 - Study Abroad: (1-12 units; U/G)
Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work level, content, and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared course work. May be retaken w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
ATM SCI 499 - Ad Hoc: (1-6 units; U)
Course created expressly for offering in a specified enrollment period. Requires only dept & assoc dean approval. In exceptional circumstances, can be offered in one add'l sem. May be retaken w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
ATM SCI 500 - Statistical Methods in Atmospheric Sciences (3 units; U/G)
Mathematical and statistical tools applicable to the investigation of atmospheric problems; the nature and treatment of atmospheric data. Prereq: jr st; Atm Sci 240(P) or 350(P), & Math 232(P) or cons instr.
ATM SCI 505 - Micrometeorology (3 units; U/G)
Surface energy budget; radiation balance and heat transfer; boundary-layer profiles of wind, temperature and moisture; turbulence and boundary-layer fluxes; evapotranspiration; special topics. Prereq: jr st; Atm Sci 351(P) & 330(P).
ATM SCI 511 - Seminar in Atmospheric Radiation and Remote Sensing (3 units; U/G)
Basic laws of radiation, absorption and scattering, weather radar, retrieval of soundings, remote sensing and climate, weather satellites. Prereq: jr st; Math 232(P); Atm Sci 350(P) & Physics 210(P).
ATM SCI 520 - Advanced Dynamic Meteorology (3 units; U/G)
Properties of atmospheric sound, gravity, Rossby waves. Baroclinic instability, cyclogenesis, frontogenesis, and the general circulation. Introduction to numerical prediction. Prereq: jr st; Math 234(P), Atm Sci 350(P) & 351(P) or equiv.
ATM SCI 599 - Capstone Experience (1 units; U)
Student writes a paper under supervision of an advisor on an approved topic not covered in the student's regular course work. May be retaken w/chg in topic to 2 cr max. Prereq: sr st; cons instr.
ATM SCI 690 - Seminar in Atmospheric Sciences: (1-3 units; U/G)
Intensive topical studies of currently active problem areas. May be retaken w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Satisfies L&S Seminar req. Prereq: jr st; cons instr.
ATM SCI 695 - Internship in Atmospheric Sciences, Upper Division (1-6 units; U)
Application of advanced principles of atmospheric sciences in a business, organizational, educational, political or other appropriate setting. One cr earned for 40 hrs work. May be retaken to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st; 300-level or above course in atm sci; 3.0 gpa in the major; cons supervising faculty.
ATM SCI 699 - Advanced Independent Reading (1-3 units; U)
Independent meteorological study. May be retaken w/chg in topic to 3 cr max. Prereq: jr st, 2.5 gpa, & writ cons instr, dept chair, & asst dean for SAS.