Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Lower-Division Courses

1. Climate Change: From Puzzles to Policy. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Overview of fundamentals of Earth’s climate, including greenhouse effect, water and chemical cycles, outstanding features of atmospheric and ocean circulation, and feedback between different system components. Exciting and contentious scientific puzzles of climate system, including causes of ice ages, greenhouse warming, and el niƱo. Importance of climate science and prediction to society, with emphasis on science’s role in identifying, qualifying, and solving environmental problems such as ozone hole and greenhouse warming. P/NP or letter grading.

1L. Climate Change: From Puzzles to Policy — Laboratory. (1) Laboratory, one hour. Enforced corequisite: course 1. Investigations and demonstrations supporting material in course 1, including greenhouse effect, atmosphere and ocean circulation, past, present, and future climates, and role of science in climate change politics. P/NP or letter grading.

2. Air Pollution. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Causes and effects of high concentrations of pollution in atmosphere. Topics include nature and sources of gaseous and particulate pollutants, their transport, dispersion, modification, and removal, with emphasis on atmospheric processes on scales ranging from individual sources to global effects; interaction with biosphere and oceans; stratospheric pollution. P/NP or letter grading.

2L. Air Pollution Laboratory. (1) Laboratory, one hour. Enforced corequisite: course 2. Investigations and demonstrations supporting material in course 2, including box model simulation, dose responses, air parcel motion and pollution dispersion, daily and seasonal variation of smog pollutants, and smog transport. P/NP or letter grading.

3. Introduction to Atmospheric Environment. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Nature and causes of weather phenomena, including atmospheric circulation, clouds and storms, lightning and precipitation, fronts and cyclones, and tornadoes and hurricanes. Atmospheric radiation, global warming, and greenhouse effect. P/NP or letter grading.

3L. Introduction to Atmospheric Environment Laboratory. (1) Laboratory, one hour. Enforced corequisite: course 3. Investigations and demonstrations supporting material in course 3, including causes and effects of seasons, remote sensing and satellite picture interpretation, atmospheric stability, and weather systems (fronts and cyclones). P/NP or letter grading.

5. Climates of Other Worlds. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Introduction to atmospheres of planets and their satellites in solar system using information obtained during recent planetary exploration program. Elementary description of origin and evolution of atmospheres on planets. Climates on planets, conditions necessary for evolution of life, and its resulting effect on planetary environment. P/NP or letter grading.

M7. Perils of Space: Introduction to Space Weather. (4) (Same as Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences M7.) Lecture, four hours. Concepts of plasma physics. Dynamic sun, solar wind, and Earth’s magnetosphere and ionosphere. Space storms and substorms and their impacts on astronauts, spacecraft, and surface power and communication grids. P/NP or letter grading.

19. Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars. (1) Seminar, one hour. Discussion of and critical thinking about topics of current intellectual importance, taught by faculty members in their areas of expertise and illuminating many paths of discovery at UCLA. P/NP grading.

51. Fundamentals of Climate Science. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Enforced requisites: Mathematics 3B or 32A, Physics 1B or 6B, with grades of C or better. Development of fundamental understanding of climate science. Topics include global energy balance, atmospheric radiation and greenhouse effect, surface and boundary layer dynamics, atmospheric and oceanic circulation, global hydrologic cycle, modes of climate sensitivity, climate modeling, and climate change. P/NP or letter grading.

88. Lower Division Seminar. (4) Seminar, three hours. Variable topics; consult Schedule of Classes or department for topics to be offered in specific term. P/NP or letter grading.

89. Honors Seminars. (1) Seminar, three hours. Limited to 20 students. Designed as adjunct to lower-division lecture course. Exploration of topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities and led by lecture course instructor. May be applied toward honors credit for eligible students. Honors content noted on transcript. P/NP or letter grading.

89HC. Honors Contracts. (1) Tutorial, three hours. Limited to students in College Honors Program. Designed as adjunct to lower-division lecture course. Individual study with lecture course instructor to explore topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities. May be repeated for maximum of 4 units. Individual honors contract required. Honors content noted on transcript. Letter grading.

90. Introduction to Undergraduate Research in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. (4) Lecture, two hours; laboratory, two hours. Requisites: Chemistry 14A or 20A; Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences 71 (or Civil Engineering M20 or Program in Computing 10A); Mathematics 3A, 3B, or 31A, 31B; Physics 1A or 5A or 6A. Students gain basic ability to understand, communicate, and conduct scientific research in atmospheric and oceanic sciences. Basics of scientific process, finding and reading scientific literature, technical skills, such as data analysis and basic experimental techniques, and communication of scientific findings in oral and written form. Skills taught in context of projects from atmospheric and oceanic sciences.

99. Student Research Program. (1 to 2) Tutorial (supervised research or other scholarly work), three hours per week per unit. Entry-level research for lower-division students under guidance of faculty mentor. Students must be in good academic standing and enrolled in minimum of 12 units (excluding this course). Individual contract required; consult Undergraduate Research Center. May be repeated. P/NP grading.