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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: Interaction of human societies with natural hazards spanning atmospheric, hydrologic and geologic processes is discussed based upon in-depth case studies. Effect of the hazards on human society and the effect of human action on exacerbating the hazards.
Semester Offered:
  • Fall
  • Spring
Goal Area:
  • GOAL AREA 3: NATURAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES
  • GOAL AREA 10: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES


AHS 109. Introduction to Environmental Geology

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
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 3: NATURAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES


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

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 or equivalent or permission of instructor
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.
Semester Offered:
  • Fall
  • Spring
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 3: NATURAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES


AHS 275. Atmospheric Kinematics

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Description: Kinematics of atmospheric flows using vector concepts and operations including vector functions, dot products, cross products, gradients, divergence, and curl. Applications from atmospheric fluid dynamics.
Prerequisites: MATH 221 and PHYS 234
Semester Offered: Spring


AHS 280. Weather Analysis

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Description: Analysis of weather data, surface and upper-air charts, and derived fields. Structure and evolution of weather systems in the mid-latitudes. Analysis of current weather. Operational weather forecasting.
Prerequisites: AHS 260
Semester Offered:
  • Fall
  • Spring


AHS 285. Weather Analysis and Forecasting

Credits: 2 View Details
Description: Analysis of weather data, surface and upper air charts, and derived fields. Discussion of current weather with application of physical principles to data analysis and forecasting. Operational weather forecasting.
Prerequisites: AHS 260
Semester Offered:
  • Fall
  • Spring


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 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, MATH 221
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, MATH 221
Semester Offered: Spring


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 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: Fall


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
Corequisites: PHYS 237
Semester Offered: Fall


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 367. Meteorological Analysis Software

Credits: 2 View Details
Description: Acquisition, processing, and plotting of weather data from an array of sources and in a variety of formats using software packages common to the meteorological community.
Prerequisites: CSCI 172, AHS 280
Semester Offered: Fall


AHS 368. Radar and Satellite Meteorology

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Interpretation of visible and infrared satellite imagery; global observations of temperature and moisture. Tropical meteorology and tropical cyclones, especially as observed by satellite. Weather radar methodology and observations; Doppler and dual-polarization radar techniques. Thunderstorm structure, detection, and analysis, especially as observed by radar and satellite. Lab.
Prerequisites: AHS 260
Semester Offered: Fall


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.
Prerequisites: AHS 275, AHS 365, PHYS 234, MATH 222
Semester Offered: Fall


AHS 385. Synoptic Meteorology

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Analysis of mid-latitude weather systems. Frontogenesis, jet streak circulations, and other lifting mechanisms. Alternative front and cyclone models.
Prerequisites: AHS 285, AHS 375
Semester Offered: Spring






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