Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

ATMS 117: Meteorology

General Information

  • Name: Meteorology
  • Discipline: Atmospheric Sciences (ATMS)
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: Courses with numbers 100 to 299: This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Liberal Arts
  • Prerequisites: None

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Covers the elements that make up meteorology, potential climate change, severe weather, and weather forecasting.

II: Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of Atms 117, Meteorology, students should have a basic understanding of the atmosphere and the basic processes that bring about weather and climate patterns. Students should also have acquired a basic understanding of the spatial relations between these entities and how these processes are influenced by human activities.

III: Course Linkage

Linkage of course to educational program mission and at least one educational program outcome.

General Education

The General Education Mission is to provide students with critical life skills. ATMS 117: Meteorology addresses the general education student learning outcome:

  • Understand the methods of science and the role of science and technology in the modern world.

ATMS 117 fills an elective degree requirement for the Associate of Science with Geoscience emphasis. The mission of the Associate of Science-Geoscience emphasis is to provide a strong foundation in earth and physical sciences, and prepare students for transfer into many disciplines, including geology, geography, environmental science, and science teaching. ATMS 117 addresses the program student learning outcome:

  • Have gained a basic understanding of: map reading and interpretation; processes operating in the atmosphere; the spatial distribution of physical phenomena.


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