Courses Offered

ATM SCI 100 Survey of Meteorology
3 cr. Undergraduate.
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.
Prerequisites: none.
General Education Requirements: NS+
Course Rules: Counts as repeat of 3 cr Atm Sci 100 taken for 4 cr.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017.
ATM SCI 106 Principles and Forecasting of the Weather
3 cr. Undergraduate.
What makes the weather, general circulation of the atmosphere, analysis of meteorological data and their use in predicting the weather.
Prerequisites: none.
General Education Requirements: NS
Last Taught: UWinteriM 2013, Summer 2012, UWinteriM 2012, Summer 2011.
ATM SCI 108 Rain and Snow
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Study of precipitation properties and processes in the atmosphere. Structure of precipitating systems ranging from small to large scale.
Prerequisites: none.
General Education Requirements: NS
Last Taught: Fall 1998, Fall 1997, Summer 1997, Spring 1997.
ATM SCI 109 Thunderstorms, Tornadoes and Hurricanes
3 cr. Undergraduate.
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.
Prerequisites: none.
General Education Requirements: NS
Last Taught: Spring 2019, UWinteriM 2019, Fall 2018, Summer 2018.
ATM SCI 110 The Origin, Composition, and Structure of the Planetary Atmospheres
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Origin of the solar system, its planets, and planetary atmospheres.
Prerequisites: none.
General Education Requirements: NS
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017.
ATM SCI 194 First-Year Seminar:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Specific topics are announced in the Schedule of Classes each time the class is offered.
Prerequisites: none.
General Education Requirements: NS
Course Rules: Open only to freshmen. Students may earn cr in just one L&S First-Year Sem (course numbers 192, 193, 194).
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2016, Fall 2014, Fall 2012.
ATM SCI 199 Independent Study
1-3 cr. Undergraduate.
For further information, consult dept chair.
Prerequisites: 2.5 gpa; writ cons instr, dept chair, & asst dean for SAS.
Course Rules: May be retaken to 6 cr max.
Last Taught: Fall 2013, Spring 2013, Spring 2006, Fall 2005.
ATM SCI 240 Introduction to Meteorology
3 cr. Undergraduate.
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.
Prerequisites: Physics 209(P) & 214(P); Math 232(C).
Course Rules: Not open for cr to students with Atm Sci 201.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016.
ATM SCI 289 Internship in Atmospheric Sciences, Lower Division
1-6 cr. Undergraduate.
Application of basic knowledge of Atmospheric Sciences in business, organizational, educational, political or other appropriate setting.
Prerequisites: soph st.; 2.50 gpa; cons supervising faculty member.
Course Rules: One cr earned for academic work based on 40 hrs in internship. May be retaken to 6 cr max.
Last Taught: Spring 2015, Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2011.
ATM SCI 297 Study Abroad:
1-12 cr. Undergraduate.
Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work level, content, and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared course work.
Prerequisites: acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
General Education Requirements: NS
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic.
Last Taught: UWinteriM 2019, UWinteriM 2018, UWinteriM 2015, UWinteriM 2014.
ATM SCI 299 Ad Hoc:
1-6 cr. Undergraduate.
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.
Prerequisites: none; add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2013, Fall 1994, Fall 1992.
ATM SCI 330 Air-Pollution Meteorology
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Pollutant sources and sinks, fundamental pollutant chemistry, monitoring techniques, averaging boundary layers and turbulence, diffusion theories, diffusion models, regional and global-scale pollution problems.
Prerequisites: Atm Sci 240(P); Chem 102(P); stats course recom.
Last Taught: Fall 2017, Fall 2015.
ATM SCI 350 Atmospheric Thermodynamics
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
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.
Prerequisites: jr st; Physics 210(P); Math 232(P); Atm Sci 240(P).
Last Taught: Fall 2017, Fall 2015.
ATM SCI 351 Dynamic Meteorology I
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
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.
Prerequisites: jr st; Atm Sci 240(P); Math 233(P).
Last Taught: Fall 2018, Fall 2016.
ATM SCI 352 Dynamic Meteorology II
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
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.
Prerequisites: jr st; Atm Sci 351(P); Math 234(P).
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Spring 2017.
ATM SCI 360 Synoptic Meteorology I
4 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Fundamental principles; synoptic-scale structure and dynamics; equivalent barotropic model; vertical motions; introduction to and application of quasi-geostrophic theory.
Prerequisites: jr st; Math 232(P); Physics 210(P); Atm Sci 240(P).
Last Taught: Fall 2018, Fall 2016.
ATM SCI 361 Synoptic Meteorology II
4 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Extension of quasi-geostrophic theory to Q-vectors; isentropic potential vorticity applied to mid-latitude weather systems; fronts and jets.
