Fundamentals of Atmospheric Science

METEO 300: Fundamentals of Atmospheric Science



Willaim Brune, Distinguished Professor, Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science

Course Structure

This course consists of 12 lessons that will be taught on-line over the 15-week spring 2023 semester. Each lesson will take 1-2 week(s) to complete.

Course Meetings

The course is all online: all the reading, discussions, quizzes, and correspondence. I want to help you learn, so please contact me by email through Canvas if you want to talk. Also, there are discussion boards through which you can learn from other students and me.


This course gives non-Meteorology students a comprehensive understanding of atmospheric science and the quantitative analytical tools to apply atmospheric science to their own disciplines. It also prepares meteorology students for their 400-level meteorology courses by laying a solid foundation in the application of physical, chemical, and mathematical principles to a broad range of atmospheric phenomena. Students are introduced to fundamental concepts and applications of atmospheric thermodynamics, radiative transfer, atmospheric chemistry, cloud microphysics, atmospheric dynamics, and the atmospheric boundary layer. These topics are covered broadly but in enough depth to introduce students to the methods atmospheric scientists use to describe and predict atmospheric phenomena. The course is designed to be taken by second year meteorology students as well as by students in related disciplines who have an adequate mathematical and physical background.