Learning Outcomes

The meteorology faculty have instituted a rigorous program for continuous assessment of the quality of our program. To that end, we have established eleven student learning outcomes which specify what students should know and be able to do upon graduation.

  1. Calculate thermodynamic parameters and evaluate atmospheric stability using a thermodynamic diagram.
  2. Describe the physics of the atmospheric greenhouse effect, and differentiate between natural and anthropogenic climate forcings.
  3. Apply standard techniques for interpretation and plotting of meteorological data.
  4. Specify typical values and units of standard atmospheric parameters.
  5. Trace the process water undergoes in the formation of precipitation in cold and warm clouds.
  6. Depict the general circulation and describe the underlying forcing mechanisms.
  7. Describe how the two constraints of geostrophic and hydrostatic balance lead to quasi-geostrophic motions in the atmosphere.
  8. Apply theoretical concepts to real data in the analysis of meteorologically significant events on both synoptic and mesoscales.
  9. Conduct a meteorological case study and present the results in both oral and written form.
  10. Interpret a numerical weather forecast and evaluate the validity of the assumptions made within the numerical model.
  11. Respect the role that research plays in the science of meteorology.

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