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Change Course Proposal
ATS 310 METEOROLOGY

Status: Draft

Proposal

Proposal ID: 102054
Type: Change Course
Effective Term: Spring 2018
Justification:
ATS 310 is a gateway class for the climate science option. While we wish the class to be mathematically and physically rigorous, the intent of the class is for students to build confidence in physical reasoning and problem solving. We have changed the style of instruction such that integration is not required for problem solving, removing the requirement for this pre-req (MTH 252). We have added the first chemistry class in the chemistry sequence as this class covers similar thermodynamics to the second physics class. It is anticipated that students will gain depth of knowledge by taking the basic physics or chemistry thermodynamics classes along side applying these concepts to meteorology. We anticipate this will increase enrollment to a class that might otherwise be only open to advanced physics students.

The previous textbook, Ahrens' Meteorology Today, is at too low of a level technically (and has errors). Additionally, we are attempting to switch to open textbooks and other free online resources whenever possible (with the requirement that they provide the necessary content and quality, of course).
Comments: None

Originators

Name Title Department/School
Anita Bracha Admin Assist to Associate Dean Earth, Ocean & Atmo Sci

Contacts

Name Title Department/School
Karen Shell Associate Professor Earth, Ocean & Atmo Sci

Liaisons

Liaison Status Required
Mary Flahive - Professor / Mathematics Not Contacted Yes
Henri Jansen - Professor / Physics Not Contacted Yes
Nicole Kent - Mgr-Undergrad Curricula/Advis / College of Forestry Adm Not Contacted Yes
Eric Kirby - Assoc Dean-Academic Programs / Earth, Ocean & Atmo Sci Not Contacted Yes
Ben Leshchinsky - Assistant Professor / Forest Eng/Resourcs/Mgmt Not Contacted Yes
Claire Montgomery - Department Head / Forest Eng/Resourcs/Mgmt Not Contacted Yes
Heidi Schellman - Department Head / Physics Not Contacted Yes
John Sessions - Distinguished Professor / Forest Eng/Resourcs/Mgmt Not Contacted Yes
Enrique Thomann - Professor / Mathematics Not Contacted Yes

Course Information

Designator/Course #: ATS 310 
CIP Code: 400699
Title:
METEOROLOGY  
Original Course: ATS 310 METEOROLOGY 
College/Department or College/School:
College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences / No Department Updated 

Max Credits to Graduation: 4   

Grading Mode: A-F (includes I, W, R, S/U)  
Courses Taught Schedule:
Course taught on-campus (Corvallis) Spring term - subject to change.

Schedule Types: Lecture; Laboratory; Streaming Media; WWW; Final Exam  
Campus Location: Corvallis Campus 

Description:
The study of the atmosphere, in particular atmospheric phenomena that we experience as weather. In this class key physical concepts in meteorology are introduced and explored. The physics of the atmosphere necessary to understand why atmospheric phenomena occur and how these are forecast is discussed. Meteorological data from observations and models will be analyzed to explore concepts introduced in the context of the weather we experience.

Course Relationships

Designator Title Minimum Grade/Score
Enforced Prerequisites
MTH 251 *DIFFERENTIAL CALCULUS C-
MTH 251H *DIFFERENTIAL CALCULUS C-
PH 201 *GENERAL PHYSICS D-
MTH 252 INTEGRAL CALCULUS C-
MTH 252H INTEGRAL CALCULUS C-
PH 202 *GENERAL PHYSICS D-
PH 211 *GENERAL PHYSICS WITH CALCULUS D-
PH 212 *GENERAL PHYSICS WITH CALCULUS D-
PH 211H *GENERAL PHYSICS WITH CALCULUS D-
PH 202H *GENERAL PHYSICS D-
PH 212H *GENERAL PHYSICS WITH CALCULUS D-
PH 201H *GENERAL PHYSICS D-
Corequisites
None
Equivalent Courses
None
Slash Courses
None
Crosslisted Courses
None

Documents

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