MET - Meteorology

College of Natural and Health Sciences

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences 


Seminar course covering the meteorology program and discussing the different career options available including possible internship opportunities. Frequent weather discussions. S/U graded. Intended for meteorology majors.


MET 110 Our Violent Atmosphere

Weather and climate analyzed in terms of their physical basis and historical, economic and human consequences. Emphasis on impacts of extreme weather: hurricanes, severe thunderstorms, winter storms and floods. (LAC, gtP)


MET 205 General Meteorology

(3 lecture, 2 laboratory) The basic course in meteorology. The atmosphere, its structure and composition. Radiation, temperature, pressure, wind, humidity, precipitation, clouds, air masses and fronts. Measurements. Weather maps. Participation and course fees required. (LAC, gtP)


MET 215 Intro Meteorological Analysis

(4 laboratory) Prerequisite: MET 205. Meteorological instruments and weather data; weather maps and upper air charts; plotting of charts and basic analysis techniques. An introduction to numerical weather prediction results is included.


MET 221 Weather Forecasting Seminar

Prerequisite: MET 205. The practice of weather forecasting is introduced through weather briefing and participation in a forecast contest. Numerical guidance and the roles of government and private sector forecasts are discussed.


MET 315 Physical Meteorology I

Prerequisite: MET 205, MATH 131. Prerequisite or Concurrent Prerequisite PHYS 240. Develops quantitative problem solving skills and introductory computer skills using applications specific to meteorology; atmospheric composition and gas laws, atmospheric thermodynamics and stability.


MET 320 Physical Meteorology II

Prerequisite: MET 215, MATH 132. Prerequisite or Concurrent Prerequisite PHYS 241. Physical processes in the atmosphere and advanced applications in atmospheric thermodynamics; radiation laws and balance, cloud microphysics, precipitation processes, and atmospheric electricity.


MET 336 Biometeorology

Prerequisite: MET 205, MATH 131. Introduction to boundary layer, mass/energy processes and their interaction with biota and the lithosphere with field research, where students program, collect, and analyze micrometeorology data.


MET 376 Meteorological COOP Education

Prerequisites: MET 205. Credit given for participation in cooperative work/study program with National Weather Service, NOAA and/or other agencies. Summary paper required for work and/or research activities. Repeatable, maximum of 24 credits.


MET 401 Dynamic Meteorology

Prerequisites: MET 215, MET 320, MATH 233, PHYS 241. Majors only. The physical laws governing planetary and synoptic-scale atmospheric motions are developed mathematically based on conversion of mass, momentum, and energy.


MET 402 Synoptic Meteorology

(3 lecture, 2 laboratory) Prerequisite: MET 320 and MET 401. Earth Science majors only. Use of weather data, manual analyses, and meteorological software tools in weather forecasting and case studies. Practice includes review of theory, student weather briefing, daily forecast, and statistical forecast verification.


MET 420 Advanced Weather Prediction

(3 lecture, 2 lab) Prerequisites: CS 101 and MET 402. Majors only. Describes the principles of numerical weather prediction, modern forecast models, and their uses. Emphasis is placed on weather analysis, the advantages and limitations of numerical models, and advanced forecasting applications.


MET 422 Directed Studies

Individualized investigation under the direct supervision of a faculty member. (Minimum of 37.5 clock hours required per credit hour.) Repeatable, maximum concurrent enrollment is two times.

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MET 451 Climatology

Prerequisite: MET 320. Factors affecting climate; analytical methods used to study climatology, general circulation of the atmosphere, oceans, and the global energy balance. Introduction to global climate models, projections of climate change.


MET 452 Paleoclimatology

Prerequisites: MET 205 or consent of instructor. Juniors or above. Survey of climate history and methods of interpreting geological, paleontological, and paleobotanical climate proxies. Introduction to modeling, utility of using models to reconstruct past climate, and current research in paleoclimate.


MET 460 Mesoscale Meteorology

(3 lecture, 2 laboratory) Prerequisites: MET 320. Study of atmospheric phenomena on medium time and space scales. Topics include frontogenesis, mountain/valley winds, sea breeze circulations, gravity currents and waves, thunderstorms, hurricanes, and problems in mesoscale forecasting.


MET 462 Extreme Mountain Weather

Prerequisites: MET 205 and MET 320. Principles of extreme weather over complex terrain, Rocky Mountains, and Colorado Front Range. Fire weather, windstorms, air pollution, blizzards and snow avalanches, monsoon circulations, and forecast application.


MET 465 Radar and Satellite Meteorology

Prerequisite: MET 315 and MET 320. Majors only. Principles of remote sensing techniques, including radar and satellite instrumentation and operation. Types of radar and satellite instrumentation and interpretation of imagery used to understand the atmosphere and forecast weather.


MET 495 Special Topics in Meteorology

Explore topics in meteorology beyond regular departmental offerings. Specific topics determined by student interest and instructor. Repeatable, under different subtitles.

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