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ATS Undergraduate Courses, Corvallis Campus

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Top ATS 201 CLIMATE SCIENCE (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Physical laws governing the Earth's climate and their interactions with chemical and biological processes on land and in the atmosphere, oceans, and cryosphere. Past, present, and potential future climate changes due to natural and human causes are assessed using a variety of observations, models, and laboratory exercises. (Bacc Core Course)

Top ATS 210 INTRODUCTION TO THE ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES (3) 
Physical basis of atmospheric phenomena on small, medium and large scales; introduction to atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics; examination of atmospheric circulation systems; introduction to atmospheric physics and chemistry. Offered every term. PREREQS: College algebra and elementary functions.

Top ATS 295 OBSERVING CLIMATE (3)  Offered in current or future terms
One-week course taught during Spring Break at field sites near Corvallis, with ten hours of preparatory meetings on campus. Make and analyze observations of properties of the atmosphere, ocean, biosphere, and cryosphere that reflect processes relevant to regional and global climate. Serves as an introduction to upper-division course work in climate science. Field trip(s) required; transportation fee charged. Lec/lab. PREREQS: ATS 201 [C-] or ATS 320 [C-]

Top ATS 301 CLIMATE DATA ANALYSIS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Quantitative methods to characterize the physical climate system and detect change. Interpret data based on source timescale, and statistics; communicate conclusions and uncertainties regarding past climate and future changes. PREREQS: ATS 201 [C-] and ST 351 [C-]

Top ATS 310 METEOROLOGY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
The study of the atmosphere, in particular atmospheric phenomena that we experience as weather. In this class key physical concepts in meteorology are introduced and explored. The physics of the atmosphere necessary to understand why atmospheric phenomena occur and how these are forecast is discussed. Meteorological data from observations and models will be analyzed to explore concepts introduced in the context of the weather we experience. PREREQS: (MTH 251 [C-] or MTH 251H [C-] ) and (MTH 252* [C-] or MTH 252H* [C-] ) and (PH 201 [D-] or PH 201H [D-] or PH 211 [D-] or PH 211H [D-] ) and (PH 202* [D-] or PH 202H* [D-] or PH 212* [D-] or PH 212H* [D-] )

Top ATS 320 THE CHANGING CLIMATE (3)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Survey of Earth's climate and the factors that influence climate. Examine causes of changes in atmospheric composition, the expected consequences of these changes, problems predicting future changes, and what can be done about the changes. Offered annually in fall. (Bacc Core Course)

Top ATS 399 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits.

Top ATS 399H SPECIAL TOPICS (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits. PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top ATS 401 RESEARCH (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 24 credits.

Top ATS 403 THESIS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 24 credits.

Top ATS 405 READING AND CONFERENCE (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top ATS 406 PROJECTS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 24 credits.

Top ATS 407 SEMINAR (1) 
One-credit sections. Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits.

Top ATS 410 INTERNSHIP (1-12)  Offered in current or future terms
Pre-career professional experience under joint faculty and employer supervision. Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 48 credits. PREREQS: 12 credits of upper-division college courses and approval required.

Top ATS 411 THERMODYNAMICS AND CLOUD MICROPHYSICS (4) 
Thermodynamic processes in the atmosphere, and an introduction to cloud microphysics. Offered annually. PREREQS: ( (MTH 254 [D-] or MTH 254H [D-] ) and PH 213 [D-] )

Top ATS 412 ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION (3) 
Radiative transfer in the earth and planetary atmospheres, absorption and scattering of sunlight, absorption and emission of terrestrial radiation, absorption and scattering cross sections for molecules, cloud droplets and aerosols. Applications include enhancement of photochemical reaction rates in clouds, remote sensing, and the earth's radiation budget, radiative-convective equilibrium, radiative forcing due to changes in atmospheric composition and climate change. PREREQS: ( (MTH 254 [D-] or MTH 254H [D-] ) and (MTH 256 [D-] or MTH 256H [D-] ) and PH 213 [D-] )

Top ATS 413 ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY (3) 
Principles of atmospheric chemistry; chemical fundamentals, sampling principles, sources, reactions, scavenging, and deposition of sulfur, nitrogen, ozone, and carbon compounds. Atmospheric aerosol size distribution, mechanics, optics, and scavenging. Offered annually. PREREQS: (CH 121 or CH 201 or CH 221 or CH 231 or CH 231H or CH 224) and (MTH 251 or MTH 241)

Top ATS 420 PRINCIPLES OF CLIMATE: PHYSICS OF CLIMATE AND CLIMATE CHANGE (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Physics of climate past, present and future. Covers radiative processes, thermodynamics, and dynamics, as well as the paleoclimate record and mechanisms driving this variability. Current modes of climate variability (e.g., ENSO) will also be surveyed. Climate models, ranging from 0- to 3-dimensional, will be examined and projections for the future assessed. PREREQS: MTH 252 and (PH 202 or PH 202H or PH 212 or PH 212H)

Top ATS 421 CLIMATE MODELING (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Numerical models of the physics, chemistry, biology, and geology of the climate system. A range of climate models from a simple, single equation to complex state-of-the-science systems used for future projections. Theoretical concepts will be linked to practical applications through hands-on programming exercises and data analysis. Lec/lab. PREREQS: ATS 420/ATS 520 (recommended, talk to instructor if not taken); no prior programming knowledge required.

Top ATS 475 PLANETARY ATMOSPHERES (3) 
Origin and evolution of planetary atmospheres; vertical structure of atmospheres; hazes and clouds; atmospheric motions and general circulation. Presentation of recent observations and current research issues, focusing on Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Titan. Emphasis on comparative aspects and simple models. PREREQS: ( (MTH 254 [D-] or MTH 254H [D-] ) and PH 213 [D-] )

Top ATS 499 SELECTED TOPICS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.



 
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