Physics and Astronomy

Energy, Ecology, Weather, and the Environment

Energy, Ecology, Weather, and the Environment
Nonmathematical introduction to basic meteorology and the influence of natural and man-made energy production and transport on the weather, environment, and ecology. Topics include atmospheric structure and dynamic behavior, short-term violent weather, longer-term hazards such as drought or climate change, and human environmental impact.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesPhy S 100 or high school/college physics.
 ProgramsContaining PHSCS 137
Course Outcomes: 

Types of Weather

Describe and explain types of severe weather, how they impact human lives, and how to minimize weather-related risks to themselves, others, and property.

Short-term and Seasonal Weather Patterns

Understand the reasons for short-term and seasonal weather patterns and changes and how those patterns and changes are represented in weather maps, charts, and images.


Explain the factors that control climate. Thereby explain the causes of climate change and the potential effects, catastrophic and benign, of such change.

Weather Forecasts

Formulate short-term weather forecasts directly from observations; fine-tune professional forecasts to their specific locations.