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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


AHS 387. Broadcast Meteorology

Credits: 2 View Details
Description: Preparation and broadcast of radio and television forecasts through hands-on exercises. Heavy emphasis on creative writing skills and chroma-key techniques. Employment opportunities and their development. Several classes held at Twin-Cities television studios.
Prerequisites: AHS 280
Semester Offered: Odd Spring


AHS 420. Seminar

Credits: 1-3 View Details
Description: Lectures, readings, discussions on selected topics. May be repeated.
Semester Offered:
  • Fall
  • Spring


AHS 423. Sedimentation and Stratigraphy

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Sedimentary processes and environments, formation of sedimentary rocks, stratigraphy, and basin analysis. Use of stratigraphic principles to interpret earth history.
Prerequisites: AHS 220
Semester Offered: Odd Fall


AHS 424. Structural Geology and Tectonics

Credits: 4 View Details
Description: Brittle and ductile deformation. Stress and strain theory. Structural interpretation problems. Development and significance of plate tectonics as a unifying theory for geology.
Prerequisites: AHS 220, AHS 305
Semester Offered: DEMAND


AHS 425. Petrography

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Principles of optical mineralogy. Thin-section identification of minerals and rocks. Petrogenesis of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks.
Prerequisites: AHS 325 or permission of the instructor
Semester Offered: DEMAND


AHS 432. Ground-Water Modeling

Credits: 2 View Details
Description: Ground-water modeling from theoretical and practical perspectives. Principles of applied mathematical modeling-analytical, numerical, and stochastic models; modeling of ground-water flow; and modeling of contaminant transport.
Prerequisites: AHS 332, GEOG 316
Semester Offered: Fall


AHS 434. Surface Water Modeling

Credits: 2 View Details
Description: Computer-based modeling and simulations of watershed hydrology and river hydraulics. Numerical analysis applied to hydrologic transport and storage equations used in hydrology software. Modeling of basin hydrology and of river hydraulics. Other software used in surface hydrology. Software limitations and applicability.
Prerequisites: AHS 332, AHS 334, AHS 338 or MME 303, MATH 222
Semester Offered: Fall


AHS 438. Water Resources Management

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Scientific, engineering, historical, political, economic, and social aspects of water-resource management, allocation, and conflict. Characterization of water supply and demand. Application of quantitative hydrologic analysis to flooding, drought, water quality, and surface and subsurface basin management.
Prerequisites: AHS 332, AHS 334
Semester Offered: Odd Spring


AHS 444. Internship

Credits: 1-16 View Details
Description: Internships are offered at the discretion of departments. Course number and number of credits are determined by the departments. Contact departmental offices for further information. 16 credits maximum in any one program.
Semester Offered:
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer


AHS 465. Physical Meteorology

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Principles of atmospheric physics including radiation laws, radiative transfer, atmospheric aerosols, cloud microphysics, physics of precipitation formation, atmospheric electricity, atmospheric optics. Meteorological radar.
Prerequisites: AHS 365, PHYS 234
Semester Offered: Spring


AHS 467. Numerical Weather Prediction

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: History of numerical prediction, processes to be represented, primitive equations, methods of solution, grid format for data, objective analysis, NAM, GFS and other models, initialization of model, boundary conditions, parameterization.
Prerequisites: AHS 375
Semester Offered: Spring


AHS 475. Advanced Atmospheric Dynamics

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Development and motion of mid-latitude synoptic systems, quasigeostrophic dynamics, linear perturbation theory and waves, atmospheric instability, atmospheric predictability.
Prerequisites: AHS 375, MATH 320 or PHYS 346, PHYS 237
Semester Offered: Spring


AHS 478. Climate Dynamics

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Balance requirements of the climate system, atmospheric and oceanic general circulation, history of earth's climate, causes of climate change, climate modelling with consideration of dynamical systems analysis as well as global coupled models.
Prerequisites: AHS 475
Semester Offered: Fall


AHS 481. Weather Discussion I

Credits: 1 View Details
Description: Analysis and forecasting of summer through fall weather on hemispheric, continental, and regional scales. Student-led presentations and participation in forecasting competition required.
Prerequisites: AHS 385
Semester Offered: Fall


AHS 482. Weather Discussion II

Credits: 1 View Details
Description: Analysis and forecasting of winter through spring weather on hemispheric, continental, and regional scales. Student-led presentations and participation in forecasting competition required.
Prerequisites: AHS 385
Semester Offered: Spring


AHS 485. Advanced Synoptic Meteorology

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Three dimensional analysis of cold and warm season events, jet stream circulations, frontogenesis. Vertical velocity estimates using isentropic analysis of gridded data. Current topics of synoptic research, possible field trips to regional conferences.
Prerequisites: ECE 102
Semester Offered: Spring


AHS 486. Mesoscale Meteorology

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Mesoscale observations and instabilities. Jet-front systems, mesoscale boundaries. Effect of moisture, lift, and shear on severe weather. Thunderstorm, mesocyclone, and tornado formation and propagation.
Prerequisites: AHS 385, AHS 475
Semester Offered: Fall


AHS 491. Senior Thesis I

Credits: 2 View Details
Description: Preparation of a proposal for a viable capstone project for majors in meteorology, hydrology, and earth science. Presentation of proposal to the department orally and in writing. Begin work on project under supervision of a faculty member.
Semester Offered:
  • Fall
  • Spring


AHS 492. Senior Thesis II

Credits: 2 View Details
Description: Conclusion of the capstone project for majors in meteorology, hydrology, and earth science developed in AHS 491.
Prerequisites: AHS 491
Semester Offered:
  • Fall
  • Spring


AHS 520. Seminar

Credits: 1-3 View Details
Description: Lectures, readings, discussions on selected topics. May be repeated.
Semester Offered:
  • Fall
  • Spring


AHS 523. Sedimentation and Stratigraphy

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Sedimentary processes and environments, formation of sedimentary rocks, stratigraphy, and basin analysis. Use of stratigraphic principles to interpret earth history.
Prerequisites: AHS 220
Semester Offered: Odd Fall


AHS 524. Structural Geology and Tectonics

Credits: 4 View Details
Description: Brittle and ductile deformation. Stress and strain theory. Structural interpretation problems. Development and significance of plate tectonics as a unifying theory for geology.
Prerequisites: AHS 220, AHS 305
Semester Offered: DEMAND


AHS 525. Petrography

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Principles of optical mineralogy. Thin-section identification of minerals and rocks. Petrogenesis of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks.
Prerequisites: AHS 325
Semester Offered: DEMAND






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