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Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Faculty of Science

ATSC: Atmospheric Science

ATSC 113 (3) Applied Meteorology
Atmospheric-science principles elucidated by case studies applied to snow sports, sailing, surfing, soaring, and flying. [3-0-0]
ATSC 201 (3) Meteorology of Storms
Characteristics and physical processes of thunderstorms, tornadoes, lightning, hail, hurricanes, blizzards, cyclones and other storms. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Completion of first-year science.
ATSC 212 (1) Earth and Atmospheric Science Introductory Computing Laboratory
Computing tools, including Unix/Linux, Web page creation, programming languages used for numerical calculation, database programs. [0-2]
Prerequisite: CPSC 110.
ATSC 301 (3) Atmospheric Radiation and Remote Sensing
Energy transfer at infrared, visible, and microwave wavelengths. Analysis of satellite measurements of the atmosphere and surface. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: One of PHYS 102, PHYS 108, PHYS 118, PHYS 158 and familiarity with a programming language.
ATSC 303 (3) Methods in Atmospheric Science
An introduction to instrumentation used in monitoring the state of the atmosphere; a brief survey of methods of analysis of meteorological data. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: EOSC 211 and one of ATSC 201, GEOB 200.
ATSC 398 (3) Co-operative Work Placement I
Approved and supervised technical work experience in an industrial, university or government setting for a minimum of 14 weeks. Normally taken in the Winter Session (Term 2) in third year. Technical report required. Restricted to students admitted to Co-operative Education Program in Atmospheric Science. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: All of ATSC 201, GEOB 300.
ATSC 399 (3) Co-operative Work Placement II
Approved and supervised technical work experience in an industrial, university or government setting for a minimum of 14 weeks. Normally taken in the Summer Session (Terms 1 and 2) following third year. Technical report required. Restricted to students admitted to the Co-operative Education Program in Atmospheric Science. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: ATSC 398.
ATSC 404 (3) Dynamic Meteorology
Dynamic principles governing atmospheric motions on a rotating planet. Simplified mathematical models of atmospheric flow based on scale analysis. Application to synoptic-scale and general circulation of the troposphere. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: One of PHYS 312, MATH 316 and one of EOSC 250, MATH 217, MATH 317.
ATSC 405 (3) Cloud Physics and Chemistry
Cloud thermodynamics, chemistry and microphysics. Computer modelling of droplet growth, convection, and mixing. Application of differential equations to atmospheric problems. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: MATH 215. Familiarity with a programming language is required.
Corequisite: One of PHYS 203, CHEM 201, CHEM 304.
ATSC 406 (3) Operational Meteorology
Introduction to meteorological prediction, meteorological data analysis, prognosis of weather systems, motion and development, satellite imagery, Doppler radar, numerical weather prediction, synoptic and mesoscale forecasting, applied laboratory exercises. [2-2-0]
Prerequisite: ATSC 201.
ATSC 409 (3) Numerical Techniques for Ocean, Atmosphere and Earth Scientists
Web-based introduction to the practical numerical solution of ordinary and partial differential equations including considerations of stability and accuracy. Credit will be granted for only one of ATSC 409 or ATSC 506/EOSC 511. [0-0-3]
Prerequisite: One of MATH 215, MATH 255, MATH 256, MATH 265. Familiarity with a programming language is required.
ATSC 448 (3/6) d Directed Studies
Investigation of a topic to be agreed upon by a member of the faculty and the student. Permission of the undergraduate advisor and of the supervising faculty member is required before registration.
ATSC 449 (6) Honours Project
Honours students must submit a graduating report based on a project undertaken with the approval of the Associate Chair of the Atmospheric Science Program.
ATSC 490 (3) Student Directed Seminars in Atmospheric Science
Self-directed, collaborative studies in atmospheric science, in a group-learning environment, initiated and coordinated by senior undergraduate students with the supervision of a faculty advisor. Course structure, enrolment, and delivery methods will comply with the Handbook for Student Directed Seminars (www.vpacademic.ubc.ca/sds/sds_handbook.pdf). This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Third-year standing.
ATSC 498 (3) Co-operative Work Placement III
Approved and supervised technical work experience in an industrial, university or government setting for a minimum of 14 weeks. Normally taken in the Summer Session (Terms 1 and 2) after fourth year. Technical report required. Restricted to students admitted to the Co-operative Education Program in Atmospheric Science. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: ATSC 399 and one of ATSC 303, GEOB 304.
ATSC 499 (3) Co-operative Work Placement IV
Approved and supervised technical work experience in an industrial, university or government setting for a minimum of 14 weeks. Normally taken in Winter Session (Term 1) of the fifth year. Technical report required. Restricted to students admitted to the Co-operative Education Program in Atmospheric Science. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: ATSC 498.
ATSC 500 (3) Boundary-Layer Meteorology
Theoretical and empirical analysis of the atmospheric boundary layer with particular emphasis on energy and mass exchanges near the Earth's surface. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ATSC 506 (3) Numerical Techniques for Ocean, Atmosphere and Earth Scientists
Credit will be granted for only one of ATSC 409 or ATSC 506/EOSC 511. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Equivalency: EOSC 511.
ATSC 507 (3) Numerical Weather Prediction
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. Prerequisite: All of a fluid-dynamics course, a numerical-methods course, as well as computer-programming skills.
ATSC 548 (3-6) d Master's Graduation Essay
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ATSC 595 (2-6) d Directed Studies
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ATSC 597 (3) d Co-operative Work Placement I
Restricted to students admitted to the M.Sc. Co-operative Education Option in Atmospheric Science. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ATSC 598 (3) d Co-operative Work Placement II
Restricted to students admitted to the M.Sc. Co-operative Education Option in Atmospheric Science. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: ATSC 597.
ATSC 599 (12-15) d Master's Thesis
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ATSC 699 (0) Doctoral Dissertation

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