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NATS 1201: Environmental Systems is the first course of a three course sequence in introductory physical geography. Students enrolled in the course are typically first or second year non-science majors who are taking the course as partial fulfillment of their natural sciences general education requirement. The course content focuses on introductory meteorology and climatology using a systematic approach and includes laboratory exercises to provide students with hands-on application of course content. Upon completion of this course, students are able to:
- Identify the various components of the environment and provide examples of the interactions that occur between components.
- Describe the composition of the atmosphere and explain the theory of its origin.
- Compare and contrast issues and arguments surrounding stratospheric ozone depletion, air pollution, acid rain, and global climate change.
- Discuss the role of energy transfer in the atmosphere and its control over cycles of air temperature.
- Differentiate the various processes that cause the formation of clouds and precipitation.
- Describe atmospheric circulation and the types of storm systems that develop within it.
- Analyze the characteristics of regional variations of climate.