Prerequisites: jr st; Atm Sci 360(P).
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Spring 2017.
ATM SCI 381 Honors Seminar:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Selected topics.
Prerequisites: soph st; Honors 200(P); cons Honors College dir.
General Education Requirements: NS
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic to 9 cr max.
Last Taught: Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2007, Fall 1990.
ATM SCI 405 Atmospheric Science for in-Service Teachers:
1-3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Basic, advanced or new topics in atmospheric sciences for in-service teachers.
Prerequisites: in-service teacher; add'l prereqs depending on topic.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic to 9 cr max.
ATM SCI 460 Mesoscale Circulations
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Theory, analysis and forecasting of mesoscale flows, including convective systems, polar lows, terrain and surface-forced flows, jet streams and hurricanes.
Prerequisites: jr st; Atm Sci 360(R) or cons instr.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Spring 2017.
ATM SCI 464 Physical Meteorology: Cloud Physics
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Formation of cloud droplets, droplet growth by condensation, formation of ice crystals, precipitation processes, weather radars, cloud models.
Prerequisites: jr st; Physics 210(P); Math 232(P); Atm Sci 350(P).
Last Taught: Spring 2018, Spring 2016.
ATM SCI 470 Tropical Meteorology
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
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.
Prerequisites: Atm Sci 351(P) or 360(P).
Last Taught: Spring 2018, Spring 2016.
ATM SCI 480 The General Circulation and Climate Dynamics
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
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.
Prerequisites: jr st; Atm Sci 351(P).
Last Taught: Spring 2013, Spring 2011.
ATM SCI 497 Study Abroad:
1-12 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work level, content, and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared course work.
Prerequisites: jr st; acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
General Education Requirements: NS
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic.
Last Taught: UWinteriM 2019, UWinteriM 2018.
ATM SCI 499 Ad Hoc:
1-6 cr. Undergraduate.
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.
Prerequisites: jr st; add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic.
ATM SCI 500 Statistical Methods in Atmospheric Sciences
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Mathematical and statistical tools applicable to the investigation of atmospheric problems; the nature and treatment of atmospheric data.
Prerequisites: jr st; Atm Sci 240(P) or 350(P), & Math 232(P) or cons instr.
Last Taught: Fall 2017, Fall 2015.
ATM SCI 505 Micrometeorology
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Surface energy budget; radiation balance and heat transfer; boundary-layer profiles of wind, temperature and moisture; turbulence and boundary-layer fluxes; evapotranspiration; special topics.
Prerequisites: jr st; Atm Sci 351(P) & 330(P).
Last Taught: Fall 2018, Fall 2016.
ATM SCI 511 Seminar in Atmospheric Radiation and Remote Sensing
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Basic laws of radiation, absorption and scattering, weather radar, retrieval of soundings, remote sensing and climate, weather satellites.
Prerequisites: jr st; Math 232(P); Atm Sci 350(P) & Physics 210(P).
Last Taught: Spring 2018, Spring 2016.
ATM SCI 520 Advanced Dynamic Meteorology
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Properties of atmospheric sound, gravity, Rossby waves. Baroclinic instability, cyclogenesis, frontogenesis, and the general circulation. Introduction to numerical prediction.
Prerequisites: jr st; Math 234(P), Atm Sci 350(P) & 351(P) or equiv.
ATM SCI 599 Capstone Experience
1 cr. Undergraduate.
Student writes a paper under supervision of an advisor on an approved topic not covered in the student's regular course work.
Prerequisites: sr st; cons instr.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic to 2 cr max.
Last Taught: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Spring 2016.
ATM SCI 690 Seminar in Atmospheric Sciences:
1-3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Intensive topical studies of currently active problem areas.
Prerequisites: jr st; cons instr.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Satisfies L&S Seminar req.
Last Taught: Fall 2018, Fall 2016.
ATM SCI 695 Internship in Atmospheric Sciences, Upper Division
1-6 cr. Undergraduate.
Application of advanced principles of atmospheric sciences in a business, organizational, educational, political or other appropriate setting.
Prerequisites: jr st; 300-level or above course in atm sci; 3.0 gpa in the major; cons supervising faculty.
Course Rules: One cr earned for 40 hrs work. May be retaken to 6 cr max.
Last Taught: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015.
ATM SCI 699 Advanced Independent Reading
1-3 cr. Undergraduate.
Independent meteorological study.
Prerequisites: jr st, 2.5 gpa, & writ cons instr, dept chair, & asst dean for SAS.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic to 3 cr max.
Last Taught: Fall 2008, Spring 2007, Spring 2005, Spring 2004.