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Course Details

Course Code: SCIN137 Course ID: 3824 Credit Hours: 4 Level: Undergraduate

Introduction to Meteorology covers the fundamental principles governing the behavior of our atmosphere and the duties and methods of the professional meteorologist. Students will gain insight into the exciting discipline of meteorology, discussing topics such as cloud formation, movement in the atmosphere, thunderstorms, tornadoes, meteorological satellites, and climate change. The Meteorology laboratory will take the student deeper into the aspects of our weather through the study and exploration of our atmosphere via online interactive modules prepared by professional meteorologists. Topics to be discussed range from hurricane formation and the impacts of extreme weather to forecasting local weather and toxic pollution. The online laboratory modules increase the student’s awareness of our planet through hands-on activities. (Prerequisite: MATH225)


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

The successful student will fulfill the following learning objectives:

CO-1 Describe how the Earth’s atmosphere absorbs and reflects incoming solar radiation and maintains Earth’s energy balance, and describe the vertical and horizontal structures of the Earth’s atmosphere.
CO-2 Describe how temperature data are gathered and used; explain how moisture is observed and measured in the atmosphere.
CO-3 Examine how clouds develop, describe what causes precipitation, what is meant by air pressure, pressure gradient force, and Coriolis force, and discuss wind characteristics at the surface and aloft.
CO-4 Compare the technologies involved with meteorology and how they are applied to monitor conditions, create forecasts and disseminate warnings.
CO-5 Explain what factors produce the climate of a location on Earth, compare and classify the various climates of the world.
CO-6 Apply the laws of physics to hands-on weather observation and forecasting.
CO-7 Identify atmospheric forces creating weather systems, to include fronts, high and low pressure and severe weather systems.
CO-8 Demonstrate knowledge atmospheric optics characteristics.

Grades for this course will be based upon graded forum assignments, forums, labs, and quizzes.

Weekly forum questions are provided in the Forum section of the E-classroom. Participation is mandatory and will count towards the course grade. All forum original comments are due at 11:55 pm, ET on the Wednesday of the assignment week. You are expected to provide an original, substantial comment of several well-written paragraphs in each session and participate in the ensuing discussion about your post. This is your discussion. You must also post a similar comment or reflection in reply to at least two other students’ contribution. Statements such as “I agree” or “good post” will not count as a reply. Forums will require research and proper citation of sources.

Weekly Quizzes
Each week there will be a quiz that consists of 33 multiple-choice questions testing material from the reading, lesson, scientific process lesson, and lab assignment. Each question is worth 3 points, except for one 4 point question that will require you to perform a calculation or interpret a map. You have 1 hour to complete the quiz. Please make sure that when you open the quiz, you are prepared to complete it as there will be no opportunities to restart the quiz once it's opened. It is recommended that you complete all reading, lessons, and lab assignment prior to attempting the quiz. There may not be enough time for you to complete the lab assignment while taking the quiz. There are a total of 8 weekly quizzes; however the lowest quiz grade will be dropped.

Each week you can find the lab under the Lessons tab along the left portion of your screen. Here you will find the lab under the section titled Deliverables. Download and complete the lab assignment prior to attempting the weekly quiz.

There are 3 graded assignments, all of which pertaining to the research presentation due at the end of Week 7. These assignments include 1) writing annotated bibliographies for 3 credible meteorological resources, 2) constructing an outline for the research presentation, and 3) an audio-narrated research presentation on a topic of interest that relates to meteorology. More information for the assignments can be found under the "Assignments" tab.

Please see the Student Handbook to reference the University’s grading scale.

NameGrade %
Weekly Forums 16.00 %
Week 1 Forum 2.00 %
Week 2 Forum 2.00 %
Week 3 Forum 2.00 %
Week 4 Forum 2.00 %
Week 5 Forum 2.00 %
Week 6 Forum 2.00 %
Week 7 Forum 2.00 %
Week 8 Forum 2.00 %
Weekly Quizzes 56.00 %
Week 8 Quiz 8.00 %
Week 3 Quiz 8.00 %
Week 1 Quiz 8.00 %
Week 2 Quiz 8.00 %
Week 4 Quiz 8.00 %
Week 5 Quiz 8.00 %
Week 6 Quiz 8.00 %
Week 7 Quiz 8.00 %
Assignments 28.00 %
Week 3 - Assignment 1: Annotated Bibliography 7.00 %
Week 5 - Assignment 2: Presentation Outline 7.00 %
Week 7 - Assignment 3: Research Presentation 14.00 %

Required Technology

  • See the Technology Requirements section of the undergraduate catalog for the minimum hardware and software requirements.
  • Microsoft Office 365 is available to APUS students for free. To sign up, visit If you have questions about accessing the software, please contact Classroom support at

Supplemental Materials

The COMET MetEd Modules are supplemental materials that are great ways to expand your understanding on topics, especially on the difficult topics. The modules that are pertainent to each week are listed within the Lessons page of each week.

COMET Modules are located:

The first time you access a module, it will be necessary to register with an email address and establish a password.

Select “education”, and “university student” as your affiliation.

When you sign on the first time it will ask for your instructor’s email but this can be left blank.

The quizzes at the end of the module are not required. In order to find the module, after logging in, use the search bar at the top of the webpage and enter the title of the module listed in the announcement.

Book Title:MetEd Modules-Links provided in syllabus. Free registration is required.
Publication Info:University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Author:University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Book Title:Weather, Climate and Climate Change: Human Perspectives - e-book available in the APUS Online Library; Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Publication Info:Routledge
Author:O'Hare, Greg

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.