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PSCI 020: Weather and Climate

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the study of the Earth's atmosphere. The topics covered include atmospheric structure and composition, solar radiation, energy balances, temperature, seasonal changes, atmospheric moisture, clouds and fog, precipitation, air pressure, winds, air masses and fronts, thunderstorms and tornados, tropical cyclones, weather forecasting, California climate and weather, global climate and weather, and climate change.

Units: 3

  • Credit - Degree Applicable
  • Transferable to both UC and CSU

Course Details

  • Grade Options: Letter Grade, Pass/No Pass
  • In-Class Lecture Hours: 48 – 54
  • In-Class Lab Hours: 0

Requisites and Advisories

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Co-Requisites: None
  • Advisory: None

Transfer Details

  • CSU/UC: Transferable to both UC and CSU
  • WVC GE: B. Natural Sciences
  • CSU GE: Area B - Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning: B1- Physical Sciences
  • UC/IGETC GE: Area 5 - Physical and Biological Sciences: 5A- Physical Sciences
  • C-ID: GEOG 130 - Introduction to Weather and Climate
Last Updated 7/19/23