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EARTH 1110:
Introduction to Meteorology

A supercell storm near Roswell, NM on  June 7, 2014A supercell storm near Roswell, NM on June 7, 2014

Welcome to the online version of EARTH 1110, Introduction to Meteorology.  In this course we will examine several fundamental concepts and theories that govern the atmosphere around us. The atmosphere is a amazingly complex, dynamic, and exciting topic to study.  Upon successful completion of this course, you will be rewarded with the knowledge of fundamental meteorological processes that you can carry with you for the remainder of your career, even if you are not planning on becoming a meteorologist!

Course Description

A first look at various aspects of meteorology, including solar radiation, global circulation, environmental issues, winds, stability, precipitation processes, weather systems and severe weather. Basic physical principles, meteorological terminology, societal impacts, and weather analysis will be explored. (4 semester hours)

Prerequisite: Mathematics 0481 (or college equivalent) with a grade of C or better or qualifying score on the mathematics placement test or a qualifying A.C.T. math score. Course requires Reading Placement Test Score-Category One

General Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Define layers and constituents of the atmosphere
  2. Summarize basic laws of physics and thermodynamics
  3. Describe various moisture parameters
  4. Classify cloud genre and describe precipitation formation processes
  5. Explain thunderstorm formation and stability analysis
  6. Summarize radiation laws and their applications
  7. Discuss Earth/Sun relationships and their influence on weather and climate
  8. Differentiate between global warming and the greenhouse effect
  9. Interpret and summarize physical models for describing winds; including surface, gradient, and geostrophic flow
  10. Classify the different types of fronts and air-masses
  11. Form generalizations about extra-tropical cyclones and their effects on sensible weather at the surface
  12. Define severe thunderstorms and tropical storms, including planning safety responses to various extreme weather conditions
  13. Interpret meteorological surface weather maps
  14. Summarize the structure and dissemination of weather information in the U.S.
  15. Explain uncertainty and probability in terms of meteorological concepts.

Course Requirements

This course is facilitated using materials from the American Meteorological Society. It is required that students purchase either a printed or electronic version of the Weather Studies textbook and the Weather Studies (e)Investigations manual. These materials can be found here or purchased in the campus bookstore. 


Please visit the COD Online home page which includes an online assessment to help you determine if you are a good candidate for an online course.