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Courses in CoE Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences
AOSS, a department in the College of Engineering, is the only one that combines science and engineering, offering an integrated view of Earth and space. The blending of atmospheric and space sciences with engineering puts AOSS at the forefront of the movement to understand the Earth, atmosphere, planets, solar system and space weather in a whole systemic view, rather than individual components.

Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences courses are listed in the College of Engineering Bulletin, and in the Schedule of Classes as part of the offerings of the College of Engineering in the AOSS subsection

LSA Credit

The following courses count as LSA courses for LSA degree credit.
Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences (AOSS)
AOSS 401 / EARTH 401. Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
AOSS 323 or EARTH 323 (or GEOSCI 323); MATH 215 and 216 and PHYSICS 240. (4). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Dynamics of the oceans and atmosphere. Equations of motion in spherical coordinates, beta-plane approximation, wave properties in the oceans and atmosphere.

AOSS 410 / EARTH 409. Earth System Modeling
EARTH (GEOSCI) 320 and 321; or AOSS 320 and 321. (4). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Introduction to Earth System Modeling; Discussion of energy balance models, carbon cycle models, and atmospheric chemistry models with multiple time scales; Methods for numerical solution and practice building and analyzing results from models.

AOSS 411 / EARTH 411. Cloud and Precipitation Processes
350, MATH 216. (3). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

The special nature of water substance; nucleation of phase changes in the free atmosphere; the structure and content of coulds; the development of physical characteristics of precipitation; and the dynamics of rain systems.

AOSS 414 / EARTH 414. Weather Systems
AOSS 350, AOSS 401, AOSS 551. (3). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Introduction to the basic characteristics, thermodynamics, and dynamics of atmospheric weather systems on Earth and other planets. The students are exposed to observations of weather systems while reviewing non-dimensional analysis, dynamics and thermodynamics. Weather systems on earth are compared to that of other planets and analytical tools are used to gain insights into their basic physics.

AOSS 422 / EARTH 423. Boundary Layer Meteorology
AOSS 350 or equivalent. (4). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

This course explores processes in the atmospheric boundary layer, which plays an important role in the exchange of energy, mass and momentum between land and atmosphere. Topics include applications of governing atmospheric equations, atmospheric turbulence, turbulent kinetic energy, the surface energy balance, and the collection and analysis of field flux tower data.

AOSS 440 / EARTH 454. Meteorological Analysis Laboratory
AOSS 350, AOSS 401. (4). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

This course provides an introduction into the analysis of both surface-based and remotely-sensed meteorological data. The development and application of operational numerical forecast models will be discussed. Techniques for the prediction of both synoptic and mesoscale meteorological phenomena will also be presented.

AOSS 451 / EARTH 457 / ENSCEN 451. Atmospheric Dynamics I
AOSS 401 or MATH 450. (4). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Quasi-geotropic energetics; fronts; the mean circulation; planetary and equatorial waves; overview of the dynamics of the middle atmosphere; wave-mean flow interaction; spectral methods; and tropical meteorology.

AOSS 467 / CHEM 467 / EARTH 465 / ENSCEN 467 / ENVIRON 467. Biogeochemical Cycles
MATH 116, CHEM 210, and PHYSICS 240 (or 260). (3). (BS). May not be repeated for credit. F, W.

AOSS 474 / EARTH 474. Ice Sheets, Glaciers and Climate Change
MATH 115 and 116. (3). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

They dynamics and mass balance of ice sheets and glaciers introduced along with mathematical theories describing how ice sheets and glaciers flow and current methods of observation.

AOSS 475 / EARTH 475 / ENSCEN 475. Earth System Interactions
Senior standing in science or engineering. (4). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Students will work on open-ended research problems with mathematical models from Earth System Science. The models may include, for example, surface characteristics, hydrology, solar-land-ocean-atmosphere exchanges, and space-based observations. Numerical experiments will promote further understanding and interpretation of earth system interactions, team building, and scientific communication.

AOSS 535 / EARTH 514 / EEB 515. Isotope Biogeochemistry
Permission of instructor. (3). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

This course is an introduction to the application of stable and radiogenic isotopes to Biogeochemistry, Environmental Science, Ecology and Paleo-ecology. The primary emphasis will be on the applications of light and "non-traditional" stable isotopes, with a smaller emphasis placed on the application of radiogenic isotopes. The course will begin with the theory, nomenclature and methods of isotope analysis. This will be followed by applications of: H and O isotopes in the atmosphere and in paleo-thermometry; C, N and S isotopes in plants, foodwebs, soils and oceans; "non-traditional" isotopes such as Fe, Ca and Hg in the growing range of Earth surface studies; and the application of radiogenic isotopes as fingerprints of contaminant and nutrient sources.

AOSS 567 / CHEM 567. Chemical Dynamics
CHEM 461 or AOSS 479 or permission of instructor. (3). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

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