Fundamentals of Atmospheric Science

METEO 300: Fundamentals of Atmospheric Science



Dr. Kevin Bowley, Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science

Course Structure

This course consists of 12 lessons that will be taught in-residence (ie. in person) over the 15-week fall 2022 semester. Each lesson will take 1-2 week(s) to complete.

Course Meetings

Class will meet from 12:20-1:10 pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday each week in 358 Willard building.


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.