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ATM 114 - Introductory Atmospheric Science

Does Binghamton have some of the worst weather in the nation?  Is severe weather getting worse?  How accurate are the weather forecasts?  If you have ever wondered about these questions and others, this course will help you find these answers.  This introductory course intends to educate you on the fundamentals of the Earth’s atmosphere, weather and climate.  Topics including: the atmosphere and its energy transformations, the seasons, atmospheric optics, water vapor, precipitation, and the wind are woven together to enable you to understand how weather works and what constitutes severe weather.  Other topics of study might include El Nino, ozone depletion and global warming.  You will participate in the act of doing science by investigating a weather topic.  After taking this course, you should have a better understanding of the science of meteorology, how science progresses, and why Binghamton has such cloudy weather.  Laboratory activities including weather data collection and analysis are included in this course.

Credits: 4
3 Class Hours, 3 Laboratory Hours
Course Profile
Learning Outcomes of the Course:

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate scientific reasoning applied to the natural world, including an understanding of the methods scientists use to explore natural phenomena, including observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence, and employment of data analysis or mathematical modeling.
  2. Demonstrate scientific reasoning applied to the natural world, including application of scientific data, concepts, and models in one of the natural sciences.
  3. Demonstrate scientific reasoning applied to Atmospheric Science, including describing and evaluating the current physical science basis for climate change.