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GEO 1300 Introduction to Weather & Climate

An introduction to the characteristics and processes of Earth's atmosphere and how it interacts with the planet's surface, oceans, and human activity. The course focuses on how these interactions work to produce weather events and climate extremes and how they affect people. Three classroom, two lab hours per week.

Division: Liberal Arts, Communication and Social Sciences
Department: Geography
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: No

Prereqs: NONE  


  • Identify the basic atmospheric processes such as clouds, atmospheric pressure and wind. As well as global and local weather patterns.
  • Explain and identify the movement of water through its three phases across our Earth.
  • Explain and identify the formation and life cycles of atmospheric disturbances, to include hurricanes, tornadoes, severe weather, and mid-latitude cyclones
  • Identify general climate zones and understand how they vary across Earth's surface and throughout time.
  • Identify general processes and practices in the forecasting of short- and long-range weather utilizing currently available technology.
  • Analyze and explain Earth-Sun relationship and its connection to latitude and longitude, seasons and temperature variations.

Credit Hours: 4

Classroom Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 2