Course Summary
Credit Type:
Organization's ID:
Earth Science 104
Self-Paced. 17 weeks (40 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Introduction to Meteorology


The course objective is to identify and explain topics in meteorology such as types of severe weather, solar radiation's effect on Earth, air pressure, and skew-T diagrams.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand earth's atmospheric composition including the past, present, and future composition of the atmosphere and compare properties of earth's atmospheric levels in terms of temperature, composition, and role.
  • Analyze how earth's tilt and rotation affect the magnitude of solar radiation at a particular location as well as define seasons on earth.
  • Outline the process of how atmospheric moisture and processes lead to cloud and precipitation formation and explain how stability, lapse rates, lift, and CCN's affect cloud and precipitation production.
  • Explain earth's pressure circulation patterns and how differential heating creates pressure gradients.
  • Analyze Skew-T diagrams to determine stability indices, key atmospheric levels, and potential weather events.
  • Summarize air masses, fronts & midlatitude cyclones including how they form and affect weather patterns while also explaining the characteristics, formation, and causes of various storm types.
  • Understand how weather forecasts are made including how products and models are used to create weather maps that are analyzed to make a forecast.
  • Distinguish between the several factors that impact climate on earth and how these factors interact to create a region or locations climate.
  • Explain earth's changing climate and how models are used to predict how earth's climate will change in the future.
  • Explain key atmospheric variables and concepts and form a concrete understanding of these terms to use in future application of more complex topics.

General Topics:

  • Meteorology Terms & Key Concepts
  • Structure & Layers of Earth's Atmosphere
  • Solar Radiation's Effect on Earth
  • Atmospheric Moisture & Cloud Formation
  • Air Pressure & Wind
  • Skew-T Diagrams & Atmospheric Instability
  • Air Masses, Fronts & Midlatitude Cyclones
  • Severe Weather Types Overview
  • Forecasting Methods in Meteorology
  • Climate & Climate Change
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials