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AHS 104. Introduction to Atmospheric Science

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Introductory study of the earth's weather. Topics include atmospheric composition, earth's energy budget, atmospheric motions, clouds and precipitation, climate change, measurement of weather data and interpretation of weather maps.
Semester Offered: Fall| Spring| Summer
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 3: NATURAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES


AHS 105. The Water Environment

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Hydrology and physical oceanography. The water cycle and water movement on and beneath the Earth's surface: rivers, lakes, and ground water. Environmental significance of floods, droughts, and water resources management.
Semester Offered: DEMAND
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 3: NATURAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES


AHS 106. Natural Hazards and Human Society

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Concepts from near-space astronomy, meteorology, oceanography, and geology.
Semester Offered: Fall| Spring
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 3: NATURAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES| GOAL AREA 10: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES


AHS 109. Introduction to Environmental Geology [Goal 3]

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Geology of the dynamic earth with emphasis on interactions between humans and the geologic environment. Earth materials, earth resources, the properties of rocks and surficial deposits.
Semester Offered: Fall| Summer


AHS 160. Professional Meteorology

Credits: 1 View Details
Description: Overview of the requirements and career choices for meteorologists. Survey of recent developments, educational demands and student opportunities.
Semester Offered: Fall


AHS 205. Earth Systems for Teachers

Credits: 5 View Details
Description: Movement of energy and matter through the earth system. Earth materials, structure, and properties. Water, rock, and elemental cycles. Weather, climate, geologic time, fossils, rocks and minerals, topographic and geologic maps. Physical, computer, and mathematical models of earth processes.
Prerequisites: CHEM 160, CHEM 210
Semester Offered: Spring


AHS 220. Physical Geology Systems

Credits: 4 View Details
Description: Earth materials and plate tectonics are used to investigate deeply-buried, plutonic igneous and metamorphic systems and surface systems including sedimentary, fluvial and glacial.
Prerequisites: CHEM 210 or high school physics and chemistry.
Semester Offered: Spring
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 3: NATURAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES


AHS 230. Introduction to Physical Hydrology

Credits: 4 View Details
Description: Basic physical oceanography, elementary principles of hydrodynamics with applications to surface and groundwater hydrology.
Prerequisites: MATH 112
Semester Offered: Fall| Spring
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 3: NATURAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES


AHS 260. Introductory Meteorology

Credits: 4 View Details
Description: Atmospheric structure and processes, including radiant energy, humidity, clouds, winds, global circulations, weather map interpretation, climate regimes, air pollution and climate change issues, severe weather, calculation of physical processes.
Prerequisites: MATH 112, MATH 113, MATH 115
Corequisites: MATH 112
Semester Offered: Fall| Spring
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 3: NATURAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES


AHS 300. Environmental Earth Science

Credits: 2 View Details
Description: Basic concepts of earth sciences applied to the dispersion of pollutants and the management of earth resources using the economic, political, and values systems of the world.
Prerequisites: AHS 220
Semester Offered: DEMAND


AHS 305. Historical Geology

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Evolution of the earth with emphasis on biological and physical events of the stratigraphic record. Field work.
Prerequisites: AHS 205 or AHS 220
Semester Offered: Even Fall


AHS 307. Field Geology

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Field based problem solving of local geological relationships in central Minnesota. Field trips to geologically significant areas.
Prerequisites: AHS 220
Semester Offered: Odd Fall


AHS 322. Surficial and Glacial Geology

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Geologic processes responsible for the development of landforms. Glacial geology will be strongly considered.
Prerequisites: AHS 220
Semester Offered: Even Spring


AHS 325. Rocks and Minerals

Credits: 4 View Details
Description: Physical and chemical properties of minerals, and igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. Hand-sample identification.
Prerequisites: AHS 220
Semester Offered: Odd Spring


AHS 332. Physical Hydrogeology

Credits: 4 View Details
Description: Aquifer characteristics and geologic controls on ground-water occurence. Ground-water movement; regional ground-water flow, and ground-water interactions with wetlands, lakes and streams. Well hydraulics and water supply, vadose zone processes.
Prerequisites: AHS 220, AHS 230
Semester Offered: Fall


AHS 333. Hydrological Instruments

Credits: 2 View Details
Description: Study and use of commonly used instruments to monitor hydrometeorological variables: precipitation, temperatures, wind, radiation.
Semester Offered: Fall


AHS 334. Surface Hydrology

Credits: 4 View Details
Description: Conceptual basis and modeling of hydrologic processes on Earth's surface: precipitation, infiltration, evaporation, runoff. Rainfall-runoff transformation at the watershed level. Hydrologic routing of floods. Applications to water resource management and environmental problems.
Prerequisites: AHS 230
Semester Offered: Fall


AHS 336. Chemical Hydrogeology

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Ground-water chemistry, ground-water contamination, and remediation. Principles of aquatic chemistry; chemistry of natural ground waters; water-quality standards; contaminant detection and migration; remediation and treatment techniques; and ground-water risk assessment.
Prerequisites: AHS 230, CHEM 160, CHEM 210
Semester Offered: Spring


AHS 338. River Hydraulics

Credits: 4 View Details
Description: Open channel flows and basic hydraulics. Flow resistance in rivers from a fluid mechanics perspective. Non-uniform flow and principles of hydraulic routing of floods. Modeling and applications to design. Sediment transport in alluvial channels. Basics of fluvial geomorphology and fluvial hydraulics.
Prerequisites: AHS 220, AHS 230, MATH 221
Corequisites: PHYS 234
Semester Offered: Spring


AHS 360. Aviation Meteorology

Credits: 4 View Details
Description: Atmospheric structure, processes, events, and observations of special significance to aviation, including charts and weather maps, data formats, forecast products, hazards to flight, and jet streams. Credit for meteorology majors only with prior approval.
Prerequisites: AHS 104, PHYS 231
Semester Offered: Spring


AHS 364. Instrumentation

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Physical principles of measurement using meteorological and hydrological instruments. Sensor types and characteristics, performance standards, sources of errors, exposure. Statistical analysis of data.
Prerequisites: AHS 260, PHYS 235
Semester Offered: Spring


AHS 365. Atmospheric Thermodynamics

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Equation of state for the atmosphere, first and second laws of thermodynamics, Clausius-Clapeyron equation, thermodynamics of dry and moist air, hydrostatics, thermodynamic diagrams, stability.
Prerequisites: AHS 260, MATH 221, CHEM 160
Corequisites: PHYS 234
Semester Offered: Spring


AHS 375. Atmospheric Dynamics

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Atmospheric forces, equations of motion in rotating coordinate system. Geostrophic, gradient, and thermal winds. Circulation and vorticity, friction layer winds.
Prerequisites: AHS 260, PHYS 234, MATH 321
Semester Offered: Spring


AHS 380. Introduction to Forecasting

Credits: 2 View Details
Description: Instruction in operational weather forecasting. Analysis of weather data, weather maps, and derived fields. Discussion of current weather with application of theoretical concepts to data analysis and forecasting.
Prerequisites: AHS 260
Semester Offered: Fall| Spring


AHS 385. Synoptic Meteorology

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Analysis of cold-season mid-latitude weather systems, severe weather triggering mechanisms. Illustration and computation of basic precipitation-producing mechanisms such as warm advection, vorticity advection, application of continuity equation.
Prerequisites: AHS 375, AHS 380
Semester Offered: Fall


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