ATMS-131: Weather and Climate

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
Academic Level
Course Subject
Atmosphere Science
Course Number
Course Title
Weather and Climate
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

A non-mathematical introduction to the behavior of the atmosphere and its causes. Topics include atmospheric structure, earth-sun relationships, heat, humidity, clouds, wind, storms, forecasting, pollution, and climate. Offers students without scientific background an interesting look into the atmosphere and weather that surround them.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

The goal of this course is to, through the process of scientific investigation, instill in the general education student an appreciation of the processes occurring in our atmosphere and the physical principles that govern them.

Core Course Topics
  1. Atmospheric structure
  2. Earth-Sun relationships
  3. Heat and temperature
  4. Humidity
  5. Clouds
  6. Precipitation
  7. Wind
  8. Storms
  9. Weather forecasting
  10. Pollution
  11. Climate
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)

Successful students will be able to:

  1. Identify and define the elements of weather and climate and describe their effects on weather and climate.
  2. Interpret and analyze atmospheric conditions.
  3. Analyze atmospheric data, and interpret it to make simple weather predictions.
  4. Analyze climatic data and interpret it to describe the climate of an area.
General Information

Meeting MACRAO requirements: Course transfers as an equivalent to similar courses at Eastern Michigan and as a general education science course at UM-Dearborn, Lawrence Tech and Wayne State.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  • In class activities centered on the course concepts and their application; especially observation of elements of weather and climate leading to weather prediction and description of climates.
  • Homework to review and reinforce lectures and reading on course topics.
  • Examinations on course topics and their application.
General Course Requirements and Recommendations

Students will receive instruction on using the Internet to monitor weather, and gather weather and climate data.


Lutgens & Tarbuck, The Atmosphere


General Education Categories
  • Natural Sciences
Institutional Outcomes
  • Scientific Reasoning
MTA Categories
  • Category 6.1: Natural Sciences

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2019
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date